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Cross Country Skiing at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Men's 30 kilometres

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Mt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 14, 1980
Date Finished: February 14, 1980

Gold: URS Nikolay Zimyatov
Silver: URS Vasily Rochev
Bronze: BUL Ivan Lebanov

Summary

The 1978 World Champion and defending Olympic Champion, Soviet Sergey Savelyev was surprisingly not selected to their quartet for the 1980 cross-country opening distance, concentrating only on the 50 km. But the Soviet Union had a strong team, headed by 24-year old Nikolay Zimyatov, the tall and lanky silver medalist at the distance at the 1978 World Championships. At 10 km, Zimyatov was in the lead, 13 seconds ahead of the Swede Thomas Wassberg. Lying third, to everyone’s surprise, was Bulgarian Ivan Lebanov, 1977 Junior World Champion, 19.5 seconds behind the leader. And the young Bulgarian continued to impress. At the halfway mark he had moved up to second place, 36 seconds behind the leading Zimyatov, but he was closely followed by Wassberg and Soviet Vasily Rochev. Zimyatov continued to push the pace, at 20 km he had widened his lead to 40 seconds, but behind him it was very close: Wassberg now second, Lebanov third and Rochev fourth, all three within 8 seconds. Rochev, starting first of the favorites, was fastest over the last 10 km and finished in impressive style. Zimyatov, starting one minute behind Lobanov, caught the Bulgarian 5 km from home, and they finished together. Zimyatov came in half a minute ahead of his countryman Rochev, and Lobanov was now in bronze medal position. Wassberg, starting last of all, could not match Lobanov’s speed over the last kilometers and had to be content with fourth place. The surprise winner of the 15 km in the 1978 World Championships, the Pole Józef Łuszczek, made his best ever Olympic placing by finishing fifth. Zimyatov won his first international championship, and Lobanov won the first ever Winter Olympics medal for Bulgaria, and it would be another 18 years before the next.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1 Nikolay Zimyatov 24 Soviet Union URS Gold 1-27:02.80 28:31.50 1 44:21.91 1 57:44.45 1
2 Vasily Rochev 28 Soviet Union URS Silver 1-27:34.22 28:52.31 5 45:02.26 4 58:31.68 4
3 Ivan Lebanov 22 Bulgaria BUL Bronze 1-28:03.87 28:51.06 3 44:57.59 2 58:26.42 3
4 Thomas Wassberg 23 Sweden SWE 1-28:40.35 28:44.23 2 44:57.94 3 58:23.83 2
5 Józef Łuszczek 24 Poland POL 1-29:03.64 28:55.95 7 45:21.78 7 58:57.05 6
6 Matti Pitkänen 31 Finland FIN 1-29:35.03 28:52.24 4 45:18.37 6 58:49.98 5
7 Juha Mieto 30 Finland FIN 1-29:45.08 29:03.85 9 45:26.46 9 59:11.62 8
8 Ove Aunli 23 Norway NOR 1-29:54.02 29:00.01 8 45:16.92 5 59:00.98 7
9 Alf-Gerd Deckert 24 East Germany GDR 1-30:05.17 29:16.58 11 46:02.57 11 59:43.85 11
10 Lars Erik Eriksen 25 Norway NOR 1-30:34.34 29:06.15 10 45:53.66 10 59:42.75 10
11 Yevgeny Belyayev 25 Soviet Union URS 1-30:35.32 28:55.88 6 45:24.88 8 59:14.17 9
12 Oddvar Brå 28 Norway NOR 1-30:46.70 29:41.99 16 46:21.52 15 59:55.65 12
13 Benny Kohlberg 25 Sweden SWE 1-30:57.56 29:47.40 20 46:32.51 20 1-00:31.48 20
14 Nikolay Bazhukov 26 Soviet Union URS 1-31:06.28 29:31.39 12 46:07.06 12 1-00:05.56 13
15 Edi Hauser 31 Switzerland SUI 1-31:20.09 29:53.97 25 46:29.10 17 1-00:25.94 17
16 Per Knut Aaland 25 Norway NOR 1-31:26.58 29:34.41 14 46:16.16 14 1-00:15.94 14
