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Cross Country Skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's 50 kilometres

Cross Country Skiing at the 2014 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Complex, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 23, 2014
Date Finished: February 23, 2014

Gold: RUS Aleksandr Legkov
Silver: RUS Maksim Vylegzhanin
Bronze: RUS Ilya Chernousov

Summary

In the last and longest cross-country race, the 50 km freestyle mass start, the leading group comprised over half the field at the mid-point. Just after the 30 km point Finland’s [Matti Heikkinen] broke away gaining a lead of over 20 seconds. However, a chasing pack of four closed the gap and brought with them most of the field, catching Heikkinen within five kilometers. As the field of about 60 skiers started the final 5 km lap, the Swede [Anders Södergren] was in the lead. With just two kilometers to go his compatriot [Daniel Richardsson] was in front, but no one managed to gain a decisive lead. Double gold medalist [Dario Cologna] from Switzerland, who could be seen close to the vanguard throughout the race, was the unlucky fellow on the day, breaking his ski while in fourth place with less than two kilometers to go. The race was effectively decided on the last climb, where the Russians showed their strength. A four-man group of three Russians, [Alexander Legkov], [Maxim Vylegzhanin] and [Ilia Chernousov], and Norway’s [Martin Johnsrud] entered the stadium clear of the field. With the end almost in sight [Legkov] overtook [Vylegzhanin] to move into the pole position and held it to the finish. In a close sprint to the line Vylegzhanin just held on for the silver medal ahead of compatriot Chernousov in a photo finish. Sundby missed out on a medal, finishing just one second behind the winner.

