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4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men

Date16 February 1992 — 09:30
StatusOlympic
LocationLes Saisies
Participants84 from 21 countries
FormatEight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 7,425 m
Height Differential: 57 m
Maximum Climb: 39 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.5 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 5.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 268 m

Germany was the favorite, although the event had known only one champion since it had first been contested at the Winter Olympics in 1968, and that was the Soviet Union. They had been 1-2 at the 1991 World Championships and although the Soviet Union no longer existed, the Unified Team was expected to challenge the Germans, although they were no longer favored. But on the first leg a disaster almost befell the Germans when Ricco Groß collided with France’s Xavier Blond. Groß fell and lost a lot of time, finishing his leg in only 12th place, with the lead held by Finland, followed by Sweden and the Unified Team. Germany moved up to fifth after the second leg, with Sweden leading the Unified Team. But on the third leg Mark Kirchner had the fastest leg of the event, 20:17.5, almost a minute ahead of the Unified’s third skier, and it pulled Germany into a lead they would hold to the line to win the gold medal. Although Sergey Chepikov was skiing the last leg for the Unified Team, he lost more ground to Fritz Fischer, who was comfortably ahead at the end, and skied the last 50 metres carrying a German flag. Germany was the first nation other than the Soviet Union to the win the men’s biathlon relay at the Olympics. Sweden was fourth after three legs, trailing Norway, but Mikael Löfgren outskied and outshot Eirik Kvalfoss by almost two minutes, with the second best leg of the event, to bring his team a bronze medal. The three medal-winning teams had no shooting penalties.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeMisses
(Extra Shots)
Split (Pos)
18GermanyGER1-24:43.50 (–)Gold
8-1Ricco Groß22:37.40 (–)22:37.4 (12)
8-2Jens Steinigen21:00.90 (–)43:38.3 (5)
8-3Mark Kirchner20:17.50 (–)1-03:55.8 (1)
8-4Fritz Fischer20:47.70 (–)1-24:43.5 (1)
21Unified TeamEUN1-25:06.30 (–)Silver
1-1Valery Medvedtsev21:56.30 (–)21:56.3 (3)
1-2Aliaksandr Papou21:01.20 (–)42:57.5 (2)
1-3Valery Kiriyenko21:11.70 (–)1-04:09.2 (2)
1-4Sergey Chepikov20:57.10 (–)1-25:06.3 (2)
34SwedenSWE1-25:38.20 (–)Bronze
4-1Ulf Johansson21:53.30 (–)21:53.3 (2)
4-2Leif Andersson21:03.10 (–)42:56.4 (1)
4-3Tord Wiksten22:05.50 (–)1-05:01.9 (4)
4-4Mikael Löfgren20:36.30 (–)1-25:38.2 (3)
43ItalyITA1-26:18.12 (–)
3-1Hubert Leitgeb22:01.60 (–)22:01.6 (8)
3-2Johann Passler21:37.82 (–)43:39.4 (6)
3-3Pieralberto Carrara21:24.60 (–)1-05:04.0 (5)
3-4Andreas Zingerle21:14.10 (–)1-26:18.1 (4)
52NorwayNOR1-26:32.41 (–)
2-1Geir Einang22:07.50 (–)22:07.5 (9)
2-2Frode Løberg21:01.60 (–)43:09.1 (3)
2-3Gisle Fenne21:00.50 (–)1-04:09.6 (3)
2-4Eirik Kvalfoss22:22.81 (–)1-26:32.4 (5)
67FranceFRA1-27:13.30 (–)
7-1Xavier Blond23:07.60 (–)23:07.6 (15)
