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Cross Country Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's 50 kilometres

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Date Started: February 28, 2010
Date Finished: February 28, 2010

Gold: NOR Petter Northug
Silver: GER Axel Teichmann
Bronze: SWE Johan Olsson

Summary

The race was held in a warm rain, with melting snow that made conditions very sticky and slow. It also served to keep the pack together and contributed to the closest mass finish ever in Olympic marathon racing. At various points throughout the race, Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR), Daniel Richardsson (SWE) and Aleksandr Legkov (RUS) tried to make breaks, but they were short-lived. With 5 kilometres to go there were still around 18 skiers in the leading group. With a kilometre to go, at least 15 skiers were together. Coming into the stadium, Germany's Axel Teichmann took the lead going up the final hill. He led on the final turn in the stadium, 100 metres remaining, but barely over Norway's Petter Northug and Switzerland's Dario Cologna. Cologna tragically fell in the sprint, and would finish 10th. Northug caught Teichmann in the sprint and pulled away to win the gold medal. The top five places were separated only by 1.6 seconds. Northug’s victory was not unexpected, as he was the 2009 World Champion, although in freestyle, and was leading the 2009-10 World Cup competition. This gave him his second gold medal and fourth medal of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The true meaning of the Olympic spirit was evident when Francesc Soulie (AND) defeated Jonas Thor Olsen (DEN) by 0.1 second – they were actually racing for 47th and 48th places, the last two skiers to complete the course!

