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15 kilometres, Men

Date13 February 1984 — 8:45
StatusOlympic
LocationVeliko Polje, Igman
Participants91 from 31 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 120 m
Intermediate 1: 5.0 km
Intermediate 2: 10.0 km
Maximum Climb: 36 m
Total Climbing: 562 m

Defending champion Thomas Wassberg chose to save himself for the 50 km race and did not participate. His great rival from the 1980 games, Juha Mieto, who lost to Wassberg in 1980 by the closest possible margin, one one hundredth of a second, was present. The Finnish veteran, now 34, was still hoping for an Olympic gold medal. Another Finn, Harri Kirvesniemi, was in the lead after 5.8 km, six seconds ahead of the new 22-year-old Swedish cross-country star Gunde Svan. The Finns were doing well, Aki Karvonen in third position, only two seconds behind Svan, and Mieto followed in fourth place, ahead of the 30 km winner Nikolay Zimyatov. At the next intermediate checkpoint, Svan had taken over the lead, but it was very close. Kirvesniemi was in second and Karvonen in third place, only five and seven seconds behind the leader. Mieto was still fourth, 20 seconds behind. Zimyatov had slowed down to eighth, 50 seconds behind the young Swedish leader. In the final stages of the race Svan skied brilliantly, maintaining the Swedish tradition and secured his country’s sixth Olympic gold medal at the distance. Karvonen finished stronger than Kirvesniemi and was rewarded with the silver medal, Mieto once again missed the podium in fourth place. The Norwegian Ove Aunli finished with the fifth best time, but was disqualified for using skating strokes over the last 200 m.

