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Biathlon at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games:

Men's 20 kilometres

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Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): Veliko Polje, Igman
Date Started: February 11, 1984
Date Finished: February 11, 1984
Format: One-minute penalty for each missed target.

Gold: FRG Peter Angerer
Silver: GDR Frank-Peter Roetsch
Bronze: NOR Eirik Kvalfoss

Summary

East German Frank Ullrich had been a dominating figure on the international scene after his breakthrough at the 1978 World Championships. After his successful 1980 Winter Olympics (one gold and two silver medals), he was 1981 sprint and relay World Champion, 20 km and relay World Champion in 1982, and 20 km World Champion 1983, giving him a total of six individual and four relay World or Olympic gold medals. Still only 26, he was expected to increase his medal collection in the 1984 Olympics. But in 1983 his wife Sylvia died after a sudden illness, and Ullrich announced that he would retire from top sport. However, he was persuaded to return for another season and reluctantly agreed, but his preparations for the 1984 Olympics were surely affected by his wife’s death.

As usual, the 20 km race was the opening biathlon event in the 1984 Winter Olympics. After the first round of shooting, the new biathlon star from East Germany, 19-year old Frank-Peter Roetsch was in the lead. Roesch had won the silver medal behind Ullrich at the 1983 World Championship. In second place after the first shooting round was Peter Angerer of West Germany, who had won the bronze medal behind Roetsch at the 1983 World Championship. On the second series of shots, Roetsch was penalized two minutes and dropped down to sixth, putting Angerer in the lead. After the third shooting round the situation changed again. Jan Matouš, a 22-year old unmerited Czech, had taken over the lead, five seconds ahead of Angerer and Roetsch back in medal position in third. At the final set of targets the Norwegian Erik Kvalfoss, world sprint champion from 1982 and 1983, and the fastest skier of the day, took an early lead. Matouš missed four targets and was out of the fight for medals. Then Roetsch missed one target, but was one minute ahead of Kvalfoss when he left for the final 2.5 km to the finish. Of the late starters, only Angerer was expected to compete with Roetsch’s time, and he did. After a perfect standing shooting round he was over a minute ahead of his East German competitor, and easily secured the first ever Olympic biathlon gold medal for West Germany. Roetsch had no problems taking the silver medal ahead of fast finishing Kvalfoss. Ullrich was far from his former self, usually one of the fastest skiers, he lost three minutes to Kvalfoss in skiing time and had to be content with fifth place, behind Frenchman Yvon Mougel, who improved from sixth in 1980 to fourth in 1984.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal AT M ST SR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
1 Peter Angerer 24 West Germany FRG Gold 1-11:52.7 2 1-09:52.7 2 0 17:14.1 2 1 30:29.7 1 1 45:18.2 2 0 1-04:13.0 1
2 Frank-Peter Roetsch 19 East Germany GDR Silver 1-13:21.4 3 1-10:21.4 3 0 17:04.3 1 2 31:44.9 6 0 45:31.6 3 1 1-05:20.6 2
3 Eirik Kvalfoss 24 Norway NOR Bronze 1-14:02.4 5 1-09:02.4 1 2 18:51.7 18 1 32:17.5 9 1 46:56.6 8 1 1-06:28.9 3
