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20 kilometres, Men

Date11 February 2002 — 13:30
StatusOlympic
LocationSoldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Participants87 from 34 countries
FormatOne-minute penalty for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 19,867 m
Height Differential: 67 m
Maximum Climb: 31 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: 665 m

This was the first biathlon event at the 2002 Winter Olympics. The first of the favorites to go off was Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen in the 26th slot. Just two days earlier, he had placed fifth in the 30 km cross-country race. He missed two targets but his skiing brought him home in an adjusted time of 51:03.3. His ski time of 49:03.3 would easily be the fastest of the event, and this performance would hold up for the gold medal. The silver medal went to Germany’s Frank Luck who was competing in his fourth Winter Olympics and had won the silver medal in the event in 1994. Luck had only the 14th fastest ski time but was clean in his shooting to win the silver. It was his fourth Olympic medal, added to two relay golds from 1994 and 1998.

For Bjørndalen, this was his third Olympics. He had won a gold in the sprint and silver in the relay in 1998, but Salt Lake City was his party. In the end, he would leave Utah with four gold medals, winning all three individual biathlon events, and leading Norway to the gold medal in the relay. Over the next decade Bjørndalen would confirm his status as the greatest ever biathlete, winning over 110 World Cup races, and 14 gold medals at the World Championships through 2009. At the 2005 and 2009 World Championships, he duplicated his Salt Lake City performance, sort of, winning gold medals in four events, although by then a fifth event, the mass start race, had been added to the program. Bjørndalen is married to Italian biathlete Nathalie Santer and his brother, Dag, also competed in the 1998 Olympic biathlon events.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMissesSkiing (Pos)
126Ole Einar BjørndalenNOR51:03.3249:03.3 (1)Gold
277Frank LuckGER51:39.4051:39.4 (14)Silver
328Viktor MaygurovRUS51:40.6150:40.6 (4)Bronze
453Ricco GroßGER51:58.7249:58.7 (3)
578Halvard HanevoldNOR52:16.3052:16.3 (24)
639Pavel RostovtsevRUS52:33.5151:33.5 (13)
787Frode AndresenNOR52:39.1349:39.1 (2)
811Sergey ChepikovRUS52:44.2151:44.2 (15)
950Vadzim SashurynBLR52:52.6052:52.6 (31)
1031Raphaël PoiréeFRA52:52.9250:52.9 (5)
1112Ludwig GredlerAUT53:19.3251:19.3 (9)
1252Sergey RozhkovRUS53:43.8053:43.8 (48)
1367Marko DolencSLO53:45.8251:45.8 (16)
1448Jeremy TeelaUSA53:56.5251:56.5 (18)
154Paavo PuurunenFIN54:15.7351:15.7 (7)
1661Egil GjellandNOR54:16.1252:16.1 (23)
1727Aliaksei AydarauBLR54:25.3351:25.3 (12)
1849Tomaž GlobočnikSLO54:40.6153:40.6 (=46)
1955Vesa HietalahtiFIN54:47.0252:47.0 (29)
