You Are Here > SR/Olympics > Winter Games > 2002 Salt Lake City > Biathlon > Men's 12.5 kilometres Pursuit

Biathlon at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's 12.5 kilometres Pursuit

Biathlon at the 2002 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

Events:
Phases:

Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Date Started: February 16, 2002
Date Finished: February 16, 2002
Format: Starting margin based on results of 10 kilometer. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.

Gold: NOR Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Silver: FRA Raphaël Poirée
Bronze: GER Ricco Groß

Summary

This was a new Olympic event which consisted of the skiers going off in the order of their finish in the 10 km sprint. The leader in that event starts off, and then every skier after him would start behind by the time margin from the sprint. Only the top 60 finishers from the sprint were eligible to start, but in reality, many of the lower finishers would elect not to start this race. For the men, only 57 eventually started in Salt Lake City. The pursuit had been contested at the World Championships since 1997.

The favorite was Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who had already won the 20 km and 10 km sprint in Salt Lake City, and thus started with a 29-second lead. Also to be considered was France’s Raphaël Poirée, who had won the seasonal World Cup in 1999-2000 and 2000-01, and would win again in 2002, but he had finished a disappointing ninth in the sprint, and would start 1:06 behind Bjørndalen. Sven Fischer had been second in the sprint and started only 29 seconds behind. In the end it was a fairly easy victory for Bjørndalen, who was not seriously challenged in winning his third gold medal in Salt Lake City. Fischer shot poorly in this section, missed four targets, and dropped back to 12th place. Poirée came on very strong and gained 23 seconds on Bjørndalen to move up to the silver medal position. The deciding move came at the final shooting range, when Poirée missed only once, and German Ricco Groß missed twice.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M SB RT RR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
1 Ole Einar Bjørndalen 28 Norway NOR Gold 32:34.6 2 32:34.6 6 1 5:56.4 1 0 12:25.3 1 0 18:48.8 1 1 25:39.4 1
2 Raphaël Poirée 27 France FRA Silver 33:17.6 1 +1:06 32:11.6 2 0 6:38.8 5 1 13:28.1 8 0 19:52.4 3 0 26:21.5 2
3 Ricco Groß 31 Germany GER Bronze 33:30.6 2 +0:53 32:37.6 7 0 6:27.9 3 0 12:55.1 2 0 19:28.6 2 2 26:44.1 3
4 Ludwig Gredler 34 Austria AUT 33:35.5 2 +1:13 32:22.5 4 0 6:48.8 6 1 13:44.9 11 0 20:16.3 8 1 27:09.5 5
5 Pavel Rostovtsev 30 Russia RUS 33:43.1 2 +0:59 32:44.1 10 0 6:36.0 4 0 13:14.4 4 1 20:08.2 6 1 27:01.9 4
