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Cologna wins 15K classical race for 2nd Sochi gold

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Dario Cologna of Switzerland won his second gold at the Sochi Olympics on Friday with a dominant performance in the men's 15-kilometer classical-style cross-country race.

Cologna led by just 0.7 seconds at the 8-kilometer 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.

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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.

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