Biathlon at the 2002 Winter Olympics – Men's sprint

The Men's 10 kilometre sprint biathlon competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics was held on 13 February, at Soldier Hollow. Competitors raced over two 3.0 kilometre loops and one 4.0 kilometre loop of the skiing course, shooting two times, once prone and once standing. Each miss was penalized by requiring the competitor to race over a 150-metre penalty loop.[1][2]

Men's biathlon sprint
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
VenueSoldier Hollow
Dates13 February
Competitors87 from 34 nations
Winning time24:51.3
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ole Einar Bjørndalen  Norway
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Sven Fischer  Germany
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Wolfgang Perner  Austria
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ResultsEdit

Ole Einar Bjørndalen, having won the men's 20 kilometre Individual race two days before, came in as one of the favourites. Bjørndalen was also the defending World Cup champion in the sprint, as well as the defending Olympic champion in the discipline.[3] In addition, he had won the 2001 test event at Soldier Hollow, beating countryman Frode Andresen,[4] and won one of the four World Cup sprints earlier in the season.[1] Raphaël Poirée, the defending overall World Cup champion, had also won a World Cup sprint race in 2001/02, but neither Poirée nor Bjørndalen was leading the World Cup standings, which were closely contested between Andresen, Frank Luck and the defending World Champion in the distance, Pavel Rostovtsev.[1]

Germans Ricco Groß and Sven Fischer set the early pace, both shooting clear on the first shoot, then missing one in the second, with Fischer pulling away over the last loop to lead his countryman by 25 seconds at the finish. Poirée led both of them after the first shoot, but put two shots wide on his final round, dropping him out of contention. Rovstovtsev, not skiing as quickly as Poirée, was also well placed after one shoot, but his one miss on the second left him five seconds behind Groß at the finish.[5]

Andresen, fresh off a disappointment in the final round of shooting in the individual, was clear on the first shoot, and quick on the skis, but, like the individual, struggled on the last shoot, missing twice and ending up in 8th. The man starting directly behind him, Wolfgang Perner, was slower on the course, but didn't miss a shot, and just managed to edge Groß at the line, finishing 0.2 seconds ahead for, at the time, second place.

But Bjørndalen was still to come, and did not disappoint. The Norwegian shot clear at the opening attempt, but only left the range in 4th, behind Poirée, Andresen and Fischer. However, where all three of those had stumbled at the second shooting round, Bjørndalen made no mistake, shooting clear. He left the range 30 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Fischer, and held that lead until the finish line for his second gold medal of the games. [5] This was Bjørndalen's third Olympic gold medal, making him the first biathlete to achieve such a feat.[6]

The race was held at 11:00.[7]

