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15 kilometres Mass Start, Men

Date25 February 2006 — 10:00
StatusOlympic
LocationCesana San Sicario
Participants30 from 14 countries
FormatPenalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 15,000 m
Height Differential: 54 m
Maximum Climb: 13 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 3.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Prone at 6.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 3: Standing at 9.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 4: Standing at 12.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 490 m

A mass start was first held at the World Championships in 1999. Only 30 biathletes are allowed to start, based on World Cup points. The skiers have four shooting stations, shooting five shots at each, with each missed target forcing the biathlete to ski a penalty loop. A lapped skier must withdraw from the race. The last six World Championships had been won by Raphaël Poirée (2000-02, 2004), and Ole Einar Bjørndalen (2003, 2005), with Bjørndalen leading the Torino race throughout, until the final shooting station when he missed two targets, and his two penalty loops dropped him from the lead. He was then passed by Michael Greis, who had already won the 20 km in Torino, and Polish biathlete Tomasz Sikora. They would finish in that order, with Greis first, sprinting away with 500 metres left, Sikora second, and Bjørndalen third. Greis would add a third Torino gold medal in the relay, and would win this event at the 2007 World Championships. This was the first Olympic medal by a Polish biathlete, but Sikora was far from unknown. He had, in fact, been around for a long time, having won the 20 km gold medal at the 1995 World Championships, and recently winning two individual gold medals at the 2004 European Championships.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMisses
11Michael GreisGER47:20.01Gold
212Tomasz SikoraPOL47:26.31Silver
34Ole Einar BjørndalenNOR47:32.33Bronze
427Paavo PuurunenFIN47:43.70
511Sergey ChepikovRUS47:59.10
618Emil Hegle SvendsenNOR48:13.82
75Halvard HanevoldNOR48:14.93
810Alexander WolfGER48:15.32
915Christoph SumannAUT48:17.42
108Michael RöschGER48:19.93
113Vincent DefrasneFRA48:20.74
127Raphaël PoiréeFRA48:24.92
1329Jay HakkinenUSA48:29.61
1425Mattias NilssonSWE48:37.71
159Maksim ChudovRUS48:40.24
1616Julien RobertFRA48:51.82
172Sven FischerGER48:53.72
1817Björn FerrySWE48:56.42
196Frode AndresenNOR49:03.66
2020Sergey RozhkovRUS49:09.72
2114Nikolay KruglovRUS49:20.12
2224Zdeněk VítekCZE49:21.32
2321Roman DostálCZE49:29.94
2423Wilfried PallhuberITA49:41.52
2528Rene Laurent VuillermozITA49:53.14
2622Christian De LorenziITA49:59.64
2726Marek MatiaškoSVK50:11.13
2813Ilmārs BricisLAT50:27.63
2919Carl Johan BergmanSWE50:54.44
3030Kyoji SugaJPN52:01.65