Winter Olympics Sochi 2014

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Switzerland's Cologna Wins Men's Olympic 30K Skiathlon

After powering through an ankle injury, Dario Cologna showed there's no stopping him with the strongest finish in the men's 30K skiathlon.

By Mattias Karen
|  Sunday, Feb 9, 2014  |  Updated 7:36 AM EDT
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Dario Cologna of Switzerland competes during a cross country men's World Cup sprint qualification, in Dobbiaco, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

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Dario Cologna had the strongest finish to win the men's 30-kilometer skiathlon at the Sochi Olympics on Sunday, showing he's back to full fitness after a season disrupted by an ankle injury.

The Swiss cross-country skier pulled away from a quartet of skiers at the top of the final uphill section and then held off defending champion Marcus Hellner of Sweden on the final straight.

Cologna finished in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 15.4 seconds for his second Olympic gold medal. Hellner was 0.4 seconds behind to win silver, with Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway taking bronze.

Cologna is a three-time overall World Cup winner. He needed surgery to repair an ankle ligament in November and only returned to competition last month.

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