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Cross Country Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's 10/15 kilometres Pursuit

Cross Country Skiing at the 1998 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Snow Harp, Hakuba
Date Started: February 12, 1998
Date Finished: February 12, 1998
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 Thomas Alsgaard
Silver: NOR Bjørn Dæhlie
Bronze: KAZ Vladimir Smirnov

Summary

The script was the same as in all other cross-country events in 1994 and 1998. Bjørn Dæhlie was entered. Bjørn Dæhlie was favored. He was the two-time defending champion, had won the 1997 World Championship in pursuit, he had won the 10 km classical, so he would start in the lead, and he was better at freestyle than classical. Need any more convincing?

Dæhlie went off with an 8-second lead over Markus Gandler, who was not considered a challenger, but it was 16 seconds back to Finland’s Mika Myllylä, who had been third in the 10 km, and 21 seconds to Vladimir Smirnov, perhaps the best skier in the past five years not named Bjørn Dæhlie. And then a miracle occurred – Dæhlie was beaten. He actually skied rather poorly, for him, in the freestyle pursuit phase, posting only the seventh fastest time. But none of the above caught him, instead it was his teammate Thomas Alsgaard, who started fifth, 24 seconds in arrears. Alsgaard caught up to Dæhlie by eight kilometers, and then sat in behind him for 20 minutes to conserve his strength. Dæhlie tried to pull away but that didn’t work. He tried to slow down and get Alsgaard to take the lead, but that didn’t work. What worked was Alsgaard’s sprint, started at 200 metres out, which pulled him ahead with 50 metres to the line, and brought him ahead by 1.1 seconds. Smirnov also struggled in freestyle, posting only the 11th best time, but his overall race brought him with a bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T SB RT RR
1 Thomas Alsgaard 26 Norway NOR Gold 39:37.7 +0:24 39:13.7 1
2 Bjørn Dæhlie 30 Norway NOR Silver 39:38.8 39:38.8 7
3 Vladimir Smirnov 33 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze 40:07.5 +0:21 39:46.5 11
4 Silvio Fauner 29 Italy ITA 40:24.9 +0:51 39:33.9 6
5 Fulvio Valbusa 28 Italy ITA 40:25.1 +0:53 39:32.1 5
6 Mika Myllylä 28 Finland FIN 40:26.6 +0:16 40:10.6 13
7 Markus Gandler 32 Austria AUT 40:50.2 +0:08 40:42.2 22
8 Jari Isometsä 29 Finland FIN 40:55.4 +1:12 39:43.4 9
9 Sergey Chepikov 31 Russia RUS 41:00.3 +1:31 39:29.3 4
10 Niklas Jonsson 28 Sweden SWE 41:01.7 +1:40 39:21.7 2
11 Achim Walcher 30 Austria AUT 41:02.9 +1:34 39:28.9 3
12 Andreas Schlütter 25 Germany GER 41:08.3 +1:24 39:44.3 10
13 Fabio Maj 27 Italy ITA 41:31.4 +1:49 39:42.4 8
14 Alois Stadlober 35 Austria AUT 41:33.1 +0:57 40:36.1 19
15 Jaak Mae 25 Estonia EST 41:38.7 +0:32 41:06.7 30
16 Gerhard Urain 25 Austria AUT 41:40.8 +1:01 40:39.8 20
17 Johann Mühlegg 27 Germany GER 41:48.3 +1:48 40:00.3 12
18 Aleksey Prokurorov 33 Russia RUS 42:24.1 +2:03 40:21.1 14
19 Vincent Vittoz 22 France FRA 42:31.9 +1:39 40:52.9 27
20 Sami Repo 26 Finland FIN 42:38.9 +1:27 41:11.9 32
21 Katsuhito Ebisawa 25 Japan JPN 42:46.0 +2:06 40:40.0 21
