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Cross Country Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's 30 kilometres

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Snow Harp, Hakuba
Date Started: February 9, 1998
Date Finished: February 9, 1998

Gold: FIN Mika Myllylä
Silver: NOR Erling Jevne
Bronze: ITA Silvio Fauner

Summary

As the races got longer, the oft-favored Bjørn Dæhlie became slightly more vulnerable. He had been runner-up at the last two World Championships, won by Vladimir Smirnov in 1995 and Aleksey Prokurorov in 1997. He was also runner-up in the 1996-97 distance World Cup to Finland’s Mika Myllylä, who wsa 1997 World Champion over 50 km, and was trailing in the 1997-98 distance World Cup, behind his teammate, Thomas Alsgaard, who was also the defending champion. The race was held in a heavy, damp snowfall that made conditions difficult. The leader at every checkpoint, with the fastest intermediate splits at all but the closing split, was Myllylä, who won convincingly by 1:31.3 over Norway’s Erling Jevne. Dæhlie was sixth at the 1.8 km split, but got progressively slower as the race went on, eventually finishing a shocking 20th.

At the 1999 World Championships, with Dæhlie retired, Myllylä won the 10 km, 30 km, and 50 km gold medals. He would eventually win 10 World Championship medals and six Olympic medals. In 2001 he seemingly led Finland to the relay World Championship in Lahti, Finland, before his fans. But the team was later disqualified when six skiers where found to have used hydroxyethyl starch (HES), a blood plasma expander that can be used as a masking agent for erythropoietin or its derivatives. The team was disqualified and all the skiers, including Myllylä, were suspended for two years. He tried to come back briefly, but with little success and retired in 2005. Jevne was a distance specialist, who won several gold medals with the powerhouse Norwegian relay teams. Individually his best performances came when he won the 50 km at the 1996 Holmenkollen Ski Festival, and won silver at the 1997 World Championships over 50 km. In his entire Winter Olympic career, Bjørn Dæhlie raced 12 individual events, won six of them, was second three times, fourth twice, and 20th in this race. The Norwegians coaches attributed his finish in this race to waxing problems.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1 Mika Myllylä 28 Finland FIN Gold 1-33:55.8 5:26.8 1 37:31.2 1 1-13:50.8 1
2 Erling Jevne 31 Norway NOR Silver 1-35:27.1 5:40.0 7 38:29.6 3 1-15:35.1 2
3 Silvio Fauner 29 Italy ITA Bronze 1-36:08.5 5:45.0 11 38:42.4 7 1-15:46.9 3
4 Jari Isometsä 29 Finland FIN 1-36:51.4 5:43.8 8 38:35.0 4 1-16:21.0 5
5 Fulvio Valbusa 28 Italy ITA 1-37:31.1 5:45.6 13 38:23.6 2 1-16:03.0 4
6 Harri Kirvesniemi 39 Finland FIN 1-37:45.9 5:46.3 14 39:17.5 12 1-17:05.0 7
7 Marco Albarello 37 Italy ITA 1-38:07.1 5:35.8 3 38:36.8 5 1-16:37.3 6
8 Giorgio Di Centa 25 Italy ITA 1-38:14.9 5:56.1 29 39:23.5 14 1-17:45.2 13
9 Vladimir Legotin 27 Russia RUS 1-38:23.7 5:55.2 26 39:18.2 13 1-17:17.4 9
10 Per Elofsson 20 Sweden SWE 1-38:47.0 5:50.7 18 39:31.3 15 1-17:35.4 12
11 Jaak Mae 25 Estonia EST 1-38:52.3 5:44.6 9 38:57.8 9 1-17:34.9 11
12 Vladimir Smirnov 33 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-38:59.1 5:36.6 4 38:52.5 8 1-17:31.0 10
13 Pavel Ryabinin 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-39:31.6 6:05.7 46 39:58.8 21 1-18:36.9 19
14 Stephan Kunz 26 Liechtenstein LIE 1-39:33.3 5:56.7 31 39:59.4 22 1-18:12.6 16
15 Sture Sivertsen 31 Norway NOR 1-39:44.9 6:03.6 43 40:02.2 24 1-19:17.7 26
16 Jeremias Wigger 32 Switzerland SUI 1-39:46.4 6:02.5 40 39:52.8 20 1-18:11.6 15
17 Raul Olle 30 Estonia EST 1-40:03.5 5:44.8 10 39:43.6 16 1-18:29.0 18
18 Aleksey Tregubov 26 Belarus BLR 1-40:05.9 5:54.3 25 40:10.8 26 1-18:43.9 21
19 Andrus Veerpalu 26 Estonia EST 1-40:09.9 5:39.0 5 39:14.1 11 1-18:08.6 14
