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Battle for the Bronze in Biathlon Women’s Mass Start

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Darya Domracheva of Belarus won her third Biathlon Gold Medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics for Women’s 12.5 kilometer Mass Start. She dominated the event so thoroughly that the major excitement of the race was the neck and neck race for the Bronze medal.

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Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic comfortably took the Silver medal. But Tiril Eckhoff of Norway and Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle of Germany battled it out all the way to the finish line for the Bronze. Tiril managed to pull ahead in the last few seconds of the race to win.

Tora Berger of Norway was in second place early in the race but took a spill on a tricky spot on the course. She had no damage to her equipment but she was obviously shaken by the fall. Berger finished 15th with two misses, one in prone and one in standing. The snow on the course was tricky because of the weather conditions. Olga Zaitseva of Russia and Elisa Gasparin of Switzerland also had problems on the course.

Susan Dunklee of Team USA had a historic day. First, she was the first female from the US to qualify for the Olympic Mass Start. Then her 12th place finish was the highest ranking ever achieved by a US female in Biathlon at the Winter Olympics.

The next biathlon event will be the Men's 15km Mass Start, which has been scheduled for Tuesday, after being postponed several times due to weather conditions.

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