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10 kilometres Sprint, Men

Date13 February 2002 — 11:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSoldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Participants87 from 34 countries
FormatPenalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 10,445 m
Height Differential: 67 m
Maximum Climb: 31 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 3.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 7.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 341 m

Since the 1998 Winter Olympics, the best biathlete in the world had been Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who had won the World Cup in 1997-98, been second for the next three years, and won several event seasonal World Cups. He had less success at the World Championships, but was still favored in most events in Salt Lake City, and was the defending champion in the sprint. When this event started he already had one gold medal, having won the 20 km. The early leader was German Sven Fischer, who started 10th, and posted 25:20.2 with one missed target. Bjørndalen started near the end, 81st of 87 biathletes. He would also win this race, posting 24:51.3, as that one missed target would come back to haunt Fischer. Bjørndalen shot cleanly and the one penalty loop was just about the margin of victory. The bronze medal went to Austrian Wolfgang Perner, who became the first from his Alpine country to win a medal in biathlon at the Winter Olympics. But at the 2006 Winter Olympics, Perner was found to have been involved in an elaborate blood doping scheme, and was later banned for life by the IOC.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMisses
181Ole Einar BjørndalenNOR24:51.30Gold
210Sven FischerGER25:20.21Silver
363Wolfgang PernerAUT25:44.40Bronze
46Ricco GroßGER25:44.61
523Wolfgang RottmannAUT25:48.82
639Pavel RostovtsevRUS25:50.11
724Viktor MaygurovRUS25:50.90
862Frode AndresenNOR25:51.52
935Raphaël PoiréeFRA25:56.92
102Ludwig GredlerAUT26:04.32
1187Aleh RyzhankouBLR26:05.50
1258Vadzim SashurynBLR26:09.90
1377Halvard HanevoldNOR26:12.50
1472Zdeněk VítekCZE26:14.01
1551Michael GreisGER26:18.42
1650Paavo PuurunenFIN26:24.71
1755Björn FerrySWE26:30.52
1874Wojciech KozubPOL26:31.91
1917Timo AntilaFIN26:33.41
2034Jeremy TeelaUSA26:36.62
218Vincent DefrasneFRA26:36.72
2275René CattarinussiITA26:37.31
2349Tomaž GlobočnikSLO26:40.01
2476Egil GjellandNOR26:42.51
2529Vesa HietalahtiFIN26:43.20
2667Jay HakkinenUSA26:43.51
2784Marko DolencSLO26:47.01
2882Carl Johan BergmanSWE26:47.11
2937Frank LuckGER26:47.72
301Dimitri BorovikEST26:50.12
3154Tomasz SikoraPOL26:59.31
3283Tomáš HolubecCZE27:01.81
3342Sergey RusinovRUS27:04.31
3444Roman DostálCZE27:04.92
3556Julien RobertFRA27:05.12
3616V'iacheslav DerkachUKR27:05.31
3759Aliaksei AydarauBLR27:06.42
3826Andriy DeryzemliaUKR27:11.11
3911Marek MatiaškoSVK27:12.61
4041Ilmārs BricisLAT27:17.32
4130Kyoji SugaJPN27:21.01
4231Marian BlajROU27:25.51
4352Robin CleggCAN27:28.32
4473Janez MaričSLO27:28.62
4527Janno PrantsEST27:29.23
4680Oļegs MaļuhinsLAT27:30.73
4721Petr GarabíkCZE27:30.92
4869Indrek TobrelutsEST27:31.12
4925Paolo LongoITA27:31.90
5086Wilfried PallhuberITA27:35.71
5143Sergey RozhkovRUS27:39.84
5219Jēkabs NākumsLAT27:40.91
5366Ruslan LysenkoUKR27:43.12
5420Lawton RedmanUSA27:43.42
5545Roland ZwahlenSUI27:43.71
=5638Aliaksandr SymanBLR27:45.33
=5640Zhang QingCHN27:45.31
5813Wiesław ZiemianinPOL27:47.02
5922Sašo GrajfSLO27:52.62
6060Georgi KasabovBUL27:55.81
6178Krzysztof TopórPOL28:02.23
625Hidenori IsaJPN28:03.62
6368Henrik ForsbergSWE28:04.06
6464Jean-Marc ChablozSUI28:08.61
6570Gundars UpenieksLAT28:11.93
6632Gilles MarguetFRA28:20.14
679Matthias SimmenSUI28:22.83
6818Devis Da CanalITA28:25.92
6971Yukio MochizukiJPN28:28.52
7079Roland LessingEST28:34.42
7161Jason SklenarGBR28:43.44
727Mark GeeGBR28:57.82
7365Olli-Pekka PeltolaFIN28:58.51
7453Mike DixonGBR28:58.71
754Imre TagschererHUN29:08.63
7685Roman PrymaUKR29:16.13
7728Aleksandr TropnikovKGZ29:30.22
7812Tord WikstenSWE29:39.54
7933Dmitry PantovKAZ29:46.35
8047Shin Byung-KookKOR29:51.12
8136Ricardo OscareARG30:00.23
8248Liutauras BarilaLTU30:01.45
8346Mihail GribuşencovMDA30:02.22
8415Žarko GaljanićCRO30:33.03
8514Stavros KhristoforidisGRE31:51.42
863Carlos VarasCHI32:48.10
AC57Christoph SumannAUTDNF