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

Men's 50 kilometres

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Date Started: February 23, 2002
Date Finished: February 23, 2002

Gold: RUS Mikhail Ivanov
Silver: EST Andrus Veerpalu
Bronze: NOR Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset

Summary

In 2001 Johann Mühlegg of Spain won the 50 km World Championship in Lahti, Finland. Mühlegg was a German émigré who obtained Spanish citizenship in 1999, and who had competed for Germany at the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Winter Olympics. However, in a random blood test shortly before Salt Lake City, Mühlegg was found to have an elevated hematocrit level, indicating possible drug use. Only a few minutes later, however, a repeat test showed an acceptable hematocrit level, and Mühlegg was allowed to continue competing. By the time this race started, he had apparently won two gold medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics, in the pursuit and 30 km. In the 50 km race the early leader was Russian Mikhail Ivanov who had been bronze medalist at the 2001 Worlds in the 30 km. He was still leading at the final 40.5 km checkpoint, but on the last lap would be passed by Mühlegg, who finished very quickly. Rounding out the podium appeared to be Estonia’s Andrus Veerpalu, who had won the 15 km gold 11 days before, and was well ahead of Norwegian Odd Bjørn Hjelmeset.

But that podium did not last long. Mühlegg failed his post-race doping screen, testing positive for darbopoietin, an erythropoietin analogue. He was disqualified from the race, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled in December 2003 that he should be stripped of all three gold medals from the 2002 Winter Olympics. Thus, Ivanov was moved up to the gold medal, Veerpalu to silver, and Hjelmeset won the bronze. A few days later after the 2002 Winter Olympics ended, housecleaners working on the house used by the Austrian cross-country team found blood transfusion equipment. After an investigation, two of the Austrian skiers, Marc Mayer and Achim Walcher, were disqualified from the 2002 Winter Olympics for probable blood doping, This also affected the standings in this race, as Mayer had originally placed 25th.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1 Mikhail Ivanov 24 Russia RUS Gold 2-06:20.8 31:49.7 1 1-02:43.6 1 1-39:53.0 1
2 Andrus Veerpalu 31 Estonia EST Silver 2-06:44.5 32:18.8 3 1-04:02.3 3 1-41:19.1 2
3 Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset 30 Norway NOR Bronze 2-08:41.5 32:19.6 4 1-04:14.2 5 1-42:02.7 4
4 Andreas Schlütter 29 Germany GER 2-08:54.8 32:21.2 6 1-04:08.7 4 1-42:07.1 5
5 Mikhail Botvinov 34 Austria AUT 2-09:21.7 32:10.8 2 1-03:32.6 2 1-41:55.3 3
6 Hiroyuki Imai 31 Japan JPN 2-09:41.3 32:20.5 5 1-04:39.1 7 1-43:02.5 7
7 Anders Aukland 29 Norway NOR 2-10:05.7 32:48.2 9 1-05:03.7 9 1-42:35.2 6
8 Lukáš Bauer 24 Czech Republic CZE 2-10:41.9 32:27.6 7 1-04:38.7 6 1-43:19.1 8
9 Frode Estil 29 Norway NOR 2-10:44.8 32:52.2 12 1-05:14.0 10 1-43:35.9 9
10 Erling Jevne 35 Norway NOR 2-12:06.6 32:35.9 8 1-04:47.7 8 1-44:18.2 10
11 Giorgio Di Centa 29 Italy ITA 2-12:59.6 32:51.2 11 1-05:26.9 12 1-44:30.9 11
12 Martin Bajčičák 25 Slovakia SVK 2-13:07.9 33:47.6 30 1-06:43.0 21 1-45:48.3 13
13 Andrey Nevzorov 36 Kazakhstan KAZ 2-13:53.1 33:28.8 22 1-06:11.8 17 1-45:18.4 12
14 Fabio Maj 31 Italy ITA 2-14:32.4 33:03.9 14 1-06:15.2 18 1-47:16.4 23
15 Vladimir Vilisov 25 Russia RUS 2-14:37.5 33:24.8 19 1-06:32.0 20 1-45:50.0 15
16 Magnus Ingesson 30 Sweden SWE 2-14:48.6 32:54.7 13 1-06:11.4 16 1-46:28.3 18
17 Per Elofsson 24 Sweden SWE 2-14:50.6 33:24.9 20 1-06:18.0 19 1-45:49.4 14
