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30 kilometres, Men

Date 4 February 1972 — 9:00
StatusOlympic
LocationMakomanai Cross Country Events Site, Sapporo
Participants59 from 18 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 119 m
Intermediate 1: 10.0 km
Intermediate 2: 20.0 km
Maximum Climb: 85 m
Total Climbing: 823 m

Soviet’s Vyacheslav Vedenin – who won Olympic silver in the 50 km event in 1968 – had a great World Championships in 1970, winning the 30 km race, placing second in the 50 km race and also becoming World Champion as a member of the winning Soviet relay team. He was one of the hottest favorites for the 30 km Olympic gold in Sapporo, but started rather slowly and was lying in seventh place after 10 km, almost half a minute behind the leader, his teammate Fyodor Simashov, who was the bronze medalist at 15 km at the 1970 World Championships. In second place, four seconds behind Simashev, was another Soviet skier, Vladimir Dolganov, followed by the Norwegian Johs Harviken, another four seconds behind. But now Vedenin started his move. At 20 km he was in the lead, 11 seconds ahead of the Norwegian Pål Tyldum, who had advanced from sixth to second position. Gunnar Larsson from Sweden had moved from fifth to third, and Harviken was close behind, still among the medal contenders. Dolganov had dropped to sixth and Simashev to seventh, seemingly out of the medal struggle. Vedenin finished strongly and won the first ever Olympic cross-country gold for a Soviet man with a margin of over 54 seconds. The fight for the other medals was very tight between the two Norwegians and Larsson. Harviken, starting half a minute behind his Swedish rival, had a strong finish and beat Larsson’s final time by just over one second. Tyldum, starting last of all the competitors, was able to stay ahead of his countryman and won the silver medal, defeating Harviken by seven seconds. The West German veteran Walter Demel, starting in his third Winter Olympics, finished strongly to finish in fifth place.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)
154Vyacheslav VedeninURS1-36:31.1530:52.78 (7)1-05:39.72 (1)Gold
260Pål TyldumNOR1-37:25.3030:52.55 (6)1-05:50.18 (2)Silver
336Johs HarvikenNOR1-37:32.4430:32.52 (3)1-06:02.05 (4)Bronze
435Gunnar LarssonSWE1-37:33.7230:39.82 (5)1-05:56.64 (3)
557Walter DemelFRG1-37:45.5330:56.62 (8)1-06:10.89 (5)
618Fyodor SimashovURS1-38:22.5030:24.24 (1)1-06:23.93 (7)
712Alois KälinSUI1-38:40.7230:37.26 (4)1-06:26.86 (8)
853Gert-Dietmar KlauseGDR1-39:15.5431:16.51 (17)1-07:43.76 (14)
958Stanislav HenychTCH1-39:24.2931:13.90 (15)1-07:09.03 (9)
1045Gerhard GehringFRG1-39:44.4731:06.90 (13)1-07:16.92 (10)
1127Lars-Göran ÅslundSWE1-39:45.2931:01.21 (9)1-07:19.63 (12)
