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4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men

Date21 February 2006 — 12:00
StatusOlympic
LocationCesana San Sicario
Participants68 from 17 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: 48 m
Maximum Climb: 13 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.5 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 5.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 249 m

As always the big three nations were considered to be Germany, Russia, and Norway. Norway had won the 2005 World Championship, and was second to Germany in 2004, with Russia second in 2005. France, third at the 2004 Worlds, was also expected to be strong. But an unusual thing happened on the opening leg as the lead was taken by a nation with no significant biathlon history, the United States, with Jay Hakkinen putting them almost four seconds up on the Czech Republic, with Germany in third. But that didn’t last long as the USA dropped to eighth after the second leg, with Germany moving into the lead over Italy and Poland. By the final exchange the Germans led, with Russia second and France third, while Norway was struggling, back in 10th place, as Frode Andresen missed seven shots and had to ski two penalty loops. Germany would hold on for the gold medal, Russia finishing second. The race for the bronze was extremely close with Sweden’s Carl Johan Bergman and France’s Raphaël Poirée coming to the line almost together. But a stumble right at the line by Bergman enabled France to get onto the podium, winning by about a boot-length. Norway would move up in the final leg, as Ole Einar Bjørndalen brought them up to fifth. The United States? They would finish ninth.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeMisses
(Extra Shots)
Split (Pos)
12GermanyGER1-21:51.51 (8)Gold
2-1Ricco Groß20:47.10 (1)20:47.1 (3)
2-2Michael Rösch19:42.50 (0)40:29.6 (1)
2-3Sven Fischer21:11.61 (4)1-01:41.2 (1)
2-4Michael Greis20:10.30 (3)1-21:51.5 (1)
21Russian FederationRUS1-22:12.40 (6)Silver
1-1Ivan Cherezov21:10.00 (3)21:10.0 (6)
1-2Sergey Chepikov20:09.70 (0)41:19.7 (5)
1-3Pavel Rostovtsev20:40.00 (2)1-01:59.7 (2)
1-4Nikolay Kruglov20:12.70 (1)1-22:12.4 (2)
33FranceFRA1-22:35.10 (6)Bronze
3-1Julien Robert21:33.80 (0)21:33.8 (11)
3-2Vincent Defrasne19:45.30 (1)41:19.1 (4)
3-3Ferréol Cannard21:02.10 (2)1-02:21.2 (3)
3-4Raphaël Poirée20:13.90 (3)1-22:35.1 (3)
47SwedenSWE1-22:35.10 (12)
7-1Jakob Börjesson21:35.30 (4)21:35.3 (12)
7-2Björn Ferry20:20.50 (3)41:55.8 (10)
7-3Mattias Nilsson20:27.50 (3)1-02:23.3 (4)
7-4Carl Johan Bergman20:11.80 (2)1-22:35.1 (4)
54NorwayNOR1-23:03.62 (9)
4-1Halvard Hanevold21:33.10 (2)21:33.1 (10)
4-2Stian Eckhoff20:22.10 (2)41:55.2 (9)
4-3Frode Andresen21:52.92 (5)1-03:48.1 (10)
4-4Ole Einar Bjørndalen19:15.50 (0)1-23:03.6 (5)
68Czech RepublicCZE1-23:04.01 (11)
8-1Ondřej Moravec20:44.60 (1)20:44.6 (2)
8-2Zdeněk Vítek20:47.41 (3)41:32.0 (6)
8-3Roman Dostál20:57.70 (4)1-02:29.7 (5)
8-4Michal Šlesingr20:34.30 (3)1-23:04.0 (6)
79UkraineUKR1-23:40.41 (11)
9-1Oleksandr Bilanenko21:32.60 (3)21:32.6 (9)
9-2Andriy Deryzemlia20:10.30 (2)41:42.9 (7)
9-3Oleksiy Korobeinikov20:52.70 (2)1-02:35.6 (6)
9-4Ruslan Lysenko21:04.81 (4)1-23:40.4 (7)
812ItalyITA1-23:40.92 (10)
12-1Christian De Lorenzi20:48.80 (2)20:48.8 (4)
12-2Rene Laurent Vuillermoz20:05.20 (2)40:54.0 (2)
12-3Paolo Longo21:53.22 (3)1-02:47.2 (7)
12-4Wilfried Pallhuber20:53.70 (3)1-23:40.9 (8)
916United StatesUSA1-24:23.41 (17)
16-1Jay Hakkinen20:40.80 (3)20:40.8 (1)
16-2Tim Burke21:05.90 (6)41:46.7 (8)
16-3Lowell Bailey21:17.10 (4)1-03:03.8 (9)
16-4Jeremy Teela21:19.61 (4)1-24:23.4 (9)
1011SloveniaSLO1-25:01.41 (10)
11-1Janez Marič21:19.30 (4)21:19.3 (7)
11-2Janez Ožbolt20:57.90 (1)42:17.2 (12)
11-3Klemen Bauer21:39.91 (4)1-03:57.1 (11)
11-4Matjaž Poklukar21:04.30 (1)1-25:01.4 (10)
115BelarusBLR1-25:04.11 (15)
5-1Aliaksandr Syman22:04.40 (5)22:04.4 (14)
5-2Siarhei Novikau20:36.00 (2)42:40.4 (13)
5-3Rustam Valiulln21:46.41 (5)1-04:26.8 (12)
5-4Aleh Ryzhankou20:37.30 (3)1-25:04.1 (11)
1217JapanJPN1-25:15.62 (11)
17-1Tatsumi Kasahara21:22.10 (2)21:22.1 (8)
17-2Hidenori Isa20:39.00 (2)42:01.1 (11)
17-3Kyoji Suga20:48.60 (3)1-02:49.7 (8)
17-4Shinya Saito22:25.92 (4)1-25:15.6 (12)
1313PolandPOL1-26:57.02 (10)
13-1Wiesław Ziemianin20:56.50 (1)20:56.5 (5)
13-2Tomasz Sikora20:01.20 (1)40:57.7 (3)
13-3Michał Piecha23:37.62 (5)1-04:35.3 (13)
13-4Krzysztof Pływaczyk22:21.70 (3)1-26:57.0 (13)
1410SlovakiaSVK1-27:44.93 (19)
10-1Pavol Hurajt22:53.52 (5)22:53.5 (16)
10-2Dušan Šimočko21:37.20 (3)44:30.7 (16)
10-3Miroslav Matiaško22:11.31 (6)1-06:42.0 (15)
10-4Marek Matiaško21:02.90 (5)1-27:44.9 (14)
1515EstoniaEST1-27:48.92 (16)
15-1Dimitri Borovik21:43.00 (3)21:43.0 (13)
15-2Indrek Tobreluts21:35.50 (4)43:18.5 (14)
15-3Roland Lessing21:20.70 (3)1-04:39.2 (14)
15-4Priit Viks23:09.72 (6)1-27:48.9 (15)
1614LatviaLAT1-28:10.65 (12)
14-1Jānis Bērziņš22:21.51 (3)22:21.5 (15)
14-2Edgars Piksons21:11.50 (1)43:33.0 (15)
14-3Raivis Zīmelis23:55.24 (6)1-07:28.2 (17)
14-4Ilmārs Bricis20:42.40 (2)1-28:10.6 (16)
176AustriaAUT1-28:26.41 (11)
6-1Daniel Mesotitsch23:32.61 (5)23:32.6 (17)
6-2Fritz Pinter21:50.50 (0)45:23.1 (17)
6-3Ludwig Gredler21:54.10 (3)1-07:17.2 (16)
6-4Christoph Sumann21:09.20 (3)1-28:26.4 (17)