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30 kilometres, Men

Date10 February 1984 — 8:30
StatusOlympic
LocationVeliko Polje, Igman
Participants72 from 26 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 134 m
Intermediate 1: 6.8 km
Intermediate 2: 15.0 km
Intermediate 3: 21.8 km
Maximum Climb: 36 m
Total Climbing: 910 m

The race was marred by bad weather conditions, heavy snowfall and a strong wind. The surprise 1982 World Champion at the distance, Sweden’s Thomas Eriksson, was not able to qualify for the 1984 Olympics. Nikolay Zimyatov, the triple gold medalist in cross-country skiing at the 1980 games, was not on the Soviet team for the 1982 World Championships, and kept a low international profile in the years before the 1984 Games, but in January 1984 he won the Soviet 30 km Championships, and was selected for the Olympic team. At 30 km, the opening distance of the 1984 Games, Zimyatov showed that he was a man for big Olympic occasions. At the first intermediate time (6.8 km) he was in the lead, 17 seconds ahead of his teammate Aleksandr Zavyalov, with another Soviet skier, 22-year-old Vladimir Sakhnov, in fourth place, 32 seconds behind the leader. The only man who was able to split the Soviet trio was Sweden’s new cross-country star, Gunde Svan, lying third two seconds ahead of Sakhnov. For the rest of the race the situation among the leading quartet was unchanged. At the last intermediate point, 8 km from home, Zimyatov had extended his lead to 46 seconds over Zavyalov, Svan only nine seconds behind. Zimyatov comfortably won his fourth Olympic gold medal with a margin of 27 seconds over his teammate Zavyalov. Svan, with the strongest finish, was only nine seconds behind Zavyalov in third place. Finland’s best was Aki Karvonen in fifth place, over two minutes behind the winner, and the silver medalist from the 1982 World Championships, Norway’s Lars Erik Eriksen followed in sixth, almost another half a minute behind.

