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20 kilometres, Men

Date11 February 1998 — 13:00
StatusOlympic
LocationNozawa Onsen Resort, Nozawa Onsen
Participants72 from 29 countries
FormatOne-minute penalty for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 20,000 m
Height Differential: 92 m
Maximum Climb: 25 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: 719 m

Italy’s Pieralberto Carrara was the third starter and shot clean rounds throughout, finishing in 56:21.9. The time would hold up most of the day. There were 72 starters and the 69th off the mark was Norway’s Halvard Hanevold. He was ahead of Carrara’s pace throughout, but missed his next-to-last shot to fall behind. But in the final two kilometers Hannevold increased his pace and edged ahead of Carrara to win by 5.5 seconds. The bronze medal went to Aleksey Aydarov, who was on a strong Belarussian team. But he was the least well-known biathlete on the team, although he had helped Belarus to a bronze in the relay at the 1996 World Championships, and in coming years would win three more World medals in the relay, including gold in 1999.

Carrara was near the end of a solid career that saw him win three golds in relays and team events at the Worlds. For Hanevold it was his coming out party. Little known outside Norway at the time, in the next decade he would 14 medals at the World Championships, including three golds, although he would be overshadowed by his teammate, biathlon superstar Ole Einar Bjørndalen. Bjørndalen had the fastest ski time in this event but missed four targets and placed seventh. One week later he would win the gold medal in the sprint in Nagano, while in four years, at Salt Lake City, he would win gold medals in all four biathlon events on the program.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMissesSkiing (Pos)
169Halvard HanevoldNOR56:16.4155:16.4 (5)Gold
23Pieralberto CarraraITA56:21.9056:21.9 (10)Silver
370Aliaksei AydarauBLR56:46.5155:46.5 (7)Bronze
468Ivan MasaříkCZE57:30.7156:30.7 (13)
545Ilmārs BricisLAT58:15.1355:15.1 (4)
628Ricco GroßGER58:15.4157:15.4 (27)
732Ole Einar BjørndalenNOR58:16.8454:16.8 (1)
857Peter SendelGER58:30.3157:30.3 (31)
98Aleh RyzhankouBLR58:31.3256:31.3 (14)
1014Dag BjørndalenNOR58:34.7157:34.7 (32)
116Tomaž GlobočnikSLO58:55.5256:55.5 (17)
1240Ludwig GredlerAUT58:56.5355:56.5 (8)
1322Vadzim SashurynBLR59:08.6257:08.6 (23)
1437Kyoji SugaJPN59:15.6257:15.6 (28)
1539Sergey TarasovRUS59:24.3455:24.3 (6)
1652Sven FischerGER59:26.1356:26.1 (11)
1760Pavel MuslimovRUS59:26.5356:26.5 (12)
1816Janno PrantsEST59:38.3257:38.3 (33)
191Frode AndresenNOR59:51.0554:51.0 (2)
2072Mikael LöfgrenSWE1-00:00.3258:00.3 (37)
2173René CattarinussiITA1-00:00.5357:00.5 (20)
2234Raphaël PoiréeFRA1-00:08.4258:08.4 (39)
2365Paavo PuurunenFIN1-00:11.7357:11.7 (25)
2466Wolfgang PernerAUT1-00:14.1456:14.1 (9)
2521Sašo GrajfSLO1-00:18.2258:18.2 (44)
2612Wolfgang RottmannAUT1-00:23.5258:23.5 (=45)
2746Ville RäikkönenFIN1-00:25.3357:25.3 (29)
2810Hironao MeguroJPN1-00:38.2258:38.2 (48)
2949Aliaksandr PapouBLR1-00:39.6357:39.6 (34)
3023Wojciech KozubPOL1-00:41.1456:41.1 (16)
3147Dimitri BorovikEST1-01:07.7358:07.7 (38)
325Jan WüstenfeldGER1-01:07.9457:07.9 (22)
3348Mike DixonGBR1-01:08.011-00:08.0 (59)
3420Jiří HolubecCZE1-01:08.8259:08.8 (52)
3519Uladzimir DrachouRUS1-01:13.9655:13.9 (3)
3624Aleksandr TropnikovKGZ1-01:17.7259:17.7 (54)
3715Jēkabs NākumsLAT1-01:40.1556:40.1 (15)
3817Ľubomír MachyniakSVK1-01:43.7457:43.7 (36)
3931Fredrik KuoppaSWE1-01:59.2259:59.2 (58)
407Julien RobertFRA1-02:01.611-01:01.6 (64)
4126Wilfried PallhuberITA1-02:07.7557:07.7 (21)
4255Jay HakkinenUSA1-02:10.3458:10.3 (40)
4338Liutauras BarilaLTU1-02:12.2557:12.2 (26)
4463Kalju OjasteEST1-02:15.7458:15.7 (43)
4571Atsushi KazamaJPN1-02:23.5458:23.5 (=45)
4613Thierry DusserreFRA1-02:26.611-01:26.6 (65)
=4750Tomasz SikoraPOL1-02:39.9557:39.9 (35)
=4759Wiesław ZiemianinPOL1-02:39.9458:39.9 (49)
4953Dmitry PantovKAZ1-03:10.5558:10.5 (41)
5030V'iacheslav DerkachUKR1-03:14.6459:14.6 (53)
5154Jean-Marc ChablozSUI1-03:41.0459:41.0 (57)
5264Valery IvanovKAZ1-03:55.9756:55.9 (18)
539Pavel VavilovRUS1-03:59.4756:59.4 (19)
5442Patrick FavreITA1-04:10.5757:10.5 (24)
5544Steve CyrCAN1-04:12.9658:12.9 (42)
5651Petr GarabíkCZE1-04:28.8658:28.8 (47)
5762Andreas HeymannFRA1-04:42.7658:42.7 (51)
5841Janez OžboltSLO1-05:18.951-00:18.9 (60)
5918Dmitry PozdnyakovKAZ1-05:22.9659:22.9 (55)
6029Marius EneROU1-05:23.951-00:23.9 (61)
6156Tomaž ŽemvaSLO1-05:27.0857:27.0 (30)
622Günther DenggAUT1-05:33.951-00:33.9 (62)
6343Mykola KrupnykUKR1-05:36.3659:36.3 (56)
6427Kevin QuintilioCAN1-05:37.241-01:37.2 (67)
6536Thanasis TsakirisGRE1-06:38.851-01:38.8 (68)
6661Gundars UpenieksLAT1-06:42.6858:42.6 (50)
6733Georgi KasabovBUL1-06:59.551-01:59.5 (69)
6858Mark GeeGBR1-07:46.871-00:46.8 (63)
6967Rob RosserUSA1-08:35.771-01:35.7 (66)
704Ion BucsaMDA1-11:27.561-05:27.5 (71)
7111Jeon Jae-WonKOR1-15:17.8131-02:17.8 (70)
AC25Vesa HietalahtiFIN– (–)DNF
DNS35János PanyikHUN– (–)