It was the first time in 78 years that athletes from one country achieved a clean sweep in this event; the last time was by Sweden at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Legkov had turned down the opportunity to carry the Russian flag at the Opening Ceremony because he thought it would be bad for him to leave altitude.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1 Aleksandr Legkov 30 Russia RUS Gold 1-46:55.2 26:53.4 =2 53:18.2 9 1-20:13.4 3
2 Maksim Vylegzhanin 31 Russia RUS Silver 1-46:55.9 26:57.7 16 53:19.9 14 1-20:14.9 7
3 Ilya Chernousov 27 Russia RUS Bronze 1-46:56.0 26:56.2 10 53:25.8 31 1-20:15.0 8
4 Martin Johnsrud Sundby 29 Norway NOR 1-46:56.2 26:54.6 6 53:18.5 10 1-20:12.9 2
5 Sergey Dolidovich 40 Belarus BLR 1-47:09.5 27:03.0 35 53:24.4 26 1-20:21.9 32
6 Robin Duvillard 30 France FRA 1-47:10.1 26:57.0 13 53:17.5 6 1-20:16.1 12
7 Anders Södergren 36 Sweden SWE 1-47:13.0 26:59.0 22 53:17.7 7 1-20:20.7 =27
8 Daniel Richardsson 31 Sweden SWE 1-47:19.6 26:59.6 24 53:19.6 13 1-20:14.3 5
9 Johan Olsson 33 Sweden SWE 1-47:27.3 26:53.0 1 53:24.8 =28 1-20:22.5 33
10 Iivo Niskanen 22 Finland FIN 1-47:27.5 26:56.7 12 53:27.5 35 1-20:17.2 17
11 Roland Clara 31 Italy ITA 1-47:28.6 26:53.4 =2 53:16.0 2 1-20:16.3 13
12 Curdin Perl 29 Switzerland SUI 1-47:31.3 27:02.7 34 53:22.7 21 1-20:16.7 15
13 Ivan Perrillat Boiteux 28 France FRA 1-47:31.7 26:59.7 25 53:24.5 27 1-20:17.9 =19
14 Martin Bajčičák 37 Slovakia SVK 1-47:34.4 26:58.5 =19 53:26.0 =32 1-20:20.7 =27
15 Matti Heikkinen 30 Finland FIN 1-47:35.0 26:55.4 8 53:17.2 5 1-19:58.6 1
16 David Hofer 30 Italy ITA 1-47:35.7 26:58.8 21 53:22.2 20 1-20:18.8 21
17 Mikhail Semyonov 28 Belarus BLR 1-47:36.0 26:57.4 14 53:16.8 4 1-20:16.9 16
18 Petter Northug 28 Norway NOR 1-47:39.7 27:01.6 31 53:24.8 =28 1-20:19.3 22
19 Alex Harvey 25 Canada CAN 1-47:40.9 26:57.5 15 53:21.0 17 1-20:15.3 9
20 Ivan Babikov 33 Canada CAN 1-47:41.8 26:54.4 5 53:21.6 18 1-20:20.2 =25
21 Tord Asle Gjerdalen 30 Norway NOR 1-47:43.5 27:02.2 32 53:23.3 23 1-20:14.5 6
22 Remo Fischer 32 Switzerland SUI 1-47:44.2 27:04.3 37 53:20.6 16 1-20:21.7 31
23 Lari Lehtonen 26 Finland FIN 1-47:48.7 26:58.3 18 53:15.6 1 1-20:15.8 11
24 Bernhard Tritscher 25 Austria AUT 1-47:51.7 26:57.8 17 53:17.9 8 1-20:16.6 14
25 Francesco De Fabiani 20 Italy ITA 1-47:51.8 27:00.3 27 53:21.9 19 1-20:17.3 18
26 Noah Hoffman 24 United States USA 1-48:04.3 26:54.0 4 53:16.3 3 1-20:13.8 4
27 Dario Cologna 27 Switzerland SUI 1-48:21.6 26:56.4 11 53:19.2 12 1-20:15.5 10
28 Graeme Killick 24 Canada CAN 1-48:22.4 27:10.5 46 53:33.0 42 1-20:24.0 37
29 Petr Novák 31 Czech Republic CZE 1-48:41.0 27:00.9 28 53:27.9 36 1-20:21.5 30
30 Toni Livers 30 Switzerland SUI 1-48:49.9 27:07.8 42 53:29.4 39 1-20:23.1 35
31 Lukáš Bauer 36 Czech Republic CZE 1-48:51.3 26:55.0 7 53:32.5 41 1-20:19.6 =23
32 Chris Jespersen 30 Norway NOR 1-49:21.3 26:58.5 =19 53:22.9 22 1-20:22.8 34
33 Imanol Rojo 23 Spain ESP 1-49:21.9 27:00.2 26 53:25.1 30 1-20:20.2 =25
34 Mark Starostin 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-49:34.1 27:05.1 39 53:26.0 =32 1-20:19.6 =23
35 Jean-Marc Gaillard 33 France FRA 1-49:49.7 26:55.8 9 53:24.1 25 1-20:17.9 =19
36 Thomas Bing 23 Germany GER 1-49:56.1 27:01.5 30 53:18.6 11 1-20:23.6 36
37 Martin Jakš 27 Czech Republic CZE 1-50:00.5 27:02.5 33 53:23.8 24 1-20:20.7 =27
38 Konstantin Glavatskikh 28 Russia RUS 1-50:33.4 26:59.1 23 53:20.3 15 1-20:52.0 39
39 Axel Teichmann 34 Germany GER 1-51:03.4 27:09.5 45 53:38.3 44 1-21:29.2 43
40 Arnd Peiffer 26 Germany GER 1-51:31.5 27:13.8 51 53:35.5 43 1-21:29.8 44
41 Andrey Gridin 25 Bulgaria BUL 1-51:41.7 27:07.9 43 53:28.1 37 1-20:56.4 40
42 Erik Lesser 25 Germany GER 1-51:55.8 27:13.0 50 53:31.1 40 1-21:23.6 41
43 Maurice Manificat 27 France FRA 1-52:01.6 27:04.8 38 53:27.1 34 1-20:33.4 38
44 Aivar Rehemaa 31 Estonia EST 1-52:22.1 27:01.0 29 53:28.6 38 1-21:24.1 42
45 Martin Møller 33 Denmark DEN 1-52:32.7 27:14.8 52 54:03.6 49 1-22:47.8 46
46 Aleksey Ivanov 33 Belarus BLR 1-52:52.9 27:08.3 44 54:20.2 50 1-23:17.5 48
47 Javier Gutiérrez 28 Spain ESP 1-53:02.5 27:03.8 36 53:48.1 45 1-23:18.0 49
48 Yerdos Akhmadiyev 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-53:07.4 27:28.6 55 54:46.1 51 1-23:16.8 47
49 Karel Tammjärv 24 Estonia EST 1-53:23.0 27:11.0 47 54:03.5 48 1-22:39.5 45
50 Milanko Petrović 25 Serbia SRB 1-53:35.1 27:29.8 56 55:28.9 52 1-23:55.4 51
51 Brian Gregg 29 United States USA 1-55:02.3 27:07.3 41 53:55.6 46 1-23:23.3 50
52 Jiří Magál 36 Czech Republic CZE 1-56:28.7 27:06.1 40 53:58.7 47 1-24:11.7 52
53 Andrew Musgrave 23 Great Britain GBR 1-57:08.9 27:11.2 48 56:04.6 55 1-26:29.9 55
54 Sergey Cherepanov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-57:24.2 27:34.2 57 56:17.7 56 1-26:30.5 56
55 Yevgeny Velichko 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-58:10.6 28:08.3 61 56:34.3 59 1-26:08.6 54
56 Jesse Cockney 24 Canada CAN 1-59:16.6 27:23.4 53 55:53.3 54 1-25:56.1 53
57 Kris Freeman 33 United States USA 1-59:46.7 27:34.8 58 56:23.2 58 1-26:43.9 57
58 Edi Dadić 20 Croatia CRO 2-02:35.5 27:35.9 59 56:19.0 57 1-26:49.3 58
59 Arvis Liepiņš 23 Latvia LAT 2-04:45.6 27:25.2 54 56:48.5 60 1-28:27.0 59
60 Xu Wenlong 26 China CHN 2-08:02.0 28:57.6 63 59:36.2 63 1-31:33.9 60
AC Veselin Tsinzov 27 Bulgaria BUL 27:45.8 60 55:52.8 53 DNF
AC Darko Damjanovski 32 Macedonia MKD 28:32.8 62 59:35.3 61 DNF
AC Mladen Plakalović 22 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 28:57.9 64 59:35.7 62 DNF
AC Martti Jylhä 26 Finland FIN 27:11.6 49 DNF