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Cross Country Skiing at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Men's 10/15 kilometres Pursuit

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Birkebeineren Ski Stadium, Lillehammer
Date Started: February 17, 1994
Date Finished: February 17, 1994
Format: 10 kilometres classical style race on day one. On day two, runners left in order of their finish in the 10 kilometres classical, based on time differential, and skiied 15 kilometres freestyle, with final placements determined by finish of that race.

Gold: NOR Bjørn Dæhlie
Silver: KAZ Vladimir Smirnov
Bronze: ITA Silvio Fauner

Summary

This was the second Olympic pursuit event. The defending champion was Bjørn Dæhlie of Norway, who had won the 1993 World Championships, and had already won the 10 km classical, meaning he started first off in the freestyle pursuit section of this race. There was little doubt who would win, as Dæhlie was considered stronger in freestyle than classical. His biggest competition was expected to come from Kazakhstan’s Vladimir Smirnov. At the 1993 World Championships, they had been 1-2 in a photo finish, which at first looked like Smirnov had won. His torso was first across the line, but on review, Dæhlie’s boot crossed the line first, which is the determining factor. Smirnov had been second in the 10 km classical in Lillehammer, so he would start only 18 seconds behind Dæhlie. But it might as well have been 18 minutes. Dæhlie was never caught, posted the freestyle leg, and won the pursuit by 29.2 seconds over Smirnov. Smirnov’s time was second in freestyle only to Dæhlie, and he was over a minute ahead of the bronze medalist, Italy’s Silvio Fauner.