7-2Thierry Gerbier21:26.40 (–)44:34.0 (8)
7-3Christian Dumont21:41.10 (–)1-06:15.1 (7)
7-4Hervé Flandin20:58.20 (–)1-27:13.3 (6)
715CzechoslovakiaTCH1-27:15.71 (–)
15-1Martin Rypl22:00.50 (–)22:00.5 (7)
15-2Tomáš Kos21:10.20 (–)43:10.7 (4)
15-3Jiří Holubec22:22.61 (–)1-05:33.3 (6)
15-4Ivan Masařík21:42.40 (–)1-27:15.7 (7)
85FinlandFIN1-27:39.51 (–)
5-1Vesa Hietalahti21:36.90 (–)21:36.9 (1)
5-2Jaakko Niemi23:17.11 (–)44:54.0 (11)
5-3Harri Eloranta21:24.90 (–)1-06:18.9 (9)
5-4Kari Kataja21:20.60 (–)1-27:39.5 (8)
96PolandPOL1-27:56.70 (–)
6-1Dariusz Kozłowski22:45.60 (–)22:45.6 (13)
6-2Jan Ziemianin21:21.00 (–)44:06.6 (7)
6-3Jan Wojtas22:11.20 (–)1-06:17.8 (8)
6-4Krzysztof Sosna21:38.90 (–)1-27:56.7 (9)
1010CanadaCAN1-29:37.30 (–)
10-1Glenn Rupertus21:58.80 (–)21:58.8 (6)
10-2Jean Paquet22:49.70 (–)44:48.5 (10)
10-3Tony Fiala22:00.00 (–)1-06:48.5 (10)
10-4Steve Cyr22:48.80 (–)1-29:37.3 (10)
1113EstoniaEST1-29:46.10 (–)
13-1Hillar Zahkna22:34.30 (–)22:34.3 (11)
13-2Aivo Udras22:02.00 (–)44:36.3 (9)
13-3Kalju Ojaste22:26.60 (–)1-07:02.9 (11)
13-4Urmas Kaldvee22:43.20 (–)1-29:46.1 (11)
1212AustriaAUT1-30:40.72 (–)
12-1Bruno Hofstätter22:22.80 (–)22:22.8 (10)
12-2Egon Leitner23:46.91 (–)46:09.7 (14)
12-3Ludwig Gredler21:37.90 (–)1-07:47.6 (12)
12-4Franz Schuler22:53.11 (–)1-30:40.7 (12)
1320United StatesUSA1-30:44.01 (–)
20-1Jon Engen22:55.10 (–)22:55.1 (14)
20-2Duncan Douglas23:21.21 (–)46:16.3 (15)
20-3Josh Thompson22:12.00 (–)1-08:28.3 (13)
20-4Curt Schreiner22:15.70 (–)1-30:44.0 (13)
1411BulgariaBUL1-31:49.60 (–)
11-1Krasimir Videnov21:57.10 (–)21:57.1 (4)
11-2Khristo Vodenicharov23:53.50 (–)45:50.6 (13)
11-3Spas Gulev22:58.80 (–)1-08:49.4 (14)
11-4Spas Zlatev23:00.20 (–)1-31:49.6 (14)
1516HungaryHUN1-32:50.72 (–)
16-1János Panyik21:57.80 (–)21:57.8 (5)
16-2László Farkas23:51.12 (–)45:48.9 (12)
16-3Gábor Mayer24:35.30 (–)1-10:24.2 (16)
16-4Tibor Géczi22:26.50 (–)1-32:50.7 (15)
169LatviaLAT1-33:31.13 (–)
9-1Oļegs Maļuhins24:47.42 (–)24:47.4 (19)
9-2Aivars Bogdanovs22:29.40 (–)47:16.8 (16)
9-3Ilmārs Bricis23:46.71 (–)1-11:03.5 (17)
9-4Gundars Upenieks22:27.60 (–)1-33:31.1 (16)
1717People's Republic of ChinaCHN1-33:52.41 (–)
17-1Tan Hongbin23:39.20 (–)23:39.2 (17)
17-2Tang Guoliang23:42.90 (–)47:22.1 (17)
17-3Wang Weiyi22:11.00 (–)1-09:33.1 (15)
17-4Song Wenbin24:19.31 (–)1-33:52.4 (17)
1819Great BritainGBR1-34:10.52 (–)
19-1Mike Dixon24:16.82 (–)24:16.8 (18)
19-2Paul Ryan23:53.80 (–)48:10.6 (18)
19-3Ken Rudd23:06.10 (–)1-11:16.7 (18)
19-4Ian Woods22:53.80 (–)1-34:10.5 (18)
1918YugoslaviaYUG1-38:40.20 (–)
18-1Mladen Grujić23:30.20 (–)23:30.2 (16)
18-2Tomislav Lopatić25:23.30 (–)48:53.5 (19)
18-3Zoran Ćosić24:03.90 (–)1-12:57.4 (19)
18-4Admir Jamak25:42.80 (–)1-38:40.2 (19)
2021SloveniaSLO1-39:03.26 (–)
21-1Uroš Velepec32:15.55 (–)32:15.5 (21)
21-2Sašo Grajf22:26.91 (–)54:42.4 (21)
21-3Jure Velepec22:05.20 (–)1-16:47.6 (20)
21-4Janez Ožbolt22:15.60 (–)1-39:03.2 (20)
2114Republic of KoreaKOR1-47:24.41 (–)
14-1Kim Woon-Ki27:16.60 (–)27:16.6 (20)
14-2Hong Byung-Sik25:26.30 (–)52:42.9 (20)
14-3Jang Dong-Lin27:44.91 (–)1-20:27.8 (21)
14-4Han Myung-Hee26:56.60 (–)1-47:24.4 (21)