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15 kilometres, Men

Date 2 February 1964 — 9:30
StatusOlympic
LocationLanglaufstadion, Seefeld
Participants71 from 21 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 192 m
Intermediate 1: 5.0 km
Intermediate 2: 10.0 km
Maximum Climb: 68 m
Total Climbing: 492 m

The 15 km race was contested three days after the opening 30 km cross country race. The Swede Assar Rönnlund, placing seventh on the opening distance, had been World Champion at 15 km in 1962, closely followed by three Norwegians, all of them on the Norwegian 1964 Olympic team for the distance: Harald Grønningen, Einar Østby and Magnar Lundemo. But the recent 30 km Olympic Champion, Eero Mäntyranta was also considered the top favorite in this event.

At the 5 km checkpoint, Mäntyranta was already in the lead, 12 seconds ahead of countryman Kalevi Lauria, with Grønningen and Rönnlund following closely in third and fourth place. At 10 km Mäntyranta was still in the lead, but Grønningen had advanced to second place, only 11 seconds behind and 7 seconds ahead of Laurila in third place. Rönnlund had dropped from fourth to tenth position, but two other Swedes, Sixten Jernberg and Janne Stefansson had advanced to fourth and fifth, only one and two seconds behind Laurila.

In the final 5 km Mäntyranta increased his speed and won his second Olympic gold medal, 40.7 seconds ahead of Grønningen. Jernberg would collect his seventh Olympic medal coming in third, closely followed by Väinö Huhtala, like Mäntyranta also a member of the Finnish gold winning relay team from 1960. Stefansson could hold his fifth place, only one second behind Huhtala, and Laurila, as in the 30 km, faded at the end and dropped down to ninth position. Best of the Middle Europeans was an Italian, the 22-year-old customs official Franco Nones, who would have his Olympic day of glory four years later.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)
160Eero MäntyrantaFIN50:54.117:43.8 (1)36:03.8 (1)Gold
271Harald GrønningenNOR51:34.817:57.5 (3)36:14.5 (2)Silver
322Sixten JernbergSWE51:42.218:01.0 (5)36:23.0 (4)Bronze
44Väinö HuhtalaFIN51:45.418:02.9 (6)36:27.9 (7)
558Janne StefanssonSWE51:46.418:04.7 (=7)36:24.7 (5)
665Pavel KolchinURS51:52.018:18.8 (13)36:44.8 (11)
752Igor VoronchikhinURS51:53.918:07.5 (9)36:41.5 (9)
83Magnar LundemoNOR51:55.218:04.7 (=7)36:27.7 (6)
947Kalevi LaurilaFIN51:59.817:55.8 (2)36:21.8 (3)
1068Franco NonesITA52:18.018:14.9 (10)36:54.9 (13)
1120Eino HuhtalaFIN52:18.218:15.6 (11)36:36.6 (8)
121Giuseppe SteinerITA52:28.018:18.9 (14)36:53.9 (12)
1310Assar RönnlundSWE52:35.517:57.7 (4)36:43.7 (10)
1428Gennady VaganovURS52:46.818:21.7 (16)37:20.7 (16)
1548Einar ØstbyNOR52:52.218:16.9 (12)37:01.9 (14)
1673Lars OlssonSWE52:57.918:25.9 (17)37:30.9 (17)
175Valery TarakanovURS52:58.218:20.7 (15)37:11.7 (15)
1827Giulio De FlorianITA53:31.718:53.8 (22)37:55.8 (18)
