Cross-country skiing at the 2022 Winter Olympics – Men's 4 × 10 kilometre relay

The men's 4 × 10 kilometre relay competition in cross-country skiing at the 2022 Winter Olympics was held on 13 February, at the Kuyangshu Nordic Center and Biathlon Center in Zhangjiakou.[1] Aleksey Chervotkin, Alexander Bolshunov, Denis Spitsov, and Sergey Ustiugov, representing the Russian Olympic Committee, won the event. It was first gold for Russian athletes in the relay since 1980, when the Soviet Union won. Norway won the silver medal, and France bronze.

Men's 4 × 10 kilometre relay
at the XXIV Olympic Winter Games
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg
VenueKuyangshu Nordic Center and Biathlon Center,
Zhangjiakou
Date13 February
Competitors60 from 15 nations
Teams15
Winning time1:54:50.7
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Aleksey Chervotkin
Alexander Bolshunov
Denis Spitsov
Sergey Ustiugov
 ROC
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Emil Iversen
Pål Golberg
Hans Christer Holund
Johannes Høsflot Klæbo
 Norway
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Richard Jouve
Hugo Lapalus
Clément Parisse
Maurice Manificat
 France
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SummaryEdit

Norway were the defending champion, and Russian Olympic Committee athletes and France were the 2018 silver and bronze medalists, respectively. The only relay in the 2021–22 FIS Cross-Country World Cup was won by Norway, with Russia second. Generally, the season was dominated by Norwegians and Russians, who together took 34 podium places in individual distance events out of 45. Norway were also the 2021 World Champion, with Russian Ski Federation second and France third. Only five nations - Finland, Italy, Norway, Russia, and Sweden - ever won the men's Olympic cross-country skiing relay.

During the whole competition, the Russian Olympic Committee team were in the lead, as Aleksey Chervotkin escaped from the rest of the competitors after 3 km. At the second interchange, Alexander Bolshunov had a minute lead over Norway and Sweden, and 1:10 over France, Germany, and Finland. These five teams skied the third leg together, though Finland soon started to drop behind. Eventually, Germany also dropped out of the pursuers group. At the third interchange, Denis Spitsov was 45 seconds ahead of Norway and Sweden and 50 seconds ahead of France, with other teams out of medal contention. The last leg featured Johannes Høsflot Klæbo for Norway, who previously became the individual sprint champion at these Olympics. After 2 km, Klæbo escaped from Maurice Manificat and Johan Häggström, but at 3 km he was still 40 seconds behind Sergey Ustiugov. At 5 km, Manificat escaped from Häggström and caught up with Klæbo, leaving Sweden without a medal. Ustyugov comfortably finished his leg with a minute of advantage, leaving him free to carrry the ROC's Olympic flag across the finish line.[2] Klæbo and Manificat skied together, several times trying to escape, until Klæbo managed to break away before entering the stadium, winning silver for Norway. France were third, as they were at the 2014 and 2018 Olympics.

Blowing fresh snow conditions made the ski tracks slow in Beijing, especially on the first two classic ski legs, contributing to a winning time more than 20 minutes slower than Norway's gold-medal time win at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and nearly 30 minutes back of Sweden's at Sochi in 2014. Television coverage showed maintenance workers using leaf-blowers to clear loose fresh snow out of the ski tracks.[2]

QualificationEdit

ResultsEdit

The race was started at 15:00.[3]

Rank Bib Country Time Deficit
  2   ROC
Aleksey Chervotkin
Alexander Bolshunov
Denis Spitsov
Sergey Ustiugov
1:54:50.7
30:14.7
29:32.0
27:22.6
27:41.4
  1   Norway
Emil Iversen
Pål Golberg
Hans Christer Holund
Johannes Høsflot Klæbo
1:55:57.9
30:49.1
29:57.1
27:08.0
28:03.7
+1:07.2
  3   France
Richard Jouve
Hugo Lapalus
Clément Parisse
Maurice Manificat
1:56:07.1
31:04.9
29:51.5
27:02.1
28:08.6
+1:16.4
4 4   Sweden
Oskar Svensson
William Poromaa
Jens Burman
Johan Häggström
1:57:00.4
31:16.0
29:30.4
27:08.3
29:05.7
+2:09.7
5 7   Germany
Janosch Brugger
Friedrich Moch
Florian Notz
Lucas Bögl
1:57:46.5
30:38.2
30:18.5
28:08.1
28:41.7
+2:55.8
6 6   Finland
Ristomatti Hakola
Iivo Niskanen
Perttu Hyvärinen
Joni Mäki
1:59:28.6
32:02.2
28:53.9
29:08.8
29:23.7
+4:37.9
7 5   Switzerland
Dario Cologna
Jonas Baumann
Candide Pralong
Roman Furger
2:00:13.3
31:12.1
30:51.9
28:32.8
29:36.5
+5:22.6
8 14   Italy
Federico Pellegrino
Francesco De Fabiani
Giandomenico Salvadori
Davide Graz
2:00:16.6
30:38.8
30:52.1
29:05.8
29:39.9
+5:25.9
9 8   United States
Luke Jager
Scott Patterson
Gus Schumacher
Kevin Bolger
2:02:56.3
32:53.7
31:16.2
29:03.4
29:43.0
+8:05.6
10 9   Japan
Ryo Hirose
Hiroyuki Miyazawa
Naoto Baba
Haruki Yamashita
2:03:01.5
31:13.0
32:49.4
28:50.1
30:09.0
+8:10.8
11 10   Canada
Graham Ritchie
Antoine Cyr
Olivier Léveillé
Rémi Drolet
2:04:01.1
32:57.3
31:51.6
29:05.0
30:07.2
+9:10.4
12 11   Czech Republic
Adam Fellner
Michal Novák
Petr Knop
Jan Pechoušek
2:04:57.8
31:48.8
31:58.1
29:06.0
32:04.9
+10:07.1
13 13   China
Shang Jincai
Liu Rongsheng
Wang Qiang
Chen Degen
LAP
32:26.3
32:24.9
29:45.3
LAP
14 15   Slovenia
Miha Šimenc
Miha Ličef
Vili Črv
Janez Lampič
LAP
31:11.5
33:19.2
29:47.9
LAP
15 12   Estonia
Marko Kilp
Alvar Johannes Alev
Martin Himma
Henri Roos
LAP
34:09.6
31:52.3
LAP

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://new.inews.gtimg.com/tnews/f98bcfd4/9e07/f98bcfd4-9e07-4ca4-af18-80d0c86109c4.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ a b Dichter, Myles (13 February 2022). "Russians run away with gold medal in men's cross-country relay". CBC Sports. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  3. ^ Final results