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Cross Country Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's 10 kilometres

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

Gold: NOR Bjørn Dæhlie
Silver: AUT Markus Gandler
Bronze: FIN Mika Myllylä

Summary

Bjørn Dæhlie was the defending champion, had won the 1997 World Championship at this distance, and had won the 1996-97 sprint World Cup. Already with eight Olympic medals and five golds, to describe him as the favorite was an understatement. The race was held in a steady rain, which made conditions difficult for the skiers. But the Norwegian waxers set up five pairs of skis for Dæhlie who tested them shortly before starting and then chose the best pair.

Dæhlie started fast and had the lead at both of the time checks, with Kazakhstan’s Vladimir Smirnov in second at 6.5 km. Both slowed down in the final kilometers but Dæhlie had done enough to stay ahead, and won the gold medal by eight seconds. The silver medal went to the surprising Austrian Markus Gandler. Gandler had been skiing internationally since the late 1980s but had won little. He started slowly in this race, but had the fastest finishing split from 6.5 km to the line to place second.

This race also saw the appearance of the first black African in cross-country skiing, Philip Boit of Kenya. Boit was last of the 92 finishers, almost eight minutes behind 91st place, Gjoko Dineski of Macedonia. But when he finished, waiting at the line for his arrival was Bjørn Dæhlie, who embraced him after his finish. After 1998 this race was not held at the 2002 or 2006 Winter Olympics, replaced by the 15 km.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Bjørn Dæhlie 30 Norway NOR Gold 27:24.5 4:40.1 1 16:59.4 1
2 Markus Gandler 32 Austria AUT Silver 27:32.5 4:56.2 8 17:26.3 3
3 Mika Myllylä 28 Finland FIN Bronze 27:40.1 4:47.4 3 17:28.0 5
4 Vladimir Smirnov 33 Kazakhstan KAZ 27:45.1 4:47.5 4 17:24.5 2
5 Thomas Alsgaard 26 Norway NOR 27:48.1 4:46.4 2 17:27.3 4
6 Jaak Mae 25 Estonia EST 27:56.0 4:59.8 =19 17:46.2 10
7 Erling Jevne 31 Norway NOR 27:58.7 5:01.0 27 17:40.5 7
8 Andrus Veerpalu 26 Estonia EST 28:00.7 4:56.5 10 17:43.2 9
9 Sture Sivertsen 31 Norway NOR 28:10.6 5:05.8 =41 17:55.7 13
10 Silvio Fauner 29 Italy ITA 28:15.5 5:00.3 23 17:56.0 14
11 Fulvio Valbusa 28 Italy ITA 28:17.0 5:03.5 33 17:51.9 12
12 Alois Stadlober 35 Austria AUT 28:21.2 5:05.5 38 17:47.1 11
13 Harri Kirvesniemi 39 Finland FIN 28:22.5 4:53.6 6 17:41.0 8
14 Gerhard Urain 25 Austria AUT 28:25.2 4:56.3 9 17:36.9 6
15 Jari Isometsä 29 Finland FIN 28:36.7 5:03.3 32 18:05.3 19
