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Biathlon at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's 20 kilometres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Cross Country Skiing Stadium, Seefeld
Date Started: February 4, 1964
Date Finished: February 4, 1964
Format: Two-minute penalty for each missed target.

Gold: URS Vladimir Melanin
Silver: URS Aleksandr Privalov
Bronze: NOR Olav Jordet

Summary

Vladimir Melanin was the heavy favorite in the 1964 biathlon event. The 30-year-old soldier from CSKA Kirov was World Champion in 1959, 1962 and 1963, and at the same championships he also was member of the Soviet Union team winning the team competition. His team-mate Aleksandr Privalov was also considered among the favorites, winning the bronze medal in the 1960 Games and coming second in the World Championships 1961. The greatest threats to the Soviets were considered to be the Finns. Antti Tyrväinen had a habit of coming second in international championships, with silver medals both from the 1960 games and from the World Championships 1962 and 1963. The Finnish team also consisted of two interesting veterans. Hannu Posti, aged 38 and placing fourth in 5000 m track at the 1952 Helsinki Games, had taken up biathlon with success, placing third at the 1963 World Championships. Another interesting start was triple Olympic Gold medalist in cross country skiing, Veikko Hakulinen. Now a veteran of 39, he was considered the fastest skier among the biathletes, and had a silver medal as a member of the Finnish team at the team competition in the World Biathlon Championships 1963.

After the first shooting Vilmoş Gheorghe, a 23-year old Romanian representing Dinamo Braşov, was in the lead, closely followed by Valentin Pshenitsyn, and with favorites Melanin and Tyrväinen close behind. At the second shooting Gheorghe had one missed target and received a 2 minutes penalty, and Melanin was in a clear lead, 1:10 ahead of Pshenitsyn. After the third shooting Melanin was still in the lead, now with Pshenitsyn only 36 seconds behind. The 24-year old Norwegian Olav Jordet had advanced to third, the Swede John Güttke was fourth and Privalov fifth, all with no missed targets. At the final standing shooting, only Melanin among the top medal contenders was reported to have a full house. It was the first time that Melanin achieved 20 hits in a major competition. Privalov and Jordet were reported with one missed target, and the preliminary list showed a clear gold medal for Melanin, silver for Jordet and bronze for Privalov.

