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4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men

Date21 February 1998 — 13:00
StatusOlympic
LocationNozawa Onsen Resort, Nozawa Onsen
Participants72 from 18 countries
FormatEight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 7,500 m
Height Differential: 68 m
Maximum Climb: 32 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.5 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 5.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 286 m

This event was considered a toss-up between Germany and Norway. Germany had won the World Championships in 1997 and 1995, and was second to Russia in 1996. Norway had been second to Germany in 1997, but their young biathletes were coming on, and they had won both individual events, Halvard Hanevold winning the 20 km, and Ole Einar Bjørndalen taking the sprint. Germany took the lead on the first leg, with Norway only sixth. On the second leg, Peter Sendel opened up more time on Hanevold, but Latvia’s Ilmārs Bricis posted what would be the fastest leg of the event to move Latvia ahead of Germany. But that didn’t last. Latvia dropped back to fifth with Germany leading Russia by 1:10 after the third leg, Norway still only in fourth place. Norway’s anchor was Bjørndalen and he set off after Germany’s Frank Luck. Bjørndalen beat Luck by 1:23.5 on the leg, but Germany was never in danger, winning the gold medal by 20.1 seconds over Norway, with Russia third. This was the third consecutive German victory in the event, with Ricco Groß on all three teams.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeMisses
(Extra Shots)
Split (Pos)
14GermanyGER1-21:36.20 (6)Gold
4-1Ricco Groß20:09.30 (1)20:09.3 (1)
4-2Peter Sendel19:56.60 (0)40:05.9 (2)
4-3Sven Fischer20:18.00 (2)1-00:23.9 (1)
4-4Frank Luck21:12.30 (3)1-21:36.2 (1)
21NorwayNOR1-21:56.30 (7)Silver
1-1Egil Gjelland20:33.80 (2)20:33.8 (6)
1-2Halvard Hanevold20:08.70 (1)40:42.5 (5)
1-3Dag Bjørndalen21:25.00 (4)1-02:07.5 (4)
1-4Ole Einar Bjørndalen19:48.80 (0)1-21:56.3 (2)
33Russian FederationRUS1-22:19.30 (7)Bronze
3-1Pavel Muslimov20:35.90 (1)20:35.9 (8)
3-2Uladzimir Drachou19:56.60 (2)40:32.5 (3)
3-3Sergey Tarasov21:01.40 (3)1-01:33.9 (2)
3-4Viktor Maygurov20:45.40 (1)1-22:19.3 (3)
47BelarusBLR1-23:14.00 (4)
7-1Aliaksei Aydarau20:23.60 (0)20:23.6 (3)
7-2Aleh Ryzhankou20:18.50 (3)40:42.1 (4)
7-3Aliaksandr Papou21:08.30 (1)1-01:50.4 (3)
7-4Vadzim Sashuryn21:23.60 (0)1-23:14.0 (4)
513PolandPOL1-24:09.80 (8)
13-1Wiesław Ziemianin20:29.70 (1)20:29.7 (4)
13-2Tomasz Sikora20:54.50 (2)41:24.2 (8)
13-3Jan Ziemianin21:34.30 (1)1-02:58.5 (6)
13-4Wojciech Kozub21:11.30 (4)1-24:09.8 (5)