16 Andreas Schlütter 25 Germany GER 28:48.0 4:58.5 14 18:24.2 =26
17 Beat Koch 25 Switzerland SUI 28:49.6 5:00.8 26 18:04.6 18
18 Sami Repo 26 Finland FIN 28:51.3 4:59.5 17 18:00.8 16
19 Hiroyuki Imai 27 Japan JPN 28:51.5 5:00.5 25 17:59.3 15
20T Patrick Remy 32 France FRA 28:55.2 4:58.1 =12 18:22.6 25
20T Markus Hasler 26 Liechtenstein LIE 28:55.2 4:57.2 11 18:12.7 21
22 Sergey Chepikov 31 Russia RUS 28:55.9 5:05.8 =41 18:16.2 23
23 Achim Walcher 30 Austria AUT 28:58.6 5:04.5 36 18:25.0 29
24 Vincent Vittoz 22 France FRA 29:03.5 4:54.8 7 18:04.3 17
25 Niklas Jonsson 28 Sweden SWE 29:04.9 5:03.0 31 18:31.6 34
26 Marco Albarello 37 Italy ITA 29:10.1 4:59.2 16 18:24.9 28
27 Johann Mühlegg 27 Germany GER 29:12.3 5:05.6 =39 18:30.7 32
28 Fabio Maj 27 Italy ITA 29:13.8 4:59.8 =19 18:26.0 30
29 Masaaki Kozu 23 Japan JPN 29:23.1 5:02.7 30 18:31.1 33
30 Ričardas Panavas 25 Lithuania LTU 29:24.1 5:03.9 34 18:37.9 37
31 Aleksey Prokurorov 33 Russia RUS 29:27.3 5:04.0 35 18:43.6 41
32 Petr Michl 27 Czech Republic CZE 29:28.5 5:01.3 28 18:34.3 35
33 Juan Jesús Gutiérrez 28 Spain ESP 29:29.0 5:00.1 22 18:29.1 31
34 Katsuhito Ebisawa 25 Japan JPN 29:30.0 4:52.8 5 18:10.4 20
35 Martin Koukal 19 Czech Republic CZE 29:41.8 5:05.4 37 18:35.6 36
36 Mitsuo Horigome 23 Japan JPN 29:44.8 5:10.6 50 19:01.0 46
37 Raul Olle 30 Estonia EST 29:52.3 4:59.8 =19 18:40.1 39
38 René Sommerfeldt 23 Germany GER 29:52.5 4:58.1 =12 18:14.6 22
39 Aleksandr Sannikov 26 Belarus BLR 29:54.7 5:08.5 47 18:24.2 =26
40 Jochen Behle 37 Germany GER 29:55.9 5:00.4 24 18:18.1 24
41 John Bauer 29 United States USA 29:58.4 5:11.5 53 18:39.2 38
42 Sergey Kryanin 26 Russia RUS 30:03.2 5:06.7 43 18:49.6 43
43 Patrick Weaver 28 United States USA 30:04.4 5:13.5 56 18:46.9 42
44 Vladislavas Zybaila 23 Lithuania LTU 30:09.9 5:01.8 29 18:41.4 40
45 Lukáš Bauer 20 Czech Republic CZE 30:11.1 5:07.4 44 19:11.3 47
46 Michael Binzer 29 Denmark DEN 30:14.2 5:26.9 78 18:52.3 44
47 Justin Wadsworth 29 United States USA 30:26.3 5:20.6 70 19:43.9 60
48 Robin McKeever 24 Canada CAN 30:32.2 5:05.6 =39 19:14.5 48
49 Jeremias Wigger 32 Switzerland SUI 30:33.4 5:21.1 =72 19:27.9 =51
50 Pavel Ryabinin 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 30:37.0 5:11.2 52 19:32.7 55
51 Chris Blanchard 26 Canada CAN 30:37.1 5:16.9 60 18:57.5 45
52 Lubomír Buchta 30 Czech Republic CZE 30:38.4 5:23.5 75 19:28.7 53
53 Park Byung-Chul 25 South Korea KOR 30:42.1 5:20.2 66 19:36.9 56
54 Jordi Ribó 30 Spain ESP 30:45.0 4:58.9 15 19:41.5 58
55 Mykola Popovych 26 Ukraine UKR 30:51.2 5:20.4 =67 19:26.4 50
56 Henrik Forsberg 30 Sweden SWE 30:55.7 5:20.4 =67 19:51.7 =62