4 Yvon Mougel 28 France FRA 1-14:53.1 4 1-10:53.1 4 1 18:15.2 11 2 32:42.1 11 0 46:34.8 6 1 1-06:59.0 4
5 Frank Ullrich 26 East Germany GDR 1-14:53.7 3 1-11:53.7 8 1 18:33.4 13 0 31:22.8 5 1 46:46.3 7 1 1-07:06.6 5
6 Rolf Storsveen 24 Norway NOR 1-15:23.9 4 1-11:23.9 5 1 18:11.9 10 0 30:38.5 2 1 45:47.5 4 2 1-07:25.3 6
7 Fritz Fischer 27 West Germany FRG 1-15:49.7 4 1-11:49.7 7 2 19:30.2 29 0 31:56.3 8 0 46:13.1 5 2 1-07:47.5 7
8 Leif Andersson 22 Sweden SWE 1-16:19.3 3 1-13:19.3 19 1 18:46.3 17 2 33:45.2 19 0 48:21.4 15 0 1-08:10.2 8
9 Andreas Zingerle 22 Italy ITA 1-16:21.7 4 1-12:21.7 14 0 17:36.1 3 3 33:35.7 18 0 47:53.3 11 1 1-08:28.1 9
10 Jan Matouš 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-16:39.0 5 1-11:39.0 6 0 17:45.8 4 1 31:13.9 3 0 45:13.3 1 4 1-08:36.8 10
11 Sven Fahlén 24 Sweden SWE 1-18:10.8 6 1-12:10.8 11 1 18:35.8 14 0 31:19.2 4 3 48:31.3 16 2 1-10:05.9 11
12 Tapio Piipponen 26 Finland FIN 1-18:38.4 6 1-12:38.4 16 2 19:41.8 33 2 34:11.7 22 2 50:44.1 27 0 1-10:20.8 13
13 Vladimir Velichkov 28 Bulgaria BUL 1-18:47.1 5 1-13:47.1 21 0 18:07.8 6 2 33:14.1 16 0 47:44.3 10 3 1-10:36.1 14
14 Jim Wood 31 Great Britain GBR 1-18:55.8 4 1-14:55.8 28 0 18:01.3 5 1 32:26.0 10 1 48:13.4 14 2 1-10:39.2 15
15 Zdeněk Hák 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-19:05.5 6 1-13:05.5 17 2 19:39.4 32 2 34:56.9 27 0 47:43.7 9 2 1-11:00.3 16
16 Arto Jääskeläinen 23 Finland FIN 1-19:23.3 5 1-14:23.3 24 1 19:02.3 21 2 34:08.9 21 0 48:52.3 17 2 1-11:07.6 18
17 Sergey Bulygin 20 Soviet Union URS 1-19:28.0 7 1-12:28.0 15 1 18:08.6 7 1 31:49.8 7 2 47:54.0 12 3 1-10:08.0 12
18 Keijo Tiitola 19 Finland FIN 1-19:32.8 5 1-14:32.8 26 1 18:53.1 19 1 32:47.0 12 2 49:43.9 20 1 1-11:02.7 17
19 Marco Zanon 27 Italy ITA 1-19:59.9 4 1-15:59.9 32 0 18:09.0 8 1 33:03.4 13 2 49:52.4 21 1 1-11:34.4 19
20 Ronnie Adolfsson 27 Sweden SWE 1-20:12.2 8 1-12:12.2 12 2 19:52.7 35 4 36:23.3 42 0 50:29.2 26 2 1-11:58.1 20
21 Francis Mougel 23 France FRA 1-20:20.5 7 1-13:20.5 20 1 18:43.8 16 4 35:34.7 35 1 51:03.7 30 1 1-12:01.5 21
22 Ernst Reiter 21 West Germany FRG 1-20:37.4 5 1-15:37.4 31 2 20:35.6 41 1 35:02.2 28 0 49:52.0 22 2 1-12:24.4 22
23 Christian Poirot 27 France FRA 1-20:54.2 6 1-14:54.2 27 1 19:11.1 24 1 33:23.6 17 0 48:07.1 13 4 1-12:27.9 23
24 Odd Lirhus 27 Norway NOR 1-20:55.0 9 1-11:55.0 10 1 18:29.0 12 5 36:15.0 39 1 51:34.7 34 2 1-13:08.8 29
25 Jaromír Šimůnek 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-21:04.3 6 1-15:04.3 29 1 19:19.5 26 3 35:34.5 =34 1 51:30.3 32 1 1-12:49.2 26
26 Lyle Nelson 34 United States USA 1-21:05.4 7 1-14:05.4 22 2 20:08.1 37 3 36:19.4 40 1 51:46.9 36 1 1-12:45.7 25
27 Spas Zlatev 19 Bulgaria BUL 1-21:10.9 5 1-16:10.9 34 1 19:31.1 30 1 33:58.2 20 0 48:55.7 18 3 1-12:45.3 24
28 Adriano Darioli 28 Italy ITA 1-21:14.0 8 1-13:14.0 18 3 20:43.9 43 1 34:36.1 24 0 49:03.7 19 4 1-12:56.3 27
29 Holger Wick 21 East Germany GDR 1-21:19.1 9 1-12:19.1 13 3 20:26.1 39 2 35:09.1 29 2 51:32.7 33 2 1-13:10.2 30
30 Franz Schuler 21 Austria AUT 1-21:23.0 5 1-16:23.0 35 0 18:37.1 15 1 33:06.7 14 2 50:08.7 24 2 1-13:03.6 28
31 Beat Meier 24 Switzerland SUI 1-21:24.4 7 1-14:24.4 25 0 18:10.5 9 2 33:14.4 15 2 49:56.6 23 3 1-13:18.4 31
32 Dmitry Vasilyev 21 Soviet Union URS 1-22:09.2 8 1-14:09.2 23 3 20:46.1 44 1 34:45.6 26 1 50:18.4 25 3 1-13:47.2 33
