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50 kilometres, Men

Date15 February 1936 — 8:02
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympia-Skistadion, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Participants36 from 11 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 380 m
Intermediate 1: 8.0 km
Intermediate 2: 13.0 km
Intermediate 3: 17.8 km
Intermediate 4: 24.0 km
Intermediate 5: 32.0 km
Intermediate 6: 39.0 km
Intermediate 7: 44.2 km
Maximum Climb: ?
Total Climbing: ?

Thirty-six skiers from 11 countries started in the longest cross country race, which was run under temperatures varying from – 2 to + 3 C.°, on a course with some icy stretches. The conditions were a little difficult to find the right ski wax. Jan·Svatoš of Czechoslovakia, wearing start number two, started at precisely 8:02 in the morning, with the skiers going off at one minute intervals. The course had an elevation change of 380 meters.

Sweden entered a strong team led by the last two World Champions at the distance: Elis Wiklund (1934) and Nils Englund (1935). In addition they had the silver medalist in 18 km. from Lake Placid, Axel Wikström, who was expected to be the early leader with his start number 4. Finland’s best card was thought to be Klaes Karppinen, winner over 18 km. and silver medalist in the 50 km. at the previous year’s World Championships. Norway had a team without big stars, but had faith in 30-year old Per Samuelshaug, his best performance at the distance being a 3rd place in Holmenkollen in 1935.

