Kuzmina won in a time of 21:06.08 to see off Russia’s Olga Vilukhina, who was 19.9 seconds behind. Vita Semerenko of Ukraine took bronze, 21.7 seconds behind the champion.
Overall World Cup leader Tora Berger of Norway finished down in 10th place, more than 33 seconds behind the winner, while fellow favourite Gabriela Soukalová could only manage 29th place, 1:10.7 behind Kuzmina, having registered three faults on the shooting range.
Slovakia’s greatest Winter Olympian
Born in Russia, and the sister of Russian biathlete Anton Shipulin, Kuzmina is now the first female biathlete in history to complete a successful