PyeongChang, February 17 (TASR) – Slovak biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina has won a gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in the women’s 12.5 kilometre mass start.
The 33-year old Russian-born Kuzmina clinched her victory ahead of Belarusian Darya Domracheva by 18.8 seconds and Norwegian Tiril Eckhoff by 27.7 seconds. The second Slovak biathlete Paulina Fialkova ended up 21st place.
The three-time Olympic champion Kuzmina rewrites history with her sixth Olympic medal (three gold medals and three silver), collecting one gold and two silver medals in South Korea.
“Excellent golden Nasta. These are Nasta’s Olympics! Thanks to Nasta Kuzmina, Slovakia has the first gold medal at the Olympic Games! I congratulate on her heroic performance. Two silver and one gold medal – this isn’t a result of a team, it’s a collection of only Nasta Kuzmina from the Olympics at PyeongChang. We’re proud of you Nasta!” President Andrej Kiska congratulated Kuzmina on Facebook.
Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) wrote on Facebook: “Fantastic biathlete Nasta Kuzmina has won a gold medal – another phenomenal success from the PyeongChang Olympics. I congratulate her on the amazing performance!”
“Fantastic! We have gold! Nasta, you’re a queen of biathlon! Three gold medals and three silver at the Olympics, you’ve been definitively enrolled in biathlon history. Congrats. But I must confess, I couldn’t breathe,” Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) posted on Facebook.