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Cologna, Johaug win WCup skiathlon pursuit races

Cologna, Johaug win WCup skiathlon pursuit races

Dario Cologna of Switzerland extended his overall World Cup lead by winning a skiathlon pursuit race on Saturday, while Therese Johaug led a Norwegian sweep in the women's race.
Cologna pulled away from his rivals over the last couple of kilometers and then held off Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby to complete the 30-kilometer race in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 30.5 seconds. Johnsrud Sundby was 3.7 seconds back, while Canada's Alex Harvey was 4.2 behind in third place.
Most of the top skiers were still together after the 15K classical style portion, and Cologna went up in front early in the freestyle leg but couldn't pull away until the end.
Earlier, Johaug had a more dominant victory after after pulling away early from the main pack and maintaining the gap until the end.
The 23-year-old Johaug finished the 15K race in 36 minutes, 52.6 seconds.
Fellow countrywomen Marit Bjoergen and Heidi Weng were second and third, respectively. Bjoergen finished 10.2 seconds back in second place to overtake Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk for the lead in the overall World Cup standings. Weng earned her first individual podium finish by coming in 1.1 seconds behind Bjoergen.
Kowalczyk was eighth.


Updated : 2021-05-08 02:37 GMT+08:00