57 Stephan Kunz 26 Liechtenstein LIE 30:56.8 5:21.1 =72 19:57.8 65
58 Elmo Kassin 28 Estonia EST 30:57.8 5:17.7 61 19:27.9 =51
59 Philippe Sanchez 28 France FRA 31:03.5 5:13.0 55 19:32.2 54
60T Hennadiy Nykon 22 Ukraine UKR 31:07.6 5:14.6 57 19:50.1 61
60T Ivan Bátory 22 Slovakia SVK 31:07.6 5:12.8 54 19:38.8 57
62 Vladimir Legotin 27 Russia RUS 31:10.3 5:18.1 62 19:58.9 67
63 Wilhelm Aschwanden 28 Switzerland SUI 31:10.5 5:23.3 74 20:14.0 73
64 Stanislav Ježík 25 Slovakia SVK 31:11.2 5:18.8 64 19:51.7 =62
65 Jānis Hermanis 27 Latvia LAT 31:12.1 4:59.6 18 19:17.6 49
66 Anthony Evans 28 Australia AUS 31:12.7 5:19.3 65 19:43.2 59
67 Martin Bajčičák 21 Slovakia SVK 31:29.0 5:15.1 58 19:57.3 64
68 Andrey Nevzorov 32 Kazakhstan KAZ 31:30.4 5:20.7 71 19:58.6 66
69 Zsolt Antal 25 Romania ROU 31:41.0 5:36.3 86 20:32.0 78
70 Aleksey Tregubov 26 Belarus BLR 31:43.9 5:11.0 51 20:15.7 74
71 Guido Visser 27 Canada CAN 31:50.8 5:30.4 =81 20:17.9 75
72 Mykhailo Artiukhov 26 Ukraine UKR 31:52.8 5:16.5 59 20:24.5 76
73 Nikolay Semenyako 21 Belarus BLR 31:54.5 5:07.5 45 20:07.9 71
74 Ahn Jin-Soo 24 South Korea KOR 31:55.5 5:18.7 63 20:02.3 68
75 Yves Bilodeau 36 Canada CAN 31:56.9 5:24.9 76 20:04.0 69
76 Janusz Krężelok 23 Poland POL 32:02.8 5:27.4 79 20:10.5 72
77 Juris Ģērmanis 20 Latvia LAT 32:05.8 5:08.1 46 20:05.5 70
78 Marcus Nash 26 United States USA 32:11.9 5:32.9 84 20:50.0 81
79 Park Byeong-Ju 18 South Korea KOR 32:46.1 5:20.5 69 20:45.2 80
80 Vitaly Lilichenko 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 32:54.5 5:08.8 48 20:28.1 77
81 Wu Jintao 23 China CHN 32:57.7 5:55.3 89 21:20.0 84
82 Álvaro Gijón 21 Spain ESP 33:02.7 5:30.4 =81 20:37.3 79
83 Roberts Raimo 29 Latvia LAT 33:09.9 5:41.3 88 21:13.3 83
84 Slavcho Batinkov 28 Bulgaria BUL 33:23.2 5:30.5 83 21:24.0 85
85 Ivan Hudač 26 Slovakia SVK 33:41.9 5:09.3 49 21:04.0 82
86 Lefteris Fafalis 21 Greece GRE 34:13.7 5:25.1 77 21:28.6 86
87 Diego Ruiz 20 Spain ESP 34:17.3 5:35.1 85 22:03.6 88
88 Paul Gray 28 Australia AUS 34:45.1 5:38.0 87 21:34.0 87
89 Balázs Latrompette Yann 20 Hungary HUN 35:30.9 5:28.4 80 22:35.4 89
90 Dashzevegiin Ochirsükh 20 Mongolia MGL 39:38.6 6:46.5 91 25:15.4 90
91 Gjoko Dineski 25 Macedonia MKD 39:39.3 6:13.2 90 25:18.0 91
92 Philip Boit 26 Kenya KEN 47:25.5 6:50.5 92 29:19.4 92
AC Antonio Rački 24 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Qu Donghai 24 China CHN DNF
AC Sergey Dolidovich 24 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Oleksandr Zarovniy 22 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Patrick Mächler 25 Switzerland SUI DNF