The Swedes took an early command in the competition. Elis Wiklund could control his competitors from his late start number 37, and of the others, only Klaes Karppinen was in medal contention in the first part of the race. At 24 km. the Swedish quartet was in front, Wiklund having a 2:20 lead over Englund, followed by Wikström and Hjalmar Bergström. The young Norwegian Arne Tuft was a distant 5th, with Karppinen 20 seconds behind. In the last half of the race Wiklund increased his lead to 5 minutes, then faded a little over the last 5 kilometers but won by a comfortable margin, over three minutes ahead of the fastest finisher, Wikström, who passed Englund during the last part of the race. Bergström in 4th completed a sweep of the top four places for Sweden, a repetition of the glorious Swedish 50 km in St. Moritz eight years earlier.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)Int 4 (Pos)Int 5 (Pos)Int 6 (Pos)Int 7 (Pos)
137Elis WiklundSWE3-30:1136:32 (3)52:27 (1)1-23:40 (1)1-52:05 (1)2-06:40 (1)2-41:00 (1)3-05:30 (1)Gold
24Axel WikströmSWE3-33:2036:14 (2)53:50 (6)1-25:52 (4)1-56:08 (3)2-11:15 (3)2-46:00 (=3)3-10:02 (3)Silver
315Nils EnglundSWE3-34:1036:08 (1)53:05 (2)1-24:30 (2)1-54:25 (2)2-10:00 (2)2-45:00 (2)3-09:55 (2)Bronze
426Hjalmar BergströmSWE3-35:5036:53 (6)53:38 (4)1-26:33 (5)1-56:48 (4)2-11:55 (4)2-46:00 (=3)3-11:20 (4)
534Klaes KarppinenFIN3-39:3336:33 (5)53:16 (3)1-25:40 (3)1-58:05 (6)2-12:47 (5)2-49:00 (5)3-14:16 (5)
632Arne TuftNOR3-41:1836:53 (7)53:42 (5)1-27:19 (6)1-57:45 (5)2-13:13 (6)2-50:00 (6)3-16:16 (6)
723Frans HeikkinenFIN3-42:4437:30 (10)54:38 (8)1-28:01 (8)1-59:10 (7)2-14:57 (8)2-52:00 (8)3-17:20 (7)
845Pekka NiemiFIN3-44:1436:32 (4)53:50 (7)1-28:18 (9)1-59:55 (9)2-14:50 (7)2-51:00 (7)3-18:09 (8)
935Cyril MusilTCH3-46:1237:46 (13)54:52 (11)1-29:50 (13)2-02:00 (12)2-17:35 (11)2-54:00 (9)3-19:50 (9)
106Franc SmolejYUG3-47:4038:27 (17)56:45 (16)1-31:28 (15)2-03:35 (14)2-19:45 (14)2-57:00 (=11)3-23:08 (10)
1121Trygve BrodahlNOR3-50:1437:30 (11)55:00 (12)1-29:39 (12)2-02:05 (13)2-19:10 (12)2-59:00 (13)3-25:01 (11)
1243Kåre HattenNOR3-50:3737:48 (14)55:12 (13)1-29:16 (11)2-01:27 (11)2-17:19 (10)2-56:00 (10)3-25:31 (12)
1316Giovanni KasebacherITA3-53:0838:24 (16)56:10 (14)1-32:04 (16)2-04:38 (17)2-21:00 (=15)3-00:00 (=14)3-26:20 (14)
1411Kalle HeikkinenFIN3-54:2538:20 (15)56:48 (17)1-31:01 (14)2-03:50 (16)2-21:00 (=15)3-01:00 (=16)3-28:12 (15)
152Jan SvatošTCH3-54:3339:15 (19)57:52 (20)1-33:35 (19)2-06:20 (18)2-23:02 (=17)3-01:00 (=16)3-28:26 (16)
1638Vincenzo DemetzITA3-56:4737:21 (9)54:50 (10)1-27:53 (7)1-59:20 (8)2-16:12 (9)2-57:00 (=11)3-25:59 (13)
1727Tobia SenonerITA3-57:1637:18 (8)54:48 (9)1-28:42 (10)2-01:15 (10)2-19:15 (13)3-00:00 (=14)3-30:07 (17)
1840Karl Magnus SatreUSA3-58:4541:18 (27)58:51 (22)1-33:30 (18)2-06:25 (19)2-23:02 (=17)3-03:00 (18)3-33:31 (22)
1912Vladimír NovákTCH3-59:0839:19 (20)56:50 (19)1-33:59 (21)2-07:50 (22)2-25:20 (21)3-05:00 (=21)3-32:03 (18)
2028Lovro ŽemvaYUG3-59:1340:37 (24)59:02 (24)1-34:35 (23)2-08:10 (23)2-25:30 (23)3-04:00 (=19)3-32:31 (20)
2117Leon KnapYUG3-59:1740:50 (26)1-00:43 (28)1-36:28 (26)2-09:45 (24)2-26:18 (24)3-05:00 (=21)3-32:23 (19)
225Giacomo ScaletITA4-01:5437:41 (12)56:20 (15)1-32:12 (17)2-07:22 (20)2-25:10 (20)3-06:00 (23)3-33:20 (21)
2342Vello KaaristoEST4-02:5240:15 (22)58:53 (23)1-35:08 (24)2-03:40 (15)2-25:26 (22)3-04:00 (=19)3-34:52 (23)
2444Matthias WörndleGER4-03:3340:03 (21)58:50 (21)1-33:56 (20)2-07:35 (21)2-24:43 (19)3-07:00 (24)3-36:14 (24)
2533Fritz GaiserGER4-05:4441:30 (28)1-00:30 (27)1-36:57 (28)2-10:52 (26)2-27:03 (25)3-08:00 (25)3-38:58 (26)
2613Stanisław KarpielPOL4-06:2640:26 (23)1-00:05 (26)1-36:43 (27)2-11:44 (27)2-29:10 (26)3-09:00 (26)3-38:06 (25)
2729Berger TorrissenUSA4-07:4442:37 (31)1-01:42 (29)1-38:35 (29)2-12:35 (28)2-29:45 (27)3-10:00 (=27)3-41:53 (28)
2819Hiroshi TadanoJPN4-10:2344:10 (35)1-07:28 (35)1-46:28 (35)2-21:25 (32)2-38:10 (30)3-17:00 (30)3-44:16 (29)
297Richard ParsonsUSA4-11:0842:35 (30)1-02:15 (30)1-39:13 (30)2-12:39 (29)2-29:50 (28)3-10:00 (=27)3-40:38 (27)
3022Josef PonnGER4-13:1240:47 (25)59:58 (25)1-36:15 (25)2-10:40 (25)2-30:05 (29)3-13:00 (29)3-44:50 (30)
3139Lado SenčarYUG4-20:2043:11 (34)1-03:51 (33)1-44:44 (34)2-22:13 (34)2-40:25 (33)3-24:00 (=31)3-54:34 (31)
3210Erich MarxGER4-25:4842:49 (33)1-02:55 (32)1-43:26 (32)2-21:50 (33)2-39:15 (31)3-25:00 (35)3-58:50 (33)
3318Nils BackstromUSA4-29:3045:01 (36)1-05:00 (34)1-44:28 (33)2-20:37 (30)2-39:35 (32)3-24:00 (=31)4-00:52 (34)
3430Tadao OkayamaJPN4-30:2842:43 (32)1-02:29 (31)1-42:00 (31)2-21:12 (31)2-40:33 (34)3-24:00 (=31)3-58:30 (32)
AC9Per SamuelshaugNOR38:34 (18)56:50 (18)1-34:12 (22)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC24Lukáš MihalákTCH42:23 (29)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
DNS20Bud ClarkCAN– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS1Dimitrios NegrepontisGRE– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS8Tsutomu SekidoJPN– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS41Ginzo YamadaJPN– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS3Kārlis BukassLAT– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS25Herberts DāboliņšLAT– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS14Pauls KaņepsLAT– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS36Alberts RiekstiņšLAT– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS31Iosif CovaciROU– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)