Sochi 2014: Mayer, Cologna, Kuzmina among the golds as Norway lead medal table

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Sochi 2014: Mayer, Cologna, Kuzmina among the golds as Norway lead medal table

Sochi 2014: Mayer, Cologna, Kuzmina among the golds as Norway lead medal table
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Austria’s Matthias Mayer produced a stunning performance to take gold in the men’s Olympic downhill in Sochi on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, competing in his first Winter Games, went one better than his father Helmut who won silver in Calgary in 1988.

Mayer crossed the finish line in an impressive time of two minutes and 6.23 to edge out Italy’s Christof Innerhofer by the narrowest of margins with Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud completing the podium.

Dario Cologna wins men’s 30k skiathlon

Switzerland’s Dario Cologna surged to a surprise victory in the men’s skiathlon.

The 27-year-old, who won the 15km freestyle at the Vancouver Olympics, made his break on the final short climb and never looked back, holding off defending champion Marcus Hellner of Sweden on the final straight.

Cologna completed the course in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 15.4 seconds, 0.4 seconds ahead of Hellner, with Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway taking bronze.

Kuzmina retains women’s sprint title

Slovakia’s Anastasiya Kuzmina held her nerve to take gold, becoming the first woman to successfully defend the Winter Olympics 7.5km biathlon sprint title.

The 29-year-old, whose brother Anton Shipulin just missed out on a podium finish in the men’s sprint on Saturday, skied flawlessly to clock a winning time of 21 minutes 6.8 seconds.

Kuzmina finished nearly 20 seconds ahead of Russia’s Olga Vilukhina, with Vita Semerenko of Ukraine having to settle for third place.

Hosts Russia claim first gold in team figure skating

Local hope Evgeni Plushenko produced a superb display to hand hosts Russia their first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics in the team figure skating event on Sunday.

The 2006 Turin champion and skate partner Julia Lipnitskaya clinched five of the eight segments to seal the title with a total of 75 points.

Canada, led by Vancouver ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, had to settle for second place with 65 points while Team USA completed the podium.

Sochi 2014: Norway lead medal count

Norway retain top spot in the medal table, adding three bronze medals to their collection to bring their total to seven.

The Netherlands are joint second with United States, Canada and Russia on four.

Austria are currently lying in sixth place going into day three.