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Cross Country Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Date Started: February 17, 2010
Date Finished: February 17, 2010
Format: Final standings based on time achieved in last round competed in.

Gold: RUS Nikita Kryukov
Silver: RUS Aleksandr Panzhinsky
Bronze: NOR Petter Northug

Summary

The favorite was Norway’s Ola Vigen Hattestad, the 2009 World Champion and the sprint World Cup champion in the past two years. Perhaps the surprise of this event was the absence of any Swedish skiers in the final as they were thought to have good chances with Emil Jönsson and Björn Lind, who had featured in the World Cup in the past few seasons. The final was essentially a contest between three Norwegian skiers – Hattestad, Petter Northug and Øystein Pettersen, and two Russians Aleksandr Panzhinsky, who was the fastest qualifier, and Nikita Kryukov. If the Norwegians had a race plan, it was soon blown away by Panzhinsky who took a commanding lead at the start and maintained that lead for most of the race. The drama happened behind the leaders as Aleksey Poltoranin (KAZ) fell, taking down Hattestad with him. The other two Norwegians fell back by some distance, and going into the home straight Panzhinsky held the lead. However a tremendous surge by Kryukov saw him win by a fraction of a second on the line ahead of his compatriot. Northug finished in the bronze medal position, some distance behind the winner. There were some complaints about the schedule. The B-final had been eliminated and the final was held soon after the second semi-final, giving the qualifiers from the first semi-final a big advantage.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nikita Kryukov 24 Russia RUS Gold
2 Aleksandr Panzhinsky 20 Russia RUS Silver
3 Petter Northug 24 Norway NOR Bronze
4 Ola Vigen Hattestad 27 Norway NOR
5 Aleksey Poltoranin 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
6 Øystein Pettersen 27 Norway NOR
7 Emil Jönsson 24 Sweden SWE
8 Mikhail Devyatyarov 24 Russia RUS
9 Johan Kjølstad 26 Norway NOR
10 Kalle Lassila 25 Finland FIN
11 Teodor Peterson 21 Sweden SWE
12 Sami Jauhojärvi 28 Finland FIN
13 Nikolay Chebotko 27 Kazakhstan KAZ
14 Peeter Kümmel 27 Estonia EST
15 Stefan Kuhn 30 Canada CAN
16 Cyril Miranda 24 France FRA
17 Yuichi Onda 29 Japan JPN
18 Jesper Modin 21 Sweden SWE
19 Björn Lind 31 Sweden SWE
20 Renato Pasini 32 Italy ITA
21 Sun Qinghai 22 China CHN
22 Jesse Väänänen 26 Finland FIN
23 Devon Kershaw 27 Canada CAN
24 Fabio Pasini 29 Italy ITA
25 Maciej Kreczmer 28 Poland POL
26 Nikolay Morilov 23 Russia RUS
27 Timo Simonlatser 23 Estonia EST
28 Janusz Krężelok 35 Poland POL
29 Simi Hamilton 22 United States USA
30 Loris Frasnelli 30 Italy ITA
31T Josef Wenzl 25 Germany GER
31T Roddy Darragon 26 France FRA
33 Tim Tscharnke 20 Germany GER
34 Christoph Eigenmann 30 Switzerland SUI
35 Dušan Kožíšek 26 Czech Republic CZE
36 Torin Koos 29 United States USA
37 Matias Strandvall 24 Finland FIN
38 Valerio Leccardi 25 Switzerland SUI
39 David Hofer 26 Italy ITA
40 Drew Goldsack 28 Canada CAN
41 Brent McMurtry 23 Canada CAN
42 Anti Saarepuu 26 Estonia EST
43 Peter von Allmen 32 Switzerland SUI
44 Aleš Razým 23 Czech Republic CZE
45 Andy Newell 26 United States USA
46 Mantas Strolia 23 Lithuania LTU
47 Garrott Kuzzy 27 United States USA
48 Sergey Cherepanov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
49 Eligius Tambornino 23 Switzerland SUI
50 Lefteris Fafalis 33 Greece GRE
51 Leonid Korneyenko 22 Belarus BLR
52 Yevgeny Koshevoy 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
53 Aleksejus Novoselskis 25 Lithuania LTU
54 Modestas Vaičiulis 20 Lithuania LTU
55 Paul Murray 32 Australia AUS
56 Francesc Soulié 31 Andorra AND
57 Peter Mlynár 21 Slovakia SVK
58 Andrew Musgrave 19 Great Britain GBR
59 Kein Einaste 24 Estonia EST
60 Andrew Young 17 Great Britain GBR
61 Oliver Kraas 34 South Africa RSA
62 Jānis Paipals 26 Latvia LAT