6 Wolfgang Rottmann 28 Austria AUT 33:45.1 4 +0:58 32:47.1 11 1 6:53.5 9 0 13:20.1 5 2 20:35.6 13 1 27:24.3 12
7 Viktor Maygurov 33 Russia RUS 33:55.1 3 +1:00 32:55.1 16 2 7:15.2 14 0 13:44.4 10 1 20:36.1 14 0 27:12.4 7
8 Halvard Hanevold 32 Norway NOR 33:59.6 2 +1:21 32:38.6 8 0 7:08.1 12 2 14:25.9 26 0 21:01.5 22 0 27:31.6 13
9 Wolfgang Perner 34 Austria AUT 34:00.1 3 +0:53 33:07.1 18 1 6:57.8 10 0 13:26.8 7 1 20:26.4 10 1 27:23.2 11
10 Vadim Sashurin 31 Belarus BLR 34:00.5 1 +1:19 32:41.5 9 0 6:50.9 8 0 13:23.6 6 0 20:06.6 5 1 27:10.2 6
11 Frank Luck 34 Germany GER 34:01.0 1 +1:56 32:05.0 1 0 7:29.1 22 0 14:00.6 15 0 20:32.4 12 1 27:21.1 9
12 Sven Fischer 30 Germany GER 34:09.5 4 +0:29 33:40.5 27 0 6:10.2 2 1 12:56.1 3 1 20:00.0 4 2 27:22.9 10
13 Jay Hakkinen 24 United States USA 34:11.8 1 +1:52 32:19.8 3 0 7:31.1 24 0 14:06.0 22 0 20:31.7 11 1 27:20.2 8
14 Frode Andresen 28 Norway NOR 34:14.5 5 +1:00 33:14.5 19 2 7:21.3 15 0 13:46.2 12 0 20:10.9 7 3 27:44.0 18
15 Egil Gjelland 28 Norway NOR 34:16.9 1 +1:51 32:25.9 5 1 7:47.1 27 0 14:16.4 24 0 20:52.1 18 0 27:34.1 15
16 Michael Greis 25 Germany GER 34:19.9 3 +1:27 32:52.9 14 1 7:21.9 16 1 14:03.9 19 1 20:52.2 17 0 27:32.0 14
17 Zdeněk Vítek 24 Czech Republic CZE 34:21.0 3 +1:23 32:58.0 17 0 7:04.7 11 1 13:51.8 13 0 20:23.0 9 2 27:41.4 17
18 Vincent Defrasne 24 France FRA 34:33.6 3 +1:45 32:48.6 12 0 7:14.1 13 0 13:40.3 9 2 20:56.7 19 1 27:51.3 19
19 Tomaž Globočnik 29 Slovenia SLO 34:42.6 0 +1:49 32:53.6 15 0 7:27.4 20 0 14:05.4 20 0 20:41.2 15 0 27:38.1 16
20 René Cattarinussi 29 Italy ITA 35:00.9 1 +1:46 33:14.9 20 0 7:21.0 17 0 13:55.4 14 1 21:02.5 23 0 28:03.4 21
21 Oleg Ryzhenkov 34 Belarus BLR 35:08.3 2 +1:14 33:54.3 29 0 6:49.4 7 2 14:06.7 21 0 20:59.0 20 0 27:56.3 20
22 Vesa Hietalahti 32 Finland FIN 35:10.0 1 +1:52 33:18.0 21 0 7:31.7 25 0 14:07.0 23 0 20:49.6 16 1 28:04.3 22
23 Jeremy Teela 25 United States USA 35:18.1 3 +1:45 33:33.1 24 0 7:26.4 19 1 14:19.2 25 2 21:45.3 28 0 28:33.4 24
24 Björn Ferry 23 Sweden SWE 35:27.5 4 +1:39 33:48.5 28 0 7:31.8 23 0 14:01.0 16 3 21:42.1 26 1 28:41.1 26
25 Tomasz Sikora 28 Poland POL 35:30.0 1 +2:08 33:22.0 22 0 7:55.9 28 0 14:35.7 28 0 21:14.7 24 1 28:19.3 23
26 Dimitri Borovik 28 Estonia EST 35:33.1 2 +1:59 33:34.1 25 1 8:03.0 30 0 14:38.6 29 0 21:20.0 25 1 28:38.1 25
27 Sergey Rozhkov 29 Russia RUS 35:37.3 1 +2:49 32:48.3 13 1 8:48.8 45 0 15:27.2 38 0 21:56.2 31 0 28:42.7 27
28 Paavo Puurunen 28 Finland FIN 36:03.5 3 +1:33 34:30.5 37 1 7:42.2 26 1 14:51.4 31 0 21:46.7 29 1 28:55.2 28
29 Marko Dolenc 29 Slovenia SLO 36:06.1 4 +1:56 34:10.1 33 0 7:27.9 21 0 14:02.9 18 1 21:00.7 21 3 29:05.1 29
30 Oļegs Maļuhins 32 Latvia LAT 36:10.5 3 +2:39 33:31.5 23 0 8:33.6 40 0 14:59.5 32 1 21:58.7 32 2 29:20.8 31
31 Sergey Rusinov 31 Russia RUS 36:14.5 3 +2:13 34:01.5 32 0 7:58.8 29 2 15:25.5 37 0 22:15.9 36 1 29:28.3 36