17 Sven-Åke Lundbäck 32 Sweden SWE 1-31:31.96 29:31.58 13 46:13.94 13 1-00:19.09 15
18 Harri Kirvesniemi 21 Finland FIN 1-31:35.13 29:35.29 15 46:26.46 16 1-00:30.72 19
19 Jean-Paul Pierrat 27 France FRA 1-31:43.03 29:53.11 24 46:54.51 25 1-00:23.20 16
20 Maurilio De Zolt 29 Italy ITA 1-31:43.74 29:43.98 17 46:31.23 18 1-00:29.88 18
21 Jiří Beran 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-31:46.11 29:55.25 26 46:53.78 24 1-00:53.87 24
22 Dieter Notz 24 West Germany FRG 1-31:58.27 29:49.00 22 46:31.81 19 1-00:34.07 21
23 Khristo Barzanov 23 Bulgaria BUL 1-32:03.49 29:45.96 19 46:58.11 26 1-00:57.89 26
24 Gaudenz Ambühl 25 Switzerland SUI 1-32:06.20 29:48.17 21 46:58.86 27 1-00:57.75 25
25 Stig Jäder 25 Sweden SWE 1-32:08.09 29:57.22 28 46:38.42 22 1-00:45.83 22
26 Jorma Aalto 22 Finland FIN 1-32:48.10 29:45.12 18 46:37.50 21 1-00:46.79 23
27 Giulio Capitanio 27 Italy ITA 1-33:07.48 29:56.93 27 47:15.02 29 1-01:32.46 29
28 Jiří Švub 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-33:12.73 29:57.97 29 47:03.38 28 1-01:20.30 28
29 Heinz Gähler 27 Switzerland SUI 1-33:43.68 30:31.50 35 47:31.66 31 1-01:53.74 32
30 Stan Dunklee 25 United States USA 1-33:48.02 30:02.75 30 47:16.66 30 1-01:34.74 30
31 Josef Schneider 22 West Germany FRG 1-34:05.33 30:24.35 33 47:44.29 33 1-01:56.56 33
32 Miloš Bečvář 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-34:08.79 29:49.33 23 46:53.43 23 1-01:15.49 27
33 Ivo Čarman 20 Yugoslavia YUG 1-34:09.59 30:17.21 31 47:43.06 32 1-01:48.96 31
34 Benedetto Carrara 24 Italy ITA 1-34:27.45 30:49.60 40 48:05.84 37 1-02:26.69 35
35 Paul Fargeix 24 France FRA 1-35:12.25 30:35.95 37 47:49.72 35 1-02:17.40 34
36 František Šimon 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-35:32.70 30:20.97 32 47:49.85 36 1-02:38.40 37
37 Wolfgang Müller 24 West Germany FRG 1-35:37.46 30:27.50 34 47:49.63 34 1-02:27.51 36
38 Philippe Poirot 21 France FRA 1-35:47.39 31:21.09 45 49:00.51 41 1-03:29.55 41
39 Shiro Sato 26 Japan JPN 1-35:52.77 31:14.93 44 49:51.70 46 1-03:29.15 40
40 Peter Zipfel 23 West Germany FRG 1-36:06.95 30:42.46 38 48:09.28 38 1-03:07.70 38
41 Jim Galanes 23 United States USA 1-36:15.17 30:46.55 39 49:21.55 44 1-03:36.65 42
42 Francis Jacot 23 Switzerland SUI 1-36:50.46 30:32.49 36 48:16.00 39 1-03:13.18 39
43 Roberto Primus 30 Italy ITA 1-37:55.47 30:54.99 42 49:05.03 42 1-04:21.46 45
44 Michel Thierry 25 France FRA 1-38:17.35 31:13.66 43 49:10.04 43 1-04:01.03 44
45 Doug Peterson 26 United States USA 1-38:29.86 30:51.90 41 48:52.59 40 1-03:38.92 43
46 Tone Đurišič 18 Yugoslavia YUG 1-38:46.90 31:38.93 46 49:44.81 45 1-04:35.99 46
47 José Giro 24 Spain ESP 1-41:57.97 32:49.20 47 51:42.24 47 1-07:00.77 47
48 Ingólfur Jónsson 27 Iceland ISL 1-45:55.26 34:04.56 50 53:32.76 50 1-09:23.96 49
49 Emiliano Morlans 27 Spain ESP 1-46:28.42 33:39.82 49 53:32.74 49 1-09:32.09 50
50 Marcos Luis Jerman 23 Argentina ARG 1-47:56.17 35:41.40 52 55:44.30 51 1-12:13.31 51
51 Kim Dong-Hwan 20 South Korea KOR 1-51:13.35 35:12.35 51 56:02.48 52 1-12:42.90 52
52 Luvsandashiin Dorj 36 Mongolia MGL 1-53:52.24 32:53.41 48 51:57.97 48 1-07:42.05 48
AC Kim Nam-Young 21 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Þröstur Jóhannesson 24 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Haukur Sigurðsson 23 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Hwang Byung-Dae 19 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Bill Koch 24 United States USA DNF