| Event type

50 kilometres (Mass Start, Classical), Men

Date28 February 2010 — 9:30
LocationWhistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Participants53 from 21 countries
DetailsCourse Length: 49,525 m
Height Differential: 85 m
Intermediate 1: 12.3 km
Intermediate 2: 25.0 km
Intermediate 3: 39.2 km
Maximum Climb: 59 m
Total Climbing: 1,745 m

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!

11Petter NorthugNOR2-05:35.5Gold
26Axel TeichmannGER2-05:35.8Silver
318Johan OlssonSWE2-05:36.5Bronze
419Tobias AngererGER2-05:37.0
528Devon KershawCAN2-05:37.1
624Andrus VeerpaluEST2-05:41.6
714Daniel RickardssonSWE2-05:45.2
812Maksim VylegzhaninRUS2-05:46.4
929Anders SödergrenSWE2-05:47.1
104Dario ColognaSUI2-05:47.5
115Giorgio Di CentaITA2-05:49.0
123Lukáš BauerCZE2-05:49.4
1310Vincent VittozFRA2-05:49.6
148Aleksandr LegkovRUS2-05:53.3
1520Martin Johnsrud SundbyNOR2-05:57.7
1613Jens FilbrichGER2-06:07.8
1738Odd-Bjørn HjelmesetNOR2-06:08.3
1836George GreyCAN2-06:18.1
199Jean-Marc GaillardFRA2-06:38.0
2023Sami JauhojärviFIN2-06:43.2
217René SommerfeldtGER2-06:52.5
222Marcus HellnerSWE2-07:03.2
2327Jens Arne SvartedalNOR2-07:32.5
2439Pyotr SedovRUS2-07:35.4
2526Siarhei DalidovichBLR2-07:47.6
2611Pietro Piller CottrerITA2-08:21.6
2730Aleksey PoltoraninKAZ2-09:29.6
2844James SouthamUSA2-10:08.3
2933Jiří MagálCZE2-10:22.7
3035Jaak MaeEST2-10:41.3
3116Valerio ChecchiITA2-10:49.7
3222Alex HarveyCAN2-10:49.9
3317Ivan BabikovCAN2-10:50.2
3434Aivar RehemaaEST2-10:57.6
3540Nobu NaruseJPN2-10:59.2
3632Roland ClaraITA2-11:00.8
3731Ville NousiainenFIN2-11:38.0
3855Cyril MirandaFRA2-11:56.9
3945Yevgeny VelichkoKAZ2-13:01.5
4048Vicenç VilarrublaESP2-13:33.8
4150Algo KärpEST2-13:49.6
4247Roman LeibiukUKR2-15:19.9
4342Lari LehtonenFIN2-16:26.2
4449Diego RuizESP2-17:49.8
4546Aliaksei IvanouBLR2-17:59.2
4653Ben KoonsNZL2-21:53.9
4752Francesc SouliéAND2-25:00.8
4854Jonas Thor OlsenDEN2-25:00.9
DNF25Martin BajčičákSVK
DNF15Sergey ShiryayevRUS
DNF21Kris FreemanUSA
DNF43Ivan BátorySVK
DNF51Javier GutiérrezESP
DNS37Sergey CherepanovKAZ
DNS41Paul PepeneROU