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Cross Country Skiing at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Men's 30 kilometres

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Makomanai Cross Country Events Site, Sapporo
Date Started: February 4, 1972
Date Finished: February 4, 1972

Gold: URS Vyacheslav Vedenin
Silver: NOR Pål Tyldum
Bronze: NOR Johs Harviken

Summary

Soviet’s Vyacheslav Vedenin – who won Olympic silver in the 50 km event in 1968 – had a great World Championships in 1970, winning the 30 km race, placing second in the 50 km race and also becoming World Champion as a member of the winning Soviet relay team. He was one of the hottest favorites for the 30 km Olympic gold in Sapporo, but started rather slowly and was lying in seventh place after 10 km, almost half a minute behind the leader, his teammate Fyodor Simashov, who was the bronze medalist at 15 km at the 1970 World Championships. In second place, four seconds behind Simashev, was another Soviet skier, Vladimir Dolganov, followed by the Norwegian Johs Harviken, another four seconds behind. But now Vedenin started his move. At 20 km he was in the lead, 11 seconds ahead of the Norwegian Pål Tyldum, who had advanced from sixth to second position. Gunnar Larsson from Sweden had moved from fifth to third, and Harviken was close behind, still among the medal contenders. Dolganov had dropped to sixth and Simashev to seventh, seemingly out of the medal struggle. Vedenin finished strongly and won the first ever Olympic cross-country gold for a Soviet man with a margin of over 54 seconds. The fight for the other medals was very tight between the two Norwegians and Larsson. Harviken, starting half a minute behind his Swedish rival, had a strong finish and beat Larsson’s final time by just over one second. Tyldum, starting last of all the competitors, was able to stay ahead of his countryman and won the silver medal, defeating Harviken by seven seconds. The West German veteran Walter Demel, starting in his third Winter Olympics, finished strongly to finish in fifth place.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Vyacheslav Vedenin 30 Soviet Union URS Gold 1-36:31.15 30:52.78 7 1-05:39.72 1
2 Pål Tyldum 29 Norway NOR Silver 1-37:25.30 30:52.55 6 1-05:50.18 2
3 Johs Harviken 28 Norway NOR Bronze 1-37:32.44 30:32.52 3 1-06:02.05 4
4 Gunnar Larsson 27 Sweden SWE 1-37:33.72 30:39.82 5 1-05:56.64 3
5 Walter Demel 36 West Germany FRG 1-37:45.53 30:56.62 8 1-06:10.89 5
6 Fyodor Simashov 26 Soviet Union URS 1-38:22.50 30:24.24 1 1-06:23.93 7
7 Alois Kälin 32 Switzerland SUI 1-38:40.72 30:37.26 4 1-06:26.86 8
8 Gert-Dietmar Klause 26 East Germany GDR 1-39:15.54 31:16.51 17 1-07:43.76 14
9 Stanislav Henych 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-39:24.29 31:13.90 15 1-07:09.03 9
10 Gerhard Gehring 26 West Germany FRG 1-39:44.47 31:06.90 13 1-07:16.92 10
11 Lars-Göran Åslund 26 Sweden SWE 1-39:45.29 31:01.21 9 1-07:19.63 12
12 Axel Lesser 25 East Germany GDR 1-39:49.24 31:10.35 14 1-07:56.84 16
13 Sven-Åke Lundbäck 24 Sweden SWE 1-39:54.35 31:01.86 10 1-07:18.25 11
14 Edi Hauser 23 Switzerland SUI 1-40:14.98 31:23.23 18 1-07:45.78 15
