Domracheva wins Big Crystal Globe


Belarusian Darya Domracheva finished 4th in the final race of the season (12.5 km mass race) and won the major biathlon trophy – Big Crystal Globe.

Darya Domracheva became the overall World Cup winner with 1092 points; Finnish Kaisa Makarainen with 48 points behind became second (1044 points). The third was Ukrainian Valentina Semerenko (865).

Darya was awarded with Big Crystal Globe right on stadium of the Winter Sports Center named after Alexander Filipenko in Khanty-Mansiysk. “I've got it! Big Crystal Globe is mine, hurray! I was strong psychologically and I won. Today’s race was also great despite my fourth place. Now I just want to rest,” reports Ugra Now citing Domracheva after the final race of the season.

Then the biathlete added: “I’m satisfied, finally I can relax! We have been competing very hard, until the last race. On the one hand, it’s very cool to keep the intrigue for fans; on the other hand, it’s wonderful I was able to cope with the tension. The competition was interesting, difficult. Today, I can only thank the people who supported me, who believed in me. I’m glad to meet their expectations.

For me it’s a real feast and, of course, a load off my mind. It has been an amazing and challenging seasonfor me. I have no words! Now I want to get some rest, cool down from this season struggle. Biathlon of today is very intense and full of incredible tensions. This is a very unpredictable sport, we can see how serious is the struggle for points and prizes. Biathlon is a super sport.”

BelTA informs that President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has sent a congratulatory telegram to Darya Domracheva on the occasion of her victory in the biathlon World Cup overall.

“Dear Darya! Congratulations! Well done, you again made us happy, having defended the title of the best biathlete in the world. All the Belarusians with a sinking heart followed your performances. And you didn’t let us down. Reaching your goal you showed great skills and a true fighting spirit,” says the message.

“Thank you for unforgettable moments of happiness and pride! We are waiting for you at home,” wrote the Head of the State.

Belarusian Nadezhda Scardino (442 points) finished the season 18th in the overall World Cup, Nadezhda Pisareva (172) – 41st, Anastasiya Duborezova (122) – 50th, Irina Krivko (100) – 55th.

In Domracheva’s career it’s the first Big Crystal Globe. Earlier, six times she was in the Top-10: 2008/2009 (7), 2009-2010 (6), 2010/2011 (6), 2011-2012 (2), 2012/2013 (2), 2013/2014 (3). This season, Darya has won nine individual races. More often the Belarusian has been winning pursuit races (four times).

It is the second Big Crystal Globe in the history of the Belarusian biathlon. In 1994, the overall World Cup won Svetlana Paramygina.

Text and pictures by TUT.BY