610LatviaLAT1-24:24.42 (12)
10-1Oļegs Maļuhins20:18.20 (2)20:18.2 (2)
10-2Ilmārs Bricis19:46.70 (1)40:04.9 (1)
10-3Gundars Upenieks22:48.11 (6)1-02:53.0 (5)
10-4Jēkabs Nākums21:31.41 (3)1-24:24.4 (6)
76FranceFRA1-24:53.02 (11)
6-1Andreas Heymann20:44.50 (1)20:44.5 (11)
6-2Raphaël Poirée20:04.40 (3)40:48.9 (7)
6-3Thierry Dusserre22:12.01 (4)1-03:00.9 (8)
6-4Patrice Bailly-Salins21:52.11 (3)1-24:53.0 (7)
85FinlandFIN1-25:01.42 (11)
5-1Ville Räikkönen20:34.30 (2)20:34.3 (7)
5-2Paavo Puurunen20:08.60 (1)40:42.9 (6)
5-3Harri Eloranta22:31.01 (5)1-03:13.9 (9)
5-4Olli-Pekka Peltola21:47.51 (3)1-25:01.4 (8)
98ItalyITA1-25:07.31 (17)
8-1Patrick Favre21:13.00 (6)21:13.0 (14)
8-2Wilfried Pallhuber20:50.70 (2)42:03.7 (11)
8-3René Cattarinussi20:55.90 (3)1-02:59.6 (7)
8-4Pieralberto Carrara22:07.71 (6)1-25:07.3 (9)
1012SwedenSWE1-25:25.70 (14)
12-1Mikael Löfgren21:01.00 (5)21:01.0 (13)
12-2Jonas Eriksson21:41.90 (5)42:42.9 (12)
12-3Tord Wiksten22:09.30 (4)1-04:52.2 (13)
12-4Fredrik Kuoppa20:33.50 (0)1-25:25.7 (10)
119AustriaAUT1-25:33.82 (15)
9-1Wolfgang Perner20:32.60 (2)20:32.6 (5)
9-2Ludwig Gredler21:04.81 (3)41:37.4 (9)
9-3Reinhard Neuner22:39.11 (6)1-04:16.5 (10)
9-4Wolfgang Rottmann21:17.30 (4)1-25:33.8 (11)
122SloveniaSLO1-25:43.22 (9)
2-1Sašo Grajf20:56.60 (2)20:56.6 (12)
2-2Jože Poklukar21:55.62 (4)42:52.2 (14)
2-3Janez Ožbolt21:45.40 (3)1-04:37.6 (11)
2-4Tomaž Globočnik21:05.60 (0)1-25:43.2 (12)
1311EstoniaEST1-26:30.20 (13)
11-1Janno Prants20:39.70 (2)20:39.7 (10)
11-2Indrek Tobreluts21:15.30 (1)41:55.0 (10)
11-3Kalju Ojaste23:03.70 (6)1-04:58.7 (14)
11-4Dimitri Borovik21:31.50 (4)1-26:30.2 (13)
1416Czech RepublicCZE1-26:35.50 (7)
16-1Petr Garabík21:30.80 (2)21:30.8 (16)
16-2Zdeněk Vítek22:11.80 (1)43:42.6 (17)
16-3Jiří Holubec22:00.90 (3)1-05:43.5 (16)
16-4Ivan Masařík20:52.00 (1)1-26:35.5 (14)
1517JapanJPN1-27:55.74 (18)
17-1Kyoji Suga22:10.91 (5)22:10.9 (17)
17-2Hironao Meguro20:56.30 (3)43:07.2 (15)
17-3Shuichi Sekiya21:44.00 (4)1-04:51.2 (12)
17-4Atsushi Kazama23:04.53 (6)1-27:55.7 (15)
1618KazakhstanKAZ1-27:56.01 (14)
18-1Dmitry Pantov22:37.01 (4)22:37.0 (18)
18-2Dmitry Pozdnyakov21:41.20 (2)44:18.2 (18)
18-3Aleksandr Menshikov21:57.70 (3)1-06:15.9 (18)
18-4Valery Ivanov21:40.10 (5)1-27:56.0 (16)
1715United StatesUSA1-28:13.90 (15)
15-1Jay Hakkinen20:37.70 (4)20:37.7 (9)
15-2Dan Westover22:14.00 (4)42:51.7 (13)
15-3Andrew Erickson22:57.20 (5)1-05:48.9 (17)
15-4Rob Rosser22:25.00 (2)1-28:13.9 (17)
1814UkraineUKR1-28:57.14 (13)
14-1V'iacheslav Derkach21:29.00 (3)21:29.0 (15)
14-2Ruslan Lysenko21:41.90 (2)43:10.9 (16)
14-3Mykola Krupnyk21:54.20 (2)1-05:05.1 (15)
14-4Andriy Deryzemlia23:52.04 (6)1-28:57.1 (18)