15 Yury Skobov 22 Soviet Union URS 1-40:18.70 31:04.98 12 1-07:42.47 13
16 Vladimir Dolganov 24 Soviet Union URS 1-40:48.85 30:28.84 2 1-06:16.97 6
17 Fredel Kälin 23 Switzerland SUI 1-41:35.34 31:46.27 24 1-08:27.38 18
18 Gerd Heßler 23 East Germany GDR 1-41:37.47 31:24.14 19 1-08:36.07 20
19 Eero Mäntyranta 34 Finland FIN 1-41:40.51 31:39.88 23 1-08:22.62 17
20 Elviro Blanc 27 Italy ITA 1-41:44.32 32:08.57 30 1-08:48.30 22
21 Magne Myrmo 28 Norway NOR 1-42:23.40 31:13.93 16 1-08:31.98 19
22 Teuvo Hatunen 27 Finland FIN 1-42:27.18 31:54.51 27 1-09:27.45 25
23 Kunio Shibata 23 Japan JPN 1-42:30.83 31:58.94 29 1-09:27.96 26
24 Ulrico Kostner 26 Italy ITA 1-42:44.06 32:10.86 31 1-09:42.93 27
25 Jean-Paul Vandel 20 France FRA 1-42:45.88 31:58.85 28 1-09:14.20 24
26 Mike Elliott 29 United States USA 1-43:15.03 32:23.16 36 1-09:50.61 29
27 Eberhard Klessen 22 East Germany GDR 1-43:15.99 31:53.19 26 1-09:46.71 28
28 Thomas Magnuson 21 Sweden SWE 1-43:26.02 31:03.13 11 1-08:45.67 21
29 Jan Staszel 21 Poland POL 1-43:35.68 32:11.93 32 1-10:01.49 33
30 Mike Gallagher 30 United States USA 1-43:39.41 31:51.23 25 1-09:54.97 30
31 Ole Ellefsæter 32 Norway NOR 1-44:25.21 31:24.97 20 1-09:55.62 31
32 Renzo Chiocchetti 26 Italy ITA 1-44:35.03 31:36.12 21 1-09:57.92 32
33 Herbert Wachter 31 Austria AUT 1-44:45.67 32:22.05 35 1-09:05.74 23
34 Ján Fajstavr 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-44:49.45 33:41.27 49 1-11:45.19 42
35 Hartmut Döpp 24 West Germany FRG 1-44:51.05 32:11.96 33 1-10:39.39 35
36 Attilio Lombard 27 Italy ITA 1-45:03.72 32:27.20 38 1-11:07.74 37
37 Hideo Tanifuji 22 Japan JPN 1-45:37.13 32:19.72 34 1-10:24.24 34
38 Edgar Eckert 24 West Germany FRG 1-45:38.51 32:27.88 39 1-11:11.00 38
39 Petar Pankov 26 Bulgaria BUL 1-45:50.66 32:51.33 42 1-11:58.38 43
40 Ján Michalko 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-46:19.36 32:37.21 41 1-11:44.67 41
41 Werner Geeser 23 Switzerland SUI 1-46:20.36 31:39.63 22 1-10:55.57 36
42 Bob Gray 32 United States USA 1-46:38.31 32:57.74 43 1-12:25.35 48
43 Malcolm Hunter 21 Canada CAN 1-46:51.47 33:11.64 45 1-12:21.12 46
44 Seiji Kudo 26 Japan JPN 1-47:00.40 32:24.88 37 1-11:12.57 39
45 Daniel Cerisey 23 France FRA 1-47:03.01 33:36.66 48 1-12:14.16 45
46 Ventseslav Stoyanov 25 Bulgaria BUL 1-47:11.68 33:26.15 47 1-12:21.15 47
47 Tomio Okamura 23 Japan JPN 1-47:50.22 32:31.79 40 1-11:44.50 40
48 Heinrich Wallner 30 Austria AUT 1-48:05.42 33:23.39 46 1-12:11.36 44
49 Gilbert Faure 28 France FRA 1-48:12.19 33:01.30 44 1-12:59.62 49
50 Jarl Omholt-Jensen 24 Canada CAN 1-51:14.04 34:22.07 51 1-15:22.96 52
51 Danzangiin Narantungalag 27 Mongolia MGL 1-51:29.88 33:55.21 50 1-13:34.08 50
52 Namsrain Sandagdorj 23 Mongolia MGL 1-52:14.67 34:26.95 52 1-14:38.79 51
53 Clark Matis 25 United States USA 1-52:18.52 35:46.51 55 1-15:57.51 53
54 Keith Oliver 24 Great Britain GBR 1-54:10.60 35:45.87 54 1-17:58.78 55
55 Terry Palliser 23 Great Britain GBR 1-54:39.41 35:18.55 53 1-16:42.53 54
AC Josef Hauser 31 Austria AUT DNF
AC Roland Jeannerod 26 France FRA DNF
AC Raimo Lehtinen 25 Finland FIN DNF
AC Osmo Karjalainen 32 Finland FIN DNF