33 Glen Eberle 20 United States USA 1-22:15.0 4 1-18:15.0 42 2 20:37.0 42 2 36:13.1 38 0 52:04.2 37 0 1-13:43.3 32
34 Alfred Eder 30 Austria AUT 1-22:52.6 6 1-16:52.6 38 1 19:14.1 25 2 34:38.7 25 1 50:56.9 29 2 1-13:58.6 34
35 Yury Kashkarov 20 Soviet Union URS 1-22:53.8 11 1-11:53.8 9 3 20:46.7 45 2 35:26.8 31 2 51:20.2 31 4 1-14:45.7 36
36 Rudolf Horn 29 Austria AUT 1-23:10.8 8 1-15:10.8 30 1 19:10.4 22 2 34:18.9 23 3 52:24.4 39 2 1-14:41.9 35
37 Charles MacIvor 27 Great Britain GBR 1-23:37.5 7 1-16:37.5 36 2 20:30.7 40 2 36:27.3 43 2 53:47.8 45 1 1-15:17.4 38
38 Yoshinobu Murase 26 Japan JPN 1-23:39.1 6 1-17:39.1 40 2 20:59.0 48 1 35:29.4 32 0 50:45.5 28 3 1-14:56.4 37
39 Shoichi Kinoshita 29 Japan JPN 1-23:49.8 7 1-16:49.8 37 1 19:42.0 34 2 35:29.0 33 1 51:41.5 35 3 1-15:17.6 39
40 Yuri Mitev 26 Bulgaria BUL 1-24:05.4 8 1-16:05.4 33 1 19:34.1 31 2 35:14.1 30 2 52:15.9 38 3 1-15:36.5 40
41 Andrej Lanišek 26 Yugoslavia YUG 1-24:23.1 6 1-18:23.1 44 0 18:57.6 20 4 37:04.1 45 0 52:45.5 40 2 1-15:46.2 41
42 Isao Yamase 29 Japan JPN 1-25:09.6 7 1-18:09.6 41 1 19:56.9 36 3 36:58.0 44 2 54:16.5 46 1 1-16:40.4 43
43 Imre Lestyan 20 Romania ROU 1-25:26.6 6 1-19:26.6 48 2 20:48.7 46 1 36:20.1 41 1 53:24.3 43 2 1-16:50.0 44
44 Tony McLeod 24 Great Britain GBR 1-25:34.5 8 1-17:34.5 39 4 22:23.0 54 1 37:20.3 46 0 52:51.3 41 3 1-16:38.4 42
45 Zsolt Kovács 21 Hungary HUN 1-26:18.7 7 1-19:18.7 47 3 21:49.3 50 2 37:54.7 50 0 53:38.0 44 2 1-17:09.6 45
46 Marjan Vidmar 23 Yugoslavia YUG 1-26:32.1 8 1-18:32.1 45 2 20:52.7 47 3 37:37.9 48 2 54:58.4 49 1 1-17:41.9 47
47 Andrew Paul 22 Australia AUS 1-26:38.7 5 1-21:38.7 54 0 19:10.8 23 2 35:36.9 37 1 52:55.2 42 2 1-17:30.7 46
48 Jure Velepec 18 Yugoslavia YUG 1-27:05.8 6 1-21:05.8 53 3 22:44.7 55 1 38:17.1 51 1 55:14.4 51 1 1-17:59.2 48
49 Mihai Rădulescu 21 Romania ROU 1-27:18.1 8 1-19:18.1 46 0 19:21.3 27 2 35:34.5 =34 4 55:08.4 50 2 1-18:27.0 49
50 Vladimir Todaşcă 26 Romania ROU 1-28:00.9 8 1-20:00.9 50 1 20:09.5 38 2 38:27.9 52 2 54:39.3 48 3 1-19:09.4 50
51 János Spisák 22 Hungary HUN 1-28:06.9 8 1-20:06.9 51 0 19:23.2 28 4 37:28.1 47 1 54:25.1 47 3 1-19:10.8 51
52 Sun Xiaoping 21 China CHN 1-28:07.1 8 1-20:07.1 52 2 21:11.6 49 2 37:42.9 49 2 55:38.6 52 2 1-19:11.8 52
53 Martin Hagen 29 United States USA 1-30:19.8 12 1-18:19.8 43 2 22:15.4 53 4 39:41.9 54 2 56:59.4 53 4 1-21:36.8 53
54 Liu Hongwang 21 China CHN 1-31:47.5 12 1-19:47.5 49 3 22:00.3 51 2 38:52.5 53 4 58:40.7 54 3 1-22:56.6 54
55 Víctor Figueroa 27 Argentina ARG 1-34:02.3 7 1-27:02.3 57 2 23:16.1 56 2 41:02.2 56 2 1-00:25.2 57 1 1-24:43.8 56
56 Manuel García 28 Spain ESP 1-34:12.4 10 1-24:12.4 55 2 22:05.1 52 3 39:59.8 55 3 59:40.6 55 2 1-24:38.6 55
57 Cecilio Fernández 24 Spain ESP 1-34:42.0 9 1-25:42.0 56 3 23:36.3 58 2 41:29.0 57 2 1-00:04.1 56 2 1-25:22.4 57
58 Luis Ríos 30 Argentina ARG 1-42:17.9 10 1-32:17.9 58 2 24:42.4 59 2 43:00.4 59 4 1-05:02.1 58 2 1-32:16.8 58
59 Ueng Ming-Yih 31 Chinese Taipei TPE 1-45:07.0 8 1-37:07.0 60 2 25:03.8 60 2 44:22.5 60 1 1-05:05.8 59 3 1-34:30.1 59
60 Hwang Byung-Dae 23 South Korea KOR 1-49:49.9 15 1-34:49.9 59 3 25:37.5 61 4 46:42.7 61 4 1-08:51.0 60 4 1-38:46.2 60
61 Hernán Carazo 28 Costa Rica CRC 2-24:54.9 11 2-13:54.9 61 3 32:29.5 62 3 58:19.2 62 3 1-39:19.6 61 2 2-08:23.4 61
AC Long Yunzhou 21 China CHN 4 23:32.8 57 4 41:55.4 58 DNF
AC László Palácsik 24 Hungary HUN DNF