In 1984, Gunde Svan was at the dawn of a great career which would last for seven more seasons. He remains, thru 2009, the youngest male Olympic cross-country champion of all time, being 22 years, 1 month and 1 day old when he won the 1984 15 km race. Closest to him is Thomas Alsgaard from Norway, who won the 1994 30 km race when he was 22 years, 1 month and 4 days old.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)
173Gunde SvanSWE41:25.617:54.7 (2)29:55.3 (1)Gold
263Aki KarvonenFIN41:34.917:56.7 (3)30:02.2 (3)Silver
337Harri KirvesniemiFIN41:45.617:48.7 (1)30:00.8 (2)Bronze
488Juha MietoFIN42:05.818:07.8 (4)30:15.0 (4)
58Vladimir NikitinURS42:31.618:25.4 (13)30:51.2 (9)
686Nikolay ZimyatovURS42:34.518:14.0 (5)30:45.6 (7)
774Uwe BellmannGDR42:35.818:30.3 (15)30:53.3 (10)
854Tor Håkon HolteNOR42:37.418:24.9 (12)30:44.4 (6)
972Maurilio De ZoltITA42:40.018:23.0 (9)30:38.8 (5)
1033Oleksandr BatiukURS42:42.218:17.5 (6)30:55.7 (12)
1189Andi GrünenfelderSUI42:45.718:22.4 (7)31:00.7 (15)
1235Giachem GuidonSUI42:45.918:47.3 (=19)31:06.3 (17)
135Kari HärkönenFIN42:49.318:23.8 (=10)30:58.0 (13)
1446Giorgio VanzettaITA42:54.918:22.6 (8)30:54.0 (11)
1517Sven-Erik DanielssonSWE42:55.918:32.9 (16)31:03.5 (16)
1662Aleksandr ZavyalovURS42:59.018:28.1 (14)30:46.1 (8)
1727Pål Gunnar MikkelsplassNOR42:59.718:23.8 (=10)30:59.5 (14)
1870Dan SimoneauUSA43:03.418:40.5 (17)31:17.9 (19)
1942Benny KohlbergSWE43:21.518:44.8 (18)31:20.7 (20)
2013Geir HolteNOR43:23.318:48.0 (21)31:13.0 (18)
2149Pierre HarveyCAN43:36.418:50.6 (23)31:29.3 (21)
2252Torgny MogrenSWE43:39.418:53.4 (25)31:36.5 (24)
2356Uwe WünschGDR43:49.918:48.8 (22)31:33.9 (22)
241Giulio CapitanioITA43:50.818:54.1 (26)31:35.7 (23)
2579Alois StadloberAUT43:51.618:52.3 (24)31:44.6 (29)
264Frank SchröderGDR43:52.118:56.7 (=28)31:44.0 (28)
2777Bill KochUSA43:53.718:57.0 (30)31:43.9 (27)
2859Konrad HallenbarterSUI44:00.319:00.2 (31)31:50.0 (32)
2991Miloš BečvářTCH44:00.818:47.3 (=19)31:39.5 (25)
3057Stefan DotzlerFRG44:02.618:56.7 (=28)31:41.8 (26)
3169Dominique LocatelliFRA44:07.519:23.4 (35)32:03.9 (33)
3219Markus FähndrichSUI44:08.019:00.3 (32)31:46.9 (30)
3344Franz SchöbelFRG44:11.119:01.3 (33)31:49.5 (31)
3432Gianfranco PolvaraITA44:35.718:54.3 (27)32:06.7 (34)
3522Ivo ČarmanYUG45:04.019:35.4 (39)32:29.6 (36)
3687Józef ŁuszczekPOL45:04.819:29.0 (38)32:38.2 (39)
377Josef SchneiderFRG45:08.719:37.1 (41)32:36.0 (38)
3880Atanas SimitchievBUL45:17.019:25.2 (36)32:44.7 (40)
3945Tim CaldwellUSA45:21.219:18.9 (34)32:29.5 (35)
4082Dušan ĐurišičYUG45:24.619:28.4 (37)32:33.8 (37)
4121Karsten BrandtGDR45:40.119:52.7 (48)33:02.0 (42)
4220Konstantin RitterLIE45:41.519:47.5 (43)33:01.3 (41)
4365Hideaki YamadaJPN45:42.319:45.2 (42)33:03.2 (43)
4426Jean-Denis JaussaudFRA45:44.419:55.8 (49)33:09.1 (44)
4550José GiroESP45:50.320:05.7 (53)33:13.8 (47)
4667Pavel BencTCH46:03.819:36.6 (40)33:15.0 (48)
4784Kazunari SasakiJPN46:04.819:49.4 (44)33:13.5 (46)
482Sašo GrajfYUG46:21.120:05.1 (52)33:31.0 (52)
4968Einar ÓlafssonISL46:21.719:49.6 (45)33:10.6 (45)
5038Satoshi SatoJPN46:25.519:52.5 (47)33:25.2 (50)
5125Svetoslav AtanasovBUL46:28.920:23.0 (57)33:42.5 (56)
5261Milush IvanchevBUL46:30.120:04.9 (51)33:20.5 (49)
5347Andreas GumpoldAUT46:34.519:52.1 (46)33:31.5 (=53)
543Todd BoonstraUSA46:36.520:23.6 (58)33:48.5 (57)
5523Gottlieb KonráðssonISL46:37.820:00.5 (50)33:31.5 (=53)
569Yusei NakazawaJPN46:38.620:13.6 (54)33:29.7 (51)
5785John SpotswoodGBR46:53.720:16.5 (55)33:41.5 (55)
5860Mark MooreGBR47:03.220:17.0 (56)33:53.8 (58)
5953David HislopAUS47:25.520:38.1 (59)34:02.9 (59)
6031Mike DixonGBR48:18.620:54.3 (60)34:38.5 (60)
6124Miguel PratsESP48:30.621:03.7 (61)34:39.8 (61)
6283Park Ki-HoKOR48:55.621:09.2 (63)35:22.5 (64)
6315Marty WatkinsGBR49:08.721:19.2 (65)35:27.6 (65)
6440Chris AllenAUS49:14.521:13.0 (64)35:21.5 (63)
6558Luvsandashiin DorjMGL49:17.821:07.9 (62)35:16.6 (62)
6671Song ShiCHN49:42.121:39.3 (67)35:57.1 (67)
6790Li XiaomingCHN50:03.321:28.6 (66)35:56.3 (66)
6828Lin GuanghaoCHN50:26.122:00.4 (68)36:32.2 (68)
6916Zhu DianfaCHN50:42.322:11.1 (69)36:38.9 (69)
706Nihattin KocaTUR51:58.722:16.6 (70)37:26.6 (71)
7148Kim Bo-NamKOR52:04.422:36.7 (71)37:24.3 (70)
7275Norberto von BaumannARG52:08.922:37.3 (72)37:50.1 (72)
7364Julio César MoreschiARG52:19.123:17.5 (74)38:07.6 (73)
7455Erhan DursunTUR53:40.323:11.0 (73)38:44.3 (74)
7541Ricardo HollerARG54:34.623:45.7 (75)39:21.9 (75)
7618Martín PearsonARG54:50.023:53.9 (76)39:22.3 (76)
7714Dimitrios BiliourisGRE56:07.724:00.9 (77)40:21.5 (77)
7843Lazaros TosounidisGRE57:09.724:26.0 (78)40:37.9 (78)
7929Arturo KinchCRC58:42.925:12.4 (79)42:19.1 (79)
8066Ueng Ming-YihTPE1-00:10.626:34.0 (80)43:32.6 (80)
8112Chang Kun-ShungTPE1-02:57.726:59.7 (81)44:35.8 (81)
8211Andrea SammaritaniSMR1-03:05.327:42.9 (83)45:12.9 (82)
8336Wang Chi-HingTPE1-03:17.027:09.6 (82)45:17.3 (83)
AC34Muzaffer SelçukTUR– (–)– (–)DNF
AC78Jochen BehleFRG– (–)– (–)DNF
AC10Dondogiin GankhuyagMGL– (–)– (–)DQ1
AC30Vangansürengiin RenchinkhorolMGL– (–)– (–)DQ2
AC39Cho Sung-HoonKOR– (–)– (–)DQ3
AC51Jože KlemenčičYUG– (–)– (–)DQ4
AC81Ove AunliNOR– (–)– (–)DQ5
AC76Pürevjavyn BatsükhMGL50:35.2– (–)– (–)DQ6