Cross-Country

Dean Campbell - Friday Feb. 14, 2014 04:47 ET

Dario Cologna repeats as 15km cross-country champ

Swiss skier earns 2nd Sochi gold

Dario Cologna
Dario Cologna has become a dominant skier in cross-country competition at the Sochi 2014 Olympics (Odd Andersen/Getty Images)

Swiss skier Dario Cologna won gold in the men's 15km cross-country classic ski race, finishing in 38 minutes, 29.7 seconds on Friday.

Cologna has repeated as the 15km classic Olympic champion and earn his second gold medal of the Sochi Games. The Swiss skier won the skiathlon race earlier this week.

Cologna led the race from the 8km mark to the finish. 

The silver medal went to Johan Olsson of Sweden, stopping the clock at 38:58.2. Fellow Swede Daniel Richardsson won the bronze with a time of 39:08.5. 

Devon Kershaw of Sudbury, Ont., was the fastest Canadian, crossing the line in 41:17.1 to finish 35th overall.

Ivan Babikov of Canmore, Alta., finished in 41:49.2, ranked 39th. Graeme Killick of Fort McMurray, Alta., crossed the finish line in 44:04.8, to claim 65th position. Alex Harvey of St-Ferreol des Neiges, Que., did not finish the race.

Conditions at the Laura Cross-country and Biathlon centre were very warm, making for a challenging race. Many athletes had cut the sleeves from their race suits, and dumped water over their heads during the race to keep cool.

 

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