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Biathlon at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's 12.5 kilometres Pursuit

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Cesana San Sicario
Date Started: February 18, 2006
Date Finished: February 18, 2006
Format: Starting margin based on results of 10 kilometer. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.

Gold: FRA Vincent Defrasne
Silver: NOR Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Bronze: GER Sven Fischer

Summary

Sven Fischer had won the sprint race and started first in the pursuit. He started eight seconds ahead of Halvard Hanevold, and 20 seconds ahead of Frode Andresen, with their teammate, Norwegian biathlon superstar Ole Einar Bjørndalen, always dangerous, but well back, starting 1:14 behind Fischer. Fischer would struggle with his rifle, missing four targets, but he would hold on to win the bronze medal. Hanevold and Andresen were never really factors late in the race, although Hanevold had an early lead, eventually finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. The lead was taken midway through by French biathlete Vincent Defrasne but as they neared the finish, he was being chased by Bjørndalen, despite the fact that he missed three targets during the pursuit. A kilometer from the finish, Bjørndalen took the lead and held it until 60 meters from the line, when Defrasne, who had a pole mix-up as they entered the stadium, sprinted ahead to win an unexpected gold medal. He had never won an individual medal at the World Championships, but would take bronze in this event at the 2007 Worlds.

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 Vincent Defrasne 28 France FRA Gold 35:20.2 2 +0:43 34:37.2 4 0 7:56.0 3 0 14:54.9 2 0 21:43.2 1 2 29:17.1 1
2 Ole Einar Bjørndalen 32 Norway NOR Silver 35:22.9 3 +1:14 34:08.9 1 0 8:01.2 4 1 15:09.7 3 1 22:17.8 2 1 29:23.6 2
3 Sven Fischer 34 Germany GER Bronze 35:35.8 4 35:35.8 13 2 8:03.6 5 2 15:46.9 5 0 22:45.6 4 0 29:44.5 3
4 Ilmārs Bricis 35 Latvia LAT 35:46.9 1 +1:15 34:31.9 3 0 8:27.1 6 1 15:56.6 6 0 23:04.0 7 0 29:52.6 5
5 Halvard Hanevold 36 Norway NOR 35:57.7 3 +0:08 35:49.7 16 0 7:22.5 1 0 14:24.7 1 3 22:36.4 3 0 29:45.1 4
6 Frode Andresen 32 Norway NOR 36:16.9 5 +0:20 35:56.9 18 0 7:28.1 2 3 15:42.5 4 1 22:56.9 5 1 30:15.8 6
7 Christoph Sumann 30 Austria AUT 36:39.7 2 +1:31 35:08.7 6 1 9:04.5 16 0 16:05.4 9 1 23:28.2 10 0 30:41.3 8
8 Michael Greis 29 Germany GER 36:39.9 1 +2:11 34:28.9 2 1 9:45.0 29 0 16:50.0 22 0 23:41.0 13 0 30:40.7 7
9 Maksim Chudov 23 Russia RUS 36:41.4 4 +1:09 35:32.4 11 2 9:02.8 14 0 16:08.5 11 0 23:01.4 6 2 30:41.4 9