1224Axel LesserGDR1-39:49.2431:10.35 (14)1-07:56.84 (16)
1352Sven-Åke LundbäckSWE1-39:54.3531:01.86 (10)1-07:18.25 (11)
1444Edi HauserSUI1-40:14.9831:23.23 (18)1-07:45.78 (15)
152Yury SkobovURS1-40:18.7031:04.98 (12)1-07:42.47 (13)
1643Vladimir DolganovURS1-40:48.8530:28.84 (2)1-06:16.97 (6)
1750Fredel KälinSUI1-41:35.3431:46.27 (24)1-08:27.38 (18)
188Gerd HeßlerGDR1-41:37.4731:24.14 (19)1-08:36.07 (20)
1915Eero MäntyrantaFIN1-41:40.5131:39.88 (23)1-08:22.62 (17)
2038Elviro BlancITA1-41:44.3232:08.57 (30)1-08:48.30 (22)
2119Magne MyrmoNOR1-42:23.4031:13.93 (16)1-08:31.98 (19)
2213Teuvo HatunenFIN1-42:27.1831:54.51 (27)1-09:27.45 (25)
2349Kunio ShibataJPN1-42:30.8331:58.94 (29)1-09:27.96 (26)
2448Ulrico KostnerITA1-42:44.0632:10.86 (31)1-09:42.93 (27)
2541Jean-Paul VandelFRA1-42:45.8831:58.85 (28)1-09:14.20 (24)
2647Mike ElliottUSA1-43:15.0332:23.16 (36)1-09:50.61 (29)
2737Eberhard KlessenGDR1-43:15.9931:53.19 (26)1-09:46.71 (28)
287Thomas MagnusonSWE1-43:26.0231:03.13 (11)1-08:45.67 (21)
2939Jan StaszelPOL1-43:35.6832:11.93 (32)1-10:01.49 (33)
3023Mike GallagherUSA1-43:39.4131:51.23 (25)1-09:54.97 (30)
316Ole EllefsæterNOR1-44:25.2131:24.97 (20)1-09:55.62 (31)
329Renzo ChiocchettiITA1-44:35.0331:36.12 (21)1-09:57.92 (32)
3355Herbert WachterAUT1-44:45.6732:22.05 (35)1-09:05.74 (23)
3440Ján FajstavrTCH1-44:49.4533:41.27 (49)1-11:45.19 (42)
3529Hartmut DöppFRG1-44:51.0532:11.96 (33)1-10:39.39 (35)
3614Attilio LombardITA1-45:03.7232:27.20 (38)1-11:07.74 (37)
3732Hideo TanifujiJPN1-45:37.1332:19.72 (34)1-10:24.24 (34)
3810Edgar EckertFRG1-45:38.5132:27.88 (39)1-11:11.00 (38)
3926Petar PankovBUL1-45:50.6632:51.33 (42)1-11:58.38 (43)
4030Ján MichalkoTCH1-46:19.3632:37.21 (41)1-11:44.67 (41)
4121Werner GeeserSUI1-46:20.3631:39.63 (22)1-10:55.57 (36)
4211Bob GrayUSA1-46:38.3132:57.74 (43)1-12:25.35 (48)
4346Malcolm HunterCAN1-46:51.4733:11.64 (45)1-12:21.12 (46)
443Seiji KudoJPN1-47:00.4032:24.88 (37)1-11:12.57 (39)
4556Daniel CeriseyFRA1-47:03.0133:36.66 (48)1-12:14.16 (45)
4642Ventsislav StoyanovBUL1-47:11.6833:26.15 (47)1-12:21.15 (47)
4722Tomio OkamuraJPN1-47:50.2232:31.79 (40)1-11:44.50 (40)
4834Heinrich WallnerAUT1-48:05.4233:23.39 (46)1-12:11.36 (44)
491Gilbert FaureFRA1-48:12.1933:01.30 (44)1-12:59.62 (49)
5020Jarl Omholt-JensenCAN1-51:14.0434:22.07 (51)1-15:22.96 (52)
5117Danzangiin NarantungalagMGL1-51:29.8833:55.21 (50)1-13:34.08 (50)
524Namsrain SandagdorjMGL1-52:14.6734:26.95 (52)1-14:38.79 (51)
5359Clark MatisUSA1-52:18.5235:46.51 (55)1-15:57.51 (53)
5431Keith OliverGBR1-54:10.6035:45.87 (54)1-17:58.78 (55)
5525Terry PalliserGBR1-54:39.4135:18.55 (53)1-16:42.53 (54)
AC16Josef HauserAUT– (–)– (–)DNF
AC28Roland JeannerodFRA– (–)– (–)DNF
AC33Raimo LehtinenFIN– (–)– (–)DNF
AC51Osmo KarjalainenFIN– (–)– (–)DNF
DNS5Ján IlavskýTCH– (–)– (–)