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Tora Berger of Norway wins gold in women's 15-kilometer biathlon race

February 18, 2010 | 12:07 pm

Tora Berger of Norway won the gold medal in the women's 15-kilometer individual biathlon race Thursday.

Berger missed her only target on her very last shot for a penalty, but she had built up such a large lead that it didn't matter. She finished in 40 minutes, 58.2 seconds, beating silver medalist Elena Khrustaleva of Kazakhstan by 20.7 seconds.

Darya Domracheva of Belarus took the bronze, 28.2 seconds behind Berger.

The top American was Lanny Barnes is 23rd, 2:39 behind.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver