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4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men

Date25 February 1960
StatusOlympic
LocationMcKinney Creek Stadium, Tahoma, California
Participants44 from 11 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 121 m
Maximum Climb: ?
Total Climbing: 348 m

The relay event was held two days after the close 15 km race. The Soviet team was the defending Olympic champions, but the Swedish team had beaten the Soviets in the World Championships in 1958, and both Finland and Norway also had medal aspirations.

On the first leg, Sweden’s Lars Olsson took the lead, seven seconds ahead of Finland’s Toimi Alatalo with Norway’s Harald Gronningen close behind. The opening man for the Soviet team, Anatoly Shelyukin, ran into trouble in the thin air and was a distant eight at the exchange, 2:21 behind the leader. On the second leg, Norway’s Hallgeir Brenden and Finland’s 22-year-old Eero Mäntyranta come together at the exchange. Sweden’s Janne Stefansson also got into trouble, and Sweden had dropped to sixth place at the exchange, passed also by the Soviets. Józef Rysula, at only 20-years-old, had brought Poland into third place, closely followed by Italy. In the third leg, Norway’s Einar Østby left Finlands Vainö Huhtala behind, and gave the Olympic 15 km champion Håkon Brusveen a 20 second lead ahead of Veikko Hakulinen. The Soviet Union’s Aleksey Kuznetsov had brought Soviet up to third position, but they were 2:21 behind the leader and out of contention for the gold medal. Hakulinen caught Brusveen halfway on the last leg and had a 30 m lead, but the energetic Brusveen was able to close the gap and the two rivals entered the ski stadium in McKinney Creek side-by-side. In a close finish, Hakulinen won by a couple of meters. Nikolay Anikin, the Soviet anchor leg skier, secured the bronze medal ahead of fast finishing Sixten Jernberg. It was Jernberg’s seventh Olympic start, and for the first time he was outside a medal position.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)
17FinlandFIN2-18:45.6Gold
7-1Toimi Alatalo35:03.035:03.0 (2)
7-2Eero Mäntyranta34:45.01-09:48.0 (=1)
7-3Väinö Huhtala35:01.01-44:49.0 (2)
7-4Veikko Hakulinen33:56.62-18:45.6 (1)
21NorwayNOR2-18:46.4Silver
1-1Harald Grønningen35:07.035:07.0 (3)
1-2Hallgeir Brenden34:41.01-09:48.0 (=1)
1-3Einar Østby34:41.01-44:29.0 (1)
1-4Håkon Brusveen34:17.42-18:46.4 (2)
38Soviet UnionURS2-21:21.6Bronze
8-1Anatoly Shelyukhin37:17.037:17.0 (8)
8-2Gennady Vaganov34:22.01-11:39.0 (5)
8-3Aleksey Kuznetsov35:11.01-46:50.0 (3)
8-4Nikolay Anikin34:31.62-21:21.6 (3)
43SwedenSWE2-21:31.8
3-1Lars Olsson34:56.034:56.0 (1)
3-2Janne Stefansson37:44.01-12:40.0 (6)
3-3Lennart Larsson34:44.01-47:24.0 (5)
3-4Sixten Jernberg34:07.82-21:31.8 (4)
54ItalyITA2-22:32.5
4-1Giulio De Florian35:37.035:37.0 (4)
4-2Giuseppe Steiner35:59.01-11:36.0 (4)
4-3Pompeo Fattor35:30.01-47:06.0 (4)
4-4Marcello De Dorigo35:26.52-22:32.5 (5)
65PolandPOL2-26:25.3
5-1Andrzej Mateja36:22.036:22.0 (5)
5-2Józef Rysula35:13.01-11:35.0 (3)
5-3Józef Gut Misiaga37:19.01-48:54.0 (6)
5-4Kazimierz Zelek37:31.32-26:25.3 (6)
79FranceFRA2-26:30.8
9-1Victor Arbez36:50.036:50.0 (6)
9-2René Mandrillon36:46.01-13:36.0 (7)
9-3Benoît Carrara36:41.01-50:17.0 (7)
9-4Jean Mermet36:13.82-26:30.8 (7)
810SwitzerlandSUI2-29:36.8
10-1Fritz Kocher37:43.037:43.0 (10)
10-2Marcel Huguenin38:15.01-15:58.0 (9)
10-3Lorenz Possa36:37.01-52:35.0 (8)
10-4Alphonse Baume37:01.82-29:36.8 (8)
92GermanyGER2-31:47.1
2-1Kuno Werner37:27.037:27.0 (9)
2-2Helmut Hagg37:53.01-15:20.0 (8)
2-3Werner Haase37:58.01-53:18.0 (9)
2-4Enno Röder38:29.12-31:47.1 (9)
106JapanJPN2-36:44.9
6-1Takashi Matsuhashi39:02.039:02.0 (11)
6-2Kazuo Sato37:41.01-16:43.0 (10)
6-3Eiji Kurita39:17.01-56:00.0 (10)
6-4Akemi Taniguchi40:44.92-36:44.9 (10)
1111United StatesUSA2-38:01.8
11-1Mack Miller37:04.037:04.0 (7)
11-2Karl Bohlin40:47.01-17:51.0 (11)
11-3John Dendahl39:11.01-57:02.0 (11)
11-4Peter Lahdenpera40:59.82-38:01.8 (11)