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Biathlon at the 2002 Winter Olympics – Men's relay

The Men's 4 x 7.5 kilometre biathlon relay competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics 20 February, at Soldier Hollow. Each national team consisted of four members, with each skiing 7.5 kilometres and shooting twice, once prone and once standing.

Men's biathlon relay
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
VenueSoldier Hollow
Dates20 February
Competitors76 from 19 nations
Winning time1:23:42.3
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Halvard Hanevold
Frode Andresen
Egil Gjelland
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
 Norway
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ricco Groß
Peter Sendel
Sven Fischer
Frank Luck
 Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gilles Marguet
Vincent Defrasne
Julien Robert
Raphaël Poirée
 France
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At each shooting station, a competitor has eight shots to hit five targets; however, only five bullets are loaded in a magazine at one - if additional shots are required, the spare bullets must be loaded one at a time. If after the eight shots are taken, there are still targets not yet hit, the competitor must ski a 150-metre penalty loop.[1][2]

ResultsEdit

Norway, led by triple gold medalist Ole Einar Bjørndalen, were the defending World Cup winners, led the 2001/02 World Cup, and were defending Olympic champions.[3][4] The defending World Champions were France, while Germany were the only other country with more than one individual medal at the Games, and had won two of the four World Cup relays.[4]

Clean shooting had Ukraine, with Vyacheslav Derkach, and Russia, with Viktor Maigourov, out of the first shoot in the lead, with most of the top teams near them, but Norway some 25 seconds behind after Halvard Hanevold missed a shot. Ukraine's time in the lead was short-lived, as they fell out of contention after Derkach went on the penalty loop after the second shoot. That put the Russians into the lead, after Maigurov shot clear again. They left some ten seconds ahead of Gilles Marguet of France and Petr Garabík of the Czech Republic. Hanevold shot clear to pull his team back up into 4th spot. Maigurov was strong in the ski into the exchange, exteing his lead over France and the Czechs, while Hanevold and Germany's Ricco Groß both equalled Maigurov's time, coming to the exchange 18 and 29 seconds behind the Russians, respectively.[5]

Sergei Rozhkov took over in the lead for the Russians, and while he missed two on his first shoot, so did his closest pursuer, Frode Andresen, leaving the gap the same. However, both Germany, with Peter Sendel, and France with Vincent Defrasne, missed only once, and cut the lead down to around 20 seconds. All four of these skiers missed once on the second shoot, but it was Andresen who made up ground, passing Rozhkov before the end of the shoot, and extending the lead to a full 20 seconds over the Russian, now joined by Defrasne, at the hand off.[5]

Egil Gjelland increased Norway's lead, shooting clear to open the third leg, getting more than 30 seconds over Russia's Sergei Tchepikov, who shot clear, and France's Julien Robert, who missed once, but didn't cede any time to the Russian. Germany's Sven Fischer had a terrible shoot, going on the penalty loop and leaving his team more than a minute in arrears. Gjelland missed a shot on the second shoot, but by this point it didn't seem to matter, as he was nearly a minute clear of Robert and Tchepikov, still together, and both missing twice. Fischer's charge back saw him get within 20 seconds of that pair, after missing just once. By the changeover, Gjelland's lead was over a minute, with Tchepikov dropping Robert by ten seconds, and Fischer coming back into third, passing the French.[5]

Ole Einar Bjørndalen's missed two on the first shoot, and while that saw the gap to the chasing teams shrink, it was still over 40 seconds. Frank Luck, going for Germany, and Raphaël Poirée, for France, both shot clear, passing Russia's Pavel Rostovtsev, who missed once. Bjørndalen would miss again on the final shoot, but it didn't have any effect on the final result, as he remained comfortably ahead to win his fourth gold medal of the Games. Luck and Poirée both shot clear on their last attempts, and left together, but Luck was clearly stronger, easily outpacing the French to give Germany silver. Rostovtsev was struggling to keep pace with the top teams, and three misses on the final shoot left him no chance, as Russia ended up more than a minute behind in 4th.[4]

The race was held at 11:00.[6]

