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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.

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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.

    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.