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20 kilometres, Men

Date20 February 1992 — 10:00
StatusOlympic
LocationLes Saisies
Participants94 from 27 countries
FormatOne-minute penalty for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 19,437 m
Height Differential: 80 m
Maximum Climb: 65 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: 728 m

The favorites were Soviet Sergey Chepikov, winner of the last two seasonal World Cups, and German biathlete Mark Kirchner, 1991 World Champion in both the 10 and 20 km. But in the end, they were done in by their shooting, as both missed three targets. Kirchner had the second fastest ski time, but his three penalty minutes dropped him to second behind Chepikov’s teammate, Yevgeny Redkin. And the question everyone was asking was, “Who is Yevgeny Redkin?” He was completely unknown, was not listed in the Soviet team book prior to Albertville, and did not find out he was starting until two days before the event began. Redkin would later compete for Belarus at the 1994 Winter Olympics, and he never again finished in the top 10 of any World Cup race, much less make a podium. Chepikov had the fourth fastest skiing time but his three penalty minutes dropped him back to 10th place. The defending champion, Frank-Peter Roetsch competed but finished 53rd, the victim of seven missed targets.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMissesSkiing (Pos)
1Yauhen RedzkinEUN57:34.4057:34.4 (18)Gold
2Mark KirchnerGER57:40.8354:40.8 (2)Silver
3Mikael LöfgrenSWE57:59.4255:59.4 (5)Bronze
4Aliaksandr PapouEUN58:02.9256:02.9 (6)
5Harri ElorantaFIN58:15.7157:15.7 (11)
6Vesa HietalahtiFIN58:24.6157:24.6 (14)
7Johann PasslerITA58:25.9454:25.9 (1)
8Frode LøbergNOR58:32.4157:32.4 (16)
9Gisle FenneNOR58:32.9157:32.9 (17)
10Sergey ChepikovEUN58:47.6355:47.6 (4)
11Valery KiriyenkoEUN59:12.6455:12.6 (3)
12Mike DixonGBR59:20.2059:20.2 (41)
13Christian DumontFRA59:27.0257:27.0 (15)
14Krasimir VidenovBUL59:32.5158:32.5 (27)
15Jiří HolubecTCH59:56.2059:56.2 (52)
16Josh ThompsonUSA1-00:05.4258:05.4 (24)
17Andreas ZingerleITA1-00:05.6456:05.6 (7)
18Steffen HoosGER1-00:17.7159:17.7 (38)
19Gintaras JasinskasLTU1-00:17.8159:17.8 (39)
20Glenn RupertusCAN1-00:18.3159:18.3 (40)
21Boštjan LekanSLO1-00:26.8159:26.8 (43)
22Patrice Bailly-SalinsFRA1-00:28.3456:28.3 (8)
23Tomáš KosTCH1-00:33.3258:33.3 (29)
24Sašo GrajfSLO1-00:39.2357:39.2 (19)
25Martin RyplTCH1-00:39.3357:39.3 (20)
26Tony FialaCAN1-00:39.8159:39.8 (48)
27Eirik KvalfossNOR1-00:52.4258:52.4 (31)
28Misao KodateJPN1-00:53.1258:53.1 (32)
29Jens SteinigenGER1-01:01.8358:01.8 (23)
30Alfred EderAUT1-01:03.011-00:03.0 (54)
31Spas ZlatevBUL1-01:26.211-00:26.2 (60)
