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Biathlon at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's 10 kilometres Sprint

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Date Started: February 14, 2010
Date Finished: February 14, 2010
Format: Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.

Gold: FRA Vincent Jay
Silver: NOR Emil Hegle Svendsen
Bronze: CRO Jakov Fak

Summary

Although the defending champion, Sven Fischer of Germany, had retired Ole Einar Bjørndalen returned to attempt to regain the title he had won in 2002.

The 35 year old Norwegian had shown excellent early season form, 2 wins and a second place from 4 World Cup sprint races, and expectations were high that he could add to his tally of nine Olympic medals.

Just as in the women’s sprint event a day earlier, this race too produced a major surprise. Competitors started at 30 second intervals, and this proved to benefit those with an early start. Klemen Bauer of Slovenia started second and was the early leader in a time of 24:25.2 – this would eventually be good enough for 4th place. Croatian Jakov Fak took over the lead with a time of 24:21.8, but this was soon surpassed by Vincent Jay of France in a time of 24:07.8. As the weather conditions then deteriorated out on the course, the favourites struggled with their shooting in the wind and driving snow. Bjørndalen’s chances ended when he missed three shots at his first visit to the range and he had to be content with 17th place. Only his compatriot, Emil Hegle Svendsen mastered the conditions to finish with the silver medal in a time of 24:20.0, although he too started early (10th) and missed one shot on the course. A clear indication that the competition became somewhat of a lottery is the fact that only two of the first fifteen starters placed lower than fifteenth at the finish.

Of the three medallists only Emil Hegle Svendsen’s appearance on the podium could have been predicted with any confidence. Vincent Jay had been a solid performer on the World Cup circuit but had previously won only a single race, at the pre-Olympic test event at Whistler in March 2010, and had only one top ten finish in the season prior to the Olympics. Jakov Fak was ranked just outside the world’s top sixty although even this high a ranking was largely gained by a single astonishing performance at the 2009 World Championship where he also won a completely unexpected bronze medal.

