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4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men1

Date15 February 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationAutrans
Participants56 from 14 countries
FormatPenalty loop (200 metres) skied for each missed target, after which another attempt had to be made.
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 65 m
Maximum Climb: 50 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.5 km, 150 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 5.0 km, 150 m range
Total Climbing: 195 m

Four days after the 20 km biathlon the new Olympic event, the biathlon relay, was organized. Norway had won this event in both World Relay Championships organized so far, in 1966 and 1967, but the Soviet Union was regarded as the favorites, having a team without weak points in the lineup. The relay was supposed to start in the morning, but it was a very foggy morning in Autrans, and the race had to be postponed until the afternoon.

Aleksandr Tikhonov was clearly the fastest skier on the first leg, and in spite of a penalty lap he brought the Soviet Union into a clear lead, 45 seconds ahead of Sweden. Norway in third place was 1:43 behind and seemingly too far behind to fight for the gold medal. On the second leg, Nikolay Puzanov increased the lead to 1:41 over Sweden, but Norway’s Olav Jordet, in spite of two penalty laps, almost caught Sweden’s Tore Eriksson, and was only two seconds behind at the exchange. On the third leg, the newly crowned Olympic Champion Magnar Solberg ran another great leg. With the fastest split-time of the day he was 1:16 behind Soviet Union’s Viktor Mamatov at the last exchange. On the last leg Vladimir Gundartsev skied a good time, and when Norway’s Jon Istad had to ski two penalty laps, the Soviet Union team won with a comfortable margin of 1:48. Sweden, the only team to avoid penalty laps, secured the bronze medal, 2:36 behind Norway. Poland’s anchor-leg skier Stanisław Szczepaniak passed Finland in the fight for fourth place.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeMisses
(Extra Shots)
Split (Pos)
14Soviet UnionURS2-13:02.42 (–)Gold
4-1Aleksandr Tikhonov33:28.91 (–)33:28.9 (1)
4-2Nikolay Puzanov34:07.21 (–)1-07:36.1 (1)
4-3Viktor Mamatov32:53.20 (–)1-40:29.3 (1)
4-4Vladimir Gundartsev32:33.10 (–)2-13:02.4 (1)
27NorwayNOR2-14:50.25 (–)Silver
7-1Ola Wærhaug35:12.11 (–)35:12.1 (3)
7-2Olav Jordet34:06.82 (–)1-09:18.9 (3)
7-3Magnar Solberg32:26.40 (–)1-41:45.3 (2)
7-4Jon Istad33:04.92 (–)2-14:50.2 (2)
312SwedenSWE2-17:26.30 (–)Bronze
12-1Lars-Göran Arwidson34:13.30 (–)34:13.3 (2)
12-2Tore Eriksson35:03.80 (–)1-09:17.1 (2)
12-3Olle Petrusson35:00.00 (–)1-44:17.1 (3)
12-4Holmfrid Olsson33:09.20 (–)2-17:26.3 (3)
42PolandPOL2-20:19.64 (–)
2-1Józef Różak36:46.32 (–)36:46.3 (5)
2-2Andrzej Fiedor36:40.61 (–)1-13:26.9 (6)
2-3Stanisław Łukaszczyk34:01.91 (–)1-47:28.8 (5)
2-4Stanisław Szczepaniak32:50.80 (–)2-20:19.6 (4)
51FinlandFIN2-20:41.85 (–)
1-1Juhani Suutarinen38:05.03 (–)38:05.0 (11)
1-2Heikki Flöjt35:57.31 (–)1-14:02.3 (7)
1-3Kalevi Vähäkylä32:52.30 (–)1-46:54.6 (4)
1-4Arvo Kinnari33:47.21 (–)2-20:41.8 (5)
63East GermanyGDR2-21:54.54 (–)
3-1Heinz Kluge36:48.11 (–)36:48.1 (6)
3-2Hans-Gert Jahn36:22.51 (–)1-13:10.6 (5)
3-3Horst Koschka35:22.70 (–)1-48:33.3 (6)
3-4Dieter Speer33:21.22 (–)2-21:54.5 (6)
78RomaniaROU2-25:39.84 (–)
8-1Gheorghe Cimpoia36:54.20 (–)36:54.2 (7)
8-2Constantin Carabela34:54.70 (–)1-11:48.9 (4)
8-3Nicolae Bărbășescu38:50.34 (–)1-50:39.2 (7)
8-4Vilmoș Gheorghe35:00.60 (–)2-25:39.8 (7)
813United StatesUSA2-28:35.58 (–)
13-1Ralph Wakley36:11.62 (–)36:11.6 (4)
13-2Edward Williams38:33.24 (–)1-14:44.8 (8)
13-3Bill Spencer37:49.21 (–)1-52:34.0 (8)
13-4John Ehrensbeck36:01.51 (–)2-28:35.5 (8)
96West GermanyFRG2-29:56.66 (–)
6-1Herbert Hindelang40:11.42 (–)40:11.4 (13)
6-2Theo Merkel35:38.90 (–)1-15:50.3 (10)
6-3Xaver Kraus37:03.62 (–)1-52:53.9 (9)
6-4Gerhard Gehring37:02.72 (–)2-29:56.6 (9)
109FranceFRA2-31:12.910 (–)
9-1Daniel Claudon37:15.22 (–)37:15.2 (8)
9-2Serge Legrand38:52.13 (–)1-16:07.3 (11)
9-3Aimé Gruet-Masson38:43.73 (–)1-54:51.0 (11)
9-4Jean-Claude Viry36:21.92 (–)2-31:12.9 (10)
1111AustriaAUT2-33:47.110 (–)
11-1Paul Ernst37:46.21 (–)37:46.2 (10)
11-2Adolf Scherwitzl37:20.00 (–)1-15:06.2 (9)
11-3Horst Schneider38:04.01 (–)1-53:10.2 (10)
11-4Franz Vetter40:36.98 (–)2-33:47.1 (11)
1210Great BritainGBR2-34:40.99 (–)
10-1Marcus Halliday37:43.61 (–)37:43.6 (9)
10-2Alan Notley39:17.22 (–)1-17:00.8 (12)
10-3Peter Tancock40:20.85 (–)1-57:21.6 (13)
10-4Frederick Andrew37:19.31 (–)2-34:40.9 (12)
1314JapanJPN2-35:21.09 (–)
14-1Isao Ono38:42.32 (–)38:42.3 (12)
14-2Miki Shibuya39:07.50 (–)1-17:49.8 (13)
14-3Shozo Okuyama39:05.15 (–)1-56:54.9 (12)
14-4Hajime Yoshimura38:26.12 (–)2-35:21.0 (13)
AC5CanadaCAN– (–)DNF
5-1George Ede– (–)– (–)
5-2Knowles McGill– (–)– (–)
5-3George Rattai– (–)– (–)
5-4Esko Karu– (–)– (–)