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12.5 kilometres Pursuit, Men

Date18 February 2006 — 14:30
StatusOlympic
LocationCesana San Sicario
Participants57 from 23 countries
FormatStarting margin based on results of 10 kilometer. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 12,500 m
Height Differential: 48 m
Maximum Climb: 13 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.5 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Prone at 5.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 3: Standing at 7.5 km, 50 m range
Shooting 4: Standing at 10 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 415 m

Sven Fischer had won the sprint race and started first in the pursuit. He started eight seconds ahead of Halvard Hanevold, and 20 seconds ahead of Frode Andresen, with their teammate, Norwegian biathlon superstar Ole Einar Bjørndalen, always dangerous, but well back, starting 1:14 behind Fischer. Fischer would struggle with his rifle, missing four targets, but he would hold on to win the bronze medal. Hanevold and Andresen were never really factors late in the race, although Hanevold had an early lead, eventually finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. The lead was taken midway through by French biathlete Vincent Defrasne but as they neared the finish, he was being chased by Bjørndalen, despite the fact that he missed three targets during the pursuit. A kilometer from the finish, Bjørndalen took the lead and held it until 60 meters from the line, when Defrasne, who had a pole mix-up as they entered the stadium, sprinted ahead to win an unexpected gold medal. He had never won an individual medal at the World Championships, but would take bronze in this event at the 2007 Worlds.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMissesStart BehindRace Time (Pos)
15Vincent DefrasneFRA35:20.22+0:4334:37.2 (4)Gold
212Ole Einar BjørndalenNOR35:22.93+1:1434:08.9 (1)Silver
31Sven FischerGER35:35.8435:35.8 (13)Bronze
413Ilmārs BricisLAT35:46.91+1:1534:31.9 (3)
52Halvard HanevoldNOR35:57.73+0:0835:49.7 (16)
63Frode AndresenNOR36:16.95+0:2035:56.9 (18)
716Christoph SumannAUT36:39.72+1:3135:08.7 (6)
835Michael GreisGER36:39.91+2:1134:28.9 (2)
910Maksim ChudovRUS36:41.44+1:0935:32.4 (11)
1019Julien RobertFRA37:15.91+1:4335:32.9 (12)
1122Nikolay KruglovRUS37:18.90+1:5435:24.9 (9)
127Ricco GroßGER37:23.52+1:0436:19.5 (23)
1341Rene Laurent VuillermozITA37:27.32+2:3534:52.3 (5)
1428Christian De LorenziITA37:28.52+2:0335:25.5 (10)
156Ivan CherezovRUS37:29.73+0:5736:32.7 (25)
1611Zdeněk VítekCZE37:30.24+1:1336:17.2 (22)
1723Wilfried PallhuberITA37:30.32+1:5435:36.3 (14)
1820Tomasz SikoraPOL37:31.64+1:4335:48.6 (15)
1915Alexander WolfGER37:35.44+1:2336:12.4 (20)
208Mattias NilssonSWE37:47.43+1:0736:40.4 (28)
2117Stian EckhoffNOR38:00.24+1:3636:24.2 (24)
2247Paavo PuurunenFIN38:01.21+2:4635:15.2 (7)
2345Matthias SimmenSUI38:08.81+2:4535:23.8 (8)
2431Pavol HurajtSVK38:20.62+2:0636:14.6 (21)
2514Björn FerrySWE38:25.54+1:2037:05.5 (34)
2625Rustam ValiullnBLR38:32.75+1:5736:35.7 (27)
2730Aleh RyzhankouBLR38:37.85+2:0436:33.8 (26)
2826Wiesław ZiemianinPOL38:42.31+1:5936:43.3 (30)
2944Roman DostálCZE38:48.04+2:3936:09.0 (19)
3032Siarhei NovikauBLR38:49.64+2:0736:42.6 (29)
3129Andriy DeryzemliaUKR38:54.34+2:0436:50.3 (32)
3257Michal ŠlesingrCZE39:03.71+3:1135:52.7 (17)
3321Vitaliy RudenchikBUL39:04.74+1:4837:16.7 (35)
3418Zhang ChengyeCHN39:04.77+1:3937:25.7 (38)
3540Hidenori IsaJPN39:11.24+2:2636:45.2 (31)
3637Tim BurkeUSA39:17.64+2:1637:01.6 (33)
3738Janez MaričSLO39:42.44+2:1737:25.4 (39)
3839David EkholmSWE39:43.83+2:2237:21.8 (36)
3934Ondřej MoravecCZE39:52.34+2:0937:43.3 (42)
4033Ferréol CannardFRA40:07.75+2:0837:59.7 (46)
4146Ruslan LysenkoUKR40:16.43+2:4537:31.4 (41)
4250Jānis BērziņšLAT40:22.81+2:5837:24.8 (37)
4342Indrek TobrelutsEST40:25.84+2:3637:49.8 (43)
4452Robin CleggCAN40:30.34+3:0137:29.3 (40)
4554Ludwig GredlerAUT40:57.56+3:0637:51.5 (44)
4651Raivis ZīmelisLAT40:58.05+3:0037:58.0 (45)
4743David LeoniCAN41:07.45+2:3938:28.4 (47)
4848Lowell BaileyUSA41:31.36+2:5038:41.3 (50)
4953Miroslav MatiaškoSVK41:32.56+3:0138:31.5 (48)
5049Tatsumi KasaharaJPN41:42.06+2:5538:47.0 (51)
5160Roland LessingEST41:53.44+3:1938:34.4 (49)
5259Matej KazárSVK42:46.67+3:1839:28.6 (52)
5358Aleksandr ChervyakovKAZ43:28.46+3:1640:12.4 (53)
5456Kristaps LībietisLAT43:51.26+3:1040:41.2 (54)
AC9Raphaël PoiréeFRA+1:07– (–)DNF
AC27Wolfgang RottmannAUT37:50.54+2:0035:50.5 (AC)DQ (doping positive)1
AC4Wolfgang PernerAUT38:13.57+0:4037:33.5 (AC)DQ (doping positive)2
DNS24Sergey ChepikovRUS+1:57– (–)
DNS36Oleksandr BilanenkoUKR+2:15– (–)
DNS55Carl Johan BergmanSWE+3:10– (–)