Rank Bib Name Country Time Penalties (P+S) Deficit
  81 Ole Einar Bjørndalen   Norway 24:51.3 0 (0+0)
  10 Sven Fischer   Germany 25:20.2 1 (0+1) +28.9
  63 Wolfgang Perner   Austria 25:44.4 0 (0+0) +53.1
4 6 Ricco Groß   Germany 25:44.6 1 (0+1) +53.3
5 23 Wolfgang Rottmann   Austria 25:48.8 2 (1+1) +57.5
6 39 Pavel Rostovtsev   Russia 25:50.1 1 (0+1) +58.8
7 24 Viktor Maigourov   Russia 25:50.9 0 (0+0) +59.6
8 62 Frode Andresen   Norway 25:51.5 2 (0+2) +1:00.2
9 35 Raphaël Poirée   France 25:56.9 2 (0+2) +1:05.6
10 2 Ludwig Gredler   Austria 26:04.3 2 (1+1) +1:13.0
11 87 Oleg Ryzhenkov   Belarus 26:05.5 0 (0+0) +1:14.2
12 58 Vadim Sashurin   Belarus 26:09.9 0 (0+0) +1:18.6
13 77 Halvard Hanevold   Norway 26:12.5 0 (0+0) +1:21.2
14 72 Zdeněk Vítek   Czech Republic 26:14.0 1 (0+1) +1:22.7
15 51 Michael Greis   Germany 26:18.4 2 (1+1) +1:27.1
16 50 Paavo Puurunen   Finland 26:24.7 1 (1+0) +1:33.4
17 55 Björn Ferry   Sweden 26:30.5 2 (1+1) +1:39.2
18 74 Wojciech Kozub   Poland 26:31.9 1 (0+1) +1:40.6
19 17 Timo Antila   Finland 26:33.4 1 (0+1) +1:42.1
20 34 Jeremy Teela   United States 26:36.6 2 (0+2) +1:45.3
21 8 Vincent Defrasne   France 26:36.7 2 (1+1) +1:45.4
22 75 René Cattarinussi   Italy 26:37.3 1 (0+1) +1:46.0
23 49 Tomaž Globočnik   Slovenia 26:40.0 1 (0+1) +1:48.7
24 76 Egil Gjelland   Norway 26:42.5 1 (1+0) +1:51.2
25 29 Vesa Hietalahti   Finland 26:43.2 0 (0+0) +1:51.9
26 67 Jay Hakkinen   United States 26:43.5 1 (1+0) +1:52.2
27 84 Marko Dolenc   Slovenia 26:47.0 1 (0+1) +1:55.7
28 82 Carl Johan Bergman   Sweden 26:47.1 1 (0+1) +1:55.8
29 37 Frank Luck   Germany 26:47.7 2 (1+1) +1:56.4
30 1 Dimitri Borovik   Estonia 26:50.1 2 (1+1) +1:58.8
31 54 Tomasz Sikora   Poland 26:59.3 1 (0+1) +2:08.0
32 83 Tomáš Holubec   Czech Republic 27:01.8 1 (0+1) +2:10.5
33 42 Sergey Rusinov   Russia 27:04.3 1 (0+1) +2:13.0
34 44 Roman Dostál   Czech Republic 27:04.9 2 (0+2) +2:13.6
35 56 Julien Robert   France 27:05.1 2 (1+1) +2:13.8
36 16 Vyacheslav Derkach   Ukraine 27:05.3 1 (0+1) +2:14.0
37 59 Alexei Aidarov   Belarus 27:06.4 2 (1+1) +2:15.1
38 26 Andriy Deryzemlia   Ukraine 27:11.1 1 (0+1) +2:19.8
39 11 Marek Matiaško   Slovakia 27:12.6 1 (0+1) +2:21.3
40 41 Ilmārs Bricis   Latvia 27:17.3 2 (1+1) +2:26.0
41 30 Kyoji Suga   Japan 27:21.0 1 (0+1) +2:29.7
42 31 Marian Blaj   Romania 27:25.5 1 (1+0) +2:34.2
43 52 Robin Clegg   Canada 27:28.3 2 (1+1) +2:37.0
44 73 Janez Marič   Slovenia 27:28.6 2 (0+2) +2:37.3
45 27 Janno Prants   Estonia 27:29.2 3 (1+2) +2:37.9
46 80 Oļegs Maļuhins   Latvia 27:30.7 3 (1+2) +2:39.4
47 21 Petr Garabík   Czech Republic 27:30.9 2 (0+2) +2:39.6
48 69 Indrek Tobreluts   Estonia 27:31.1 2 (0+2) +2:39.8
49 25 Paolo Longo   Italy 27:31.9 0 (0+0) +2:40.6
50 86 Wilfried Pallhuber   Italy 27:35.7 1 (0+1) +2:44.4
