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Sprint, Freestyle, Men

Date 8 February 2022
StatusOlympic
LocationZhangjiakou Nordic Centre and Biathlon Centre, Chongli District, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province
Participants88 from 44 countries
FormatFinal standings based on time achieved in last round competed in.
DetailsCourse Length: 1,381 m
Height Differential: 27 m
Maximum Climb: 25 m
Total Climbing: 53 m

After the classical style in 2018, the sprint was now run in the freestyle technique. On the demanding course, which was 80 meters longer than in PyeongChang, the Norwegian Johannes Høsflot Klæbo repeated his victory from four years ago. The top favorite prevailed against the Italian Federico Pellegrino, who also won his second consecutive silver. Bronze went to Russian athlete Aleksandr Terentyev. Another of the favorites, 2018 bronze medalist Aleksandr Bolshunov, skipped the race in order to concentrate on the longer events.

For top star Klæbo, who had suffered a bitter defeat in the skiathlon with a 40th place, it was the fourth gold medal of his career. He also became the first runner to win consecutive Olympic sprint titles.

The fastest skier in qualification was Lucas Chanavat from France, who was later eliminated in the semi-final. Both, Pellegrino and Klæbo, won their quarter-finals and qualified 1-2 in the same semi-final. Terentyev finished first in the second semi-final. The other three finalists were Joni Mäki (Finland), Artyom Maltsev (ROC), and Oskar Svensson (Sweden).

Klæbo and Pellegrino controlled the field from the start. After the last climb, only the three eventual medalists were still together. But on the home stretch, the third placed Terentyev had no chance to catch the leading two. On the final run-in, it was just Klæbo and Pellegrino, with Klæbo outpacing the Italian by 0.26.

PosNrSkierNOCQualifyingQFSFFinal
1Johannes Høsflot KlæboNOR2:46.74 (3)2:51.57 (1 h1)+0.06 (2 h1)2:58.06 (1)Gold
2Federico PellegrinoITA2:49.55 (6)2:53.08 (1 h2)2:52.17 (1 h1)+0.26 (2)Silver
3Aleksandr TerentyevROC2:50.92 (12)+0.34 (2 h5)2:50.67 (1 h2)+1.31 (3)Bronze
4Joni MäkiFIN2:52.83 (23)2:57.59 (1 h5)+0.43 (2 h2)+2.12 (4)
5Artyom MaltsevROC2:50.90 (10)+1.06 (2 h4)+0.83 (3 h2)+3.59 (5)
6Oskar SvenssonSWE2:52.07 (17)+0.69 (3 h1)+0.55 (4 h2)+6.17 (6)
7Richard JouveFRA2:47.93 (4)2:57.92 (1 h3)+0.14 (3 h1)
8Sergey UstyugovROC2:46.51 (2)+0.37 (2 h1)+0.18 (4 h1)
9Lucas ChanavatFRA2:45.03 (1)+0.35 (2 h2)+0.75 (5 h1)
10Håvard Solås TaugbølNOR2:49.93 (7)+0.01 (2 h3)+1.79 (5 h2)
11Erik ValnesNOR2:51.56 (15)2:49.31 (1 h4)+22.61 (6 h2)
12Ben OgdenUSA2:52.21 (19)+1.43 (4 h1)+1.24 (6 h1)