With four Olympic gold medals in cross-country skiing, Zimyatov was now equal to two other cross-country skiers: the great Swede Sixten Jernberg (1964) and the cross-country queen of the 1970s, Galina Kulakova.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)
172Nikolay ZimyatovURS1-28:56.321:20.8 (1)43:48.0 (1)1-05:50.3 (1)Gold
248Aleksandr ZavyalovURS1-29:23.321:37.7 (2)44:07.9 (2)1-06:36.0 (2)Silver
368Gunde SvanSWE1-29:35.721:51.3 (3)44:29.3 (3)1-06:45.1 (3)Bronze
418Vladimir SakhnovURS1-30:30.421:53.2 (4)44:36.5 (4)1-07:08.8 (4)
537Aki KarvonenFIN1-30:59.721:59.7 (6)44:45.5 (5)1-07:32.3 (5)
659Lars Erik EriksenNOR1-31:24.822:07.6 (7)45:10.4 (9)1-08:01.3 (6)
763Harri KirvesniemiFIN1-31:37.421:53.4 (5)44:47.7 (6)1-08:05.3 (7)
820Juha MietoFIN1-31:48.322:24.2 (15)45:35.0 (11)1-08:25.9 (9)
940Maurilio De ZoltITA1-31:58.722:18.9 (11)45:47.0 (15)1-08:32.2 (11)
1070Uwe BellmannGDR1-31:59.322:22.6 (13)45:21.0 (10)1-08:30.1 (10)
1115Yury BurlakovURS1-32:19.622:12.7 (9)45:38.2 (12)1-08:36.1 (12)
1250Pål Gunnar MikkelsplassNOR1-32:20.622:29.7 (18)45:43.4 (14)1-08:45.6 (13)
1317Jan LindvallNOR1-32:23.322:20.4 (12)45:09.5 (7)1-08:46.5 (14)
1447Thomas WassbergSWE1-32:25.322:09.1 (8)45:09.9 (8)1-08:25.2 (8)
1565Jochen BehleFRG1-32:58.722:30.8 (19)46:03.1 (18)1-09:18.7 (16)
165Jan OttossonSWE1-33:01.322:31.0 (20)46:03.8 (19)1-09:17.8 (15)
1713Kari RistanenFIN1-33:02.622:38.9 (24)46:13.8 (22)1-09:33.8 (21)
1827Dominique LocatelliFRA1-33:25.322:29.0 (17)46:06.0 (20)1-09:28.4 (18)
1967Andi GrünenfelderSUI1-33:26.422:23.3 (14)45:41.2 (13)1-09:25.8 (17)
2032Giachem GuidonSUI1-33:28.322:49.4 (28)46:41.3 (27)1-09:58.8 (24)
=2152Pierre HarveyCAN1-33:44.422:36.6 (22)46:32.6 (25)1-09:49.8 (22)
=2143Bill KochUSA1-33:44.422:50.1 (29)46:10.6 (21)1-09:51.3 (23)
2323Torgny MogrenSWE1-33:52.022:45.8 (26)46:30.6 (24)1-10:00.7 (25)
2471Giorgio VanzettaITA1-33:54.322:14.1 (10)45:55.3 (16)1-09:32.8 (20)
2516Uwe WünschGDR1-34:13.922:28.2 (16)46:21.9 (23)1-10:10.9 (26)
2622Giulio CapitanioITA1-34:22.622:46.0 (27)46:48.0 (29)1-10:29.0 (27)
2764Miloš BečvářTCH1-34:37.222:31.8 (21)45:58.4 (17)1-09:29.7 (19)
2844Konrad HallenbarterSUI1-35:23.223:16.2 (35)46:53.2 (30)1-10:59.7 (30)
2936Dan SimoneauUSA1-35:50.722:38.5 (23)46:44.7 (28)1-10:38.8 (28)
3041Karsten BrandtGDR1-35:54.823:13.5 (34)47:29.4 (33)1-11:33.5 (32)
3162Franz GattermannAUT1-36:03.923:05.6 (31)47:04.0 (31)1-11:30.3 (31)
329Oddvar BråNOR1-36:23.423:20.5 (37)47:52.8 (36)1-11:57.6 (35)
3326Peter ZipfelFRG1-36:26.622:57.9 (30)46:38.1 (26)1-10:51.7 (29)
3439Pavel BencTCH1-36:30.323:12.0 (33)47:55.5 (37)1-11:46.1 (34)
3555Peter JuricAUT1-37:06.623:45.0 (41)48:03.5 (38)1-12:30.9 (37)
3658Jim GalanesUSA1-37:21.222:41.3 (25)47:14.7 (32)1-11:40.6 (33)
3754Stefan DotzlerFRG1-37:39.923:16.3 (36)47:36.7 (34)1-12:36.4 (38)
3824Jože KlemenčičYUG1-37:40.123:50.3 (42)48:23.5 (41)1-12:55.1 (40)
3911Gottlieb KonráðssonISL1-37:48.224:00.1 (46)48:26.0 (42)1-12:57.8 (41)
4069Ivo ČarmanYUG1-38:09.623:21.5 (38)48:15.7 (40)1-12:49.5 (39)
4166Józef ŁuszczekPOL1-38:11.723:07.8 (32)47:47.7 (35)1-12:26.3 (36)
4245Jean-Denis JaussaudFRA1-38:48.124:12.1 (49)48:50.3 (46)1-13:52.4 (44)
4329Frank SchröderGDR1-39:01.423:29.4 (39)48:14.3 (39)1-13:21.7 (42)
444Dušan ĐurišičYUG1-39:04.623:44.4 (40)48:46.2 (44)1-13:34.3 (43)
457Milush IvanchevBUL1-39:16.424:10.1 (48)48:56.4 (47)1-14:11.1 (48)
461Daniel SandozSUI1-39:18.623:52.6 (43)49:06.2 (49)1-14:16.7 (49)
4710Kevin BrochmanUSA1-39:24.623:57.6 (45)48:33.1 (43)1-14:02.3 (47)
4819Svetoslav AtanasovBUL1-39:25.824:17.7 (51)48:59.0 (48)1-13:59.8 (46)
4925Einar ÓlafssonISL1-39:32.223:52.8 (44)48:49.4 (45)1-13:55.8 (45)
5021Mark MooreGBR1-40:22.224:03.9 (47)49:10.2 (50)1-14:39.8 (50)
5153Janež KršinarYUG1-40:45.524:24.8 (52)49:35.8 (51)1-15:01.2 (51)
5257Andrew RawlinGBR1-41:33.924:42.7 (54)49:51.9 (53)1-15:28.2 (53)
5338Khristo BarzanovBUL1-41:39.925:00.9 (58)50:01.8 (54)1-15:42.7 (54)
5449John SpotswoodGBR1-42:23.324:17.2 (50)49:45.1 (52)1-15:09.0 (52)
5561Luvsandashiin DorjMGL1-43:03.124:46.5 (55)50:17.1 (55)1-16:01.9 (55)
5628José GiroESP1-43:18.824:53.7 (56)50:36.7 (58)1-16:37.0 (56)
5712David HislopAUS1-43:46.225:00.0 (57)50:33.2 (57)1-16:56.9 (57)
588Stephen DaglishGBR1-44:04.324:34.6 (53)50:26.8 (56)1-16:57.0 (58)
5930Chris AllenAUS1-45:07.725:16.0 (59)51:40.3 (59)1-18:15.0 (60)
6046Park Ki-HoKOR1-45:41.925:43.0 (60)51:50.3 (60)1-18:11.2 (59)
613Vangansürengiin RenchinkhorolMGL1-47:04.026:02.2 (62)52:32.9 (62)1-19:28.8 (61)
626Song ShiCHN1-47:13.526:15.0 (64)53:10.4 (65)1-20:08.7 (64)
6331Dondogiin GankhuyagMGL1-47:32.526:25.0 (66)53:20.8 (66)1-19:57.9 (62)
6433Li XiaomingCHN1-47:32.626:15.8 (65)52:45.2 (63)1-20:02.8 (63)
6556Miguel PratsESP1-48:46.325:57.1 (61)52:32.6 (61)1-20:21.4 (65)
6660Cho Sung-HoonKOR1-50:32.126:04.1 (63)53:02.4 (64)1-21:31.8 (66)
6734Ricardo HollerARG2-02:00.429:41.0 (67)1-00:03.1 (67)1-30:59.7 (67)
6814Alejandro BarattaARG2-09:33.131:10.8 (68)1-02:59.8 (68)1-35:51.0 (68)
6935Andrea SammaritaniSMR2-26:55.933:13.7 (69)1-05:45.9 (69)1-40:50.6 (69)
AC2Alfred RunggaldierITA– (–)– (–)– (–)DQ
AC42Arturo KinchCRC– (–)– (–)– (–)DQ
AC51Pürevjavyn BatsükhMGL1-48:18.826:01.7 (AC)52:37.8 (AC)1-19:12.8 (AC)DQ1