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Cross Country Skiing at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's 30 kilometres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Cross Country Skiing Stadium, Seefeld
Date Started: January 30, 1964
Date Finished: January 30, 1964

Gold: FIN Eero Mäntyranta
Silver: NOR Harald Grønningen
Bronze: URS Igor Voronchikhin

Summary

Eero Mäntyranta emerged as the new Finnish cross country star after Veikko Hakulinen decided in 1962 to try a new sport, biathlon, and qualified for the Finnish Olympic biathlon team 1964, aged 39. Mäntyranta was World Champion at 30 km in 1962, and one of the heavy favorites for the event in the Olympics two years later. The Swedish team was still lead by Sixten Jernberg, now close to 35 but still considered as one of the best long distance skiers. Janne Stefansson, silver medallist at the distance in the World Championships 1962, was also considered among the favorites, together with Italian Giulio De Florian, bronze medalist in 1962. De Florian however had to withdraw from the 30 km due to illness.

The Finn Kalevi Lauria, who had a reputation as a fast opener, took an early lead at the 10 km mark, starting as number 4. His intermediate time was beaten by the Norwegian Ole Ellefsæter by a few seconds, but shortly afterwards he had to drop out of the race due to trouble with his skies. Mäntyranta, starting next to last of the 70 competitors, bettered Laurila’s time by 14 seconds and the favorite was in the lead. At 20 km Mäntyranta had opened a gap of 1:05 to Laurila, still in second place, but closely followed by Soviet Union’s Igor Voronchikhin and Norway’s Harald Grønningen, only two and three seconds behind Laurila. Mäntyranta increased his lead over the last 10 km and won by a comfortable margin, 1:12 ahead of fast finishing Grønningen with Voronchikhin taking the bronze medal. The Swedes Stefansson and Jernberg advanced from 13th and 14th position after 10 km to fourth and fifth in the final standings, and Laurila dropped down to sixth. West-German Walter Demel, aged 30 and making his first out of four winter Olympic appearances, was best of the Middle European skiers, placing 10th.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Eero Mäntyranta 26 Finland FIN Gold 1-30:50.7 28:58.7 1 1-00:20.7 1
2 Harald Grønningen 29 Norway NOR Silver 1-32:02.3 29:34.7 =6 1-01:28.7 4
3 Igor Voronchikhin 25 Soviet Union URS Bronze 1-32:15.8 29:31.5 4 1-01:27.5 3
4 Janne Stefansson 28 Sweden SWE 1-32:34.8 29:40.7 12 1-01:41.7 6
5 Sixten Jernberg 34 Sweden SWE 1-32:39.6 29:42.9 =13 1-01:40.9 5
6 Kalevi Laurila 26 Finland FIN 1-32:41.4 29:12.8 2 1-01:25.8 2
7 Assar Rönnlund 28 Sweden SWE 1-32:43.6 29:31.6 5 1-01:46.6 7
8 Einar Østby 28 Norway NOR 1-32:54.6 29:42.9 =13 1-01:57.9 10
9 Torsten Samuelsson 25 Sweden SWE 1-33:07.8 29:36.5 9 1-02:00.5 12
10 Walter Demel 28 Germany GER 1-33:10.2 29:48.6 15 1-01:58.6 11
11 Sverre Stensheim 30 Norway NOR 1-33:12.3 30:40.5 19 1-01:57.5 9
12 Bayazit Gizatullin 27 Soviet Union URS 1-33:33.4 29:34.7 =6 1-02:30.7 15
13 Arto Tiainen 33 Finland FIN 1-33:37.7 29:29.7 3 1-02:27.7 14
14 Väinö Huhtala 28 Finland FIN 1-33:38.1 29:37.9 10 1-02:05.9 13
15 Marcello De Dorigo 26 Italy ITA 1-33:53.4 29:36.0 8 1-01:52.0 8
16 Giuseppe Steiner 34 Italy ITA 1-33:59.8 29:49.9 16 1-02:42.9 16
17 Ivan Utrobin 29 Soviet Union URS 1-34:10.4 29:58.8 17 1-02:43.8 17
18 Franco Stella 25 Italy ITA 1-35:01.1 29:39.1 11 1-02:45.1 18
