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4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men

Date22 February 1980 — 09:00
StatusOlympic
LocationMt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area, Lake Placid (Cross Country Complex)
Participants60 from 15 countries
FormatEight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 42 m
Maximum Climb: 33 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.5 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 5.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 152 m

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.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeMisses
(Extra Shots)
Split (Pos)
113Soviet UnionURS1-34:03.270 (12)Gold
13-1Vladimir Alikin22:40.710 (2)22:40.71 (1)
13-2Aleksandr Tikhonov23:44.600 (3)46:25.31 (1)
13-3Vladimir Barnashov23:48.360 (3)1-10:13.67 (1)
13-4Anatoly Alyabyev23:49.600 (4)1-34:03.27 (1)
211East GermanyGDR1-34:56.993 (18)Silver
11-1Mathias Jung23:03.850 (3)23:03.85 (2)
11-2Klaus Siebert24:47.642 (6)47:51.49 (2)
11-3Frank Ullrich23:01.260 (4)1-10:52.75 (2)
11-4Eberhard Rösch24:04.241 (5)1-34:56.99 (2)
314West GermanyFRG1-37:30.262 (15)Bronze
14-1Franz Bernreiter24:53.582 (3)24:53.58 (11)
14-2Hans Estner24:31.970 (4)49:25.55 (8)
14-3Peter Angerer23:31.200 (4)1-12:56.75 (3)
14-4Gerd Winkler24:33.510 (4)1-37:30.26 (3)
48NorwayNOR1-38:11.763 (17)
8-1Svein Engen24:52.101 (5)24:52.10 (10)
8-2Kjell Søbak24:03.150 (5)48:55.25 (5)
8-3Odd Lirhus24:08.662 (3)1-13:03.91 (4)
8-4Sigleif Johansen25:07.850 (4)1-38:11.76 (4)
51FranceFRA1-38:23.360 (15)
1-1Yvon Mougel23:30.070 (2)23:30.07 (3)
1-2Denis Sandona25:14.710 (5)48:44.78 (4)
1-3André Geourjon24:44.460 (4)1-13:29.24 (5)
1-4Christian Poirot24:54.120 (4)1-38:23.36 (5)
610AustriaAUT1-38:32.024 (11)
10-1Rudi Horn23:59.950 (5)23:59.95 (4)
10-2Franz-Josef Weber25:56.994 (3)49:56.94 (9)
10-3Josef Koll24:37.120 (2)1-14:34.06 (9)
10-4Alfred Eder23:57.960 (1)1-38:32.02 (6)
77FinlandFIN1-38:50.846 (15)
7-1Keijo Kuntola24:18.981 (4)24:18.98 (6)
7-2Erkki Antila25:04.173 (5)49:23.15 (7)
7-3Kari Saarela24:14.450 (3)1-13:37.60 (6)
7-4Raimo Seppänen25:13.242 (3)1-38:50.84 (7)
84United StatesUSA1-39:24.290 (13)
4-1Martin Hagen24:25.460 (3)24:25.46 (7)
4-2Lyle Nelson24:43.610 (5)49:09.07 (6)
4-3Don Nielsen, Jr.24:31.290 (2)1-13:40.36 (7)
4-4Peter Hoag, Jr.25:43.930 (3)1-39:24.29 (8)
99ItalyITA1-40:20.792 (15)
9-1Arduino Tiraboschi24:15.710 (3)24:15.71 (5)
9-2Adriano Darioli24:27.550 (3)48:43.26 (3)
9-3Celestino Midali25:45.941 (4)1-14:29.20 (8)
9-4Luigi Weiss25:51.591 (5)1-40:20.79 (9)
106SwedenSWE1-40:44.626 (16)
6-1Sven Fahlén25:46.603 (6)25:46.60 (13)
6-2Per Andersson25:06.561 (3)50:53.16 (12)
6-3Sören Wikström24:11.800 (2)1-15:04.96 (10)
6-4Ronnie Adolfsson25:39.662 (5)1-40:44.62 (10)
113CzechoslovakiaTCH1-41:48.624 (10)
3-1Josef Skalník24:31.881 (5)24:31.88 (8)
3-2Jaromír Šimůnek29:37.413 (2)54:09.29 (13)
3-3Peter Zelinka23:55.700 (3)1-18:04.99 (12)
3-4Zdeněk Hák23:43.630 (0)1-41:48.62 (11)
125Great BritainGBR1-42:10.592 (14)
5-1Graeme Ferguson24:43.630 (2)24:43.63 (9)
5-2Keith Oliver25:39.610 (5)50:23.24 (10)
5-3Jim Wood26:47.142 (4)1-17:10.38 (11)
5-4Paul Gibbins25:00.210 (3)1-42:10.59 (12)
132JapanJPN1-45:53.987 (16)
2-1Hiroyuki Deguchi25:22.571 (5)25:22.57 (12)
2-2Masaichi Kinoshita25:22.900 (3)50:45.47 (11)
2-3Takashi Shibata28:07.325 (5)1-18:52.79 (13)
2-4Tsusumisa Kikuchi27:01.191 (3)1-45:53.98 (13)
1415People's Republic of ChinaCHN2-01:33.3618 (22)
15-1Song Yongjun27:06.270 (4)27:06.27 (14)
15-2Ying Zhenshan29:22.076 (6)56:28.34 (14)
15-3Li Xiaoming30:39.594 (6)1-27:07.93 (14)
15-4Wang Yumjie34:25.438 (6)2-01:33.36 (14)
AC12ArgentinaARG– (–)DNF
12-1Luis Ríos– (–)– (–)
12-2Jorge Salas– (–)– (–)
12-3Raúl Abella– (–)– (–)
12-4Demetrio Velázquez– (–)– (–)1