22 Mitsuo Horigome 23 Japan JPN 42:47.1 +2:20 40:27.1 15
23 Petr Michl 27 Czech Republic CZE 42:47.5 +2:04 40:43.5 23
24 Masaaki Kozu 23 Japan JPN 42:59.9 +1:59 41:00.9 28
25 Sergey Kryanin 26 Russia RUS 43:09.4 +2:39 40:30.4 16
26 Aleksandr Sannikov 26 Belarus BLR 43:16.9 +2:30 40:46.9 =24
27 Sture Sivertsen 31 Norway NOR 43:29.2 +0:46 42:43.3 49
28 Hiroyuki Imai 27 Japan JPN 43:31.0 +1:27 42:04.0 41
29 René Sommerfeldt 23 Germany GER 43:49.5 +2:28 41:21.5 33
30 Patrick Remy 32 France FRA 43:56.8 +1:31 42:25.8 46
31 Henrik Forsberg 30 Sweden SWE 44:04.9 +3:31 40:33.9 17
32 Lukáš Bauer 20 Czech Republic CZE 44:16.3 +2:47 41:29.3 36
33 Ivan Bátory 22 Slovakia SVK 44:18.2 +3:43 40:35.2 18
34 Stephan Kunz 26 Liechtenstein LIE 44:18.9 +3:32 40:46.9 =24
35 Markus Hasler 26 Liechtenstein LIE 44:31.9 +1:31 43:00.9 51
36 Pavel Ryabinin 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 44:41.7 +3:13 41:28.7 35
37 Martin Koukal 19 Czech Republic CZE 44:41.8 +2:17 42:24.8 45
38 Martin Bajčičák 21 Slovakia SVK 44:54.6 +4:05 40:49.6 26
39 Vladimir Legotin 27 Russia RUS 44:55.5 +3:46 41:09.5 31
40 Patrick Weaver 28 United States USA 45:07.1 +2:40 42:27.1 47
41 Michael Binzer 29 Denmark DEN 45:12.0 +2:50 42:22.0 43
42 Ričardas Panavas 25 Lithuania LTU 45:12.3 +2:00 43:12.3 52
43 Elmo Kassin 28 Estonia EST 45:13.2 +3:33 41:40.2 38
44 Justin Wadsworth 29 United States USA 45:18.0 +3:02 42:16.0 42
45 Zsolt Antal 25 Romania ROU 45:19.9 +4:17 41:02.9 29
46 Hennadiy Nykon 22 Ukraine UKR 45:20.1 +3:43 41:37.1 37
47 John Bauer 29 United States USA 45:24.6 +2:34 42:50.6 50
48 Andrey Nevzorov 32 Kazakhstan KAZ 45:30.7 +4:06 41:24.7 34
49 Wilhelm Aschwanden 28 Switzerland SUI 45:32.8 +3:46 41:46.8 39
50 Lubomír Buchta 30 Czech Republic CZE 45:36.6 +3:14 42:22.6 44
51 Vladislavas Zybaila 23 Lithuania LTU 46:12.9 +2:45 43:27.9 53
52 Mykhailo Artiukhov 26 Ukraine UKR 46:28.5 +4:28 42:00.5 40
53 Janusz Krężelok 23 Poland POL 47:13.3 +4:38 42:35.3 48
54 Jordi Ribó 30 Spain ESP 47:27.3 +3:21 44:06.3 58
55 Anthony Evans 28 Australia AUS 47:43.4 +3:48 43:55.4 56
56 Chris Blanchard 26 Canada CAN 47:44.3 +3:13 44:31.3 62
57 Stanislav Ježík 25 Slovakia SVK 48:30.3 +3:47 44:43.3 63
58 Guido Visser 27 Canada CAN 48:43.5 +4:26 44:17.5 61
59 Vitaly Lilichenko 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 48:58.1 +5:30 43:28.1 54
60 Nikolay Semenyako 21 Belarus BLR 49:31.3 +4:30 45:01.3 64
61 Slavcho Batinkov 28 Bulgaria BUL 49:41.5 +5:59 43:42.5 55
62 Álvaro Gijón 21 Spain ESP 49:49.2 +5:38 44:11.2 59
63 Jānis Hermanis 27 Latvia LAT 49:55.1 +3:48 46:07.1 65
64 Ivan Hudač 26 Slovakia SVK 50:14.7 +6:17 43:57.7 57
65 Diego Ruiz 20 Spain ESP 51:09.2 +6:53 44:16.2 60
66 Ahn Jin-Soo 24 South Korea KOR 51:27.4 +4:31 46:56.4 68
67 Park Byeong-Ju 18 South Korea KOR 51:55.8 +5:22 46:33.8 66
68 Wu Jintao 23 China CHN 52:28.1 +5:33 46:55.1 67
AC Juan Jesús Gutiérrez 28 Spain ESP +2:05 DNF
AC Park Byung-Chul 25 South Korea KOR +3:18 DNF
AC Mykola Popovych 26 Ukraine UKR +3:27 DNF
AC Aleksey Tregubov 26 Belarus BLR +4:19 DNF
AC Juris Ģērmanis 20 Latvia LAT +4:41 DNF
AC Paul Gray 28 Australia AUS +7:21 DNF