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Biathlon at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Mt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 22, 1980
Date Finished: February 22, 1980
Format: Eight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: GDR East Germany
Bronze: FRG West Germany


As expected, the 1980 Biathlon relay became a duel between the defending Olympic Champion Soviet Union and East Germany, World Champion in 1978 and 1979. At the first leg, the Soviet Union’s [Vladimir Alikin] took a 23-second lead over East Germany’s 21-year-old [Mathias Jung], who was making his international championship début. France was in third, followed by Austria and Finland, all well behind the two leading teams. At the second leg, [Aleksandr Tikhonov], the 33-year old Soviet veteran, already with three Olympic relay gold medals and six World Championships relay gold medals in his pocket, expanded the Soviet lead to almost 1½ minutes over East Germany’s [Klaus Siebert], who had to ski two penalty laps. Despite [Frank Ullrich]’s superb third leg, gaining 47 seconds on the Soviet Union’s [Vladimir Barnashov], anchor skier [Anatoly Alyabyev] had no problems in securing another relay gold medal for the Soviet team, their fourth out of four possible so far at the Olympics. And Tikhonov had been a team-member on all four occasions!

[Eberhard Rösch] secured East Germany’s first Olympic biathlon relay silver medal, having won bronze medals in both 1972 and 1976. The fight for the bronze medal was close. West Germany’s 20-year-old [Peter Angerer] had a solid third leg for his team, advancing from seventh to third, closely followed by Norway and France. On the anchor leg, [Gerd Winkler] went away from his contenders and clinched the first ever international relay medal for West Germany.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T M ES
1 Soviet Union URS Gold 1-34:03.27 0 12
2 East Germany GDR Silver 1-34:56.99 3 18
3 West Germany FRG Bronze 1-37:30.26 2 15
4 Norway NOR 1-38:11.76 3 17
5 France FRA 1-38:23.36 0 15
6 Austria AUT 1-38:32.02 4 11
7 Finland FIN 1-38:50.84 6 15
8 United States USA 1-39:24.29 0 13
9 Italy ITA 1-40:20.79 2 15
10 Sweden SWE 1-40:44.62 6 16
11 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-41:48.62 4 10
12 Great Britain GBR 1-42:10.59 2 14
13 Japan JPN 1-45:53.98 7 16
14 China CHN 2-01:33.36 18 22
AC Argentina ARG DNF