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Cross Country Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's 10/10 kilometres Pursuit

Cross Country Skiing at the 2002 Winter Games:

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Date Started: February 14, 2002
Date Finished: February 14, 2002

Gold: NOR Thomas Alsgaard
NOR Frode Estil
Bronze: SWE Per Elofsson

Summary

This event was changed in 2002 as the short-distance classical event no longer was used as the first section of the event. Rather the event was skied in two sections on the same day, with classical skied first, followed by the freestyle pursuit, both sections now over 10 km. In the morning the leader of the classical ski was Spain’s Johann Mühlegg, who had changed citizenship from Germany to ski for the Spanish team in 1999. He led Norway’s Frode Estil by 13.2 seconds with Anders Aukland in third, another 7.2 back. In the afternoon, Mühlegg won the event easily, winning by almost 30 seconds, with Estil and his teammate Thomas Alsgaard dead-heating in what appeared to be a tie for second. Alsgaard had been only 15th after the classical section, but had the fastest time in the freestyle to catch Estil. Apparently in fourth place was Sweden’s Per Elofsson, the 2001 World Champion, and World Cup champion in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

But nine days later all the standings changed. Mühlegg failed a doping test after the 50 km race, and was stripped of his gold medal in that event. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) then ruled in 2003 that he could also be retroactively stripped of his gold medals in the pursuit and 30 km. Thus, Mühlegg was disqualified from this race, and Estil and Alsgaard declared co-champions, with Elofsson moving up to the bronze medal. But that did not happen quickly, as the medals were not re-distributed until 22 months after the race.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1T Frode Estil 29 Norway NOR Gold
1T Thomas Alsgaard 30 Norway NOR Gold
3 Per Elofsson 24 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Giorgio Di Centa 29 Italy ITA
5 Vitaly Denisov 25 Russia RUS
6 Pietro Piller Cottrer 27 Italy ITA
7 Anders Aukland 29 Norway NOR
8 Jaak Mae 29 Estonia EST
9 Mikhail Botvinov 34 Austria AUT
10 René Sommerfeldt 27 Germany GER
11 Roman Leibiuk 25 Ukraine UKR
12 Lukáš Bauer 24 Czech Republic CZE
13 Vincent Vittoz 26 France FRA
14 Kris Freeman 21 United States USA
15 Andrey Nevzorov 36 Kazakhstan KAZ
16 Sergey Novikov 21 Russia RUS
17 Andreas Schlütter 29 Germany GER
18 Fulvio Valbusa 32 Italy ITA
19 John Bauer 33 United States USA
20 Fabio Maj 31 Italy ITA
21 Andrey Golovko 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
22 Kristen Skjeldal 34 Norway NOR
23 Tobias Angerer 24 Germany GER
24 Masaaki Kozu 27 Japan JPN
25 Ivan Bátory 26 Slovakia SVK
26 Markus Hasler 30 Liechtenstein LIE
27 Mathias Fredriksson 28 Sweden SWE
28 Niklas Jonsson 32 Sweden SWE
29 Aleksey Prokurorov 37 Russia RUS
30 Roman Virolaynen 20 Belarus BLR
31 Sami Repo 30 Finland FIN
32 Janusz Krężelok 27 Poland POL
33 Mitsuo Horigome 27 Japan JPN
34 Hiroyuki Imai 31 Japan JPN
35 Alexandre Rousselet 25 France FRA
36 Vladimir Vilisov 25 Russia RUS
37 Juan Jesús Gutiérrez 32 Spain ESP
38 Axel Teichmann 22 Germany GER
39 Nikolay Chebotko 19 Kazakhstan KAZ
40 Patrick Mächler 29 Switzerland SUI
41 Reto Burgermeister 26 Switzerland SUI
42 Justin Wadsworth 33 United States USA
43 Stephan Kunz 30 Liechtenstein LIE
44 Martin Koukal 23 Czech Republic CZE
45 Patrick Weaver 32 United States USA
46 Sami Pietilä 26 Finland FIN
47 Ričardas Panavas 29 Lithuania LTU
48 Denis Krivushkin 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
49 Katsuhito Ebisawa 29 Japan JPN
50 Martin Bajčičák 25 Slovakia SVK
51 Juris Ģērmanis 24 Latvia LAT
52 Milan Šperl 21 Czech Republic CZE
53 Priit Narusk 24 Estonia EST
54 Haritz Zunzunegui 26 Spain ESP
55 Matej Soklič 28 Slovenia SLO
56 Christophe Perrillat-Collomb 23 France FRA
DNS r2/2 Sergey Dolidovich 28 Belarus BLR
58 r1/2 Vladislavas Zybaila 27 Lithuania LTU
59 r1/2 Zsolt Antal 29 Romania ROU
60 r1/2 Emmanuel Jonnier 26 France FRA
61 r1/2 Aleksandr Sannikov 30 Belarus BLR
62 r1/2 Shin Doo-Sun 25 South Korea KOR
63 r1/2 Vadim Gusevas 20 Lithuania LTU
64 r1/2 Denis Klobučar 18 Croatia CRO
65 r1/2 Denis Vorobyov 23 Belarus BLR
66 r1/2 Park Byeong-Ju 22 South Korea KOR
67 r1/2 Han Dawei 24 China CHN
68 r1/2 Lefteris Fafalis 25 Greece GRE
69 r1/2 Damir Jurčević 23 Croatia CRO
70 r1/2 Ivan Bayrakov 18 Bulgaria BUL
71 r1/2 Aram Hadzhiyan 22 Armenia ARM
72 r1/2 Slavcho Batinkov 32 Bulgaria BUL
73 r1/2 Jeong Ui-Myeong 20 South Korea KOR
74 r1/2 Imre Tagscherer 29 Hungary HUN
75 r1/2 Matyás Holló 24 Hungary HUN
76 r1/2 Seyed Mostafa Mirhashemi 27 Iran IRI
77 r1/2 Philip Boit 30 Kenya KEN
78 r1/2 Arturo Kinch 45 Costa Rica CRC
79 r1/2 Jay Khadka 29 Nepal NEP
80 r1/2 Isaac Menyoli 29 Cameroon CMR
AC Johann Mühlegg 31 Spain ESP DQ
AC Achim Walcher 34 Austria AUT DQ
AC Marc Mayer 23 Austria AUT DQ