| Event type

50 kilometres (Mass Start, Freestyle), Men1

Date19 February 2022 — 15:00
LocationZhangjiakou Nordic Centre and Biathlon Centre, Chongli District, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province
Participants60 from 32 countries
FormatDistance shortened to 28.4 km because of cold weather and late start.
DetailsCourse Length: 28,400 m
Height Differential: 82 m
Intermediate 1: 7.1 km
Intermediate 2: 14.2 km
Intermediate 3: 21.3 km
Maximum Climb: 44 m
Total Climbing: 1,172 m

For the first time in the history of the Winter Games, the race was not held over the full 50 km. Because of icy temperatures and strong winds, the start was pushed back by an hour and the distance shortened to just under 30 km.

Cross-country skier Aleksandr Bolshunov won the “Marathon”, showing his powers of endurance. He underlined his dominance in cross-country skiing at Beijing 2022 and secured the gold in the last men’s cross-country race of the Games, in a time of 1:11:32.0. His compatriot Ivan Yakimushkin finished 5.5 seconds behind his team-mate to take silver, with Norwegian Simen Hegstad Krüger taking the bronze (+7.0 seconds).

Bolshunov claimed his third gold medal of the Games following earlier triumphs in the 15 km + 15 km skiathlon and the 4x10 km relay. For Krüger, it was a remarkable achievement in what his only race at these Olympic. He fell ill with Covid-19 the month before the start of the Games , with his arrival in Beijing delayed due to 10 days in quarantine. Krüger did his best to stay in good condition during isolation by using an exercise bike and walking laps of his hotel room.

The field was close together for a long time, and advances by individual runners were repeatedly thwarted. The pace wasn’t too high owing to the slow snow on the trail, and the athletes had to pace themselves on the demanding course. The first attacks came after about a third of the race. The field spread out for the first time and a group of about 15 runners was able to pull away. Halfway through the race, it was the Russians who dominated, notably with top favorite Bolshunov.

Eight runners tackled the last few km together and waited for the right moment to make the decisive attack. It was Bolshunov, who injected two decisive bursts of acceleration, at six kilometres then 2.6 kilometres from the finish, to leave his rivals trailing.

Johannes Høsflot Klæbo was considered one of the medal candidates on the shortened route. But the Norwegian, who had already won gold twice in Beijing, couldn’t keep up the pace halfway through the race and dropped out after 20 kilometres.

12Aleksandr BolshunovROC1-11:32.7Gold
23Ivan YakimushkinROC1-11:38.2Silver
34Simen Hegstad KrügerNOR1-11:39.7Bronze
45Artyom MaltsevROC1-11:43.4
57Sjur RøtheNOR1-11:48.5
66Denis SpitsovROC1-11:58.9
714Clément ParisseFRA1-12:01.5
827Scott PattersonUSA1-12:06.6
922William PoromaaSWE1-12:29.1
1015Maurice ManificatFRA1-12:30.3
1120Roman FurgerSUI1-13:24.8
1212Andrew MusgraveGBR1-13:29.3
138Hans Christer HolundNOR1-13:30.2
1417Dario ColognaSUI1-13:31.1
1531Jules LapierreFRA1-13:50.3
1618Jens BurmanSWE1-14:22.3
1725Jason RüeschSUI1-14:48.4
1828Giandomenico SalvadoriITA1-14:49.1
1921Perttu HyvärinenFIN1-14:49.5
2016Jonas DoblerGER1-14:50.0
2133Imanol RojoESP1-14:50.5
2234Candide PralongSUI1-14:50.5
2338Snorri EinarssonISL1-14:51.6
2426Naoto BabaJPN1-14:52.7
2524Irineu Esteve AltimirasAND1-15:09.8
2619Florian NotzGER1-15:32.2
2746Olivier LéveilléCAN1-15:54.3
2837Remi LindholmFIN1-15:55.6
2930Thomas Maloney WestgårdIRL1-15:59.0
3035Dominik BuryPOL1-16:01.0
3110Friedrich MochGER1-16:03.6
3232Paolo VenturaITA1-16:05.4
3311Lucas BöglGER1-16:11.5
3423Adrien BackscheiderFRA1-16:16.6
3542Rémi DroletCAN1-16:27.1
3647Alvar AlevEST1-16:28.4
3736Petr KnopCZE1-16:35.0
3813Calle HalfvarssonSWE1-16:47.6
3929Leo JohanssonSWE1-17:16.5
4044Ján KoristekSVK1-17:26.0
4139Chen DegenCHN1-18:14.1
4240Adam FellnerCZE1-18:14.3
4343Yevgeny VelichkoKAZ1-18:43.8
4441Raimo VīgantsLAT1-18:55.2
4551Badelihan HadesiCHN1-19:45.9
4645Wang QiangCHN1-19:53.5
4756Thibaut De MarreBEL1-19:53.8
4850Liu RongshengCHN1-19:58.5
4961Mark ChanloungTHA1-20:11.5
5048Mateusz HaratykPOL1-20:24.0
5158Seve de CampoAUS1-21:02.5
5249Strahinja ErićBIH1-21:07.6
5355Phil BellinghamAUS1-23:03.8
5454Roberts SlotiņšLAT1-24:46.4
5557Ádám KónyaHUN1-25:21.4
5653Stavre JadaMKD1-25:41.8
5760Marko SkenderCRO1-30:34.5
5859Manex SilvaBRA1-33:11.8
5952Apostolos AngelisGRE1-34:04.2
DNF1Johannes Høsflot KlæboNOR
DNS9Michal NovákCZEDNS