With the title bestowed on Monday night, 27-year-old Doracheva became the first woman to win three biathlon golds in one Olympics, having already won the 10km pursuit and 15km individual race last week.

"It's amazing to be here because I dreamed about it, to be an Olympic champion, from my childhood, but to get three  make me believe that dreams do come true," said Domracheva, who also became the fifth woman in winter Olympic history to win at least three gold medals in individual events at a single Games.

The overall record for most biathlon gold medals in one Olympics is held by Norway'S Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who won four events at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

Domracheva is also expected to compete in the relay but Belarus is not among the favourites for gold.

(Agencies)

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