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Biathlon at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Men's 20 kilometres

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Mt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 16, 1980
Date Finished: February 16, 1980
Format: Variable penalty for each missed target. The target had two circles, an inner and an outer. Shots outside the outer circle brought a two-minute penalty. Shots between the circles brought a one-minute penalty.

Gold: URS Anatoly Alyabyev
Silver: GDR Frank Ullrich
Bronze: GDR Eberhard Rösch

Summary

A new biathlon star had emerged at the 1978 World Championships. East Germany’s 20-year-old Frank Ullrich won gold medals in the 10 km sprint and relay, and in addition, won silver in the 20 km. At the 1979 World Championships he added two more gold medals to his collection, again winning the 10 km sprint and as a member of the winning East German relay team. Completing the East German team in Lake Placid were the reigning World Champion at 20 km, Klaus Siebert and Eberhard Rösch, with two individual medals from the 1978 World Championships.

At the first shooting range, a Soviet newcomer, 28-year-old Anatoly Alyabyev from Arkhangelsk had taken the lead, three seconds ahead of the Finn Erkki Antila. The East Germans started badly. Ullrich had one penalty minute and was 33 seconds behind the leader, and Siebert and Rösch were far behind, with two penalty minutes each. After the second shooting round, where both Alyabyev and Ullrich had perfect series, Ullrich took the lead, just one second ahead of Alyabyev. At the third shooting range, the surprising Alyabyev had another perfect shooting and regained the lead, 19 seconds ahead of Ullrich, who had another penalty minute. Ullrich was the fastest skier of the day, and when he arrived at the last shooting range he still had good chances for an Olympic gold. He again had a penalty minute, but Alyabyev, starting five minutes behind Ullrich, had to make his fourth perfect shooting round to challenge Ullrich for the gold. And he did, leaving the last range with a ½-minute lead over the East German. Alyabyev hung on and won the gold medal, just 11 seconds ahead of the fast finishing Ullrich. Rösch, who started so badly, had advanced steadily during the race with three perfect shooting rounds and finished as the bronze medalist, almost three minutes behind the winner.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal AT P ST SR S1P S1T S1R S2P S2T S2R S3P S3T S3R S4P S4T S4R
1 Anatoly Alyabyev 28 Soviet Union URS Gold 1-08:16.31 0 1-08:16.31 10 0 16:37.49 1 0 32:27.51 2 0 45:08.27 1 0 1-01:12.68 1
2 Frank Ullrich 22 East Germany GDR Silver 1-08:27.79 3 1-05:27.79 1 1 17:10.76 9 0 32:26.12 1 1 45:27.84 2 1 1-01:42.35 2
