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20 kilometres, Men

Date20 February 1994 — 10:00-12:10
StatusOlympic
LocationBirkebeineren Skistadion, Lillehammer
Participants70 from 28 countries
FormatOne-minute penalty for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 19,871 m
Height Differential: 57 m
Maximum Climb: 43 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: 743 m

Any one of six biathletes was considered to have a shot at the gold medal – Soviets Sergey Chepikov and Sergey Tarasov; Germans Mark Kirchner, Frank Luck, and Sven Fischer, and Italian Andreas Zingerle. Zingerle had won the 1993 World Championship, while Fischer and Luck were leading the 1993-94 World Cup season. Kirchner was a four-time World Champion, with Chepikov and Tarasov frequently on the podium at major internationals. While many biathlon races are determined by shooting, in the end this event would come down to who could ski the fastest and shoot reasonably well. And that was Tarasov and Luck, who both missed three targets, but went 1-2 in skiing time, and won the gold and silver medals, respectively. Luck was leading until he missed his final shot. The bronze medal went to Luck’s brother-in-law, Sven Fischer. Zingerle, Kirchner, and Chepikov placed 6-7-8, with Kirchner and Chepikov done in by their shooting and Zingerle by his skiing, finishing with only the 11th best ski time.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMissesSkiing (Pos)
126Sergey TarasovRUS57:25.3354:25.3 (1)Gold
269Frank LuckGER57:28.7354:28.7 (2)Silver
327Sven FischerGER57:41.9255:41.9 (8)Bronze
432Aliaksandr PapouBLR57:53.1057:53.1 (27)
57Jens SteinigenGER58:18.1256:18.1 (14)
670Andreas ZingerleITA58:54.1355:54.1 (11)
713Mark KirchnerGER59:16.4455:16.4 (4)
821Sergey ChepikovRUS59:31.4554:31.4 (3)
940Sylfest GlimsdalNOR59:42.4356:42.4 (16)
1043Alfred EderAUT59:43.9059:43.9 (52)
1129Petr GarabíkCZE59:48.9158:48.9 (45)
1228Toras DolniyUKR59:51.1356:51.1 (18)
1361Patrice Bailly-SalinsFRA59:53.5455:53.5 (10)
1450Roman ZvonkovUKR1-00:06.801-00:06.8 (57)
1536Pieralberto CarraraITA1-00:14.2456:14.2 (13)
1639Aivo UdrasEST1-00:14.5357:14.5 (20)
1755Jiří HolubecCZE1-00:18.9159:18.9 (50)
1852Ludwig GredlerAUT1-00:21.6555:21.6 (5)
1930Gundars UpenieksLAT1-00:26.5258:26.5 (38)
2016Wilfried PallhuberITA1-00:27.1555:27.1 (6)
2115Gheorghe VasileROU1-00:33.7258:33.7 (41)
224Patrick FavreITA1-00:40.3357:40.3 (23)
2356Viktor MaygurovBLR1-00:42.7456:42.7 (17)
248Valery MedvedtsevRUS1-00:44.0357:44.0 (25)
2549Leif AnderssonSWE1-01:03.711-00:03.7 (56)
2619Vitaliy MohilenkoUKR1-01:07.7358:07.7 (31)
271Per BrandtSWE1-01:09.4358:09.4 (33)
2814Vadzim SashurynBLR1-01:09.8259:09.8 (49)
2925Janez OžboltSLO1-01:19.1358:19.1 (35)
3037Harri ElorantaFIN1-01:40.9655:40.9 (7)
3163János PanyikHUN1-01:41.6457:41.6 (24)
3218Lionel LaurentFRA1-01:42.6358:42.6 (43)
3348Hanspeter KnobelSUI1-01:42.811-00:42.8 (60)
3411Ivan MasaříkCZE1-01:46.0358:46.0 (44)
3559Valery KiriyenkoRUS1-01:46.3655:46.3 (9)
3617Ole Einar BjørndalenNOR1-01:51.0457:51.0 (26)
3745Thanasis TsakirisGRE1-01:51.711-00:51.7 (=62)
3822Jure VelepecSLO1-01:58.0259:58.0 (55)
3933Jan ZiemianinPOL1-02:00.6458:00.6 (28)
4058Oļegs MaļuhinsLAT1-02:02.1458:02.1 (29)
4123Timo SeppäläFIN1-02:07.0359:07.0 (48)
4235Ulf JohanssonSWE1-02:14.2458:14.2 (34)
4346Steve CyrCAN1-02:20.7656:20.7 (15)
4431Hervé FlandinFRA1-02:25.9458:25.9 (37)
4542Jean-Marc ChablozSUI1-02:27.9458:27.9 (39)
465Halvard HanevoldNOR1-02:52.0458:52.0 (47)
476Franck PerrotFRA1-02:57.0359:57.0 (54)
4820Franz SchulerAUT1-03:01.4756:01.4 (12)
4938Glenn RupertusCAN1-03:05.9558:05.9 (30)
5066Lukáš KrejčiSVK1-03:28.0558:28.0 (40)
5147Dmitry PantovKAZ1-03:29.8657:29.8 (21)
5264Jon Åge TyldumNOR1-03:31.731-00:31.7 (59)
533Yauhen RedzkinBLR1-03:34.9657:34.9 (22)
=5424Ian WoodsGBR1-03:44.031-00:44.0 (61)
=5451Mike DixonGBR1-03:44.011-02:44.0 (69)
5641Pavel SládekSVK1-03:51.731-00:51.7 (=62)
572Martin PfurtschellerAUT1-03:56.3756:56.3 (19)
5844Gintaras JasinskasLTU1-04:08.9658:08.9 (32)
5967Boštjan LekanSLO1-05:12.351-00:12.3 (58)
6068Krasimir VidenovBUL1-05:21.4659:21.4 (51)
6157Urmas KaldveeEST1-05:23.2758:23.2 (36)
6262Misao KodateJPN1-05:34.6758:34.6 (42)
6360Wiesław ZiemianinPOL1-05:48.8659:48.8 (53)
6454Jon EngenUSA1-06:39.741-02:39.7 (68)
6534Curt SchreinerUSA1-07:41.661-01:41.6 (67)
6612Glenn OlssonSWE1-07:55.971-00:55.9 (64)
6710Jan WojtasPOL1-08:10.571-01:10.5 (65)
6853Vesa HietalahtiFIN1-08:49.11058:49.1 (46)
699Kalju OjasteEST1-11:21.4101-01:21.4 (66)
7065Vasily GherghyMDA1-16:30.491-07:30.4 (70)