This was Croatia’s first ever Winter Games medal although by summer Fak had already transferred his allegiance to Slovenia.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R
1 Vincent Jay 24 France FRA Gold 24:07.8 0 0 8:06.4 4 0 16:31.5 1
2 Emil Hegle Svendsen 24 Norway NOR Silver 24:20.0 1 1 8:30.1 14 0 16:50.8 4
3 Jakov Fak 22 Croatia CRO Bronze 24:21.8 0 0 8:09.2 5 0 16:31.0 2
4 Klemen Bauer 24 Slovenia SLO 24:25.2 1 0 8:06.3 3 1 16:48.6 3
5 Andriy Deryzemlia 32 Ukraine UKR 24:48.5 2 2 8:41.2 =28 0 17:09.4 8
6 Jean-Philippe Le Guellec 24 Canada CAN 24:57.6 1 0 8:04.1 =1 1 17:04.7 7
7 Pavol Hurajt 32 Slovakia SVK 25:15.0 1 0 8:11.3 =6 1 16:57.1 5
8 Björn Ferry 31 Sweden SWE 25:20.2 0 0 8:35.2 20 0 16:58.3 6
9 Jeremy Teela 33 United States USA 25:21.7 2 1 8:31.9 15 1 17:22.4 12
10 Ivan Cherezov 29 Russia RUS 25:25.9 2 1 8:34.5 17 1 17:26.9 13
11 Simon Eder 26 Austria AUT 25:32.2 0 0 8:04.1 =1 0 17:13.7 9
12 Christoph Sumann 34 Austria AUT 25:32.7 2 2 8:48.7 =35 0 17:28.5 16
13 Thomas Frei 29 Switzerland SUI 25:36.9 0 0 8:30.3 13 0 17:18.4 11
14 Ilmārs Bricis 39 Latvia LAT 25:41.3 2 1 8:36.2 21 1 17:28.9 15
15 Yevgeny Ustyugov 24 Russia RUS 25:47.9 2 0 8:11.3 =6 2 17:27.2 14
16 Simon Hallenbarter 30 Switzerland SUI 25:48.3 2 2 8:48.7 =35 0 17:37.0 20
17 Ole Einar Bjørndalen 36 Norway NOR 25:48.9 4 3 8:58.6 51 1 17:34.2 19
18 Michal Šlesingr 27 Czech Republic CZE 25:50.9 1 0 8:15.7 9 1 17:17.2 10
19 Christoph Stephan 24 Germany GER 25:51.1 1 0 8:34.0 18 1 17:55.7 26
20 Aleksandr Syman 32 Belarus BLR 25:53.5 0 0 8:38.3 23 0 17:41.4 =22
21 Michael Greis 33 Germany GER 25:56.0 3 1 8:26.6 11 2 17:41.4 =22
22 Serhiy Sednev 26 Ukraine UKR 25:57.2 0 0 8:21.9 10 0 17:37.2 21
23 Andi Birnbacher 28 Germany GER 26:06.4 1 0 8:44.9 32 1 17:58.6 27
24 Halvard Hanevold 40 Norway NOR 26:07.7 1 1 9:01.7 54 0 18:03.0 29
25 Krasimir Anev 22 Bulgaria BUL 26:09.1 0 0 8:32.2 16 0 17:29.1 17
26 Matthias Simmen 38 Switzerland SUI 26:11.5 1 1 9:04.4 60 0 18:09.0 34
27 Janez Marič 34 Slovenia SLO 26:12.5 2 1 8:36.9 22 1 18:06.8 31
28 Zdeněk Vítek 32 Czech Republic CZE 26:13.7 1 0 8:41.8 30 1 18:06.0 32
29 Tomasz Sikora 36 Poland POL 26:16.2 2 0 8:11.2 8 2 17:32.6 18
30 Anton Shipulin 22 Russia RUS 26:18.7 1 0 8:40.3 25 1 17:58.3 28
31 Indrek Tobreluts 33 Estonia EST 26:18.9 1 0 8:26.7 12 1 17:43.0 24
32 Zhang Chengye 27 China CHN 26:19.9 1 0 8:40.4 24 1 18:18.6 43
33 Serhiy Semenov 21 Ukraine UKR 26:20.5 1 0 8:52.3 40 1 18:10.4 35
34 Dominik Landertinger 22 Austria AUT 26:23.7 4 2 8:55.3 44 2 18:04.2 30
35 Martin Fourcade 21 France FRA 26:25.6 3 3 9:06.5 62 0 18:16.2 41
36 Lowell Bailey 28 United States USA 26:26.6 0 0 9:04.9 59 0 18:19.0 45
37 Arnd Peiffer 22 Germany GER 26:29.1 2 1 8:34.7 19 1 17:55.1 25
38 Fredrik Lindström 20 Sweden SWE 26:33.3 1 1 9:11.3 67 0 18:12.6 36
39 Yan Savitsky 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 26:35.2 1 1 8:58.1 53 0 18:08.5 33
40 Sergey Novikov 30 Belarus BLR 26:37.4 1 1 9:05.4 61 0 18:17.8 42
41 Timo Antila 29 Finland FIN 26:37.4 1 0 8:55.6 45 1 18:33.0 51
42 Carl Johan Bergman 31 Sweden SWE 26:41.7 2 1 8:40.1 26 1 18:14.5 39
43 Rustam Valiullin 33 Belarus BLR 26:43.7 2 1 8:51.4 37 1 18:32.3 50
