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Day 7 roundup: Cologna, Domracheva become double gold winners

English.news.cn   2014-02-15 05:50:15

SOCHI, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Swiss Dario Cologna and Belarussian Darya Domracheva both won their second gold medal in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Friday, from the men's 15km cross country classic and women's 15km biathlon respectively.

And both won in style.

Cologna, who won the skiathlon last Sunday, dominated the race and underlined his supremacy in cross country skiing, retaining the title he won four years ago in Vancouver.

The 27-year-old, who underwent an ankle operation three months ago, comfortably won the gold with a margin of 28.5 seconds. Jonas Olsson of Sweden finished second and his compatriot Daniel Richardsson third.

"It's amazing," said Cologna. "I couldn't believe the first gold medal, after being injured, and now the second. It was the perfect race. I knew it would be hard and I was prepared for it.

"The first gold was emotional after coming back from injury, the second is unbelievable."

Domracheva, who won the 10km pursuit on Tuesday, became the first athlete from Belarus to win multiple gold medals at an Olympic Winter Games.

The Belarussian, 27, was penalized for one missed target in her first standing shoot but was too fast on skis, clocked 43 minutes 19.6 seconds, 1:15.7 ahead of her nearest rival Selina Gasparin of Switzerland. Nadezhda Skardino, also of Belarus, took the bronze.

"I think it means a lot for the whole country," she said. "I hope that I inspire other people."

Sandro Viletta won Switzerland's other gold in the men's super-combined event, finishing with a combined time of two minutes 45.20 seconds. Croatia's Ivica Kostelic took the silver at 0.34 seconds for his fourth Olympic silver and third in the combined.

Italy's Christof Innerhofer, the downhill silver medalist, won the bronze.

Belarus' second gold came from the women's aerials. Alla Tsuper, competing in her fifth Winter Olympics and never making the top three, landed perfectly in the final round, shocking a field including defending champion Lydia Lassila and Chinese duo Li Nina, twice Olympic silver medalist, and Xu Mengtao, the world champion.

Xu took the silver and Lassila won the bronze.

Britain's Elizabeth Yarnold clocked 3:52.89 for four runs to win the women's skeleton gold, Britain's first gold in Sochi.

American Noelle Pikus-Pace took the silver and Russian Elena Nikitina had the bronze.

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu won the men's figure skating gold medal, beating three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada into second place. Kazakhstan's Denis Ten took the bronze.

After seven day's competition, Germany still tops the medal table with seven gold, two silver and one bronze medals, followed by Switzerland on 5-1-1 and Canada on 4-4-2.

China stands at ninth on 2-2-0.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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