19 Gennady Vaganov 27 Soviet Union URS 1-35:03.1 30:27.6 18 1-03:34.6 19
20 Victor Arbez 29 France FRA 1-36:50.5 31:01.7 21 1-04:37.7 20
21 Roger Pires 23 France FRA 1-37:45.5 31:12.1 22 1-05:20.1 22
22 Livio Stuffer 28 Italy ITA 1-38:11.0 31:39.8 30 1-05:20.8 23
23 Félix Mathieu 26 France FRA 1-38:24.5 30:47.1 20 1-05:11.1 21
24 Józef Rysula 24 Poland POL 1-38:29.1 31:22.7 24 1-05:33.7 24
25 Claude Legrand 22 France FRA 1-38:40.5 31:36.8 29 1-05:44.8 25
26 Štefan Harvan 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-39:05.2 31:30.2 26 1-06:12.2 28
27 Konrad Hischier 28 Switzerland SUI 1-39:43.6 31:28.2 25 1-06:08.2 27
28 Hans Ammann 32 Switzerland SUI 1-39:55.7 31:32.2 28 1-06:20.2 29
29 Heinz Seidel 32 Germany GER 1-40:01.0 31:22.0 23 1-06:04.0 26
30 Mike Elliott 21 United States USA 1-40:11.7 31:45.7 31 1-06:28.7 30
31 Andreas Janc 25 Austria AUT 1-40:23.3 32:03.8 33 1-07:26.8 34
32 Rudolf Dannhauer 29 Germany GER 1-40:35.7 31:31.6 27 1-06:50.6 32
33 Ladislav Hrubý 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-41:04.8 32:32.6 41 1-07:43.6 35
34 Alfons Dorner 27 Germany GER 1-41:09.5 32:46.2 47 1-06:32.2 31
35 Edward Budny 26 Poland POL 1-41:31.9 32:02.9 32 1-07:19.9 33
36 Hansjörg Farbmacher 23 Austria AUT 1-41:37.1 32:08.8 34 1-07:57.8 39
37 Stefan Mitkov 30 Bulgaria BUL 1-42:13.2 32:23.9 40 1-07:57.9 40
38 Donald MacLeod 26 Canada CAN 1-42:17.7 32:19.7 37 1-07:46.7 37
39 Georges Dubois 28 Switzerland SUI 1-42:26.8 32:19.9 38 1-08:06.9 42
40 Tadeusz Jankowski 33 Poland POL 1-42:34.0 32:10.8 35 1-07:44.8 36
41 Kazuo Sato 26 Japan JPN 1-42:39.2 33:08.2 48 1-07:58.2 41
42 Dick Taylor 26 United States USA 1-42:39.5 32:20.1 39 1-08:31.1 46
43 Alphonse Baume 30 Switzerland SUI 1-42:41.8 32:44.6 45 1-08:18.6 44
44 Cveto Pavčič 30 Yugoslavia YUG 1-42:44.0 32:11.8 36 1-07:54.8 38
45 Roman Seljak 29 Yugoslavia YUG 1-42:44.4 32:41.9 44 1-08:17.9 43
46 Larry Damon 30 United States USA 1-42:57.7 33:27.9 51 1-09:18.9 49
47 Hidezo Takahashi 29 Japan JPN 1-43:11.0 32:40.6 43 1-08:23.6 45
48 Jim Shea 25 United States USA 1-43:18.4 32:37.8 42 1-08:38.8 47
49 Borislav Ochushki 29 Bulgaria BUL 1-44:00.1 33:09.5 49 1-09:18.5 48
50 Janko Kobentar 23 Yugoslavia YUG 1-45:04.7 33:10.9 50 1-09:53.9 51
51 Tatsuo Kitamura 24 Japan JPN 1-46:13.4 32:45.6 46 1-09:31.6 50
52 Martti Rautio 28 Canada CAN 1-46:18.6 33:51.9 53 1-10:44.9 53
53 Svend Carlsen 25 Denmark DEN 1-46:35.9 34:48.1 60 1-10:59.1 54
54 Gheorghe Bădescu 26 Romania ROU 1-46:54.5 33:31.2 52 1-10:38.2 52
55 Roderick Tuck 29 Great Britain GBR 1-47:52.6 34:09.7 =56 1-11:52.7 55
56 Hermann Mayr 34 Austria AUT 1-48:53.3 35:35.9 64 1-12:58.9 60
57 Sodnomtserengiin Natsagdorj 25 Mongolia MGL 1-49:07.1 33:59.4 54 1-12:29.4 56
58 Bizyaagiin Dashgai 29 Mongolia MGL 1-49:24.7 34:32.8 58 1-12:35.8 57
59 Banzragchiin Zundui 26 Mongolia MGL 1-49:27.3 35:27.9 62 1-13:40.9 61
60 Bayanjavyn Damdinjav 28 Mongolia MGL 1-51:25.2 34:05.0 55 1-12:53.0 58
61 Þórhallur Sveinsson 19 Iceland ISL 1-51:34.4 34:44.9 59 1-14:09.9 62
62 Chogoro Yahata 21 Japan JPN 1-51:45.3 34:09.7 =56 1-12:58.7 59
63 Yang Duk-Soon 30 North Korea PRK 1-53:58.4 35:01.0 61 1-16:19.0 65
64 Birgir Guðlaugsson 22 Iceland ISL 1-54:00.3 35:49.2 65 1-15:58.2 64
65 Kim Ko-Am 20 North Korea PRK 1-55:11.0 35:28.6 63 1-15:44.6 63
66 Yang Yong-Ok 28 South Korea KOR 2-28:54.7 42:42.4 66 1-35:51.4 66
AC Henryk Marek 25 Poland POL DQ
AC Ole Ellefsæter 24 Norway NOR DQ
AC Franz Vetter 30 Austria AUT DNF