Rank Bib Team Penalties (P+S) Result Deficit
  1   Norway
Halvard Hanevold
Frode Andresen
Egil Gjelland
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
0+5 0+3
0+1 0+0
0+2 0+1
0+0 0+1
0+2 0+1
1:23:42.3
22:09.1
20:17.2
20:45.7
20:30.3
  6   Germany
Ricco Groß
Peter Sendel
Sven Fischer
Frank Luck
1+4 0+5
0+0 0+3
0+1 0+1
1+3 0+1
0+0 0+0
1:24:27.6
22:20.2
20:47.5
21:13.9
20:06.0
+45.3
  4   France
Gilles Marguet
Vincent Defrasne
Julien Robert
Raphaël Poirée
0+3 0+3
0+1 0+0
0+1 0+1
0+1 0+2
0+0 0+0
1:24:36.6
22:25.1
20:22.1
21:36.3
20:13.1
+54.3
4 5   Russia
Viktor Maigourov
Sergei Rozhkov
Sergei Tchepikov
Pavel Rostovtsev
0+3 0+6
0+0 0+0
0+2 0+1
0+0 0+2
0+1 0+3
1:24:54.4
21:51.4
20:56.5
21:24.8
20:41.7
+1:12.1
5 8   Czech Republic
Petr Garabík
Ivan Masařík
Roman Dostál
Zdeněk Vítek
0+6 0+6
0+1 0+0
0+3 0+2
0+1 0+3
0+1 0+1
1:26:36.1
22:42.3
21:33.4
21:17.4
21:03.0
+2:53.8
6 2   Austria
Christoph Sumann
Wolfgang Perner
Wolfgang Rottmann
Ludwig Gredler
0+2 0+7
0+0 0+1
0+0 0+2
0+1 0+3
0+1 0+1
1:26:58.9
22:36.3
21:21.1
21:35.3
21:26.2
+3:16.6
7 13   Ukraine
Vyacheslav Derkach
Oleksandr Bilanenko
Roman Pryma
Ruslan Lysenko
1+5 1+7
0+0 1+3
1+3 0+1
0+0 0+2
0+2 0+1
1:27:02.2
22:52.2
22:06.4
21:10.3
20:53.3
+3:19.9
8 3   Belarus
Alexei Aidarov
Aleksandr Syman
Oleg Ryzhenkov
Vadim Sashurin
0+3 1+9
0+1 0+2
0+0 0+2
0+2 1+3
0+0 0+2
1:27:12.0
22:53.9
21:22.7
21:53.1
21:02.3
+3:29.7
9 15   Poland
Wiesław Ziemianin
Wojciech Kozub
Krzysztof Topór
Tomasz Sikora
1+3 0+4
0+0 0+3
1+3 0+0
0+0 0+0
0+0 0+1
1:27:35.4
22:58.0
21:49.3
21:26.3
21:21.8
+3:53.1
10 7   Slovenia
Sašo Grajf
Tomaž Globočnik
Janez Marič
Marko Dolenc
0+4 4+10
0+0 1+3
0+1 0+1
0+1 2+3
0+2 1+3
1:28:23.6
23:31.5
20:45.5
21:52.0
22:14.6
+4:41.3
11 12   Estonia
Janno Prants
Indrek Tobreluts
Dimitri Borovik
Roland Lessing
0+4 1+7
0+0 0+2
0+0 0+2
0+3 1+3
0+1 0+0
1:28:38.2
22:21.4
21:27.8
22:32.2
22:16.8
+4:55.9
12 9   Finland
Ville Räikkönen
Timo Antila
Paavo Puurunen
Vesa Hietalahti
0+9 1+6
0+1 0+1
0+3 1+3
0+3 0+0
0+2 0+2
1:28:52.7
23:14.9
22:23.7
21:30.3
21:43.8
+5:10.4
13 14   Japan
Hironao Meguro
Hidenori Isa
Kyoji Suga
Yukio Mochizuki
0+4 2+10
0+1 1+3
0+1 0+2
0+0 1+3
0+2 0+2
1:29:04.4
23:33.3
21:24.7
21:55.8
22:10.6
+5:22.1
14 10   Sweden
Carl Johan Bergman
Henrik Forsberg
Tord Wiksten
Björn Ferry
0+4 1+6
0+1 0+0
0+1 0+1
0+1 0+2
0+1 1+3
1:29:52.8
22:58.4
21:03.8
22:46.9
23:03.7
+6:10.5
15 19   United States
Jeremy Teela
Jay Hakkinen
Dan Campbell
Lawton Redman
0+8 2+10
0+3 1+3
0+3 0+1
0+1 1+3
0+1 0+3
1:30:27.1
23:06.9
21:55.0
23:01.0
22:24.2
+6:44.8
16 16   Italy
Paolo Longo
René Cattarinussi
Devis Da Canal
Wilfried Pallhuber
0+5 5+7
0+1 3+3
0+2 0+0
0+1 2+3
0+1 0+1
1:30:56.3
24:02.2
21:20.6
23:38.4
21:55.1
+7:14.0
17 11   Latvia
Oļegs Maļuhins
Jēkabs Nākums
Gundars Upenieks
Ilmārs Bricis
2+5 1+7
0+2 1+3
0+0 0+0
0+0 0+2
2+3 0+2
1:32:00.8
23:54.4
21:50.3
22:20.1
23:56.0
+8:18.5
18 18   Switzerland
Roland Zwahlen
Matthias Simmen
Jean-Marc Chabloz
Dani Niederberger
2+6 3+10
1+3 0+2
1+3 3+3
0+0 0+2
0+0 0+3
1:32:50.5
23:30.9
24:13.1
21:32.4
23:34.1
+9:08.2
19 17   Great Britain
Jason Sklenar
Mark Gee
Mike Dixon
Hugh Pritchard
0+9 0+7
0+3 0+1
0+2 0+3
0+1 0+1
0+3 0+2
1:36:06.0
24:38.4
23:17.3
23:28.9
24:41.4
+12:23.7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wallechinsky, David (2002). The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics. New York: The Overlook Press. p. 320. ISBN 1-58567-185-1.
  2. ^ "Biathlon at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: Men's 4 x 7.5 kilometres Relay". Sports Reference. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  3. ^ "IBU Biathlon Guide 2012/13" (PDF). International Biathlon Union. November 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 21, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Salt Lake City 2002 Official Report - Volume 1" (PDF). Salt Lake Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 6, 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c http://ibu.blob.core.windows.net/docs/0102/BT/SWRL/OG__/SMRL/BT_O77C_1.0.pdf[ - Competition Analysis, Men's 4 x 7.5 km Relay - SLOC]
  6. ^ Final results