Samkova, right, had established a lead of some 10 meters by the time she was a third of the way down the hill. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)
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Czech Eva Samkova's searing pace helped her avoid the rough and tumble of the pack and dominate the snowboarding cross final Sunday to win her country's first gold medal at Sochi. The 20-year-old, sporting a red, white and blue moustache drawn on her top lip, had the best time in the morning seedings runs and ran away with her quarter and semifinals over the jumps and rollers of the Extreme Park course.There was to be no change in the final and she had established a lead of some 10 meters by the time she was a third of the way down the hill.Jacobellis, who famously blew a 40-meter lead in the Turin final by showboating on the last hill, was leading her semifinal when she misjudged a landing.
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