10 Julien Robert 31 France FRA 37:15.9 1 +1:43 35:32.9 12 1 9:21.0 21 0 16:38.4 16 0 23:46.5 15 0 31:01.6 10
11 Nikolay Kruglov 24 Russia RUS 37:18.9 0 +1:54 35:24.9 9 0 9:08.7 18 0 17:02.0 25 0 24:05.7 18 0 31:14.9 12
12 Ricco Groß 35 Germany GER 37:23.5 2 +1:04 36:19.5 23 1 8:45.0 9 0 16:07.4 10 0 23:24.3 9 1 31:10.9 11
13 Rene Laurent Vuillermoz 28 Italy ITA 37:27.3 2 +2:35 34:52.3 5 1 10:03.6 35 1 17:27.3 34 0 24:27.7 23 0 31:33.6 18
14 Christian De Lorenzi 24 Italy ITA 37:28.5 2 +2:03 35:25.5 10 0 9:10.8 19 1 16:41.9 19 0 23:42.4 14 1 31:19.0 14
15 Ivan Cherezov 25 Russia RUS 37:29.7 3 +0:57 36:32.7 25 1 8:38.5 8 1 16:24.9 13 1 24:06.1 19 0 31:18.2 13
16 Zdeněk Vítek 28 Czech Republic CZE 37:30.2 4 +1:13 36:17.2 22 1 8:49.9 10 0 15:56.2 7 1 23:32.6 11 2 31:32.5 16
17 Wilfried Pallhuber 38 Italy ITA 37:30.3 2 +1:54 35:36.3 14 0 9:07.8 17 1 16:41.6 20 0 23:46.8 16 1 31:21.1 15
18 Tomasz Sikora 32 Poland POL 37:31.6 4 +1:43 35:48.6 15 2 9:46.8 30 0 16:47.2 21 1 24:06.7 20 1 31:34.0 19
19 Alexander Wolf 27 Germany GER 37:35.4 4 +1:23 36:12.4 20 0 8:36.6 7 2 16:31.9 14 0 23:35.5 12 2 31:33.0 17
20 Mattias Nilsson 23 Sweden SWE 37:47.4 3 +1:07 36:40.4 28 1 8:58.3 12 1 16:40.0 18 0 23:52.0 17 1 31:37.8 20
21 Stian Eckhoff 26 Norway NOR 38:00.2 4 +1:36 36:24.2 24 1 9:18.5 20 2 17:18.4 30 0 24:25.2 22 1 31:58.1 23
22 Paavo Puurunen 32 Finland FIN 38:01.2 1 +2:46 35:15.2 7 0 10:00.0 34 0 17:12.0 27 1 24:49.6 28 0 31:54.2 22
23 Matthias Simmen 34 Switzerland SUI 38:08.8 1 +2:45 35:23.8 8 1 10:27.6 40 0 17:35.8 36 0 24:40.8 26 0 31:51.1 21
24 Pavol Hurajt 28 Slovakia SVK 38:20.6 2 +2:06 36:14.6 21 0 9:26.3 24 2 17:36.5 37 0 24:50.9 29 0 32:01.8 24
25 Björn Ferry 27 Sweden SWE 38:25.5 4 +1:20 37:05.5 34 1 9:03.6 15 0 16:10.5 12 0 23:22.2 8 3 32:06.3 25
26 Rustam Valiullin 29 Belarus BLR 38:32.7 5 +1:57 36:35.7 27 2 9:58.6 32 1 17:27.8 35 2 25:19.2 34 0 32:33.4 28
27 Oleg Ryzhenkov 38 Belarus BLR 38:37.8 5 +2:04 36:33.8 26 1 9:32.6 25 0 16:39.1 17 2 24:27.0 24 2 32:31.5 27
28 Wiesław Ziemianin 35 Poland POL 38:42.3 1 +1:59 36:43.3 30 0 9:24.9 23 1 17:14.3 29 0 24:39.1 25 0 32:11.2 26
29 Roman Dostál 35 Czech Republic CZE 38:48.0 4 +2:39 36:09.0 19 0 9:59.3 33 0 17:01.7 24 2 24:52.9 30 2 32:45.6 31
30 Sergey Novikov 26 Belarus BLR 38:49.6 4 +2:07 36:42.6 29 0 9:24.3 22 1 16:54.6 23 2 24:58.0 31 1 32:41.8 30
31 Andriy Deryzemlia 28 Ukraine UKR 38:54.3 4 +2:04 36:50.3 32 2 10:04.6 36 0 17:26.3 33 2 25:24.4 35 0 32:39.9 29
32 Michal Šlesingr 23 Czech Republic CZE 39:03.7 1 +3:11 35:52.7 17 0 10:26.8 39 0 17:39.5 39 1 25:25.0 36 0 32:46.6 32
33 Vitaly Rudenchik 23 Bulgaria BUL 39:04.7 4 +1:48 37:16.7 35 1 9:35.0 27 1 17:13.8 28 2 25:31.1 37 0 32:56.4 33
34 Zhang Chengye 23 China CHN 39:04.7 7 +1:39 37:25.7 38 0 8:53.3 11 1 16:32.4 15 2 24:21.6 21 4 33:07.8 36
