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Cross Country Skiing at the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games:

Men's 50 kilometres

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Host City: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Ski Stadium, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Date Started: February 15, 1936
Date Finished: February 15, 1936

Gold: SWE Elis Wiklund
Silver: SWE Axel Wikström
Bronze: SWE Nils Englund

Summary

Thirty-six skiers from 11 countries started in the longest cross country race, which was run under temperatures varying from – 2 to + 3 C.°, on a course with some icy stretches. The conditions were a little difficult to find the right ski wax. Jan·Svatoš of Czechoslovakia, wearing start number two, started at precisely 8:02 in the morning, with the skiers going off at one minute intervals. The course had an elevation change of 380 meters.

Sweden entered a strong team led by the last two World Champions at the distance: Elis Wiklund (1934) and Nils Englund (1935). In addition they had the silver medalist in 18 km. from Lake Placid, Axel Wikström, who was expected to be the early leader with his start number 4. Finland’s best card was thought to be Klaes Karppinen, winner over 18 km. and silver medalist in the 50 km. at the previous year’s World Championships. Norway had a team without big stars, but had faith in 30-year old Per Samuelshaug, his best performance at the distance being a 3rd place in Holmenkollen in 1935.

The Swedes took an early command in the competition. Elis Wiklund could control his competitors from his late start number 37, and of the others, only Klaes Karppinen was in medal contention in the first part of the race. At 24 km. the Swedish quartet was in front, Wiklund having a 2:20 lead over Englund, followed by Wikström and Hjalmar Bergström. The young Norwegian Arne Tuft was a distant 5th, with Karppinen 20 seconds behind. In the last half of the race Wiklund increased his lead to 5 minutes, then faded a little over the last 5 kilometers but won by a comfortable margin, over three minutes ahead of the fastest finisher, Wikström, who passed Englund during the last part of the race. Bergström in 4th completed a sweep of the top four places for Sweden, a repetition of the glorious Swedish 50 km in St. Moritz eight years earlier.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R I6T I6R I7T I7R
1 Elis Wiklund 26 Sweden SWE Gold 3-30:11 36:32 3 52:27 1 1-23:40 1 1-52:05 1 2-06:40 1 2-41:00 1 3-05:30 1
2 Axel Wikström 28 Sweden SWE Silver 3-33:20 36:14 2 53:50 6 1-25:52 4 1-56:08 3 2-11:15 3 2-46:00 =3 3-10:02 3
3 Nils Englund 28 Sweden SWE Bronze 3-34:10 36:08 1 53:05 2 1-24:30 2 1-54:25 2 2-10:00 2 2-45:00 2 3-09:55 2
4 Hjalmar Bergström 29 Sweden SWE 3-35:50 36:53 6 53:38 4 1-26:33 5 1-56:48 4 2-11:55 4 2-46:00 =3 3-11:20 4
5 Klaes Karppinen 28 Finland FIN 3-39:33 36:33 5 53:16 3 1-25:40 3 1-58:05 6 2-12:47 5 2-49:00 5 3-14:16 5
6 Arne Tuft 25 Norway NOR 3-41:18 36:53 7 53:42 5 1-27:19 6 1-57:45 5 2-13:13 6 2-50:00 6 3-16:16 6
7 Frans Heikkinen 29 Finland FIN 3-42:44 37:30 10 54:38 8 1-28:01 8 1-59:10 7 2-14:57 8 2-52:00 8 3-17:20 7
8 Pekka Niemi 26 Finland FIN 3-44:14 36:32 4 53:50 7 1-28:18 9 1-59:55 9 2-14:50 7 2-51:00 7 3-18:09 8