3 Eberhard Rösch 25 East Germany GDR Bronze 1-11:11.73 2 1-09:11.73 13 2 18:58.15 32 0 34:57.68 15 0 47:28.37 8 0 1-03:56.30 3
4 Svein Engen 26 Norway NOR 1-11:30.25 3 1-08:30.25 11 0 16:55.97 4 2 34:44.57 13 0 47:34.65 9 1 1-04:16.06 4
5 Erkki Antila 25 Finland FIN 1-11:32.32 4 1-07:32.32 3 0 16:40.66 2 2 34:33.57 11 1 47:49.46 11 1 1-04:29.84 6
6 Yvon Mougel 24 France FRA 1-11:33.60 3 1-08:33.60 12 1 17:51.91 17 0 33:31.87 3 1 47:11.14 4 1 1-04:18.03 5
7 Vladimir Barnashov 28 Soviet Union URS 1-11:49.49 4 1-07:49.49 6 2 18:27.36 24 0 34:15.25 7 2 48:45.55 14 0 1-04:45.70 7
8 Vladimir Alikin 22 Soviet Union URS 1-12:05.30 6 1-06:05.30 2 1 17:05.83 6 3 35:26.47 19 2 49:49.82 21 0 1-04:58.34 8
9 André Geourjon 29 France FRA 1-12:53.37 2 1-10:53.37 24 0 17:11.25 10 1 34:24.07 8 0 47:41.02 10 1 1-05:20.35 9
10 Arduino Tiraboschi 28 Italy ITA 1-13:06.05 2 1-11:06.05 25 1 18:05.80 23 1 35:51.09 20 0 49:00.87 16 0 1-05:34.01 10
11 Ronnie Adolfsson 23 Sweden SWE 1-13:10.90 5 1-08:10.90 8 2 18:58.18 31 0 34:46.06 14 1 48:30.37 13 2 1-06:10.91 14
12 Sören Wikström 19 Sweden SWE 1-13:13.34 5 1-08:13.34 9 4 20:21.36 41 0 36:01.51 21 1 49:40.49 18 0 1-05:46.94 11
13 Sigleif Johansen 31 Norway NOR 1-13:20.12 2 1-11:20.12 27 0 17:34.52 13 0 34:00.71 6 0 47:12.03 5 2 1-05:51.10 12
14 Zdeněk Hák 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-13:33.76 4 1-09:33.76 14 2 18:48.26 28 0 35:01.77 16 1 48:50.77 15 1 1-06:08.31 13
15 Klaus Siebert 24 East Germany GDR 1-13:48.71 6 1-07:48.71 5 2 18:30.97 26 0 33:59.97 5 0 46:23.23 3 4 1-06:38.35 16
16 Keith Oliver 32 Great Britain GBR 1-14:02.30 2 1-12:02.30 32 0 17:36.18 14 2 36:29.84 25 0 49:47.92 20 0 1-06:30.75 15
17 Siegfried Dockner 23 Austria AUT 1-14:35.28 4 1-10:35.28 22 0 16:43.13 3 1 34:24.76 9 0 47:24.68 7 3 1-07:00.08 17
18 Heikki Ikola 32 Finland FIN 1-15:02.16 5 1-10:02.16 18 2 18:51.89 29 0 35:19.11 17 1 49:13.03 17 2 1-07:31.62 18
19 Adriano Darioli 24 Italy ITA 1-15:11.22 5 1-10:11.22 20 0 17:05.89 7 1 34:31.55 10 0 47:22.44 6 4 1-07:49.52 21
20 Denis Sandona 24 France FRA 1-15:21.01 2 1-13:21.01 39 2 19:35.07 39 0 36:46.80 29 0 50:16.96 25 0 1-07:36.10 19
21 Angelo Carrara 25 Italy ITA 1-15:31.89 3 1-12:31.89 34 2 19:26.37 36 1 37:21.19 30 0 51:01.54 27 0 1-07:44.18 20
22 Peter Zelinka 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-15:36.40 6 1-09:36.40 15 1 17:58.56 20 0 33:52.89 4 5 51:38.14 34 0 1-08:07.45 24
23 Odd Lirhus 23 Norway NOR 1-15:39.41 8 1-07:39.41 4 1 17:50.81 16 2 35:25.55 18 0 47:55.64 12 5 1-08:30.44 25
24 Alfred Eder 26 Austria AUT 1-15:44.28 4 1-11:44.28 29 2 19:17.67 33 2 38:05.70 35 0 51:09.09 31 0 1-08:06.26 23
25 Jim Wood 27 Great Britain GBR 1-15:45.37 3 1-12:45.37 35 0 17:53.21 18 0 34:35.50 12 2 50:11.25 24 1 1-08:05.24 22
