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10 kilometres Sprint, Men1

Date18 February 1998 — 12:15
StatusOlympic
LocationNozawa Onsen Resort, Nozawa Onsen
Participants73 from 30 countries
FormatPenalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 10,000 m
Height Differential: 92 m
Maximum Climb: 32 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 3.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 7.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 380 m

The event started on 17 February but snow and fog made the targets almost invisible and after 40 minutes, it was stopped and re-scheduled for the next day. The leader when the competition was stopped was Aleksandr Popov of Belarus, but the next day he would shoot poorly, ski slower, and place 55th. But on the postponed day, Popov would likely not have won, as Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen was well ahead of his pace. Bjørndalen was leading the World Cup race in the 1997-98 season, had placed second in 1996-97, and was one of the favorites. On the day of the re-scheduled event, he dominated the race, shooting cleanly and winning by over one minute. In second was his teammate, Frode Andresen, who was fortunate about the weather delay, as on the first day he had missed four of his first five targets.

Andresen would become one of the top biathletes in the world in the next few years, winning the sprint at the 2000 World Championships, and four medals at the 1999 and 2000 Worlds. But Bjørndalen would soon become the greatest biathlete ever, and one of the greatest athletes in any sport. At Salt Lake City in 2002, he would four gold medals, helping Norway win the relay, and winning all three individual events. Through 2009 he had won 33 medals at the World Championships, including 14 titles. Bjørndalen was an excellent cross-country skier, having won a 2006 World Cup race in that sport, and placing fifth in the 2002 Winter Olympic 30 km.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMisses
137Ole Einar BjørndalenNOR27:16.20Gold
261Frode AndresenNOR28:17.82Silver
373Ville RäikkönenFIN28:21.71Bronze
472Viktor MaygurovRUS28:36.00
564Jēkabs NākumsLAT28:36.91
610Oļegs MaļuhinsLAT28:37.41
771Frank LuckGER28:40.31
819Halvard HanevoldNOR28:40.82
953Paavo PuurunenFIN28:44.00
1067Pieralberto CarraraITA28:44.22
1138Ludwig GredlerAUT28:44.32
1214Uladzimir DrachouRUS28:46.41
132Egil GjellandNOR28:49.11
1454Wilfried PallhuberITA28:50.11
1556Ivan MasaříkCZE28:58.62
1620Jože PoklukarSLO29:00.51
1752Ricco GroßGER29:13.91
=1824Dimitri BorovikEST29:19.41
=1845Kyoji SugaJPN29:19.42
2018Harri ElorantaFIN29:21.82
2146Fredrik KuoppaSWE29:22.02
2251Sergey TarasovRUS29:23.23
2366Wojciech KozubPOL29:28.53
2415Dmitry PozdnyakovKAZ29:30.10
2516Mikael LöfgrenSWE29:31.61
2628Wiesław ZiemianinPOL29:34.41
2741Aleh RyzhankouBLR29:38.22
2840Tomasz SikoraPOL29:40.81
2911Sven FischerGER29:47.12
3057Ruslan LysenkoUKR29:49.60
3165Valery IvanovKAZ29:58.85
3242Ilmārs BricisLAT30:01.74
3339Tomaž GlobočnikSLO30:04.43
341Carsten HeymannGER30:09.62
359Hubert LeitgebITA30:10.01
3658Indrek TobrelutsEST30:11.33
3768Aliaksei AydarauBLR30:12.32
3862Wolfgang PernerAUT30:13.54
3912Wolfgang RottmannAUT30:16.02
4069Sašo GrajfSLO30:24.23
4147Ľubomír MachyniakSVK30:30.31
426Tomaž ŽemvaSLO30:32.11
=4326Shuichi SekiyaJPN30:33.43
=4333Janno PrantsEST30:33.43
4544Andriy DeryzemliaUKR30:33.63
4625Vadzim SashurynBLR30:34.01
4732Mike DixonGBR30:34.40
4859Steve CyrCAN30:35.03
4970Dan WestoverUSA30:39.51
5060Thierry DusserreFRA30:43.61
5121Zdeněk VítekCZE30:46.52
5223René CattarinussiITA30:50.04
5343Petr GarabíkCZE30:51.33
5436Dmitry PantovKAZ30:51.83
554Aliaksandr PapouBLR30:53.02
567Aleksey KobelevRUS31:02.84
5749Georgi KasabovBUL31:09.50
5830Thanasis TsakirisGRE31:14.62
5955Liutauras BarilaLTU31:23.75
6031Jay HakkinenUSA31:31.63
6163Atsushi KazamaJPN31:41.26
623Reinhard NeunerAUT31:45.34
6348János PanyikHUN31:50.01
648Marius EneROU31:54.82
6527Aleksandr TropnikovKGZ31:55.84
6635Kevin QuintilioCAN32:32.63
675Julien RobertFRA32:52.40
6813Mark GeeGBR33:00.35
6929Andreas HeymannFRA33:06.92
7022Jeon Jae-WonKOR35:09.56
7117Ion BucsaMDA36:33.86
AC34Raphaël PoiréeFRADNF
AC50Jean-Marc ChablozSUIDNF