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Biathlon at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's 15 kilometres Mass Start

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Cesana San Sicario
Date Started: February 25, 2006
Date Finished: February 25, 2006
Format: Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.

Gold: GER Michael Greis
Silver: POL Tomasz Sikora
Bronze: NOR Ole Einar Bjørndalen

Summary

A mass start was first held at the World Championships in 1999. Only 30 biathletes are allowed to start, based on World Cup points. The skiers have four shooting stations, shooting five shots at each, with each missed target forcing the biathlete to ski a penalty loop. A lapped skier must withdraw from the race. The last six World Championships had been won by Raphaël Poirée (2000-02, 2004), and Ole Einar Bjørndalen (2003, 2005), with Bjørndalen leading the Torino race throughout, until the final shooting station when he missed two targets, and his two penalty loops dropped him from the lead. He was then passed by Michael Greis, who had already won the 20 km in Torino, and Polish biathlete Tomasz Sikora. They would finish in that order, with Greis first, sprinting away with 500 metres left, Sikora second, and Bjørndalen third. Greis would add a third Torino gold medal in the relay, and would win this event at the 2007 World Championships. This was the first Olympic medal by a Polish biathlete, but Sikora was far from unknown. He had, in fact, been around for a long time, having won the 20 km gold medal at the 1995 World Championships, and recently winning two individual gold medals at the 2004 European Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
1 Michael Greis 29 Germany GER Gold 47:20.0 1 0 9:56.0 4 0 19:27.7 3 1 29:20.4 3 0 38:57.7 2
2 Tomasz Sikora 32 Poland POL Silver 47:26.3 1 0 10:02.0 10 0 19:26.8 2 0 28:53.3 2 1 38:54.4 1
3 Ole Einar Bjørndalen 32 Norway NOR Bronze 47:32.3 3 0 9:44.0 1 0 19:06.5 1 1 28:51.7 1 2 39:15.2 4
4 Paavo Puurunen 32 Finland FIN 47:43.7 0 0 10:07.7 15 0 19:43.3 9 0 29:20.9 4 0 39:09.8 3
5 Sergey Chepikov 39 Russia RUS 47:59.1 0 0 10:12.5 18 0 19:48.5 13 0 29:34.3 7 0 39:17.4 5
6 Emil Hegle Svendsen 20 Norway NOR 48:13.8 2 0 10:07.1 16 1 20:02.3 19 0 29:29.9 5 1 39:40.9 7
7 Halvard Hanevold 36 Norway NOR 48:14.9 3 1 10:21.3 21 0 19:58.3 16 1 29:57.1 16 1 39:52.4 12
8 Alexander Wolf 27 Germany GER 48:15.3 2 0 9:49.3 3 0 19:30.0 4 1 29:36.7 9 1 39:40.2 8
9 Christoph Sumann 30 Austria AUT 48:17.4 2 1 10:25.0 23 0 19:59.0 17 0 29:37.3 10 1 39:41.8 9
10 Michael Rösch 22 Germany GER 48:19.9 3 1 10:13.7 19 0 19:38.9 6 1 29:41.5 12 1 39:42.1 10
11 Vincent Defrasne 28 France FRA 48:20.7 4 0 9:56.3 5 1 19:44.5 11 1 29:33.5 6 2 39:49.2 11
12 Raphaël Poirée 31 France FRA 48:24.9 2 1 10:34.7 25 1 20:29.7 27 0 30:16.8 21 0 39:55.7 13
13 Jay Hakkinen 28 United States USA 48:29.6 1 0 10:06.7 13 0 19:41.8 8 1 29:41.0 11 0 39:23.8 6
14 Mattias Nilsson 23 Sweden SWE 48:37.7 1 1 10:36.1 26 0 20:24.5 26 0 30:07.9 17 0 40:02.6 16
15 Maksim Chudov 23 Russia RUS 48:40.2 4 1 10:15.4 20 0 19:34.7 5 1 29:35.6 8 2 40:02.4 15
16 Julien Robert 31 France FRA 48:51.8 2 0 10:00.4 8 1 20:07.9 22 1 30:17.8 22 0 40:01.7 14
17 Sven Fischer 34 Germany GER 48:53.7 2 0 9:59.5 6 1 20:07.5 21 0 29:57.4 15 1 40:07.3 17
18 Björn Ferry 27 Sweden SWE 48:56.4 2 0 10:00.0 7 1 20:06.9 20 1 30:27.8 24 0 40:24.7 20
19 Frode Andresen 32 Norway NOR 49:03.6 6 0 9:48.7 2 2 20:01.4 18 2 30:12.5 18 2 40:33.7 22
20 Sergey Rozhkov 33 Russia RUS 49:09.7 2 0 10:01.0 9 0 19:39.9 7 1 29:50.0 13 1 40:10.4 18
21 Nikolay Kruglov 24 Russia RUS 49:20.1 2 1 10:22.0 22 0 20:10.2 23 1 30:27.2 25 0 40:27.8 21
22 Zdeněk Vítek 28 Czech Republic CZE 49:21.3 2 0 10:09.0 17 0 19:46.1 12 1 29:56.3 14 1 40:22.2 19
23 Roman Dostál 35 Czech Republic CZE 49:29.9 4 0 10:06.1 12 0 19:43.9 10 2 30:13.0 20 2 40:45.4 25
24 Wilfried Pallhuber 38 Italy ITA 49:41.5 2 2 10:59.4 29 0 20:43.9 28 0 30:58.6 28 0 40:45.9 24
25 Rene Laurent Vuillermoz 28 Italy ITA 49:53.1 4 2 10:39.3 27 0 20:10.8 24 1 30:24.6 23 1 40:38.3 23
26 Christian De Lorenzi 24 Italy ITA 49:59.6 4 2 11:00.9 30 1 21:04.4 29 0 30:56.6 27 1 41:06.9 26
27 Marek Matiaško 28 Slovakia SVK 50:11.1 3 0 10:06.4 14 0 19:50.3 14 1 30:28.4 26 2 41:19.9 28
28 Ilmārs Bricis 35 Latvia LAT 50:27.6 3 0 10:05.8 11 0 19:51.4 15 1 30:13.7 19 2 41:10.7 27
29 Carl Johan Bergman 27 Sweden SWE 50:54.4 4 2 10:50.1 28 1 21:09.6 30 0 31:12.2 29 1 41:46.3 29
30 Kyoji Suga 36 Japan JPN 52:01.6 5 1 10:33.7 24 0 20:13.2 25 3 31:42.0 30 1 42:25.2 30