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4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men

Date13 February 1976 — 10:00
StatusOlympic
LocationLanglaufstadion, Seefeld
Participants60 from 15 countries
FormatEight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (200 metres) skied for each missed target.
DetailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 92 m
Maximum Climb: 63 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.5 km, 150 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 5.0 km, 150 m range
Total Climbing: 336 m

The Soviet Union team was highly favored for another Olympic relay gold, winning the two earlier Olympic relays with clear margins. Out of eight earlier World Championships relays, the Soviet team had won five, but one of their rare losses was at the 1975 World Championships, when Finland was able to defeat the seemingly unbeatable Soviet team.

The 1976 Olympic Biathlon relay developed into a non-thrilling affair regarding the gold and silver medal. The Soviet’s Aleksandr Yelizarov took a commanding lead at the first leg, 42 seconds ahead of the surprise of the leg, the USA’s Lyle Nelson. Finland started badly and was in seventh place at the first exchange, 2:13 behind the Soviets. On the second leg, Finland’s 37-year old veteran Esko Saira brought his team up to second position, 1:08 behind the USSR. Over the last two legs, the Soviet Union increased their lead steadily over Finland, all four team members shooting perfectly. Finland also increased the gap to their pursuers steadily, and was in second place, 1:32 ahead of West Germany, at the last exchange. The fight for the bronze medal developed into a close duel between the two German teams. East Germany’s anchor leg man, Manfred Geyer started his leg in seventh, 1:43 behind the bronze medal position, but advanced steadily after perfect shooting and caught West Germany just before the finish, reaching the finish just three seconds ahead of his West German rival with the second fastest leg time of the day.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeMisses
(Extra Shots)
Split (Pos)
111Soviet UnionURS1-57:55.640 (–)Gold
11-1Aleksandr Yelizarov29:47.440 (–)29:47.44 (1)
11-2Ivan Byakov30:16.790 (–)1-00:04.23 (1)
11-3Nikolay Kruglov29:04.800 (–)1-29:09.03 (1)
11-4Aleksandr Tikhonov28:46.610 (–)1-57:55.64 (1)
25FinlandFIN2-01:45.582 (–)Silver
5-1Henrik Flöjt32:00.191 (–)32:00.19 (7)
5-2Esko Saira29:12.470 (–)1-01:12.66 (2)
5-3Juhani Suutarinen30:52.231 (–)1-32:04.89 (2)
5-4Heikki Ikola29:40.690 (–)2-01:45.58 (2)
320East GermanyGDR2-04:08.615 (–)Bronze
20-1Karl-Heinz Menz31:02.180 (–)31:02.18 (4)
20-2Frank Ullrich32:47.284 (–)1-03:49.46 (8)
20-3Manfred Beer31:30.011 (–)1-35:19.47 (7)
20-4Manfred Geyer28:49.140 (–)2-04:08.61 (3)
43West GermanyFRG2-04:11.864 (–)
3-1Heinrich Mehringer30:38.460 (–)30:38.46 (3)
3-2Gerd Winkler30:42.831 (–)1-01:21.29 (3)
3-3Josef Keck32:15.083 (–)1-33:36.37 (3)
3-4Claus Gehrke30:35.490 (–)2-04:11.86 (4)
523NorwayNOR2-05:10.286 (–)
23-1Kjell Hovda33:24.662 (–)33:24.66 (12)
23-2Terje Hanssen31:20.503 (–)1-04:45.16 (9)
23-3Svein Engen29:20.670 (–)1-34:05.83 (5)
23-4Tor Svendsberget31:04.451 (–)2-05:10.28 (5)
615ItalyITA2-06:16.553 (–)
15-1Lino Jordan31:52.531 (–)31:52.53 (6)
15-2Pierantonio Clementi31:45.820 (–)1-03:38.35 (6)
15-3Luigi Weiss30:59.511 (–)1-34:37.86 (6)
15-4Willy Bertin31:38.691 (–)2-06:16.55 (6)
724FranceFRA2-07:34.425 (–)
24-1René Arpin32:17.672 (–)32:17.67 (8)
24-2Yvon Mougel29:58.450 (–)1-02:16.12 (4)
24-3Marius Falquy31:40.411 (–)1-33:56.53 (4)
24-4Jean-Claude Viry33:37.892 (–)2-07:34.42 (7)
818SwedenSWE2-08:46.908 (–)
18-1Mats-Åke Lantz32:44.583 (–)32:44.58 (9)
18-2Torsten Wadman32:45.743 (–)1-05:30.32 (10)
18-3Sune Adolfsson31:59.452 (–)1-37:29.77 (10)
18-4Lars-Göran Arwidson31:17.130 (–)2-08:46.90 (8)
912CzechoslovakiaTCH2-09:06.634 (–)
12-1Ladislav Žižka31:45.670 (–)31:45.67 (5)
12-2Miroslav Soviš31:49.071 (–)1-03:34.74 (5)
12-3Antonín Kříž32:32.813 (–)1-36:07.55 (8)
12-4Zdeněk Pavlíček32:59.080 (–)2-09:06.63 (9)
1017RomaniaROU2-09:54.407 (–)
17-1Nicolae Cristoloveanu35:23.574 (–)35:23.57 (14)
17-2Gheorghe Voicu30:26.750 (–)1-05:50.32 (11)
17-3Victor Fontana32:01.121 (–)1-37:51.44 (11)
17-4Gheorghe Gârniță32:02.962 (–)2-09:54.40 (10)
1121United StatesUSA2-10:17.724 (–)
21-1Lyle Nelson30:29.170 (–)30:29.17 (2)
21-2Dennis Donahue33:11.782 (–)1-03:40.95 (7)
21-3John Morton33:09.081 (–)1-36:50.03 (9)
21-4Peter Dascoulias33:27.691 (–)2-10:17.72 (11)
126PolandPOL2-11:46.549 (–)
6-1Jan Szpunar36:25.426 (–)36:25.42 (15)
6-2Andrzej Rapacz32:24.372 (–)1-08:49.79 (15)
6-3Ludwik Zięba30:33.060 (–)1-39:22.85 (13)
6-4Wojciech Truchan32:23.691 (–)2-11:46.54 (12)
1314Great BritainGBR2-11:54.368 (–)
14-1Malcolm Hirst33:33.153 (–)33:33.15 (13)
14-2Jeffrey Stevens32:20.131 (–)1-05:53.28 (12)
14-3Paul Gibbins32:37.312 (–)1-38:30.59 (12)
14-4Graeme Ferguson33:23.772 (–)2-11:54.36 (13)
148JapanJPN2-17:09.0410 (–)
8-1Isao Ono33:19.433 (–)33:19.43 (11)
8-2Hiroyuki Deguchi33:08.621 (–)1-06:28.05 (13)
8-3Manabu Suzuki34:27.073 (–)1-40:55.12 (14)
8-4Yoshiyuki Shirate36:13.923 (–)2-17:09.04 (14)
159AustriaAUT2-18:06.7811 (–)
9-1Franz-Josef Weber33:10.352 (–)33:10.35 (10)
9-2Alfred Eder34:27.125 (–)1-07:37.47 (14)
9-3Klaus Farbmacher34:23.901 (–)1-42:01.37 (15)
9-4Josef Hones36:05.413 (–)2-18:06.78 (15)