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1 Petter Northug 24 Norway NOR Gold 2-05:35.5 31:47.6 19 1-03:37.7 15 1-38:12.7 10
2 Axel Teichmann 30 Germany GER Silver 2-05:35.8 31:49.6 27 1-03:41.2 23 1-38:25.0 25
3 Johan Olsson 29 Sweden SWE Bronze 2-05:36.5 31:41.6 5 1-03:30.5 3 1-38:12.9 11
4 Tobias Angerer 32 Germany GER 2-05:37.0 31:48.5 23 1-03:38.0 16 1-38:11.6 5
5 Devon Kershaw 27 Canada CAN 2-05:37.1 31:49.5 26 1-03:35.1 9 1-38:11.6 5
6 Andrus Veerpalu 39 Estonia EST 2-05:41.6 31:51.9 36 1-03:50.4 37 1-38:12.3 9
7 Daniel Richardsson 27 Sweden SWE 2-05:45.2 31:45.8 =12 1-03:30.2 2 1-38:16.8 17
8 Maksim Vylegzhanin 27 Russia RUS 2-05:46.4 31:45.8 =12 1-03:34.2 7 1-38:13.1 12
9 Anders Södergren 32 Sweden SWE 2-05:47.1 31:38.5 1 1-03:40.0 21 1-38:19.2 20
10 Dario Cologna 23 Switzerland SUI 2-05:47.5 31:50.8 31 1-03:38.7 19 1-38:10.8 2
11 Giorgio Di Centa 37 Italy ITA 2-05:49.0 31:43.4 7 1-03:41.8 25 1-38:11.4 4
12 Lukáš Bauer 32 Czech Republic CZE 2-05:49.4 31:45.7 11 1-03:36.3 11 1-38:14.2 16
13 Vincent Vittoz 34 France FRA 2-05:49.6 31:52.0 =37 1-03:42.1 26 1-38:19.5 =21
14 Aleksandr Legkov 26 Russia RUS 2-05:53.3 31:39.7 3 1-03:31.4 4 1-38:11.0 3
15 Martin Johnsrud Sundby 25 Norway NOR 2-05:57.7 31:48.3 21 1-03:27.3 1 1-38:13.2 13
16 Jens Filbrich 30 Germany GER 2-06:07.8 31:46.4 15 1-03:36.6 12 1-38:12.1 =7
17 Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset 38 Norway NOR 2-06:08.3 31:38.9 2 1-03:33.0 5 1-38:12.1 =7
18 George Grey 30 Canada CAN 2-06:18.1 31:45.0 10 1-03:36.0 10 1-38:19.5 =21
19 Jean-Marc Gaillard 29 France FRA 2-06:38.0 31:47.4 =17 1-03:39.3 20 1-38:10.2 1
20 Sami Jauhojärvi 28 Finland FIN 2-06:43.2 31:47.4 =17 1-03:43.3 31 1-38:17.6 19
21 René Sommerfeldt 35 Germany GER 2-06:52.5 31:40.5 4 1-03:34.8 8 1-38:13.3 14
22 Marcus Hellner 24 Sweden SWE 2-07:03.2 31:46.8 16 1-03:37.6 14 1-38:13.5 15
23 Jens Arne Svartedal 33 Norway NOR 2-07:32.5 31:43.9 8 1-03:33.9 6 1-38:16.9 18
24 Pyotr Sedov 19 Russia RUS 2-07:35.4 31:50.0 28 1-03:40.8 22 1-38:32.3 26
25 Sergey Dolidovich 36 Belarus BLR 2-07:47.6 31:52.0 =37 1-03:42.2 27 1-38:20.5 23
26 Pietro Piller Cottrer 35 Italy ITA 2-08:21.6 31:48.2 20 1-03:37.2 13 1-38:52.1 27
27 Aleksey Poltoranin 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 2-09:29.6 31:48.8 24 1-03:38.6 18 1-38:21.6 24
28 James Southam 31 United States USA 2-10:08.3 31:45.9 14 1-03:42.3 28 1-39:42.6 29
29 Jiří Magál 32 Czech Republic CZE 2-10:22.7 31:50.9 32 1-03:56.4 38 1-39:39.4 28
30 Jaak Mae 37 Estonia EST 2-10:41.3 31:53.5 40 1-04:19.8 40 1-41:01.9 38
31 Valerio Checchi 29 Italy ITA 2-10:49.7 31:42.4 6 1-03:42.8 30 1-40:07.3 32
32 Alex Harvey 21 Canada CAN 2-10:49.9 31:51.3 33 1-03:46.4 33 1-40:33.7 37
33 Ivan Babikov 29 Canada CAN 2-10:50.2 31:48.4 22 1-03:49.1 35 1-41:31.0 39
34 Aivar Rehemaa 27 Estonia EST 2-10:57.6 31:50.3 =29 1-03:44.0 32 1-40:08.0 33
35 Nobu Naruse 25 Japan JPN 2-10:59.2 31:54.1 41 1-03:48.1 34 1-40:09.9 34
36 Roland Clara 27 Italy ITA 2-11:00.8 31:49.1 25 1-03:49.5 36 1-40:06.4 31
37 Ville Nousiainen 26 Finland FIN 2-11:38.0 31:50.3 =29 1-03:38.5 17 1-40:05.8 30
38 Cyril Miranda 24 France FRA 2-11:56.9 31:44.0 9 1-03:41.4 24 1-40:11.0 35
39 Yevgeny Velichko 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 2-13:01.5 31:51.4 34 1-03:42.5 29 1-40:12.1 36
40 Vicenç Vilarrubla 29 Spain ESP 2-13:33.8 31:51.7 35 1-04:53.1 41 1-42:59.5 41
41 Algo Kärp 24 Estonia EST 2-13:49.6 31:57.8 45 1-05:17.5 42 1-42:58.8 40
42 Roman Leibiuk 33 Ukraine UKR 2-15:19.9 32:06.9 46 1-05:53.4 44 1-43:42.4 42
43 Lari Lehtonen 22 Finland FIN 2-16:26.2 31:56.2 43 1-05:42.2 43 1-44:13.0 43
44 Diego Ruiz 32 Spain ESP 2-17:49.8 31:56.6 44 1-05:56.3 45 1-45:21.6 44
45 Aleksey Ivanov 29 Belarus BLR 2-17:59.2 33:15.9 49 1-08:13.6 46 1-46:43.6 45
46 Ben Koons 23 New Zealand NZL 2-21:53.9 34:03.6 50 1-09:54.4 47 1-50:17.3 46
47 Francesc Soulié 31 Andorra AND 2-25:00.8 34:04.6 51 1-10:34.4 48 1-51:26.9 47
48 Jonas Thor Olsen 32 Denmark DEN 2-25:00.9 34:51.5 52 1-11:06.6 49 1-52:22.9 48
AC Martin Bajčičák 33 Slovakia SVK 31:53.2 39 1-03:58.7 39 DNF
AC Sergey Shiryayev 27 Russia RUS 32:08.9 47 DNF
AC Kris Freeman 29 United States USA 31:54.2 42 DNF
AC Ivan Bátory 34 Slovakia SVK 32:32.7 48 DNF
AC Javier Gutiérrez 24 Spain ESP DNF