18 Raul Olle 34 Estonia EST 2-15:00.0 33:45.5 29 1-07:19.8 28 1-47:14.7 22
19 Jiří Magál 24 Czech Republic CZE 2-15:06.8 33:30.6 24 1-07:06.1 25 1-46:50.3 21
20 Juan Jesús Gutiérrez 32 Spain ESP 2-15:14.4 34:02.9 33 1-07:13.1 26 1-46:29.2 20
21 Jens Filbrich 22 Germany GER 2-15:44.8 33:22.2 18 1-05:49.5 14 1-46:09.6 16
22 Roman Leibiuk 25 Ukraine UKR 2-15:50.9 33:10.1 16 1-06:02.5 15 1-46:26.8 17
23 Andrey Golovko 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 2-16:42.2 33:41.8 28 1-07:13.1 =26 1-47:20.8 24
24 Sergey Kryanin 31 Russia RUS 2-16:59.8 33:50.5 31 1-07:05.6 24 1-47:56.9 25
25 Ivan Bátory 26 Slovakia SVK 2-17:25.2 33:05.0 15 1-05:47.3 13 1-46:28.5 19
26 Fabio Santus 25 Italy ITA 2-17:41.4 33:30.9 25 1-06:56.7 23 1-48:12.0 27
27 Masaaki Kozu 27 Japan JPN 2-17:51.9 33:38.0 26 1-07:28.2 29 1-48:24.1 28
28 Aleksey Prokurorov 37 Russia RUS 2-18:30.4 33:41.6 27 1-07:37.3 32 1-48:50.6 29
29 Mathias Fredriksson 28 Sweden SWE 2-18:42.1 33:29.3 23 1-07:32.3 30 1-49:04.2 30
30 Sami Pietilä 26 Finland FIN 2-19:10.7 34:04.6 34 1-07:57.8 34 1-49:15.8 32
31 Karri Hietamäki 32 Finland FIN 2-19:32.0 34:41.7 43 1-08:42.9 39 1-50:20.5 37
32 Wilhelm Aschwanden 32 Switzerland SUI 2-19:33.9 34:10.1 35 1-08:02.9 35 1-49:40.6 34
33 John Bauer 33 United States USA 2-19:35.7 33:25.6 21 1-08:16.8 38 1-51:14.5 40
34 Maksim Odnodvortsev 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 2-19:50.3 34:33.7 41 1-08:15.8 37 1-50:05.7 36
35 Igor Zubrilin 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 2-20:25.7 33:52.2 32 1-07:35.7 31 1-49:44.2 35
36 Markus Hasler 30 Liechtenstein LIE 2-20:31.8 32:49.5 10 1-05:20.6 11 1-47:59.0 26
37 Reto Burgermeister 26 Switzerland SUI 2-20:43.3 34:17.4 36 1-07:51.4 33 1-49:35.8 33
38 Katsuhito Ebisawa 29 Japan JPN 2-21:05.3 33:21.7 17 1-06:51.3 22 1-49:14.9 31
39 Donald Farley 31 Canada CAN 2-21:26.5 34:21.5 38 1-09:08.8 42 1-51:16.3 41
40 Aleksey Tregubov 30 Belarus BLR 2-22:29.3 34:58.4 48 1-09:38.3 45 1-51:06.8 39
41 Hiroshi Kudo 28 Japan JPN 2-23:02.3 34:49.7 46 1-09:30.1 44 1-52:19.2 42
42 Petr Michl 31 Czech Republic CZE 2-23:43.3 34:48.6 45 1-09:55.4 46 1-53:27.9 46
43 Ričardas Panavas 29 Lithuania LTU 2-23:56.4 35:34.2 52 1-10:24.2 47 1-52:24.2 43
44 Aleksandr Sannikov 30 Belarus BLR 2-24:14.2 34:24.1 39 1-08:06.2 36 1-50:29.2 38
45 Patrick Rölli 29 Switzerland SUI 2-24:34.4 34:19.1 37 1-08:52.5 41 1-52:50.3 45
46 Aleksandr Shalak 22 Belarus BLR 2-24:37.2 35:38.2 53 1-10:49.6 49 1-53:38.1 47
47 Kuisma Taipale 31 Finland FIN 2-24:40.5 34:35.9 42 1-08:49.5 40 1-52:44.5 44
48 Meelis Aasmäe 29 Estonia EST 2-27:18.8 35:21.3 51 1-11:27.7 52 1-56:18.7 49
49 Milan Šperl 21 Czech Republic CZE 2-28:28.8 35:10.2 50 1-11:14.6 50 1-56:52.9 50
50 Vladislavas Zybaila 27 Lithuania LTU 2-29:27.4 34:44.1 44 1-09:28.1 43 1-54:24.2 48
51 Andrew Johnson 24 United States USA 2-32:44.3 34:50.0 47 1-11:15.4 51 1-58:16.1 51
52 Damir Jurčević 23 Croatia CRO 2-35:54.9 37:42.0 57 1-15:03.3 56 2-00:48.9 53
53 Denis Klobučar 18 Croatia CRO 2-35:58.8 35:44.4 54 1-12:08.5 53 1-59:58.4 52
54 Han Dawei 24 China CHN 2-44:50.0 36:25.7 55 1-13:58.7 54 2-04:05.3 54
55 Vadim Gusevas 20 Lithuania LTU 2-45:23.0 37:24.9 56 1-14:53.3 55 2-06:34.2 55
56 Aram Hadzhiyan 22 Armenia ARM 2-48:48.1 39:42.9 58 1-18:29.3 57 2-10:15.3 56
57 Alexander Penna 27 Brazil BRA 3-23:58.7 45:01.8 59 1-31:49.4 58 2-37:37.8 57
AC Haritz Zunzunegui 26 Spain ESP 35:01.9 49 1-10:47.1 48 DNF
AC Justin Wadsworth 33 United States USA 34:33.1 40 DNF
AC Johann Mühlegg 31 Spain ESP [2-06:05.9] [32:04.3] AC [1-03:14.9] AC [1-40:09.4] AC DQ
AC Marc Mayer 23 Austria AUT [2-16:51.1] [33:32.1] AC [1-07:10.7] AC [1-47:37.5] AC DQ