26 Rudolf Horn 26 Austria AUT 1-16:03.83 6 1-10:03.83 19 0 16:57.62 5 3 36:03.88 22 1 50:10.60 23 2 1-08:38.06 27
27 Peter Angerer 20 West Germany FRG 1-16:07.60 8 1-08:07.60 7 3 19:35.24 38 2 37:35.66 33 1 51:06.46 29 2 1-09:04.72 28
28 Masaichi Kinoshita 25 Japan JPN 1-16:21.46 2 1-14:21.46 42 0 17:59.62 21 2 37:38.67 34 0 51:06.90 28 0 1-08:30.89 26
29 Alois Kanamüller 27 West Germany FRG 1-17:34.80 6 1-11:34.80 28 2 19:21.08 34 3 38:59.01 38 0 52:05.43 36 1 1-09:55.09 29
30 Gerd Winkler 29 West Germany FRG 1-17:48.57 7 1-10:48.57 23 3 20:10.38 40 0 36:30.54 27 2 51:39.07 35 2 1-10:16.98 30
31 Sven Fahlén 20 Sweden SWE 1-17:49.23 8 1-09:49.23 16 0 17:15.99 12 3 36:09.83 23 1 50:09.77 22 4 1-10:27.89 31
32 Raimo Seppänen 29 Finland FIN 1-19:15.67 6 1-13:15.67 38 0 17:12.02 11 2 36:28.86 24 1 51:06.32 30 3 1-11:33.59 32
33 Graeme Ferguson 27 Great Britain GBR 1-19:53.98 7 1-12:53.98 36 1 18:29.88 25 1 36:29.24 26 0 49:45.72 19 5 1-12:04.20 33
34 Urs Brechbühl 33 Switzerland SUI 1-19:59.13 8 1-11:59.13 31 1 18:55.08 30 2 37:28.13 31 0 50:44.97 26 5 1-12:29.39 35
35 Marjan Burgar 28 Yugoslavia YUG 1-20:11.68 6 1-14:11.68 41 0 18:00.44 22 4 39:20.24 39 0 53:02.94 38 2 1-12:23.93 34
36 Martin Hagen 25 United States USA 1-21:02.95 8 1-13:02.95 37 0 17:48.79 15 4 38:43.34 37 4 56:15.11 40 0 1-13:18.64 36
37 Roland Burn 30 Switzerland SUI 1-21:12.97 11 1-10:12.97 21 0 17:06.35 8 4 37:32.91 32 1 51:24.03 33 6 1-13:54.43 38
38 Glen Jobe, Jr. 28 United States USA 1-21:36.52 6 1-15:36.52 44 1 19:27.86 37 0 38:06.73 36 0 51:15.75 32 5 1-13:34.01 37
39 Hiroyuki Deguchi 27 Japan JPN 1-21:53.16 7 1-14:53.16 43 1 18:48.50 27 0 36:42.19 28 2 52:33.03 37 4 1-14:02.55 39
40 Yuri Mitev 22 Bulgaria BUL 1-21:58.06 10 1-11:58.06 30 2 19:22.14 35 4 40:17.46 41 3 56:29.26 41 1 1-14:15.36 40
41 Tsusumisa Kikuchi 31 Japan JPN 1-24:44.30 11 1-13:44.30 40 6 24:02.47 45 1 42:05.28 43 1 56:35.13 42 3 1-16:49.16 41
42 Josef Skalník 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-26:17.13 15 1-11:17.13 26 1 17:55.01 19 5 39:23.74 40 2 54:32.50 39 7 1-18:25.22 42
43 Vladimir Velichkov 24 Bulgaria BUL 1-27:57.24 18 1-09:57.24 17 7 24:01.28 44 9 49:18.92 46 1 1-03:14.73 45 1 1-20:29.31 43
44 Ying Zhenshan 23 China CHN 1-28:47.00 13 1-15:47.00 45 3 21:24.56 43 5 43:48.63 44 3 1-00:51.18 43 2 1-20:36.48 44
45 Johnny Ruger 31 United States USA 1-33:30.80 21 1-12:30.80 33 8 25:33.06 46 4 46:16.14 45 6 1-05:48.95 46 3 1-25:40.48 45
46 Wang Yumjie 29 China CHN 1-33:49.77 16 1-17:49.77 46 2 20:45.37 42 2 40:54.77 42 6 1-01:27.78 44 6 1-25:44.22 46
47 Luis Ríos 26 Argentina ARG 1-55:26.50 21 1-34:26.50 47 4 26:43.00 47 5 55:09.13 47 4 1-16:40.12 47 8 1-45:36.24 47
AC Jorge Salas 37 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Raúl Abella 26 Argentina ARG DNF