44 Markus Windisch 25 Italy ITA 26:44.7 0 0 9:08.6 65 0 18:22.0 47
45 Daniel Mesotitsch 33 Austria AUT 26:45.3 2 1 9:03.3 56 1 18:29.0 48
46 Lars Berger 30 Norway NOR 26:53.0 4 2 9:22.5 72 2 18:54.3 62
47 Tim Burke 28 United States USA 26:54.8 3 1 8:41.2 =28 2 18:13.4 38
48 Kauri Kõiv 26 Estonia EST 26:56.0 2 1 9:07.4 64 1 18:22.9 46
49 Yevgeny Abramenko 22 Belarus BLR 26:57.8 0 0 8:54.7 42 0 18:18.3 44
50 Andrejs Rastorgujevs 21 Latvia LAT 27:05.3 3 2 9:26.7 75 1 18:43.7 56
51 Aleksandr Chervyakov 29 Kazakhstan KAZ 27:09.9 3 1 8:43.6 31 2 18:14.8 40
52 Jaroslav Soukup 27 Czech Republic CZE 27:10.4 2 1 8:40.9 27 1 18:34.6 52
53 Vincent Defrasne 32 France FRA 27:14.6 3 2 8:55.0 =46 1 18:31.8 49
54 Jay Hakkinen 32 United States USA 27:17.4 0 0 8:48.3 34 0 18:34.7 53
55 Lee Jackson 29 Great Britain GBR 27:18.1 2 1 8:55.8 48 1 18:13.7 37
56 Lukas Hofer 20 Italy ITA 27:18.3 4 2 8:51.7 38 2 18:40.6 55
57 Vasja Rupnik 32 Slovenia SLO 27:20.8 3 0 8:47.0 33 3 19:05.3 66
58 Peter Dokl 25 Slovenia SLO 27:21.0 0 0 9:14.0 68 0 18:35.0 54
59 Mikhail Klecherov 27 Bulgaria BUL 27:23.1 0 0 9:24.0 74 0 18:49.3 60
60 Mattia Cola 25 Italy ITA 27:24.9 1 0 8:54.5 43 1 18:44.0 58
61 Christian De Lorenzi 28 Italy ITA 27:25.9 4 2 9:02.6 55 2 19:01.1 63
62 Roland Lessing 31 Estonia EST 27:26.0 3 2 9:33.7 79 1 19:06.7 67
63 Maksim Chudov 27 Russia RUS 27:28.0 2 1 9:07.8 63 1 18:46.7 59
64 Kristaps Lībietis 27 Latvia LAT 27:32.5 1 1 9:19.5 70 0 18:51.0 61
65 Lee In-Bok 25 South Korea KOR 27:34.1 4 1 8:58.8 50 3 19:21.0 73
66 Marek Matiaško 32 Slovakia SVK 27:37.4 3 1 9:04.2 57 2 19:12.3 71
67 Ondřej Moravec 25 Czech Republic CZE 27:39.8 3 2 9:30.7 76 1 19:02.9 64
68 Hidenori Isa 33 Japan JPN 27:42.2 3 1 8:55.0 =46 2 18:43.9 57
69 Benjamin Weger 20 Switzerland SUI 27:43.6 3 3 9:58.0 85 0 19:11.3 70
70 Victor Pînzaru 18 Moldova MDA 27:52.6 1 1 9:31.3 77 0 19:03.5 65
71 Simon Fourcade 25 France FRA 27:53.0 4 1 9:04.6 58 3 19:09.9 68
72 Dias Keneshev 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 28:04.6 1 0 9:23.0 73 1 19:30.8 75
73 Paavo Puurunen 36 Finland FIN 28:04.8 4 2 9:17.9 69 2 19:33.4 77
74 Martten Kaldvee 23 Estonia EST 28:07.7 3 2 9:45.4 =81 1 19:25.9 74
75 Dušan Šimočko 26 Slovakia SVK 28:11.4 3 1 8:52.4 39 2 19:20.0 72
76 Miroslav Matiaško 27 Slovakia SVK 28:15.9 4 1 9:19.1 71 3 19:50.5 81
77 V'iacheslav Derkach 33 Ukraine UKR 28:22.9 3 0 8:58.2 52 3 19:37.4 78
78 Edgars Piksons 26 Latvia LAT 28:23.0 2 1 8:52.9 41 1 19:10.0 69
79 Magnus Jonsson 27 Sweden SWE 28:29.2 3 0 9:09.4 66 3 19:52.2 82
80 Imre Tagscherer 37 Hungary HUN 28:38.8 4 2 9:31.7 78 2 19:44.5 80
81 Milanko Petrović 21 Serbia SRB 28:38.9 4 1 8:56.9 49 3 19:31.9 76
82 Miroslav Kenanov 21 Bulgaria BUL 28:40.2 1 1 9:54.5 84 0 19:39.3 79
83 Vladimir Iliev 22 Bulgaria BUL 28:45.0 3 1 9:34.5 80 2 19:57.4 83
84 Nikolay Braychenko 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 28:52.0 3 1 9:45.4 =81 2 20:03.9 84
85 Łukasz Szczurek 21 Poland POL 29:02.0 2 1 9:50.7 83 1 20:08.5 85
86 Øystein Slettemark 42 Denmark DEN 30:55.8 7 3 10:08.6 86 4 21:58.7 88
87 Alexei Almoukov 19 Australia AUS 30:57.9 4 3 10:17.1 87 1 20:54.7 86
AC Thanasis Tsakiris 45 Greece GRE 5 2 10:32.3 88 3 21:50.5 87 DNF