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Cross Country Skiing at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games:

Men's 30 kilometres

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Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): , Autrans
Date Started: February 7, 1968
Date Finished: February 7, 1968

Gold: ITA Franco Nones
Silver: NOR Odd Martinsen
Bronze: FIN Eero Mäntyranta

Summary

The defending Olympic champion Eero Mäntyranta had dominated the 30 km event in major championships for several years, winning gold at the World Championships in 1962 and 1966. He was highly favored before the first cross country event in the 1968 Games, the 30 km race. But the first intermediate times at 10 km produced some surprises. Franco Nones, a 27-year old Italian skier who had placed 6th at the distance at the 1966 World Championships, had built up a substantial lead, 22 seconds ahead of another surprise, Soviet Union’s Vladimir Voronkov, aged only 23 and originating from the Chuvash Republic in the Volga region. Mäntyranta was in third position another 7 seconds behind Voronkov, closely followed by Norwegian Odd Martinsen and Kalevi Laurila, who was second behind Mäntyranta at the 1966 Worlds.

Over the next 10 km of the race, Mäntyranta made a gallant try to catch the leading Italian, and moved up to second position at 20 km, only 4 seconds behind Nones. Martinsen had advanced to third, but was still over a half minute behind the leader. But Mäntyranta had apparently made his move too early. He faded badly over the last 10 km and lost over a minute to Nones, who secured the first cross country Olympic gold medal for a skier coming from outside the Nordic countries or Soviet Union. Martinsen passed Mäntyranta in the fight for silver, and the defending champion had to settle for the bronze medal. Another fast finishing Italian, Giulio De Florian, bronze medalist at the distance in the World Championships 1962, advanced from 8th to 5th position during the last stages of the race, finishing only two seconds behind Voronkov in 4th place.