51 43 Sergei Rozhkov   Russia 27:39.8 4 (3+1) +2:48.5
52 19 Jēkabs Nākums   Latvia 27:40.9 1 (1+0) +2:49.6
53 66 Ruslan Lysenko   Ukraine 27:43.1 2 (0+2) +2:51.8
54 20 Lawton Redman   United States 27:43.4 2 (1+1) +2:52.1
55 45 Roland Zwahlen   Switzerland 27:43.7 1 (1+0) +2:52.4
56 38 Zhang Qing   China 27:45.3 3 (2+1) +2:54.0
40 Aleksandr Syman   Belarus 27:45.3 1 (1+0) +2:54.0
58 13 Wiesław Ziemianin   Poland 27:47.0 2 (0+2) +2:55.7
59 22 Sašo Grajf   Slovenia 27:52.6 2 (0+2) +3:01.3
60 60 Georgi Kasabov   Bulgaria 27:55.8 1 (0+1) +3:04.5
61 78 Krzysztof Topór   Poland 28:02.2 3 (1+2) +3:10.9
62 5 Hidenori Isa   Japan 28:03.6 2 (1+1) +3:12.3
63 68 Henrik Forsberg   Sweden 28:04.0 6 (2+4) +3:12.7
64 64 Jean-Marc Chabloz   Switzerland 28:08.6 1 (0+1) +3:17.3
65 70 Gundars Upenieks   Latvia 28:11.9 3 (3+0) +3:20.6
66 32 Gilles Marguet   France 28:20.1 4 (1+3) +3:28.8
67 9 Matthias Simmen   Switzerland 28:22.8 3 (1+2) +3:31.5
68 18 Devis Da Canal   Italy 28:25.9 2 (0+2) +3:34.6
69 71 Yukio Mochizuki   Japan 28:28.5 2 (2+0) +3:37.2
70 79 Roland Lessing   Estonia 28:34.4 2 (2+0) +3:43.1
71 61 Jason Sklenar   Great Britain 28:43.4 4 (2+2) +3:52.1
72 7 Mark Gee   Great Britain 28:57.8 2 (2+0) +4:06.5
73 65 Olli-Pekka Peltola   Finland 28:58.5 1 (1+0) +4:07.2
74 53 Mike Dixon   Great Britain 28:58.7 1 (0+1) +4:07.4
75 4 Imre Tagscherer   Hungary 29:08.6 3 (1+2) +4:17.3
76 85 Roman Pryma   Ukraine 29:16.1 3 (1+2) +4:24.8
77 28 Aleksandr Tropnikov   Kyrgyzstan 29:30.2 2 (1+1) +4:38.9
78 12 Tord Wiksten   Sweden 29:39.5 4 (2+2) +4:48.2
79 33 Dmitry Pantov   Kazakhstan 29:46.3 5 (2+3) +4:55.0
80 47 Shin Byung-Kook   South Korea 29:51.1 2 (1+1) +4:59.8
81 36 Ricardo Oscare   Argentina 30:00.2 3 (0+3) +5:08.9
82 48 Liutauras Barila   Lithuania 30:01.4 5 (2+3) +5:10.1
83 46 Mihail Gribuşencov   Moldova 30:02.2 2 (1+1) +5:10.9
84 15 Žarko Galjanić   Croatia 30:33.0 3 (1+2) +5:41.7
85 14 Stavros Khristoforidis   Greece 31:51.4 2 (1+1) +7:00.1
86 3 Carlos Varas   Chile 32:48.1 0 (0+0) +7:56.8
57 Christoph Sumann   Austria DNF 2 (0+2)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Biathlon at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: Men's 10 kilometres Sprint". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. 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. ^ 2001 World Cup 7 - 10 km Sprint Results Archived July 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine from biathlonworld.com, retrieved 6 February 2013
  5. ^ a b http://ibu.blob.core.windows.net/docs/0102/BT/SWRL/OG__/SMSP/BT_O77B_1.0.pdf[- Competition Analysis, Men's 10 km Sprint - SLOC]
  6. ^ "Norway's Bjoerndalen wins second gold". CNNSI.com. AP. February 13, 2002. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  7. ^ Final results