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Cologna records impressive victory in men’s 15-km cross-country race

AP, Bloomberg

Dario Cologna of Switzerland won his second gold at the Sochi Olympics on Friday with a dominant performance in the men’s 15-km classical-style cross-country race.

Cologna led by just 0.7 seconds at the 8-km mark of the interval-start race but his advantage grew steadily and he ended up winning by 28.5 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Johan Olsson.

Another Swede, Daniel Richardsson, took bronze after his strong finish put him 0.2 seconds ahead of Finland’s Iivo Niskanen.

On another warm day at the cross-country venue, Cologna started 30 seconds behind Olsson but caught up to the Swede before coming into the stadium, and the two were side-by-side on the final straight. Niskanen was second at the 8K mark but faded toward the end and just missed out on a medal.

“It’s amazing,” Cologna said after the race. “I couldn’t believe the first gold medal, after being injured, and now the second. The first gold was emotional after coming back from injury, the second is unbelievable.”