Updated: Tuesday, 18 February 2014 02:30 | By Agence France-Presse

Domracheva named 'Hero of Belarus' after third gold

Belarus' triple gold medal winner at the Winter Olympics Darya Domracheva was Monday named "Hero of Belarus", the country's highest honour, by President Alexander Lukashenko.


Domracheva named 'Hero of Belarus' after third gold

Belarus' Darya Domracheva competes to win gold in the Women's Biathlon 12.5 km Mass Start at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 17, 2014, in Rosa Kuthor, near Sochi - by Kirill Kudryavtsev

Lukashenko bestowed the honour on Domracheva, 27, immediately after she won the women's mass start race, her third gold medal at the Sochi Games.

"Dear Dasha! You are just great! All of Belarus is delighted with your victory. Modern history does not know similar great deeds," said Lukashenko in a congratulatory telegram.

"Our country knows how to recognise great deeds -- from all my heart I congratulate you with the highest of honour of the motherland 'Hero of Belarus'," he added.

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