Anastasiya Kuzmina Wins 7.5K Sprint Biathlon Sochi Gold
Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia defended her gold medal from the 2010 Vancouver Games in the Women’s 7.5km Sprint Biathlon. Her finishing time of 21 minutes, 6.8 seconds was enough to secure her third career Olympic medal. Her winning time was 19.9 seconds faster than Russia’s Olga Vilukhina and 21.7 seconds quicker than bronze medalist Vita Semerenko of Ukraine.
Kuzmina, born a Russian citizen, but competing for Slovakia, said that winning the gold medal in Sochi felt like winning at home.
“Here I’m at home,” Kuzmina said. “The atmosphere is so familiar. Everyone is so supportive, I feel so comfortable here.”
Kuzmina shot perfectly, taking out 10 of 10 targets during her race. Both the second and third place finishers shot perfectly as well, making it essential for Kuzmina to shoot well. Regardless, Kuzmina’s time was much too daunting for the other women to compete for gold.
“This victory in my homeland is a big thing. I am Russian after all, although I am Slovakian passport holder, this is my home,” said Kuzmina.
Kuzmina also holds a silver medal in the 10K pursuit event from Vancouver in 2010.