Norwegian Gjermund Eggen, the king of the 1966 World Championships in Oslo with three gold medals, was a great disappointment, placing a modest 34th in what would be his only Olympic appearance. Three weeks after the 1968 Olympics he outclassed his rivals in Falun, Sweden, winning the 30 km race 1:18 ahead of his closest rival.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Franco Nones 27 Italy ITA Gold 1-35:39.2 31:43.7 1 1-07:40.4 1
2 Odd Martinsen 25 Norway NOR Silver 1-36:28.9 32:14.9 4 1-08:12.7 3
3 Eero Mäntyranta 30 Finland FIN Bronze 1-36:55.3 32:12.1 3 1-07:44.6 2
4 Vladimir Voronkov 23 Soviet Union URS 1-37:10.8 32:05.4 2 1-08:35.4 5
5 Giulio Deflorian 32 Italy ITA 1-37:12.9 32:24.8 6 1-08:48.7 8
6 Kalevi Laurila 30 Finland FIN 1-37:29.8 32:15.4 5 1-08:18.1 4
7 Kalevi Oikarainen 31 Finland FIN 1-37:34.4 32:28.4 7 1-08:37.1 6
8 Gunnar Larsson 23 Sweden SWE 1-37:48.1 32:49.3 16 1-09:19.7 11
9 Walter Demel 32 West Germany FRG 1-37:49.2 32:38.2 10 1-08:55.0 9
10 Anatoly Akentyev 28 Soviet Union URS 1-37:52.4 32:43.1 11 1-09:43.3 15
11 Lorns Skjemstad 27 Norway NOR 1-37:53.4 32:34.3 8 1-08:40.8 7
12 Jan Halvarsson 25 Sweden SWE 1-38:23.2 32:50.7 18 1-09:31.1 12
13 Harald Grønningen 33 Norway NOR 1-38:26.7 32:43.5 12 1-09:09.4 10
14 Vyacheslav Vedenin 26 Soviet Union URS 1-38:36.1 32:56.2 21 1-09:41.1 14
15 Gerhard Grimmer 24 East Germany GDR 1-38:46.0 32:57.3 22 1-10:12.1 19
16 Arto Tiainen 37 Finland FIN 1-38:51.1 32:34.7 9 1-09:34.1 13
17 Valery Tarakanov 26 Soviet Union URS 1-39:25.0 32:47.2 14 1-09:50.2 16
18 Karel Štefl 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-39:25.7 32:52.3 20 1-10:18.5 21
19 Gert-Dietmar Klause 22 East Germany GDR 1-39:30.5 32:44.3 13 1-10:08.8 18
20 Bruno Åvik 27 Sweden SWE 1-39:38.1 32:50.2 17 1-09:57.7 17
21 Ingvar Sandström 25 Sweden SWE 1-39:47.5 32:57.5 23 1-10:17.7 20
22 Ján Fajstavr 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-40:05.1 32:51.3 19 1-10:52.3 23
23 Franco Stella 29 Italy ITA 1-40:42.0 32:47.7 15 1-10:36.0 22
24 Václav Peřina 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-40:58.0 33:35.7 26 1-11:15.9 24
25 Franco Manfroi 28 Italy ITA 1-41:11.8 33:10.7 24 1-11:37.1 26
26 Petar Pankov 22 Bulgaria BUL 1-41:42.9 33:47.7 31 1-12:48.5 31
27 Mike Gallagher 26 United States USA 1-41:58.2 33:36.7 27 1-11:31.3 25
28 Denis Mast 26 Switzerland SUI 1-41:58.8 33:51.8 32 1-12:15.8 30
29 Mike Elliott 25 United States USA 1-42:22.6 34:06.5 33 1-12:13.1 29
30 Konrad Hischier 32 Switzerland SUI 1-42:26.1 33:35.0 25 1-12:08.0 28
31 Karl Buhl 28 West Germany FRG 1-42:52.2 33:42.5 29 1-12:50.4 32
32 Flury Koch 22 Switzerland SUI 1-43:06.9 33:37.4 28 1-12:05.7 27
33 Tokio Sato 25 Japan JPN 1-43:13.8 34:36.9 36 1-13:39.7 35
34 Gjermund Eggen 26 Norway NOR 1-43:29.6 33:43.9 30 1-12:53.8 33
35 Fritz Stuessi 22 Switzerland SUI 1-43:57.8 34:30.1 35 1-13:26.7 34
36 Axel Lesser 21 East Germany GDR 1-44:16.2 35:06.3 42 1-14:05.2 38
37 Helmut Unger 24 East Germany GDR 1-44:47.9 34:21.1 34 1-14:03.9 37
38 Ernst Pühringer 23 Austria AUT 1-44:51.0 34:44.0 39 1-14:29.7 39
39 Jean Jobez 24 France FRA 1-45:08.8 34:41.6 37 1-13:49.9 36
40 Franz Vetter 34 Austria AUT 1-45:11.2 35:20.9 45 1-15:03.1 42
41 Philippe Baradel 30 France FRA 1-45:33.3 34:42.2 38 1-14:34.8 40
42 Luc Colin 32 France FRA 1-45:40.7 34:45.0 40 1-14:49.9 41
43 Roger Pires 27 France FRA 1-45:54.6 35:46.5 49 1-15:22.8 =47
44 Alojz Kerštajn 20 Yugoslavia YUG 1-46:09.5 35:15.9 43 1-15:16.0 45
45 Kazuo Sato 30 Japan JPN 1-46:12.4 35:29.3 48 1-15:12.1 43
46 Herbert Steinbeißer 30 West Germany FRG 1-46:31.2 35:19.8 44 1-15:22.8 =47
47 Janez Mlinar 26 Yugoslavia YUG 1-46:43.2 35:23.2 46 1-15:17.5 46
48 Karl-Heinz Scherzinger 23 West Germany FRG 1-47:08.7 34:50.5 41 1-15:13.2 44
49 Mirko Bavče 25 Yugoslavia YUG 1-47:48.9 35:25.9 47 1-16:39.0 49
50 Hansjörg Farbmacher 27 Austria AUT 1-49:43.3 36:31.1 52 1-18:05.6 56
51 Charlie Kellogg 28 United States USA 1-50:03.7 36:39.8 54 1-17:54.2 52
52 Nils Skulbru 29 Canada CAN 1-50:06.1 36:46.6 56 1-17:59.4 55
53 Svend Carlsen 29 Denmark DEN 1-50:51.8 36:45.8 55 1-17:57.3 54
54 Luvsan-Ayuushiin Dashdemberel 27 Mongolia MGL 1-50:52.7 36:08.7 51 1-17:30.4 51
55 Jon Lufkin 20 United States USA 1-51:21.2 37:05.0 57 1-18:45.0 57
56 Gendgeegiin Batmönkh 23 Mongolia MGL 1-51:39.1 36:35.4 53 1-17:15.7 50
57 Tibor Holéczy 24 Hungary HUN 1-51:42.0 35:50.2 50 1-17:55.1 53
58 David Rees 24 Canada CAN 1-52:46.6 37:17.2 58 1-20:36.3 58
59 Miklós Holló 24 Hungary HUN 1-53:41.1 37:43.5 59 1-21:20.1 59
60 Ross Martin 24 Australia AUS 1-55:17.3 37:53.2 60 1-21:20.7 60
61 Rolf Pettersen 22 Canada CAN 1-55:37.2 38:10.5 61 1-22:00.2 62
62 Apollo Lynge 28 Denmark DEN 1-55:40.0 38:37.6 62 1-21:57.7 61
63 Kim Chun-Gi 21 South Korea KOR 2-11:51.3 42:58.1 63 1-33:07.9 63
AC Dimitrios Andreadis 26 Greece GRE DNF
AC Vít Fousek, Jr. 27 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF
AC Yun Jong-Im 25 South Korea KOR DNF