32 Timo Antila 21 Finland FIN 36:16.7 5 +1:42 34:34.7 38 0 7:23.7 18 0 14:02.5 17 3 21:45.8 27 2 29:20.2 32
33 Wilfried Pallhuber 34 Italy ITA 36:19.7 2 +2:44 33:35.7 26 1 8:53.5 47 1 15:53.5 47 0 22:36.6 42 0 29:22.2 33
34 Wojciech Kozub 25 Poland POL 36:27.8 4 +1:41 34:46.8 43 2 8:08.7 33 2 15:42.5 45 0 22:35.9 41 0 29:30.7 37
35 Kyoji Suga 32 Japan JPN 36:28.8 3 +2:30 33:58.8 31 1 8:32.2 39 1 15:31.0 39 0 22:15.1 35 1 29:26.2 35
36 Carl Johan Bergman 23 Sweden SWE 36:33.4 1 +1:56 34:37.4 40 1 8:12.2 35 0 15:10.4 34 0 22:07.0 34 0 29:15.0 30
37 Paolo Longo 24 Italy ITA 36:38.8 1 +2:41 33:57.8 30 0 8:26.4 38 0 15:07.8 33 0 22:01.5 33 1 29:24.2 34
38 Janez Marič 26 Slovenia SLO 36:51.4 5 +2:37 34:14.4 34 1 8:42.8 41 1 15:32.8 40 1 22:32.1 39 2 30:01.4 42
39 Julien Robert 27 France FRA 36:55.4 4 +2:14 34:41.4 41 2 8:47.9 44 1 15:50.3 46 1 22:58.3 45 0 29:51.9 40
40 V'iacheslav Derkach 25 Ukraine UKR 36:56.8 3 +2:14 34:42.8 42 0 8:05.1 32 0 14:39.7 30 1 21:52.0 30 2 29:36.5 38
41 Indrek Tobreluts 25 Estonia EST 36:57.4 3 +2:40 34:17.4 35 1 8:50.3 46 0 15:33.8 41 1 22:41.8 43 1 30:00.6 41
42 Robin Clegg 24 Canada CAN 37:04.6 3 +2:37 34:27.6 36 0 8:15.3 36 1 15:14.0 35 1 22:26.7 37 1 29:49.3 39
43 Marek Matiaško 24 Slovakia SVK 37:26.0 5 +2:21 35:05.0 45 2 8:55.7 49 0 15:36.8 43 2 23:03.3 47 1 30:15.3 43
44 Roman Dostál 31 Czech Republic CZE 37:26.8 6 +2:14 35:12.8 47 1 8:25.7 37 1 15:33.6 42 1 22:34.4 40 3 30:22.5 44
45 Tomáš Holubec 26 Czech Republic CZE 37:31.1 6 +2:11 35:20.1 48 2 8:53.0 48 1 15:54.3 48 1 23:00.5 46 2 30:38.9 46
46 Sašo Grajf 36 Slovenia SLO 37:38.9 3 +3:01 34:37.9 39 1 9:17.9 56 0 15:58.2 50 1 23:06.6 48 1 30:39.5 48
47 Roland Zwahlen 24 Switzerland SUI 37:40.6 3 +2:52 34:48.6 44 0 8:44.1 42 0 15:37.6 44 1 22:54.5 44 2 30:38.4 47
48 Aleksey Aydarov 27 Belarus BLR 37:43.0 6 +2:15 35:28.0 49 0 8:03.6 31 0 14:35.0 27 3 22:28.2 38 3 30:33.5 45
49 Aleksandr Syman 24 Belarus BLR 38:05.8 3 +2:54 35:11.8 46 1 9:08.5 51 2 17:01.8 54 0 24:00.7 51 0 30:59.5 49
50 Wiesław Ziemianin 31 Poland POL 38:45.7 4 +2:56 35:49.7 50 0 8:45.8 43 3 16:41.0 51 1 24:15.8 52 0 31:28.7 50
51 Ilmārs Bricis 31 Latvia LAT 38:49.9 7 +2:26 36:23.9 53 0 8:12.4 34 1 15:19.6 36 3 23:14.3 49 3 31:33.6 51
52 Lawton Redman 25 United States USA 38:59.0 6 +2:52 36:07.0 51 1 9:08.8 52 0 15:56.7 49 3 23:53.0 50 2 31:44.4 52
53 Zhang Qing 21 China CHN 39:11.1 5 +2:54 36:17.1 52 0 9:09.8 53 3 17:12.8 55 1 24:37.1 54 1 32:07.1 55
54 Jēkabs Nākums 30 Latvia LAT 39:19.3 5 +2:50 36:29.3 54 1 9:05.9 50 2 16:49.7 52 2 24:44.0 55 0 31:56.9 53
55 Marian Blaj 23 Romania ROU 39:31.2 6 +2:34 36:57.2 55 2 9:16.2 55 2 16:57.6 53 1 24:28.6 53 1 32:05.2 54
56 Georgi Kasabov 23 Bulgaria BUL 40:38.5 7 +3:05 37:33.5 56 1 9:16.6 54 3 17:18.7 56 2 25:13.0 56 1 32:51.7 56
AC Janno Prants 28 Estonia EST +2:38 4 10:54.7 57 DNF