| Event type

10 kilometres Sprint, Men

Date19 February 1980 — 09:00
LocationMt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area, Lake Placid (Cross Country Complex)
Participants50 from 18 countries
FormatPenalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
DetailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 98 m
Maximum Climb: 42 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 3.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 6.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 217 m

The 10 km sprint event was on the Olympic program for the first time, and Frank Ullrich, the fastest skier of all contestants, was the favorite, having won the two previous World Championships in this event. At the first shooting round, the Norwegian Kjell Søbak, wearing start #3, took the lead. Vladimir Alikin, starting four minutes behind the Norwegian, bettered Søbak’s time by only 0.11 seconds and stayed in the lead until Ullrich, skiing fast as usual, and with a perfect shooting round, was 15 seconds ahead of Alikin. The Olympic champion from the 20 km race, Anatoly Alyabyev, also delivering a perfect shooting series, was in fifth place, but only 3.7 seconds from the silver position. Søbak had to ski one penalty lap after the second shooting round, but after another perfect round, Alikin was in a solid lead, over 40 seconds ahead. But Ullrich had skied excellently from the first to the second shooting ranges, and in spite of two penalty laps, he was 18 seconds ahead of Alikin and expanded his lead to 42 seconds at the finish. Alikin, aged 22 and also new at the international top, was the only skier with no penalty laps and won the silver medal, 16 seconds ahead of his fast finishing teammate Alyabyev.

129Frank UllrichGDR32:10.692Gold
27Vladimir AlikinURS32:53.100Silver
342Anatoly AlyabyevURS33:09.161Bronze
411Klaus SiebertGDR33:32.762
53Kjell SøbakNOR33:34.641
640Peter ZelinkaTCH33:45.201
736Odd LirhusNOR34:10.392
841Peter AngererFRG34:13.434
928Aleksandr TikhonovURS34:14.882
1020Gerd WinklerFRG34:24.161
1115Franz-Josef WeberAUT34:25.281
1246Erkki AntilaFIN34:32.972
1324Christian PoirotFRA34:38.601
148Sören WikströmSWE34:57.012
1527Ronnie AdolfssonSWE35:14.873
161Jaromír ŠimůnekTCH35:15.122
1733Terje KrokstadNOR35:15.404
1837Luigi WeissITA35:37.723
1931Lyle NelsonUSA35:40.562
202Keith OliverGBR35:45.892
2149Mathias JungGDR35:50.364
2243Per AnderssonSWE35:55.572
2334Alfred EderAUT35:58.274
249Arto SutinenFIN36:01.063
2516Adriano DarioliITA36:14.175
2630Hiroyuki DeguchiJPN36:14.612
275Fritz FischerFRG36:29.874
2832Rudi HornAUT36:31.255
2918Zdeněk HákTCH36:32.596
3025Urs BrechbühlSUI36:32.664
3113Arduino TiraboschiITA36:39.983
3244Roland BurnSUI36:52.355
3335Yvon MougelFRA36:57.436
3445Vladimir VelichkovBUL37:10.715
3522Keijo KuntolaFIN37:15.285
3619Yuri MitevBUL37:23.954
3714Takashi ShibataJPN37:26.916
3821Marjan BurgarYUG37:37.744
3912Yves BlondeauFRA37:44.878
4017Jim WoodGBR38:30.094
416Song YongjunCHN38:37.193
4247Paul GibbinsGBR38:44.245
4350Masaichi KinoshitaJPN38:50.194
4448Don Nielsen, Jr.USA38:51.026
4510Peter Hoag, Jr.USA38:53.444
4626Han JinsuoCHN44:06.856
4738Raúl AbellaARG44:40.555
4823Luis RíosARG44:51.185
494Jorge SalasARG47:12.586
DQ39Li XiaomingCHN[41:17.01][7]1