Cross-country skiing at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Women's 4 × 5 kilometre relay

The women's 4 × 5 kilometre relay cross-country skiing competition at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, was held on 16 February at Snow Harp.

Women's 4 × 5 kilometre relay
at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games
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VenueSnow Harp
Dates16 February
Competitors64 (16 teams) from 16 nations
Winning time55:13.5
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Nina Gavrylyuk
Olga Danilova
Yelena Vyalbe
Larisa Lazutina
 Russia
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Bente Martinsen
Marit Mikkelsplass
Elin Nilsen
Anita Moen-Guidon
 Norway
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Karin Moroder
Gabriella Paruzzi
Manuela Di Centa
Stefania Belmondo
 Italy
← 1994
2002 →

Race SummaryEdit

Russia had won the last three World Championships, and the 1994 Olympic gold medal, which had been won in 1992 by the Unified Team, and 1988 by the Soviet Union.

Russia and Norway started out quickly, with Nina Gavrylyuk leading over Bente Martinsen, who had a 17.7 lead over third-place Sweden.[1] On the second leg, Norway moved ahead, one second in front of Russia, with Italy back in 12th place. Yelena Välbe, skiing the third leg for Russia, created a gap, and put Russia in front of Norway by 22.8 seconds at the final exchange, with Switzerland another minute behind. Manuela Di Centa skied well for Italy on the third leg but could only move her team up to ninth position. Välbe's split had made it an easy task for Russian anchor Larisa Lazutina, who increased the lead slightly as Russia won a comfortable gold medal over Norway. For Italy, the impossible occurred, as Stefania Belmondo's anchor leg was the fastest of the event, by over 26 seconds, and brought Italy in 1.9 seconds ahead of Switzerland. The podium had Russia, Norway, and Italy, in that order, exactly the same medal finish as in 1994.

ResultsEdit

Each team used four skiers, with each completing racing over the same 5 kilometre circuit. The first two raced in the classical style, and the final pair of skiers raced freestyle.[2]

Rank Bib Team Time Deficit
  1   Russia
Nina Gavrylyuk
Olga Danilova
Yelena Välbe
Larisa Lazutina
55:13.5
14:13.8
13:53.2
13:39.8
13:26.7
  2   Norway
Bente Martinsen
Marit Mikkelsplass
Elin Nilsen
Anita Moen-Guidon
55:38.0
14:14.3
13:51.7
14:03.6
13:28.4
+24.5
  4   Italy
Karin Moroder
Gabriella Paruzzi
Manuela Di Centa
Stefania Belmondo
56:53.3
15:16.7
14:35.7
14:00.8
13:00.1
+1:39.8
4 8   Switzerland
Sylvia Honegger
Andrea Huber
Brigitte Albrecht-Loretan
Natascia Leonardi Cortesi
56:55.2
14:41.2
14:43.6
13:39.8
13:50.6
+1:41.7
5 6   Germany
Kati Wilhelm
Manuela Henkel
Constanze Blum
Anke Reschwamm Schulze
56:55.4
14:40.7
14:17.9
14:06.5
13:50.3
+1:41.9
6 5   Czech Republic
Jana Saldová
Kateřina Neumannová
Kateřina Hanušová
Zuzana Kocumova
56:58.7
14:58.3
14:04.2
14:10.2
13:46.0
+1:45.2
7 3   Finland
Tuulikki Pyykkönen
Milla Jauho
Satu Salonen
Anita Hakala
57:34.3
14:37.4
14:44.6
14:04.3
14:08.0
+2:20.8
8 9   Sweden
Antonina Ordina
Anette Fanqvist
Magdalena Forsberg
Karin Säterkvist
57:53.7
14:32.0
14:44.8
14:12.1
14:24.8
+2:40.2
9 10   Ukraine
Valentina Shevchenko
Iryna Terelia
Elena Gayasova
Marina Pestrekova
57:54.8
14:57.2
13:53.1
14:39.2
14:25.3
+2:41.3
10 14   Japan
Tomomi Otaka
Sumiko Yokoyama
Fumiko Aoki
Kumiko Yokoyama
58:22.8
14:40.3
14:27.0
14:46.9
14:28.6
+3:09.3
11 7   France
Sophie Villeneuve
Annick Vaxelaire-Pierrel
Anne-Laure Mignerey Condevaux
Karine Philippot
58:27.7
14:35.6
14:48.5
15:06.7
13:56.9
+3:14.2
12 11   Kazakhstan
Svetlana Deshevykh
Oksana Yatskaya
Svetlana Shishkina
Olga Selezneva
59:11.3
14:41.6
14:36.0
15:06.8
14:46.9
+3:57.8
13 12   Poland
Katarzyna Gebala
Malgorzata Ruchala
Dorota Kwasna
Bernadeta Piotrowska
59:56.7
15:41.8
15:00.8
14:45.1
14:29.0
+4:43.2
14 16   Belarus
Svetlana Kamotskaya
Ekaterina Antonuk
Yelena Sinkevitch
Ludmila Shablouskaya
59:56.9
15:06.8
15:19.7
14:49.0
14:41.4
+4:43.4
15 15   United States
Kerrin Petty
Suzanne King
Laura McCabe
Laura Wilson
1:00:51.2
15:45.6
15:33.5
15:04.2
14:27.9
+5:37.7
16 13   Canada
Beckie Scott
Milaine Thériault
Sara Renner
Jaime Fortier
1:01:09.9
14:38.1
15:14.7
15:34.1
15:43.0
+5:56.4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cross Country Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games: Women's 4 x 5 kilometres Relay". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  2. ^ "The XVIII Olympic Winter Games Official Report" (PDF). library.la84.org. pp. 82–84. Retrieved 10 February 2018.

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