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15 kilometres, Men

Date 7 February 1972 — 9:00
StatusOlympic
LocationMakomanai Cross Country Events Site, Sapporo
Participants62 from 19 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 130 m
Intermediate 1: 5.0 km
Intermediate 2: 10.0 km
Maximum Climb: 92 m
Total Climbing: 502 m

Sweden’s Lars-Göran Åslund was the reigning 1970 World Champion, winning the distance in a convincing way in Vysoke Tatra. He was on the Swedish team, but obviously not in his best shape, while another Swede, 24-year old Sven-Åke Lundbäck, dominated the 15 km race from start to finish. At 5 km he was in the lead, nine seconds ahead of East German Gert-Dietmar Klause, who eventually faded to 13th place. At 10 km, Lundbäck had increased his lead to half-a-minute, and he would finish in superb style, his winning margin being almost 32 seconds. The struggle for the other medals developed into a fierce fight between five men. Yury Skobov, a 22-year old Soviet skier, was in second place at 10 km, 2.5 seconds ahead of another youngster, the 20-year-old Norwegian Ivar Formo. Under a second behind Formo was a young Finn, Juha Mieto, also aged 22, while lying fifth, only fifth seconds behind Mieto, was another Soviet athlete, Fyodor Simashov. First to finish among those was Skobov, taking an early lead at the finish. Five minutes later Formo approached the finishing line, finishing strongly and beating Skobov’s time with 1.9 seconds. But Simashev had the strongest finish of all and bettered Formo’s time by 1.9 seconds. After Lundbäck had finished his gold medal race, only Mieto among the last starters could do something regarding the distribution of the medals. The big Finn, at 1.97 m tall, finished bravely, but arrived at the finishing line just 0.06 seconds behind Formo in the unlucky fourth position. Eight years later Mieto was involved in another hundreds-of a-second duel, this time for a gold medal.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)
154Sven-Åke LundbäckSWE45:28.2414:43.35 (1)30:51.88 (1)Gold
252Fyodor SimashovURS46:00.8415:10.88 (10)31:30.30 (5)Silver
334Ivar FormoNOR46:02.6815:07.72 (8)31:24.34 (3)Bronze
457Juha MietoFIN46:02.7415:02.47 (5)31:25.23 (4)
523Yury SkobovURS46:04.5915:05.83 (7)31:21.87 (2)
635Axel LesserGDR46:17.0115:03.84 (6)31:38.93 (8)
761Walter DemelFRG46:17.3615:01.67 (3)31:33.05 (7)
837Gunnar LarssonSWE46:23.2915:18.70 (14)31:47.08 (10)
99Oddvar BråNOR46:25.8815:11.99 (12)31:50.31 (14)
1038Osmo KarjalainenFIN46:27.5115:20.64 (18)31:54.73 (16)
1159Edi HauserSUI46:30.5315:19.73 (16)31:48.78 (13)
1212Vladimir VoronkovURS46:33.4315:11.06 (11)31:44.50 (9)
1363Gert-Dietmar KlauseGDR46:34.4014:52.60 (2)31:32.34 (6)
1428Albert GigerSUI46:38.3615:20.39 (17)31:53.45 (15)