In those days the hits was not automatically registered, and the targets had to be taken down after the competition for a manual control. In the final control of the targets Privalov’s miss was changed to a hit, and he was advanced to the silver medal position ahead of Jordet. The Norwegian Ragnar Tveiten with the second fastest cross country time of the competition and preliminary placed eight with eight penalty minutes, had one of his missed targets changed to a hit and advanced to fourth position in the official results. Hakulinen was the fastest skier of the day, but with twelve penalty minutes he ended up as fifteenth in the final standings.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal AT M ST SR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
1 Vladimir Melanin 30 Soviet Union URS Gold 1-20:26.8 0 1-20:26.8 3 0 24:03 3 0 41:38 1 0 46:43 1 0 1-07:17 1
2 Aleksandr Privalov 30 Soviet Union URS Silver 1-23:42.5 0 1-23:42.5 16 0 24:51 7 0 43:20 4 0 48:39 5 0 1-10:26 2
3 Olav Jordet 24 Norway NOR Bronze 1-24:38.8 1 1-22:38.8 10 0 24:56 8 0 43:27 5 0 48:16 3 1 1-11:19 3
4 Ragnar Tveiten 25 Norway NOR 1-25:52.5 3 1-19:52.5 2 1 25:28 11 1 45:23 11 0 50:30 8 1 1-13:36 7
5 Vilmoş Gheorghe 22 Romania ROU 1-26:18.0 2 1-22:18.0 8 0 23:57 1 1 44:00 6 0 49:15 6 1 1-12:22 4
6 Józef Rubiś 32 Poland POL 1-26:31.6 2 1-22:31.6 9 1 26:30 15 0 44:47 10 0 49:59 7 1 1-13:30 6
7 Valentin Pshenitsyn 27 Soviet Union URS 1-26:59.0 2 1-22:59.0 13 0 24:00 2 0 42:48 2 0 47:19 2 2 1-13:00 5
8 Hannu Posti 38 Finland FIN 1-27:16.5 1 1-25:16.5 21 1 26:56 21 0 45:52 14 0 51:45 11 0 1-13:45 8
9 John Güttke 32 Sweden SWE 1-28:02.4 2 1-24:02.4 17 0 24:47 6 0 43:14 3 0 48:34 4 2 1-13:56 9
10 Nikolay Puzanov 25 Soviet Union URS 1-29:21.5 4 1-21:21.5 5 3 30:18 34 0 48:43 =25 0 53:12 16 1 1-16:28 13
11 Jon Istad 26 Norway NOR 1-29:24.8 3 1-23:24.8 14 1 25:54 13 0 44:10 7 1 51:40 10 1 1-15:26 10
12 Sture Ohlin 28 Sweden SWE 1-29:46.0 2 1-25:46.0 22 1 27:14 24 1 47:56 21 0 53:32 18 0 1-16:12 11
13 Antti Tyrväinen 30 Finland FIN 1-30:09.0 4 1-22:09.0 7 0 24:14 4 2 45:49 12 0 51:17 9 2 1-17:41 14
14 Constantin Carabela 23 Romania ROU 1-30:59.0 0 1-30:59.0 39 0 26:42 18 0 47:08 18 0 53:01 15 0 1-16:27 12
15 Veikko Hakulinen 39 Finland FIN 1-31:37.9 6 1-19:37.9 1 2 26:46 19 1 46:06 15 0 51:56 12 3 1-18:07 16
16 Charlie Akers 24 United States USA 1-32:24.9 2 1-28:24.9 28 1 28:08 26 0 47:45 20 1 55:06 22 0 1-17:58 15
17 Sven-Olov Axelsson 23 Sweden SWE 1-33:13.6 6 1-21:13.6 4 0 24:39 5 1 44:41 8 3 55:20 23 2 1-20:10 21
18 Stanisław Szczepaniak 29 Poland POL 1-33:43.5 3 1-27:43.5 24 0 25:25 10 0 44:45 9 1 52:26 14 2 1-19:22 18
19 Yuji Yamanaka 26 Japan JPN 1-33:51.8 2 1-29:51.8 34 1 29:19 33 1 50:56 33 0 56:03 25 0 1-19:35 19
20 Józef Gąsienica Sobczak 29 Poland POL 1-34:00.6 6 1-22:00.6 6 4 32:47 39 0 50:59 35 2 59:58 33 0 1-21:19 27
21 Hans-Dieter Riechel 29 Germany GER 1-34:30.9 3 1-28:30.9 29 1 28:09 27 0 47:03 17 0 52:21 13 2 1-20:01 20
22 Ola Wærhaug 26 Norway NOR 1-34:38.0 5 1-24:38.0 18 2 28:14 29 1 48:50 27 2 58:22 31 0 1-21:06 25