35 Hidenori Isa 29 Japan JPN 39:11.2 4 +2:26 36:45.2 31 2 10:36.1 42 0 17:41.4 40 2 25:45.5 40 0 32:58.8 34
36 Tim Burke 24 United States USA 39:17.6 4 +2:16 37:01.6 33 0 9:37.4 28 2 17:38.7 38 2 25:41.2 39 0 33:01.2 35
37 Janez Marič 30 Slovenia SLO 39:42.4 4 +2:17 37:25.4 39 0 9:35.7 26 1 17:06.7 26 1 24:46.5 27 2 33:08.4 37
38 David Ekholm 27 Sweden SWE 39:43.8 3 +2:22 37:21.8 36 2 10:42.3 43 1 18:37.2 45 0 25:55.9 41 0 33:24.9 39
39 Ondřej Moravec 21 Czech Republic CZE 39:52.3 4 +2:09 37:43.3 42 1 9:49.5 31 0 17:20.0 31 2 25:15.5 33 1 33:15.0 38
40 Ferréol Cannard 27 France FRA 40:07.7 5 +2:08 37:59.7 46 2 10:17.3 37 0 17:25.8 32 1 25:07.0 32 2 33:32.8 40
41 Ruslan Lysenko 29 Ukraine UKR 40:16.4 3 +2:45 37:31.4 41 1 10:25.0 38 1 18:11.2 42 0 25:41.6 38 1 33:44.7 41
42 Jānis Bērziņš 22 Latvia LAT 40:22.8 1 +2:58 37:24.8 37 1 11:02.2 47 0 18:35.3 44 0 26:09.1 42 0 33:50.6 42
43 Indrek Tobreluts 29 Estonia EST 40:25.8 4 +2:36 37:49.8 43 2 10:56.2 45 1 18:42.1 47 1 26:31.9 45 0 33:58.3 43
44 Robin Clegg 28 Canada CAN 40:30.3 4 +3:01 37:29.3 40 2 11:10.4 49 0 18:29.5 43 1 26:12.4 43 1 34:11.1 44
45 Ludwig Gredler 38 Austria AUT 40:57.5 6 +3:06 37:51.5 44 2 11:21.7 50 1 19:00.8 49 3 27:26.9 51 0 34:44.6 47
46 Raivis Zīmelis 29 Latvia LAT 40:58.0 5 +3:00 37:58.0 45 1 10:59.3 46 1 18:45.4 48 1 26:30.4 44 2 34:38.1 46
47 David Leoni 23 Canada CAN 41:07.4 5 +2:39 38:28.4 47 1 10:32.8 41 0 17:50.4 41 3 26:34.7 46 1 34:33.1 45
48 Lowell Bailey 24 United States USA 41:31.3 6 +2:50 38:41.3 50 3 11:38.9 53 1 19:43.0 55 1 27:23.0 50 1 35:08.2 49
49 Miroslav Matiaško 23 Slovakia SVK 41:32.5 6 +3:01 38:31.5 48 2 11:24.8 52 2 19:42.3 54 1 27:23.8 49 1 35:10.6 50
50 Tatsumi Kasahara 29 Japan JPN 41:42.0 6 +2:55 38:47.0 51 1 10:51.7 44 1 18:38.1 46 2 26:51.3 47 2 35:19.3 51
51 Roland Lessing 27 Estonia EST 41:53.4 4 +3:19 38:34.4 49 1 11:09.9 48 1 19:06.1 51 1 26:59.8 48 1 35:01.9 48
52 Matej Kazár 22 Slovakia SVK 42:46.6 7 +3:18 39:28.6 52 2 11:44.1 55 1 19:24.5 53 2 27:42.5 52 2 36:05.4 52
53 Aleksandr Chervyakov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 43:28.4 6 +3:16 40:12.4 53 2 11:42.3 54 0 19:23.3 52 2 28:02.0 53 2 36:41.0 53
54 Kristaps Lībietis 23 Latvia LAT 43:51.2 6 +3:10 40:41.2 54 1 11:21.3 51 0 19:02.6 50 3 28:11.4 54 2 36:56.6 54
AC Raphaël Poirée 31 France FRA +1:07 2 8:59.4 13 0 16:04.8 8 DNF
AC Wolfgang Rottmann 32 Austria AUT [37:50.5] [4] +2:00 [35:50.5] [AC] [0] [9:04.2] [AC] [2] [17:02.7] [AC] [1] [24:22.5] [AC] [1] [31:57.5] [AC] DQ (doping positive)
AC Wolfgang Perner 38 Austria AUT [38:13.5] [7] +0:40 [37:33.5] [AC] [3] [9:14.8] [AC] [3] [17:47.7] [AC] [0] [24:53.6] [AC] [1] [32:17.0] [AC] DQ (doping positive)