1546Johs HarvikenNOR46:46.3615:19.54 (15)31:58.12 (18)
1642Valery TarakanovURS46:48.3215:20.73 (19)31:59.02 (19)
1741Alois KälinSUI46:50.3115:10.01 (9)31:47.75 (11)
1829Lars-Göran ÅslundSWE46:56.2315:12.99 (13)31:55.12 (17)
1958Magne MyrmoNOR47:02.5515:02.41 (4)31:48.10 (12)
2015Tord BackmanSWE47:22.9715:29.21 (23)32:20.26 (21)
2156Stanislav HenychTCH47:25.8115:28.33 (22)32:13.38 (20)
2236Gerhard GehringFRG47:33.7815:27.52 (21)32:28.22 (22)
2324Juhani RepoFIN47:56.1615:40.55 (26)32:48.35 (24)
2453Carlo FavreITA47:59.0715:27.24 (20)32:45.51 (23)
2549Gerd HeßlerGDR48:04.1515:31.57 (24)32:52.21 (25)
263Rainer GroßGDR48:05.8615:41.70 (27)32:59.54 (27)
2747Tonio BiondiniITA48:10.0915:42.77 (30)32:56.03 (26)
2822Franco StellaITA48:17.1415:41.81 (28)33:00.52 (28)
2939Ján FajstavrTCH48:18.2215:49.18 (33)33:01.23 (29)
3021Ján MichalkoTCH48:31.6415:43.71 (31)33:05.94 (30)
3155Roland JeannerodFRA48:32.4215:52.69 (34)33:19.27 (33)
3214Hartmut DöppFRG48:46.0815:33.10 (25)33:07.49 (31)
3350Jan StaszelPOL48:46.7215:47.72 (32)33:17.14 (32)
3416Hansüli KreuzerSUI48:55.3715:55.71 (37)33:29.90 (34)
358Manne LiimatainenFIN48:59.9015:56.95 (38)33:41.78 (36)
3627Franz BetzFRG49:00.4115:41.90 (29)33:35.52 (35)
3719Hideo TanifujiJPN49:06.9716:12.17 (43)33:49.08 (37)
3830Heinrich WallnerAUT49:17.9715:55.51 (36)33:56.84 (40)
3944Jean-Paul VandelFRA49:22.8916:01.98 (39)33:52.68 (39)
4017Franco NonesITA49:35.4316:26.86 (48)34:17.30 (46)
4160Kunio ShibataJPN49:38.9516:14.34 (44)34:12.06 (43)
4251Herbert WachterAUT49:44.1315:54.77 (35)33:52.67 (38)
4340Akiyoshi MatsuokaJPN49:50.7216:05.54 (41)34:02.65 (41)
4426Everett DunkleeUSA49:52.2016:30.57 (50)34:13.92 (44)
4543Malcolm HunterCAN49:54.0816:09.08 (42)34:05.52 (42)
4633Daniel CeriseyFRA50:05.8816:02.37 (40)34:22.62 (49)
4725Petar PankovBUL50:06.7416:31.37 (51)34:17.57 (47)
484Gérard GranclementFRA50:07.1116:23.24 (47)34:21.64 (48)
4962Fred KellyCAN50:07.2216:19.65 (45)34:16.35 (45)
5032Roger AllenCAN50:41.3116:20.50 (46)34:54.44 (51)
516Motoharu MatsumuraJPN50:43.7616:45.24 (54)34:56.90 (52)
5211Jarl Omholt-JensenCAN50:52.1416:48.88 (55)35:05.62 (53)
532Ventsislav StoyanovBUL50:54.9816:32.28 (52)34:53.49 (50)
5445Tim CaldwellUSA51:17.9216:29.31 (49)35:12.80 (54)
5513Ronny YeagerUSA51:36.5416:41.87 (53)35:24.23 (55)
5620Danzangiin NarantungalagMGL52:06.1817:06.79 (56)35:27.82 (56)
571Namsrain SandagdorjMGL52:48.5417:11.82 (58)35:57.26 (57)
5864Larry MartinUSA53:13.9117:08.80 (57)36:51.06 (58)
5948Terry PalliserGBR54:11.9817:36.84 (60)37:22.82 (59)
6031Peter StrongGBR54:41.9917:43.82 (61)37:45.89 (60)
615Harry TobinGBR56:05.0517:28.71 (59)38:28.51 (61)
6218Liang Reng-GueyTPE1-03:35.6620:27.66 (62)43:43.04 (62)
DNS7Josef HauserAUT– (–)– (–)
DNS10Ján IlavskýTCH– (–)– (–)