23 Esko Marttinen 26 Finland FIN 1-34:50.2 5 1-24:50.2 19 1 26:59 =22 0 45:51 13 2 54:24 21 2 1-20:15 22
24 Egon Schnabel 26 Germany GER 1-34:53.0 2 1-30:53.0 38 1 29:06 32 0 48:43 =25 0 53:30 17 1 1-18:12 17
25 Sten Eriksson 29 Sweden SWE 1-35:27.8 6 1-23:27.8 15 2 28:10 28 2 50:20 30 1 57:12 29 1 1-21:50 28
26 Yoshio Ninomine 21 Japan JPN 1-35:38.6 3 1-29:38.6 32 0 26:54 20 0 46:34 16 1 53:49 19 2 1-20:51 23
27 Gheorghe Cimpoia 24 Romania ROU 1-35:44.6 3 1-29:44.6 33 0 26:07 14 2 49:43 29 0 56:01 24 1 1-20:57 24
28 Hansjörg Farbmacher 23 Austria AUT 1-36:11.3 4 1-28:11.3 27 3 31:12 35 0 50:25 31 0 56:32 28 1 1-21:53 29
29 John Dent 25 Great Britain GBR 1-36:27.2 3 1-30:27.2 36 0 26:33 16 1 48:19 24 1 56:08 27 1 1-21:58 30
30 Bill Spencer 27 United States USA 1-36:49.8 4 1-28:49.8 30 3 31:21 36 0 50:30 32 0 56:04 26 1 1-21:10 26
31 Helmut Klöpsch 24 Germany GER 1-38:08.5 3 1-32:08.5 41 1 28:15 30 0 47:58 22 1 57:31 30 1 1-23:22 31
32 Paul Romand 33 France FRA 1-38:51.2 8 1-22:51.2 11 1 26:59 =22 2 49:32 28 2 58:30 32 3 1-26:01 35
33 Dieter Ritter 22 Germany GER 1-38:51.4 8 1-22:51.4 12 0 25:23 9 2 47:23 19 4 1-00:16 34 2 1-25:45 34
34 Walter Müller 23 Austria AUT 1-39:12.3 7 1-25:12.3 20 1 27:46 25 3 52:07 36 2 1-01:02 35 1 1-25:12 33
35 Stanisław Styrczula 35 Poland POL 1-40:52.1 4 1-32:52.1 43 0 26:38 17 1 48:11 23 0 54:12 20 3 1-24:12 32
36 Peter Lahdenpera 28 United States USA 1-43:04.7 8 1-27:04.7 23 0 25:51 12 3 50:58 34 3 1-02:32 38 2 1-29:12 36
37 Alan Notley 23 Great Britain GBR 1-46:10.3 5 1-36:10.3 46 2 33:41 44 2 58:50 44 0 1-04:31 39 1 1-31:02 37
38 Bayanjavyn Damdinjav 28 Mongolia MGL 1-46:19.7 7 1-32:19.7 42 3 33:14 42 1 54:57 38 1 1-02:26 37 2 1-31:48 39
39 Paul Renne 24 United States USA 1-46:45.9 6 1-34:45.9 45 3 35:16 48 1 57:36 =42 1 1-05:02 40 1 1-31:26 38
40 John Moore 30 Great Britain GBR 1-47:49.4 10 1-27:49.4 25 4 33:51 45 1 55:19 39 3 1-06:51 43 2 1-33:44 41
41 Adolf Scherwitzl 25 Austria AUT 1-48:12.7 6 1-36:12.7 47 1 28:44 31 2 54:45 37 0 1-02:04 36 3 1-32:09 40
42 Bizyaagiin Dashgai 29 Mongolia MGL 1-51:26.0 10 1-31:26.0 40 3 33:56 46 2 57:36 =42 2 1-06:30 42 3 1-36:52 42
43 Roderick Tuck 29 Great Britain GBR 1-51:55.5 9 1-33:55.5 44 3 32:13 38 3 59:27 45 1 1-08:19 45 2 1-37:13 43
44 Tudeviin Lkhamsüren 27 Mongolia MGL 1-53:10.1 8 1-37:10.1 49 2 33:35 43 4 1-03:04 48 1 1-10:57 46 1 1-38:23 44
45 Marcel Vogel 26 Switzerland SUI 1-53:14.1 12 1-29:14.1 31 2 31:26 37 3 57:09 41 3 1-08:07 44 4 1-39:08 45
46 Erich Schönbächler 28 Switzerland SUI 1-53:59.5 12 1-29:59.5 35 3 33:08 =40 2 56:49 40 2 1-06:01 41 5 1-39:21 46
47 Willy Junod 26 Switzerland SUI 1-54:00.7 13 1-28:00.7 26 4 35:01 47 4 1-01:58 46 4 1-14:52 47 1 1-39:40 47
48 Peter Gerig 29 Switzerland SUI 2-02:32.5 16 1-30:32.5 37 3 33:08 =40 5 1-02:56 47 5 1-18:11 49 3 1-47:11 48
49 Tsambyn Danzan 18 Mongolia MGL 2-06:45.6 15 1-36:45.6 48 4 37:33 49 5 1-08:23 49 2 1-17:57 48 4 1-51:30 49
AC Paul Ernst 28 Austria AUT DNF
AC Nicolae Bărbăşescu 23 Romania ROU DNF