13Johan HäggströmSWE2:50.61 (8)+0.09 (3 h3)
14Lauri VuorinenFIN2:50.91 (11)+5.33 (3 h4)
15J. C. SchoonmakerUSA2:51.15 (13)+0.54 (3 h5)
16Marcus GrateSWE2:52.14 (18)+0.63 (3 h2)
17Kevin BolgerUSA2:52.50 (22)+0.62 (4 h3)
18Valerio GrondSUI2:53.17 (24)+1.04 (4 h2)
19Maciej StaręgaPOL2:53.61 (26)+0.97 (4 h5)
20Raimo VīgantsLAT2:53.98 (28)+17.32 (4 h4)
21Pål GolbergNOR2:51.52 (14)+25.50 (5 h4)
22Jovian HedigerSUI2:52.47 (20)+1.28 (5 h5)
23Michal NovákCZE2:52.49 (21)+2.28 (5 h2)
24Anton PerssonSWE2:53.71 (27)+1.78 (5 h1)
25Luke JagerUSA2:54.44 (30)+1.22 (5 h3)
26Ondřej ČernýCZE2:50.65 (9)+13.03 (6 h5)
27Renaud JayFRA2:51.86 (16)+44.23 (6 h1)
28Davide GrazITA2:53.58 (25)+3.01 (6 h2)
29Luděk ŠellerCZE2:54.09 (29)+3.91 (6 h3)
30Wang QiangCHN2:48.91 (5)RAL (6 h4)
31Roman SchaadSUI2:54.57 (31)
32Hiroyuki MiyazawaJPN2:54.64 (32)
33Jan PechoušekCZE2:55.03 (33)
34Graham RitchieCAN2:55.04 (34)
35Francesco De FabianiITA2:55.56 (35)
36Andrew YoungGBR2:55.60 (36)
37Jaume PueyoESP2:55.76 (37)
38Janosch BruggerGER2:56.01 (38)
39Michael FöttingerAUT2:56.58 (39)
40James ClugnetGBR2:56.72 (40)
41Henri RoosEST2:57.15 (41)
42Vili ČrvSLO2:57.39 (42)
43Benjamin MoserAUT2:58.07 (43)
44Miha ŠimencSLO2:58.14 (44)
45Marko KilpEST2:58.95 (45)
46Ruslan PerekhodaUKR2:59.34 (46)
47Raul Mihai PopaROU2:59.85 (47)
48Martin HimmaEST3:00.07 (48)
49Modestas VaičiulisLTU3:01.28 (49)
50Phil BellinghamAUS3:01.57 (50)
51Maicol RastelliITA3:02.04 (51)
52Mark ChanloungTHA3:02.12 (52)
53Yahor ShpuntauBLR3:02.17 (53)
54Olivier LeveilleCAN3:02.26 (54)
55Lars VikAUS3:02.52 (55)
56Antoine CyrCAN3:02.59 (56)
57Haruki YamashitaJPN3:02.60 (57)
58Kamil BuryPOL3:02.73 (58)
59Strahinja ErićBIH3:03.05 (59)
60Ciren ZhanduiCHN3:03.22 (60)
61Hugo HinckfussAUS3:04.44 (61)
62Yevgeny VelichkoKAZ3:04.52 (62)
63Seve de CampoAUS3:04.81 (63)
64Oleksiy KrasovskyiUKR3:05.52 (64)
65Miha LicefSLO3:05.98 (65)
66Vitaly PukhkaloKAZ3:06.31 (66)
67Shang JincaiCHN3:06.52 (67)
68Tautvydas StroliaLTU3:06.76 (68)
69Marko SkenderCRO3:06.86 (69)
70Roberts SlotiņšLAT3:07.41 (70)
71Manex SilvaBRA3:08.64 (71)
72Ádám KónyaHUN3:09.43 (72)
73Samuel IkpefanNGR3:09.57 (73)
74Janez LampičSLO3:09.95 (74)
75Franco dal FarraARG3:09.95 (75)
76Thibaut De MarreBEL3:10.66 (76)
77Batmönkhiin AchbadrakhMGL3:11.60 (77)
78Isak Stianson PedersenISL3:11.95 (78)
79Liu RongshengCHN3:12.14 (79)
80Emre FıratTUR3:15.96 (80)
81Jeong Jong-WonKOR3:16.15 (81)
82Kim Min-UKOR3:19.76 (82)
83Apostolos AngelisGRE3:20.87 (83)
84Aleksandar GrbovićMNE3:24.12 (84)
85Yonathan FernándezCHI3:26.12 (85)
86Stavre JadaMKD3:29.13 (86)
87Elie TawkLBN3:47.73 (87)
88Carlos QuintanaCOL4:08.66 (88)
DNSAliaksandr VoranauBLRDNS
DNSAleksandr BolshunovROCDNS

