Berger of Norway wins women’s individual biathlon race for first Olympic gold

Tora Berger of Norway earned her first Olympic gold medal by winning the women’s 15-kilometre individual biathlon race, dominating the race from start to finish.

Norway's Tora Berger on her way to take the gold medal in the women's biathlon 15 km individual race at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler on Thursday.

Norway's Tora Berger on her way to take the gold medal in the women's biathlon 15 km individual race at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler on Thursday.

WHISTLER, B.C. — Tora Berger of Norway earned her first Olympic gold medal by winning the women’s 15-kilometre individual biathlon race, dominating the race from start to finish.

Berger missed only one target — on her very last shot — for a one-minute penalty during Thursday’s race, but had built up such a large lead that it didn’t matter. She finished in 40 minutes 58.2 seconds, beating silver medallist Elena Khrustaleva of Kazakhstan by 20.7 seconds.

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

No one else came within a minute of Berger.

Top Canadian was Megan Tandy of Prince George, B.C., in 50th.