9 Cyril Musil 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 3-46:12 37:46 13 54:52 11 1-29:50 13 2-02:00 12 2-17:35 11 2-54:00 9 3-19:50 9
10 Franc Smolej 27 Yugoslavia YUG 3-47:40 38:27 17 56:45 16 1-31:28 15 2-03:35 14 2-19:45 14 2-57:00 =11 3-23:08 10
11 Trygve Brodahl 30 Norway NOR 3-50:14 37:30 11 55:00 12 1-29:39 12 2-02:05 13 2-19:10 12 2-59:00 13 3-25:01 11
12 Kåre Hatten 28 Norway NOR 3-50:37 37:48 14 55:12 13 1-29:16 11 2-01:27 11 2-17:19 10 2-56:00 10 3-25:31 12
13 Giovanni Kasebacher 25 Italy ITA 3-53:08 38:24 16 56:10 14 1-32:04 16 2-04:38 17 2-21:00 =15 3-00:00 =14 3-26:20 14
14 Kalle Heikkinen 27 Finland FIN 3-54:25 38:20 15 56:48 17 1-31:01 14 2-03:50 16 2-21:00 =15 3-01:00 =16 3-28:12 15
15 Jan Svatoš 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 3-54:33 39:15 19 57:52 20 1-33:35 19 2-06:20 18 2-23:02 =17 3-01:00 =16 3-28:26 16
16 Vincenzo Demetz 24 Italy ITA 3-56:47 37:21 9 54:50 10 1-27:53 7 1-59:20 8 2-16:12 9 2-57:00 =11 3-25:59 13
17 Tobia Senoner 22 Italy ITA 3-57:16 37:18 8 54:48 9 1-28:42 10 2-01:15 10 2-19:15 13 3-00:00 =14 3-30:07 17
18 Karl Magnus Satre 32 United States USA 3-58:45 41:18 27 58:51 22 1-33:30 18 2-06:25 19 2-23:02 =17 3-03:00 18 3-33:31 22
19 Vladimír Novák 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 3-59:08 39:19 20 56:50 19 1-33:59 21 2-07:50 22 2-25:20 21 3-05:00 =21 3-32:03 18
20 Lovro Žemva 24 Yugoslavia YUG 3-59:13 40:37 24 59:02 24 1-34:35 23 2-08:10 23 2-25:30 23 3-04:00 =19 3-32:31 20
21 Leon Knap 24 Yugoslavia YUG 3-59:17 40:50 26 1-00:43 28 1-36:28 26 2-09:45 24 2-26:18 24 3-05:00 =21 3-32:23 19
22 Giacomo Scalet 26 Italy ITA 4-01:54 37:41 12 56:20 15 1-32:12 17 2-07:22 20 2-25:10 20 3-06:00 23 3-33:20 21
23 Vello Kaaristo 24 Estonia EST 4-02:52 40:15 22 58:53 23 1-35:08 24 2-03:40 15 2-25:26 22 3-04:00 =19 3-34:52 23
24 Matthias Wörndle 26 Germany GER 4-03:33 40:03 21 58:50 21 1-33:56 20 2-07:35 21 2-24:43 19 3-07:00 24 3-36:14 24
25 Fritz Gaiser 28 Germany GER 4-05:44 41:30 28 1-00:30 27 1-36:57 28 2-10:52 26 2-27:03 25 3-08:00 25 3-38:58 26
26 Stanisław Karpiel 26 Poland POL 4-06:26 40:26 23 1-00:05 26 1-36:43 27 2-11:44 27 2-29:10 26 3-09:00 26 3-38:06 25
27 Berger Torrissen 34 United States USA 4-07:44 42:37 31 1-01:42 29 1-38:35 29 2-12:35 28 2-29:45 27 3-10:00 =27 3-41:53 28
28 Hiroshi Tadano 22 Japan JPN 4-10:23 44:10 35 1-07:28 35 1-46:28 35 2-21:25 32 2-38:10 30 3-17:00 30 3-44:16 29
29 Richard Parsons 25 United States USA 4-11:08 42:35 30 1-02:15 30 1-39:13 30 2-12:39 29 2-29:50 28 3-10:00 =27 3-40:38 27
30 Josef Ponn 30 Germany GER 4-13:12 40:47 25 59:58 25 1-36:15 25 2-10:40 25 2-30:05 29 3-13:00 29 3-44:50 30
31 Lado Senčar 27 Yugoslavia YUG 4-20:20 43:11 34 1-03:51 33 1-44:44 34 2-22:13 34 2-40:25 33 3-24:00 =31 3-54:34 31
32 Erich Marx 29 Germany GER 4-25:48 42:49 33 1-02:55 32 1-43:26 32 2-21:50 33 2-39:15 31 3-25:00 35 3-58:50 33
33 Nils Backstrom 34 United States USA 4-29:30 45:01 36 1-05:00 34 1-44:28 33 2-20:37 30 2-39:35 32 3-24:00 =31 4-00:52 34
34 Tadao Okayama 22 Japan JPN 4-30:28 42:43 32 1-02:29 31 1-42:00 31 2-21:12 31 2-40:33 34 3-24:00 =31 3-58:30 32
AC Per Samuelshaug 30 Norway NOR 38:34 18 56:50 18 1-34:12 22 DNF
AC Lukáš Mihalák 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 42:23 29 DNF