2015Kyoji SugaJPN54:51.9252:51.9 (30)
2140René CattarinussiITA54:57.2252:57.2 (33)
2236Christoph SumannAUT55:00.3352:00.3 (20)
2362V'iacheslav DerkachUKR55:01.3154:01.3 (51)
2484Ruslan LysenkoUKR55:02.1253:02.1 (34)
2543Petr GarabíkCZE55:12.2253:12.2 (37)
2614Jay HakkinenUSA55:13.8352:13.8 (22)
2747Andriy DeryzemliaUKR55:14.8154:14.8 (55)
2834Robin CleggCAN55:17.5253:17.5 (40)
2960Sven FischerGER55:23.2451:23.2 (11)
3075Wiesław ZiemianinPOL55:35.2154:35.2 (59)
3123Aleh RyzhankouBLR55:56.6451:56.6 (19)
3264Wolfgang PernerAUT56:00.4551:00.4 (6)
333Paolo LongoITA56:11.9155:11.9 (66)
3430Alexander WolfGER56:16.6551:16.6 (8)
=358Roman DostálCZE56:19.6452:19.6 (25)
=3582Jēkabs NākumsLAT56:19.6155:19.6 (68)
3758Vincent DefrasneFRA56:20.3353:20.3 (41)
3835Björn FerrySWE56:20.7452:20.7 (26)
3956Ilmārs BricisLAT56:24.4353:24.4 (42)
4079Carl Johan BergmanSWE56:24.5353:24.5 (43)
4169Timo AntilaFIN56:33.5353:33.5 (44)
4281Ivan MasaříkCZE56:40.6353:40.6 (=46)
4317Janez MaričSLO56:51.9551:51.9 (17)
4437Hidenori IsaJPN56:52.8452:52.8 (32)
4580Roland LessingEST57:08.4354:08.4 (52)
4654Tomasz SikoraPOL57:08.5453:08.5 (36)
4771Henrik ForsbergSWE57:22.0651:22.0 (10)
4865Jason SklenarGBR57:27.2354:27.2 (56)
4945Dmitry PantovKAZ57:32.8354:32.8 (57)
5076Wilfried PallhuberITA57:33.2552:33.2 (27)
512Marian BlajROU57:36.8354:36.8 (=60)
5246Marek MatiaškoSVK57:37.8453:37.8 (45)
5366Indrek TobrelutsEST57:52.1453:52.1 (49)
5441Julien RobertFRA57:54.0354:54.0 (62)
5522Tord WikstenSWE58:02.3256:02.3 (72)
5621Dimitri BorovikEST58:02.5553:02.5 (35)
5768Zdeněk VítekCZE58:07.9652:07.9 (21)
5833Roland ZwahlenSUI58:10.6454:10.6 (53)
5929Zhang QingCHN58:13.9454:13.9 (54)
6070Rustam ValiullnBLR58:46.7652:46.7 (28)
6172Jean-Marc ChablozSUI58:59.4355:59.4 (71)
6216Liutauras BarilaLTU59:02.3455:02.3 (65)
6324Janno PrantsEST59:14.0653:14.0 (38)
6444Daniel MesotitschAUT59:15.9653:15.9 (39)
656Georgi KasabovBUL59:16.1455:16.1 (67)
6663Hironao MeguroJPN59:29.2356:29.2 (75)
6751Ville RäikkönenFIN59:34.2455:34.2 (69)
6820Oleksandr BilanenkoUKR59:34.4455:34.4 (70)
697Wojciech KozubPOL59:35.1554:35.1 (58)
705Imre TagschererHUN59:51.8356:51.8 (77)
7159Gundars UpenieksLAT59:56.0554:56.0 (63)
7285Rene Laurent VuillermozITA1-00:00.7654:00.7 (50)
7342Aleksandr TropnikovKGZ1-00:05.3258:05.3 (82)
7483Krzysztof TopórPOL1-00:36.8654:36.8 (=60)
7532Shin Byung-KookKOR1-00:58.1456:58.1 (78)
7673Dan CampbellUSA1-00:58.6654:58.6 (64)
7774Ferréol CannardFRA1-01:32.9556:32.9 (76)
7818Matthias SimmenSUI1-02:03.0656:03.0 (73)
7938Mike DixonGBR1-02:04.9557:04.9 (79)
801Ricardo OscareARG1-02:08.1656:08.1 (74)
8119Mark GeeGBR1-02:10.2557:10.2 (80)
8286Janez OžboltSLO1-03:16.2657:16.2 (81)
8325Žarko GaljanićCRO1-04:54.4658:54.4 (83)
8457Mihail GribuşencovMDA1-05:58.5758:58.5 (84)
8513Stavros KhristoforidisGRE1-08:09.551-03:09.5 (85)
869Carlos VarasCHI1-10:32.231-07:32.2 (86)
AC10Oļegs MaļuhinsLAT– (–)DNF