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Cologna marks a successful weekend

Olympic champion Dario Cologna of Switzerland won the 10-kilometre cross-country classic event in Finland on Saturday to claim his first World Cup win of the season.

On Sunday he came in second in the 15-kilometre pursuit.

Cologna finished 6.7 seconds ahead of Alexander Legkov of Russia in challenging weather conditions on Saturday, which saw the temperatures in Kuusamo plunge to -20 degrees Celsius.

"This win means a lot to me. It shows me how much potential I have," Cologna said.

However, he could not hold off Legkov the next day in the 15 km race.

Earlier this year, the 24-year-old Cologna won the men's 15-km freestyle cross-country race in his Olympic debut in Vancouver.

This followed on from his 2008/2009 season success, in which Cologna became the first Swiss ever to win the overall cross-country ski World Cup.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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