32Jan ZiemianinPOL1-01:44.7457:44.7 (21)
33Janez OžboltSLO1-01:47.211-00:47.2 (66)
34Hillar ZahknaEST1-01:57.4457:57.4 (22)
35Gundars UpenieksLAT1-02:01.611-01:01.6 (67)
36Geir EinangNOR1-02:04.8359:04.8 (33)
37Kalju OjasteEST1-02:05.821-00:05.8 (55)
38Leif AnderssonSWE1-02:09.3359:09.3 (35)
39Thierry GerbierFRA1-02:24.821-00:24.8 (59)
40Wilfried PallhuberITA1-02:35.4656:35.4 (9)
41Bruno HofstätterAUT1-02:36.1359:36.1 (45)
42Thanasis TsakirisGRE1-02:37.221-00:37.2 (64)
43Anders MannelqvistSWE1-02:38.6359:38.6 (47)
44Gottlieb TaschlerITA1-02:41.3359:41.3 (50)
45Egon LeitnerAUT1-02:52.0458:52.0 (30)
46Steve CyrCAN1-03:06.9459:06.9 (34)
47Lionel LaurentFRA1-03:10.6459:10.6 (36)
48Urmas KaldveeEST1-03:15.1459:15.1 (37)
49Franz SchulerAUT1-03:15.9657:15.9 (12)
50Wang WeiyiCHN1-03:30.031-00:30.0 (62)
51Curt SchreinerUSA1-03:34.231-00:34.2 (63)
52Tang GuoliangCHN1-03:39.111-02:39.1 (76)
53Frank-Peter RoetschGER1-03:43.8756:43.8 (10)
54Jean-Marc ChablozSUI1-03:45.6459:45.6 (51)
55Tibor GécziHUN1-03:56.3459:56.3 (53)
56Jure VelepecSLO1-04:12.621-02:12.6 (74)
57Kristjan OjaEST1-04:15.931-01:15.9 (68)
58Dariusz KozłowskiPOL1-04:17.241-00:17.2 (58)
59Duncan DouglasUSA1-04:17.5658:17.5 (25)
60Krzysztof SosnaPOL1-04:24.1757:24.1 (13)
61Ilmārs BricisLAT1-04:27.3559:27.3 (44)
62Aivars BogdanovsLAT1-04:28.541-00:28.5 (61)
63Atsushi KazamaJPN1-04:32.8658:32.8 (28)
64Ulf JohanssonSWE1-04:58.221-02:58.2 (80)
65Ken RuddGBR1-05:09.151-00:09.1 (56)
66Ivan MasaříkTCH1-05:24.9758:24.9 (26)
67Jason SklenarGBR1-05:28.941-01:28.9 (70)
68Hristo VodenicharovBUL1-05:32.741-01:32.7 (71)
69Oļegs MaļuhinsLAT1-06:10.161-00:10.1 (57)
70Jon EngenUSA1-06:18.451-01:18.4 (69)
71Nicolae ȘerbanROU1-06:33.351-01:33.3 (72)
72Zbigniew FilipPOL1-06:40.9759:40.9 (49)
73Boycho PopovBUL1-07:03.731-04:03.7 (82)
74Seppo SuhonenFIN1-07:21.3859:21.3 (42)
75Tan HongbinCHN1-07:24.151-02:24.1 (75)
76Paul RyanGBR1-07:38.841-03:38.8 (81)
77Jean PaquetCAN1-08:36.2959:36.2 (46)
78János PanyikHUN1-08:37.781-00:37.7 (65)
79Mladen GrujićYUG1-08:40.661-02:40.6 (78)
80István Oláh NeluHUN1-09:08.671-02:08.6 (73)
81Zoran ĆosićYUG1-09:12.841-05:12.8 (83)
82Song WenbinCHN1-10:39.781-02:39.7 (77)
83László FarkasHUN1-10:54.381-02:54.3 (79)
84Admir JamakYUG1-14:09.601-14:09.6 (90)
85Tomislav LopatićYUG1-14:35.881-06:35.8 (84)
86Luis RíosARG1-14:43.831-11:43.8 (88)
87Hong Byung-SikKOR1-15:06.741-11:06.7 (86)
88Jang Dong-LinKOR1-17:06.971-10:06.9 (85)
89Han Myung-HeeKOR1-19:28.181-11:28.1 (87)
90Marcelo VásquezARG1-22:02.681-14:02.6 (89)
91Juan FernándezARG1-25:27.151-20:27.1 (92)
92Nikos AnastasiadisGRE1-25:45.571-18:45.5 (91)
ACKari KatajaFIN– (–)DNF
ACRoberto LuceroARG– (–)DNF