This was Fauner’s first individual Olympic medal. He would win three in the relay, including a gold in Lillehammer, and add another individual medal in the 30 km in 1998. Smirnov and Dæhlie were fighting out the World Cup race for the fourth consecutive season. Smirnov had won it in 1990-91, with Dæhlie winning in 1991-92 and 1992-93, with Smirnov second in 1993 and third in 1992. In 1993-94 Smirnov would edge out the Norwegian for the seasonal title.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T SB RT RR
1 Bjørn Dæhlie 26 Norway NOR Gold 35:48.8 35:48.8 1
2 Vladimir Smirnov 29 Kazakhstan KAZ Silver 36:18.0 +0:18 36:00.0 2
3 Silvio Fauner 25 Italy ITA Bronze 37:28.6 +0:48 36:40.6 4
4 Mika Myllylä 24 Finland FIN 37:35.9 +0:45 36:50.9 7
5 Mikhail Botvinov 26 Russia RUS 37:37.8 +0:38 36:59.8 8
6 Jari Räsänen 28 Finland FIN 37:43.7 +1:11 36:32.7 3
7 Sture Sivertsen 27 Norway NOR 37:49.7 +0:39 37:10.7 9
8 Johann Mühlegg 23 Germany GER 38:11.2 +0:31 36:41.2 5
9 Giorgio Vanzetta 34 Italy ITA 38:11.6 +1:28 36:43.6 6
10 Marco Albarello 33 Italy ITA 38:14.1 +0:22 37:52.1 16
11 Alois Stadlober 31 Austria AUT 38:37.1 +1:05 37:32.1 13
12 Aleksey Prokurorov 29 Russia RUS 38:47.8 +1:35 37:12.8 10
13 Jeremias Wigger 28 Switzerland SUI 38:47.9 +1:35 37:12.9 11
14 Jochen Behle 33 Germany GER 39:12.1 +1:09 38:03.1 17
15 Jan Ottosson 33 Sweden SWE 39:12.4 +1:27 37:45.4 14
16 Andrey Kirillov 27 Russia RUS 39:39.7 +1:21 38:18.7 24
17 Vladimir Legotin 23 Russia RUS 39:40.1 +1:32 38:08.1 19
18 Kazunari Sasaki 31 Japan JPN 39:40.5 +1:52 37:48.5 15
19 Nikolay Ivanov 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 39:50.5 +1:28 38:22.5 25
20 Patrick Remy 28 France FRA 40:00.5 +1:37 38:23.5 26
21 Vyacheslav Plaksunov 25 Belarus BLR 40:15.2 +2:52 37:23.2 12
22 Fulvio Valbusa 24 Italy ITA 40:16.3 +2:06 38:10.3 20
23 Christer Majbäck 30 Sweden SWE 40:22.5 +1:35 38:47.5 36
24 Lubomír Buchta 26 Czech Republic CZE 40:34.0 +1:57 38:37.0 33
25 Elmo Kassin 24 Estonia EST 40:34.9 +2:20 38:14.9 23
26 Pavel Ryabinin 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 40:45.6 +2:21 38:24.6 27
27 Mitsuo Horigome 19 Japan JPN 40:47.0 +2:16 38:31.0 29
28 Juan Jesús Gutiérrez 24 Spain ESP 41:00.0 +2:46 38:14.0 22
29 Philippe Sanchez 24 France FRA 41:11.8 +2:27 38:44.8 35
30 Hans Diethelm 26 Switzerland SUI 41:12.4 +2:43 38:29.4 28
31 Andrey Nevzorov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 41:12.9 +2:25 38:47.9 37
32 Carlos Vicente 22 Spain ESP 41:13.3 +2:41 38:32.3 31
33 John Aalberg 33 United States USA 41:13.4 +2:42 38:31.4 30
34 Ivan Bátory 18 Slovakia SVK 41:14.3 +2:38 38:36.3 32
35 Janko Neuber 22 Germany GER 41:19.6 +3:07 38:12.6 21
36 Pavel Benc 30 Czech Republic CZE 41:24.1 +3:18 38:06.1 18
37 Václav Korunka 28 Czech Republic CZE 41:42.0 +3:02 38:40.0 34
38 Torald Rein 25 Germany GER 41:42.3 +2:18 39:24.3 41
39 Markus Hasler 22 Liechtenstein LIE 41:45.4 +2:57 38:48.4 38
40 Jaak Mae 21 Estonia EST 41:46.0 +2:22 39:24.0 40
41 Todd Boonstra 31 United States USA 41:47.1 +2:36 39:11.1 39
42 Hiroyuki Imai 23 Japan JPN 41:59.8 +2:28 39:31.8 48
43 Ben Husaby 28 United States USA 42:15.9 +2:51 39:24.9 43
44 Siniša Vukonić 22 Croatia CRO 42:25.3 +2:57 39:28.3 44
45 Luke Bodensteiner 23 United States USA 42:33.0 +3:02 39:31.0 47
46 Igor Obukhov 24 Belarus BLR 42:33.5 +3:09 39:24.5 42
47 Jordi Ribó 26 Spain ESP 42:47.6 +3:01 39:46.6 50
48 Ričardas Panavas 21 Lithuania LTU 42:52.5 +2:26 40:26.5 57
49 Daníel Jakobsson 20 Iceland ISL 42:57.0 +2:49 40:08.0 52
50 Michael Binzer 25 Denmark DEN 42:57.1 +3:23 39:34.1 49
51 Sergey Dolidovich 20 Belarus BLR 43:10.5 +3:42 39:28.5 45
52 Dany Bouchard 26 Canada CAN 43:13.2 +2:49 40:24.2 56
53 Cédric Vallet 22 France FRA 43:24.5 +3:10 40:14.5 54
54 Masaaki Kozu 19 Japan JPN 43:30.1 +4:00 39:30.1 46
55 Andrus Veerpalu 23 Estonia EST 43:56.1 +2:25 41:31.1 65
56 Wilhelm Aschwanden 24 Switzerland SUI 43:57.4 +3:07 40:50.4 60
57 Anthony Evans 24 Australia AUS 44:02.9 +2:49 41:13.9 62
58 Martin Petrásek 27 Czech Republic CZE 44:03.8 +3:50 40:13.8 53
59 Elemer-György Tanko 25 Romania ROU 44:27.1 +4:10 40:17.1 55
60 Slavcho Batinkov 24 Bulgaria BUL 44:27.5 +3:42 40:45.5 59
61 Ebbe Hartz 27 Denmark DEN 44:32.8 +3:16 41:16.8 63
62 Zsolt Antal 21 Romania ROU 44:44.2 +4:53 39:51.2 51
63 Dave Belam 26 Great Britain GBR 44:57.8 +3:40 41:17.8 64
64 Stephan Kunz 22 Liechtenstein LIE 44:59.6 +4:24 40:35.6 58
65 Park Byung-Chul 21 South Korea KOR 45:36.3 +4:27 41:09.3 61
66 Mark Gray 26 Australia AUS 45:41.1 +3:34 42:07.1 67
67 Iskren Plankov 24 Bulgaria BUL 46:32.5 +4:19 42:13.5 68
68 Ahn Jin-Soo 20 South Korea KOR 46:56.1 +4:22 42:34.1 70
69 Rögnvaldur Ingþórsson 25 Iceland ISL 46:56.2 +4:31 42:25.2 69
70 Petar Zografov 29 Bulgaria BUL 47:22.2 +5:29 41:53.2 66
71 Antonio Rački 20 Croatia CRO 48:18.8 +4:38 43:40.8 71
72 Jānis Hermanis 23 Latvia LAT 50:57.5 +6:37 44:20.5 72
73 Nikos Anastasiadis 27 Greece GRE 51:23.9 +6:40 44:43.9 73
74 Bekim Babić 19 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 53:23.6 +6:24 46:59.6 74
AC Nikos Kalofiris 23 Greece GRE +5:57 DNF
AC Urmas Välbe 27 Estonia EST +2:38 DNF