Qualifying Round (8 February 2022 — 16:50)

Top 30 finishers advance to quarter-finals.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
1Lucas ChanavatFRA2:45.03Q
2Sergey UstyugovROC2:46.51Q
3Johannes Høsflot KlæboNOR2:46.74Q
4Richard JouveFRA2:47.93Q
5Wang QiangCHN2:48.91Q
6Federico PellegrinoITA2:49.55Q
7Håvard Solås TaugbølNOR2:49.93Q
8Johan HäggströmSWE2:50.61Q
9Ondřej ČernýCZE2:50.65Q
10Artyom MaltsevROC2:50.90Q
11Lauri VuorinenFIN2:50.91Q
12Aleksandr TerentyevROC2:50.92Q
13J. C. SchoonmakerUSA2:51.15Q
14Pål GolbergNOR2:51.52Q
15Erik ValnesNOR2:51.56Q
16Renaud JayFRA2:51.86Q
17Oskar SvenssonSWE2:52.07Q
18Marcus GrateSWE2:52.14Q
19Ben OgdenUSA2:52.21Q
20Jovian HedigerSUI2:52.47Q
21Michal NovákCZE2:52.49Q
22Kevin BolgerUSA2:52.50Q
23Joni MäkiFIN2:52.83Q
24Valerio GrondSUI2:53.17Q
25Davide GrazITA2:53.58Q
26Maciej StaręgaPOL2:53.61Q
27Anton PerssonSWE2:53.71Q
28Raimo VīgantsLAT2:53.98Q
29Luděk ŠellerCZE2:54.09Q
30Luke JagerUSA2:54.44Q
31Roman SchaadSUI2:54.57
32Hiroyuki MiyazawaJPN2:54.64
33Jan PechoušekCZE2:55.03
34Graham RitchieCAN2:55.04
35Francesco De FabianiITA2:55.56
36Andrew YoungGBR2:55.60
37Jaume PueyoESP2:55.76
38Janosch BruggerGER2:56.01
39Michael FöttingerAUT2:56.58
40James ClugnetGBR2:56.72
41Henri RoosEST2:57.15
42Vili ČrvSLO2:57.39
43Benjamin MoserAUT2:58.07
44Miha ŠimencSLO2:58.14
45Marko KilpEST2:58.95
46Ruslan PerekhodaUKR2:59.34
47Raul Mihai PopaROU2:59.85
48Martin HimmaEST3:00.07
49Modestas VaičiulisLTU3:01.28
50Phil BellinghamAUS3:01.57
51Maicol RastelliITA3:02.04
52Mark ChanloungTHA3:02.12
53Yahor ShpuntauBLR3:02.17
54Olivier LeveilleCAN3:02.26
55Lars VikAUS3:02.52
56Antoine CyrCAN3:02.59
57Haruki YamashitaJPN3:02.60
58Kamil BuryPOL3:02.73
59Strahinja ErićBIH3:03.05
60Ciren ZhanduiCHN3:03.22
61Hugo HinckfussAUS3:04.44
62Yevgeny VelichkoKAZ3:04.52
63Seve de CampoAUS3:04.81
64Oleksiy KrasovskyiUKR3:05.52
65Miha LicefSLO3:05.98
66Vitaly PukhkaloKAZ3:06.31
67Shang JincaiCHN3:06.52
68Tautvydas StroliaLTU3:06.76
69Marko SkenderCRO3:06.86
70Roberts SlotiņšLAT3:07.41
71Manex SilvaBRA3:08.64
72Ádám KónyaHUN3:09.43
73Samuel IkpefanNGR3:09.57
74Janez LampičSLO3:09.95
75Franco dal FarraARG3:09.95
76Thibaut De MarreBEL3:10.66
77Batmönkhiin AchbadrakhMGL3:11.60
78Isak Stianson PedersenISL3:11.95
79Liu RongshengCHN3:12.14
80Emre FıratTUR3:15.96
81Jeong Jong-WonKOR3:16.15
82Kim Min-UKOR3:19.76
83Apostolos AngelisGRE3:20.87
84Aleksandar GrbovićMNE3:24.12
85Yonathan FernándezCHI3:26.12
86Stavre JadaMKD3:29.13
87Elie TawkLBN3:47.73
88Carlos QuintanaCOL4:08.66

Quarter-Finals (8 February 2022 — 18:55)

Top 2 finishers in each heat, and next two fastest times, advance to semi-finals.

Heat 1

PosNrSkierNOCTime
13Johannes Høsflot KlæboNOR2:51.57Q
22Sergey UstyugovROC+0.37Q
317Oskar SvenssonSWE+0.69q
419Ben OgdenUSA+1.43q
527Anton PerssonSWE+1.78
616Renaud JayFRA+44.23

Heat 2

PosNrSkierNOCTime
16Federico PellegrinoITA2:53.08Q
21Lucas ChanavatFRA+0.35Q
318Marcus GrateSWE+0.63
424Valerio GrondSUI+1.04
521Michal NovákCZE+2.28
625Davide GrazITA+3.01

Heat 3

PosNrSkierNOCTime
14Richard JouveFRA2:57.92Q
27Håvard Solås TaugbølNOR+0.01Q
38Johan HäggströmSWE+0.09
422Kevin BolgerUSA+0.62
530Luke JagerUSA+1.22
629Luděk ŠellerCZE+3.91

Heat 4

PosNrSkierNOCTime
115Erik ValnesNOR2:49.31Q
210Artyom MaltsevROC+1.06Q
311Lauri VuorinenFIN+5.33
428Raimo VīgantsLAT+17.32
514Pål GolbergNOR+25.50
65Wang QiangCHNRAL1

Heat 5

PosNrSkierNOCTime
123Joni MäkiFIN2:57.59Q
212Aleksandr TerentyevROC+0.34Q
313J. C. SchoonmakerUSA+0.54
426Maciej StaręgaPOL+0.97
520Jovian HedigerSUI+1.28
69Ondřej ČernýCZE+13.03

Semi-Finals (8 February 2022 — 19:35)

Top 2 finishers in each heat, and next two fastest times, advance to final.

Heat 1

PosNrSkierNOCTime
16Federico PellegrinoITA2:52.17Q
23Johannes Høsflot KlæboNOR+0.06Q
34Richard JouveFRA+0.14
42Sergey UstyugovROC+0.18
51Lucas ChanavatFRA+0.75
619Ben OgdenUSA+1.24

Heat 2

PosNrSkierNOCTime
112Aleksandr TerentyevROC2:50.67Q
223Joni MäkiFIN+0.43Q
310Artyom MaltsevROC+0.83q
417Oskar SvenssonSWE+0.55q
57Håvard Solås TaugbølNOR+1.79
615Erik ValnesNOR+22.61

Final Round (8 February 2022 — 20:00)

PosNrSkierNOCTime
13Johannes Høsflot KlæboNOR2:58.06
26Federico PellegrinoITA+0.26
312Aleksandr TerentyevROC+1.31
423Joni MäkiFIN+2.12
510Artyom MaltsevROC+3.59
617Oskar SvenssonSWE+6.17