1926Félix MathieuFRA54:02.218:51.3 (21)38:14.3 (19)
2074Victor ArbezFRA54:04.018:58.6 (24)38:26.6 (21)
2167Józef RysulaPOL54:09.418:48.0 (19)38:16.0 (20)
2269Walter DemelGER54:37.018:54.8 (23)38:37.8 (22)
2356Roger PiresFRA54:38.519:06.6 (26)38:43.6 (23)
2438Enno RöderGER54:52.819:00.8 (25)38:59.8 (26)
2537Ole EllefsæterNOR55:10.818:47.8 (18)38:55.8 (25)
2643Tatsuo KitamuraJPN55:24.319:24.4 (34)39:06.4 (27)
2754Marcello De DorigoITA55:26.119:14.0 (31)38:55.0 (24)
2851Edward BudnyPOL55:35.219:09.1 (27)39:10.1 (28)
=2955Ladislav HrubýTCH55:44.919:52.5 (44)39:38.5 (37)
=2962Hans AmmannSUI55:44.919:09.9 (28)39:20.9 (31)
3133Hans-Sigfrid ObererSUI55:47.919:28.8 (36)39:30.8 (33)
3212Franz KälinSUI55:50.319:25.2 (35)39:32.2 (35)
3330Tadeusz JankowskiPOL55:57.219:11.0 (29)39:18.0 (30)
3414Don MacLeodCAN55:58.519:11.9 (30)39:16.9 (29)
3575Kazuo SatoJPN56:04.519:50.4 (42)39:45.4 (38)
3644Helmut WeidlichGER56:04.618:48.9 (20)39:31.9 (34)
3717Claude LegrandFRA56:05.819:22.9 (33)39:24.9 (32)
3813Mike GallagherUSA56:19.419:44.0 (40)39:46.0 (39)
3931Gheorghe BădescuROU56:29.619:16.9 (32)39:36.9 (36)
4042Konrad HischierSUI56:42.319:45.1 (41)40:00.1 (40)
4159Mike ElliottUSA56:51.819:51.8 (43)40:21.8 (43)
4229Hidezo TakahashiJPN57:03.419:41.3 (39)40:07.3 (41)
4366Stefan MitkovBUL57:05.020:06.7 (45)40:32.7 (46)
448Karl BuhlGER57:10.219:40.9 (38)40:24.9 (45)
4519Józef Gut MisiagaPOL57:27.119:39.8 (37)40:22.8 (44)
4657Roman SeljakYUG57:30.020:16.1 (49)41:14.1 (48)
4753Karl BohlinUSA57:54.020:12.7 (46)41:09.7 (47)
4815Hermann LacknerAUT58:04.020:14.9 (48)41:14.9 (49)
4923Dick TaylorUSA58:19.620:14.1 (47)41:32.1 (51)
5070Cveto PavčičYUG58:21.020:20.2 (50)41:18.2 (50)
5161Franz PortmannCAN58:47.020:43.2 (53)41:48.2 (52)
5224Hubert SchrottAUT59:01.720:48.0 (54)42:08.0 (54)
5350Anton KoglerAUT59:10.620:36.0 (51)41:54.0 (53)
5441Luvsan-Ayuushiin DashdemberelMGL1-00:08.120:51.5 (55)42:36.5 (56)
557Þórhallur SveinssonISL1-00:14.920:40.8 (52)40:13.8 (42)
5663John MooreGBR1-00:16.621:05.7 (58)43:09.7 (57)
5721Svend CarlsenDEN1-00:20.720:56.2 (56)42:31.2 (55)
5818Chogoro YahataJPN1-00:46.121:31.5 (60)43:19.5 (58)
5972Günther RiegerAUT1-01:07.321:27.9 (59)43:34.9 (60)
6034Janko KobentarYUG1-01:14.621:35.7 (61)43:52.7 (61)
6149Eric LuomaCAN1-01:39.822:06.8 (64)44:18.8 (62)
6225Andrew MorganGBR1-02:20.921:49.7 (62)44:24.7 (63)
6311Banzragchiin ZunduiMGL1-02:21.521:04.7 (57)43:29.7 (59)
6464Sodnomtserengiin NatsagdorjMGL1-02:23.421:56.5 (63)44:31.5 (64)
6536Martti RautioCAN1-02:52.422:29.3 (67)45:00.3 (66)
6646David ReesGBR1-03:06.822:16.6 (65)44:57.6 (65)
6732Birgir GuðlaugssonISL1-04:53.922:45.6 (68)46:20.6 (67)
6835Dambadarjaagiin BaadaiMGL1-05:23.622:20.0 (66)46:27.0 (68)
699Frederick AndrewGBR1-06:51.423:39.9 (69)47:34.9 (69)
AC2Mirko BavčeYUG– (–)– (–)DNF
AC40Borislav OchushkiBUL– (–)– (–)DNF
DNS6Yang Yong-OkKOR– (–)– (–)
DNS39Kim Ko-AmPRK– (–)– (–)
DNS16Ri Kyoo-HwanPRK– (–)– (–)
DNS45Yang Duk-SoonPRK– (–)– (–)