20 Bjørn Dæhlie 30 Norway NOR 1-40:18.5 5:39.1 6 39:10.3 10 1-19:17.3 25
21 Andreas Schlütter 25 Germany GER 1-40:27.1 5:54.0 24 39:50.9 19 1-19:08.0 24
22 Jiří Magál 20 Czech Republic CZE 1-40:29.6 5:51.7 21 40:01.6 23 1-18:50.6 22
23 Anders Bergström 29 Sweden SWE 1-40:30.8 5:55.9 28 40:35.1 36 1-19:50.3 30
24 Hiroyuki Imai 27 Japan JPN 1-40:40.9 5:55.6 27 40:10.2 25 1-18:28.0 17
25 Henrik Forsberg 30 Sweden SWE 1-40:44.1 5:50.8 =19 39:44.9 17 1-18:42.4 20
26 Ivan Bátory 22 Slovakia SVK 1-40:47.8 5:45.2 12 39:47.1 18 1-18:56.2 23
27 Katsuhito Ebisawa 25 Japan JPN 1-40:48.0 5:35.5 2 38:40.3 6 1-17:09.2 8
28 Martin Bajčičák 21 Slovakia SVK 1-40:52.5 5:57.3 34 40:20.5 30 1-19:38.3 =27
29 Mykhailo Artiukhov 26 Ukraine UKR 1-41:13.0 5:50.8 =19 40:23.7 =32 1-20:06.9 31
30 Ričardas Panavas 25 Lithuania LTU 1-41:15.6 6:21.4 61 41:41.4 50 1-20:35.4 37
31 Aleksandr Kravchenko 24 Russia RUS 1-41:22.3 5:53.3 23 40:20.1 29 1-19:41.0 29
32 Sergey Chepikov 31 Russia RUS 1-41:59.9 5:57.7 35 40:23.3 31 1-19:38.3 =27
33 Lukáš Bauer 20 Czech Republic CZE 1-42:08.8 5:57.1 33 40:23.7 =32 1-20:14.7 32
34 Sami Repo 26 Finland FIN 1-42:16.8 5:48.5 17 40:14.1 27 1-20:24.4 34
35 Markus Hasler 26 Liechtenstein LIE 1-42:17.4 5:47.3 16 40:33.2 34 1-20:44.9 40
36 Sergey Dolidovich 24 Belarus BLR 1-42:18.7 5:57.8 36 40:45.3 39 1-20:27.4 35
37 Justin Wadsworth 29 United States USA 1-42:21.1 6:00.6 39 40:33.4 35 1-20:15.7 33
38 Hennadiy Nykon 22 Ukraine UKR 1-42:32.7 5:56.4 30 40:38.8 38 1-20:44.8 39
39 Maksim Pichugin 23 Russia RUS 1-42:41.7 5:47.0 15 40:36.9 37 1-20:48.8 41
40 Aleksandr Sannikov 26 Belarus BLR 1-42:48.0 6:03.2 42 41:07.6 41 1-20:36.9 38
41 Andrey Nevzorov 32 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-42:48.8 6:10.0 51 41:14.9 43 1-20:54.7 43
42 Kazutoshi Nagahama 28 Japan JPN 1-42:58.7 5:58.4 37 41:04.4 40 1-20:52.3 42
43 Gerhard Urain 25 Austria AUT 1-43:22.9 6:12.5 55 41:45.2 52 1-21:29.8 45
44 Oleksandr Zarovniy 22 Ukraine UKR 1-43:26.2 6:00.4 38 41:19.6 46 1-21:28.3 44
45 Zsolt Antal 25 Romania ROU 1-43:56.6 6:09.9 50 41:18.0 45 1-21:32.4 46
46 Stanislav Ježík 25 Slovakia SVK 1-44:01.0 6:06.5 48 42:01.5 54 1-22:37.4 51
47 John Bauer 29 United States USA 1-44:15.3 6:07.7 49 41:26.4 49 1-21:39.3 47
48 Oleksandr Ushkalenko 33 Ukraine UKR 1-44:15.7 6:11.8 53 41:23.2 47 1-21:50.6 48
49 Marcus Nash 26 United States USA 1-44:37.7 6:04.1 44 41:17.5 44 1-22:03.5 49
50 Vladimir Bortsov 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-45:12.8 6:11.1 52 42:24.3 56 1-23:16.1 53
51 Anthony Evans 28 Australia AUS 1-45:26.3 6:12.1 54 41:10.6 42 1-22:34.4 50
52 Meelis Aasmäe 25 Estonia EST 1-46:08.8 6:02.8 41 41:25.6 48 1-22:45.8 52
53 Beat Koch 25 Switzerland SUI 1-46:38.3 6:19.0 59 41:48.9 53 1-23:36.2 54
54 Nikolay Semenyako 21 Belarus BLR 1-47:32.5 6:06.4 47 41:44.8 51 1-24:18.5 57
55 Park Byung-Chul 25 South Korea KOR 1-47:41.5 6:16.1 57 43:06.4 58 1-23:48.1 55
56 Masaaki Kozu 23 Japan JPN 1-48:15.3 5:57.0 32 40:18.9 28 1-20:31.9 36
57 Torald Rein 29 Germany GER 1-49:06.7 5:52.8 22 42:20.5 55 1-24:15.3 56
58 Michael Binzer 29 Denmark DEN 1-49:42.2 6:31.3 63 42:25.0 57 1-24:35.7 58
59 Ivan Hudač 26 Slovakia SVK 1-50:11.6 6:04.2 45 43:59.9 62 1-26:40.1 59
60 Slavcho Batinkov 28 Bulgaria BUL 1-50:35.0 6:19.4 60 43:22.0 59 1-26:53.4 61
61 Donald Farley 27 Canada CAN 1-50:47.8 6:13.1 56 43:25.1 60 1-26:42.0 60
62 Robin McKeever 24 Canada CAN 1-51:23.5 6:18.4 58 43:54.1 61 1-27:29.0 62
63 Ahn Jin-Soo 24 South Korea KOR 1-54:12.2 6:28.5 62 46:31.1 64 1-30:31.9 64
64 Guido Visser 27 Canada CAN 1-55:04.1 6:32.9 64 45:11.9 63 1-29:45.7 63
AC Patrick Weaver 28 United States USA DNF
AC Jānis Hermanis 27 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Vladislavas Zybaila 23 Lithuania LTU DNF
AC Wu Jintao 23 China CHN DNF
AC Jochen Behle 37 Germany GER DNF
AC Patrick Remy 32 France FRA DNF
AC Thomas Alsgaard 26 Norway NOR DNF
AC Lubomír Buchta 30 Czech Republic CZE DNF