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20 kilometres, Men

Date20 February 1988 — 10:58
StatusOlympic
LocationCanmore Nordic Centre, Canmore
Participants71 from 21 countries
FormatOne-minute penalty for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 19,966 m
Height Differential: 103 m
Maximum Climb: 55 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 4.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 8.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 3: Prone at 12.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 4: Standing at 16.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 736 m

The favorite was East German Frank-Peter Roetsch who had won three of the last four seasonal World Cups, and was World Champion in both individual events in 1987. His biggest challenge was expected to come from Soviet biathlete Valery Medvedtsev, winner of both events at the 1986 World Championships. Medvedtsev went off 26th with Roetsch having start number 43. None of the leaders had clean shooting rounds, but Roetsch missed three targets to Medvedtsev’s two. However, it didn’t matter because of Roetsch’s superior skiing speed, which brought him home for the gold medal in 56:33.3. As expected, Medvedtsev was second, finishing 21.3 seconds down to Roetsch. The bronze medal went to Italy’s Johann Passler, who had been third in the sprint at the 1985 World Championships and would finish third in the 1987-88 World Cup race.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMissesSkiing (Pos)
143Frank-Peter RoetschGDR56:33.3353:33.3 (1)Gold
226Valery MedvedtsevURS56:54.6254:54.6 (=2)Silver
353Johann PasslerITA57:10.1255:10.1 (4)Bronze
451Sergey ChepikovURS57:17.5156:17.5 (16)
511Yury KashkarovURS57:43.1255:43.1 (10)
650Eirik KvalfossNOR57:54.6354:54.6 (=2)
728André SehmischGDR58:11.4355:11.4 (5)
835Tapio PiipponenFIN58:18.3355:18.3 (6)
959Matthias JacobGDR58:20.1355:20.1 (7)
1029Peter AngererFRG58:46.7355:46.7 (11)
1114Gottlieb TaschlerITA58:53.6355:53.6 (13)
1258Aliaksandr PapouURS59:24.0356:24.0 (17)
1347Mike DixonGBR59:32.4257:32.4 (31)
1448Jan MatoušTCH59:35.3356:35.3 (20)
1512Hristo VodenicharovBUL1-00:20.8258:20.8 (40)
167Jürgen WirthGDR1-00:25.9357:25.9 (30)
1761Herbert FritzenwengerFRG1-00:27.8456:27.8 (18)
1863Jean-Paul GiachinoFRA1-00:43.7357:43.7 (33)
1945Vasil BozhilovBUL1-00:49.8456:49.8 (21)
2027Frode LøbergNOR1-00:52.7456:52.7 (22)
2132Vladimir VelichkovBUL1-00:56.5456:56.5 (=24)
228Tomáš KosTCH1-01:02.7358:02.7 (36)
2342Fritz FischerFRG1-01:04.5556:04.5 (14)
2471Bruno HofstätterAUT1-01:05.1457:05.1 (28)
2557Josh ThompsonUSA1-01:29.4556:29.4 (19)
2633Alfred EderAUT1-01:39.7655:39.7 (9)
2718Egon LeitnerAUT1-01:52.3358:52.3 (44)
281Carl DaviesGBR1-01:54.1358:54.1 (45)
299Ernst ReiterFRG1-01:54.8556:54.8 (23)
3017Gisle FenneNOR1-01:56.5556:56.5 (=24)
3130Peter SjödénSWE1-02:07.8359:07.8 (46)
3237Jiří HolubecTCH1-02:08.3557:08.3 (29)
3355Ken KarpoffCAN1-02:19.7359:19.7 (49)
3419Glenn RupertusCAN1-03:10.4756:10.4 (15)
3524Jure VelepecYUG1-03:15.6459:15.6 (=47)
3639Franz SchulerAUT1-03:24.5855:24.5 (8)
3768Leif AnderssonSWE1-03:27.3558:27.3 (41)
3860Juha TellaFIN1-03:39.0657:39.0 (32)
3965Sylfest GlimsdalNOR1-03:46.9855:46.9 (12)
4052Misao KodateJPN1-03:51.0657:51.0 (34)
412Thierry GerbierFRA1-03:51.7657:51.7 (35)
4215Darin BinningUSA1-03:54.8459:54.8 (52)
4366Werner KiemITA1-04:00.3757:00.3 (26)
4462František ChládekTCH1-04:01.341-00:01.3 (53)
4521Éric ClaudonFRA1-04:16.8658:16.8 (39)
4610Charles PlamondonCAN1-04:27.5559:27.5 (50)
4722Trevor KingGBR1-04:37.9658:37.9 (43)
484Tadashi NakamuraJPN1-05:01.3857:01.3 (27)
4940Bill CarowUSA1-05:10.151-00:10.1 (54)
5054Harri ElorantaFIN1-05:10.6758:10.6 (37)
5149Mikael LöfgrenSWE1-05:12.0758:12.0 (38)
5231Curt SchreinerUSA1-05:22.751-00:22.7 (55)
5356Mark LanginGBR1-05:50.341-01:50.3 (56)
5423Zsolt KovácsHUN1-06:15.241-02:15.2 (57)
5564Hristo KovachkiBUL1-06:15.6759:15.6 (=47)
5641Hervé FlandinFRA1-06:50.9759:50.9 (51)
5720Andrew PaulAUS1-08:59.361-02:59.3 (59)
5813Arto JääskeläinenFIN1-09:29.51158:29.5 (42)
5967Jamie KallioCAN1-10:13.171-03:13.1 (60)1
6036Koichi SatoJPN1-10:18.781-02:18.7 (58)
6169Akihiro TakizawaJPN1-10:38.071-03:38.0 (61)
6234Hong Byung-SikKOR1-14:03.281-06:03.2 (62)
633Joo Young-DaiKOR1-14:27.581-06:27.5 (63)
645Alejandro GiróARG1-16:34.451-11:34.4 (66)
6570Kim Yong-WoonKOR1-17:23.091-08:23.0 (64)
6644Shin Young-SunKOR1-17:44.591-08:44.5 (65)
6746Luis ArgelARG1-23:47.6111-12:47.6 (67)
6816Elliot ArchillaPUR1-51:57.6131-38:57.6 (68)
AC6Roger WestlingSWE– (–)DNF
AC38Andreas ZingerleITA– (–)DQ
AC25Gustavo GiróARG– (–)DQ