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Biathlon at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's 15 kilometres Mass Start

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Date Started: February 21, 2010
Date Finished: February 21, 2010
Format: Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.

Gold: RUS Yevgeny Ustyugov
Silver: FRA Martin Fourcade
Bronze: SVK Pavol Hurajt

Summary

Contested by only the top thirty finishers in the pursuit the 15 km event is the only one at the Winter Games where all competitors start at the same time. A pack of over twenty athletes arrived at the range for the first shoot of the race and when the firing was done it was Simon Eder of Austria who was the early leader. He kept his lead until halfway but two targets missed at each of the third and fourth shooting phases saw him drop off the pace and eventually finish 25th. The lead was then taken over by the unlikely figure of Pavol Hurajt, a Slovakian who had competed at the top level for a decade but whose only previous podium finishes at World Cup level had come six years earlier. With a flawless shooting display Hurajt was the leader from around the half way stage and maintained that lead until after the final shooting phase. However Russia’s Yevgeny Ustyugov, following a slow start, had worked his way up the field with a perfect shooting display. He passed Hurajt after the final round of shooting and built up a considerable lead to win the gold medal in a time of 35:35.7. Following a poor start, Martin Fourcade of France, moved up from 28th after the first round of shooting, where he missed two targets, to pass Hurajt close to the finishing line and win the silver medal, 10.5 seconds behind Ustyugov. Hurajt held on to take the bronze medal 16.6 seconds behind Ustyugov, but well ahead of the 4th place finisher.

Bjorn Ferry’s attempt to add the 15 km event to his victory in the pursuit floundered, when in a strong third place, at the final phase of shooting whilst Ole Einar Bjørndalen’s attempt to win a 10th Olympic medal was ruined when he missed 7 out of the 20 targets.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
1 Yevgeny Ustyugov 24 Russia RUS Gold 35:35.7 0 0 7:08.8 =13 0 14:21.3 =7 0 21:39.3 4 0 28:59.3 2
2 Martin Fourcade 21 France FRA Silver 35:46.2 3 2 7:46.7 28 0 14:57.5 23 0 21:57.1 =9 1 29:24.9 5
3 Pavol Hurajt 32 Slovakia SVK Bronze 35:52.3 0 0 7:03.0 3 0 14:18.7 3 0 21:35.0 1 0 28:58.7 1
4 Christoph Sumann 34 Austria AUT 36:01.6 1 0 7:06.7 =8 1 14:36.8 16 0 21:57.1 =9 0 29:15.6 3
5 Daniel Mesotitsch 33 Austria AUT 36:05.9 3 0 7:04.1 6 1 14:35.5 =12 0 21:42.1 5 2 29:40.5 10
6 Ivan Cherezov 29 Russia RUS 36:09.2 3 0 7:06.3 =9 2 14:59.8 25 0 22:06.6 14 1 29:39.9 9
7 Dominik Landertinger 22 Austria AUT 36:09.7 4 1 7:24.6 22 0 14:35.5 =12 1 22:07.4 15 2 29:53.6 16
8 Vincent Jay 24 France FRA 36:10.3 1 0 7:03.3 =4 0 14:27.5 11 0 21:37.3 2 1 29:20.5 4
9 Jakov Fak 22 Croatia CRO 36:10.5 3 1 7:27.9 25 0 14:35.8 15 1 22:01.4 13 1 29:38.0 8
10 Michael Greis 33 Germany GER 36:10.7 3 0 7:09.0 15 0 14:19.7 5 1 22:00.4 12 2 29:50.1 13
11 Tomasz Sikora 36 Poland POL 36:13.1 3 2 7:50.1 30 1 15:21.0 29 0 22:38.2 25 0 29:50.4 12
12 Björn Ferry 31 Sweden SWE 36:13.3 2 0 7:07.9 12 0 14:19.2 4 0 21:38.0 3 2 29:37.1 7
13 Emil Hegle Svendsen 24 Norway NOR 36:20.7 3 0 7:05.6 7 0 14:14.9 2 1 21:54.5 6 2 29:49.3 11
14 Simon Fourcade 25 France FRA 36:28.1 1 0 7:03.3 =4 1 14:36.5 17 0 21:55.9 7 0 29:27.2 6
15 Andi Birnbacher 28 Germany GER 36:30.2 3 0 7:06.7 =8 1 14:35.0 14 2 22:28.7 21 0 29:53.1 15
16 Michal Šlesingr 27 Czech Republic CZE 36:35.6 2 1 7:30.2 27 1 14:58.3 24 0 22:11.7 16 0 29:51.7 14
17 Arnd Peiffer 22 Germany GER 36:44.5 2 0 7:09.9 17 0 14:21.3 =7 2 22:25.3 20 0 30:01.6 18
18 Tim Burke 28 United States USA 36:44.7 4 0 7:09.2 18 0 14:22.1 9 3 22:41.0 26 1 30:13.5 20
19 Halvard Hanevold 40 Norway NOR 36:56.6 3 0 7:08.8 =13 1 14:39.3 18 0 21:56.5 8 2 29:58.7 17
20 Sergey Novikov 30 Belarus BLR 36:59.3 3 0 7:06.3 =9 0 14:20.3 6 1 21:59.9 11 2 30:03.2 19
21 Serhiy Sednev 26 Ukraine UKR 37:02.8 2 0 7:09.6 16 0 14:26.3 10 2 22:36.4 24 0 30:17.1 22
22 Anton Shipulin 22 Russia RUS 37:04.7 3 1 7:27.1 24 0 14:43.7 19 1 22:24.8 19 1 30:21.8 23
23 Christoph Stephan 24 Germany GER 37:11.4 4 0 7:13.9 21 1 14:49.7 21 1 22:29.3 22 2 30:33.1 25
24 Thomas Frei 29 Switzerland SUI 37:12.9 2 0 7:11.5 20 1 14:43.4 20 1 22:32.3 23 0 30:15.0 21
25 Simon Eder 26 Austria AUT 37:29.7 4 0 6:57.4 1 0 14:12.4 1 2 22:14.0 17 2 30:25.5 24
26 Andriy Deryzemlia 32 Ukraine UKR 37:43.9 5 0 6:59.2 2 2 14:57.0 22 3 23:12.6 28 0 30:52.9 26
27 Ole Einar Bjørndalen 36 Norway NOR 37:46.5 7 1 7:26.1 23 2 15:10.9 28 3 23:25.6 29 1 31:04.9 27
28 Klemen Bauer 24 Slovenia SLO 38:16.9 5 2 7:49.7 29 0 15:00.4 26 0 22:20.5 18 3 31:04.5 28
29 Jeremy Teela 33 United States USA 38:36.1 4 1 7:30.8 26 1 15:08.6 27 0 22:47.4 27 2 31:22.0 29
30 Jean-Philippe Le Guellec 24 Canada CAN 39:18.5 7 0 7:10.0 19 4 15:51.4 30 0 23:25.0 30 3 32:07.5 30