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10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men

Date17 February 1994
StatusOlympic
LocationBirkebeineren Skistadion, Lillehammer
Participants76 from 31 countries
Format10 kilometres classical style race on day one. On day two, runners left in order of their finish in the 10 kilometres classical, based on time differential, and skiied 15 kilometres freestyle, with final placements determined by finish of that race.
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 68 m
Maximum Climb: 51 m
Total Climbing: 630 m

This was the second Olympic pursuit event. The defending champion was Bjørn Dæhlie of Norway, who had won the 1993 World Championships, and had already won the 10 km classical, meaning he started first off in the freestyle pursuit section of this race. There was little doubt who would win, as Dæhlie was considered stronger in freestyle than classical. His biggest competition was expected to come from Kazakhstan’s Vladimir Smirnov. At the 1993 World Championships, they had been 1-2 in a photo finish, which at first looked like Smirnov had won. His torso was first across the line, but on review, Dæhlie’s boot crossed the line first, which is the determining factor. Smirnov had been second in the 10 km classical in Lillehammer, so he would start only 18 seconds behind Dæhlie. But it might as well have been 18 minutes. Dæhlie was never caught, posted the freestyle leg, and won the pursuit by 29.2 seconds over Smirnov. Smirnov’s time was second in freestyle only to Dæhlie, and he was over a minute ahead of the bronze medalist, Italy’s Silvio Fauner.

This was Fauner’s first individual Olympic medal. He would win three in the relay, including a gold in Lillehammer, and add another individual medal in the 30 km in 1998. Smirnov and Dæhlie were fighting out the World Cup race for the fourth consecutive season. Smirnov had won it in 1990-91, with Dæhlie winning in 1991-92 and 1992-93, with Smirnov second in 1993 and third in 1992. In 1993-94 Smirnov would edge out the Norwegian for the seasonal title.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeStart BehindRace Time (Pos)
11Bjørn DæhlieNOR35:48.835:48.8 (1)Gold
22Vladimir SmirnovKAZ36:18.0+0:1836:00.0 (2)Silver
38Silvio FaunerITA37:28.6+0:4836:40.6 (4)Bronze
46Mika MyllyläFIN37:35.9+0:4536:50.9 (7)
54Mikhail BotvinovRUS37:37.8+0:3836:59.8 (8)
612Jari RäsänenFIN37:43.7+1:1136:32.7 (3)
75Sture SivertsenNOR37:49.7+0:3937:10.7 (9)
817Johann MühleggGER38:11.2+0:3136:41.2 (5)
915Giorgio VanzettaITA38:11.6+1:2836:43.6 (6)
103Marco AlbarelloITA38:14.1+0:2237:52.1 (16)
1110Alois StadloberAUT38:37.1+1:0537:32.1 (13)
1220Aleksey ProkurorovRUS38:47.8+1:3537:12.8 (10)
1321Jeremias WiggerSUI38:47.9+1:3537:12.9 (11)
1411Jochen BehleGER39:12.1+1:0938:03.1 (17)
1514Jan OttossonSWE39:12.4+1:2737:45.4 (14)
1613Andrey KirillovRUS39:39.7+1:2138:18.7 (24)
1718Vladimir LegotinRUS39:40.1+1:3238:08.1 (19)
1825Kazunari SasakiJPN39:40.5+1:5237:48.5 (15)
1916Nikolay IvanovKAZ39:50.5+1:2838:22.5 (25)
2022Patrick RemyFRA40:00.5+1:3738:23.5 (26)
2153Vyacheslav PlaksunovBLR40:15.2+2:5237:23.2 (12)
2229Fulvio ValbusaITA40:16.3+2:0638:10.3 (20)
2319Christer MajbäckSWE40:22.5+1:3538:47.5 (36)
2426Luboš BuchtaCZE40:34.0+1:5738:37.0 (33)
2533Elmo KassinEST40:34.9+2:2038:14.9 (23)
2634Pavel RyabininKAZ40:45.6+2:2138:24.6 (27)
2731Mitsuo HorigomeJPN40:47.0+2:1638:31.0 (29)
2847Juan Jesús GutiérrezESP41:00.0+2:4638:14.0 (22)
2939Philippe SanchezFRA41:11.8+2:2738:44.8 (35)
3046Hans DiethelmSUI41:12.4+2:4338:29.4 (28)
3137Andrey NevzorovKAZ41:12.9+2:2538:47.9 (37)
3244Carlos VicenteESP41:13.3+2:4138:32.3 (31)
3345John AalbergUSA41:13.4+2:4238:31.4 (30)
3443Ivan BátorySVK41:14.3+2:3838:36.3 (32)
3561Janko NeuberGER41:19.6+3:0738:12.6 (21)
3665Pavel BencCZE41:24.1+3:1838:06.1 (18)
3759Václav KorunkaCZE41:42.0+3:0238:40.0 (34)
3832Torald ReinGER41:42.3+2:1839:24.3 (41)
3955Markus HaslerLIE41:45.4+2:5738:48.4 (38)
4035Jaak MaeEST41:46.0+2:2239:24.0 (40)
4141Todd BoonstraUSA41:47.1+2:3639:11.1 (39)
4240Hiroyuki ImaiJPN41:59.8+2:2839:31.8 (48)
4352Ben HusabyUSA42:15.9+2:5139:24.9 (43)
4456Siniša VukonićCRO42:25.3+2:5739:28.3 (44)
4558Luke BodensteinerUSA42:33.0+3:0239:31.0 (47)
4662Igor ObukhovBLR42:33.5+3:0939:24.5 (42)
4757Jordi RibóESP42:47.6+3:0139:46.6 (50)
4838Ričardas PanavasLTU42:52.5+2:2640:26.5 (57)
4950Daníel JakobssonISL42:57.0+2:4940:08.0 (52)
5066Michael BinzerDEN42:57.1+3:2339:34.1 (49)
5170Sergey DolidovichBLR43:10.5+3:4239:28.5 (45)
5249Dany BouchardCAN43:13.2+2:4940:24.2 (56)
5363Cédric ValletFRA43:24.5+3:1040:14.5 (54)
5472Masaaki KozuJPN43:30.1+4:0039:30.1 (46)
5536Andrus VeerpaluEST43:56.1+2:2541:31.1 (65)
5660Wilhelm AschwandenSUI43:57.4+3:0740:50.4 (60)
5751Anthony EvansAUS44:02.9+2:4941:13.9 (62)
5871Martin PetrásekCZE44:03.8+3:5040:13.8 (53)
5973Elemer-György TankoROU44:27.1+4:1040:17.1 (55)
6069Slavcho BatinkovBUL44:27.5+3:4240:45.5 (59)
6164Ebbe HartzDEN44:32.8+3:1641:16.8 (63)
6280Zsolt AntalROU44:44.2+4:5339:51.2 (51)
6368Dave BelamGBR44:57.8+3:4041:17.8 (64)
6476Stephan KunzLIE44:59.6+4:2440:35.6 (58)
6577Park Byung-ChulKOR45:36.3+4:2741:09.3 (61)
6667Mark GrayAUS45:41.1+3:3442:07.1 (67)
6774Iskren PlankovBUL46:32.5+4:1942:13.5 (68)
6875Ahn Jin-SooKOR46:56.1+4:2242:34.1 (70)
6978Rögnvaldur IngþórssonISL46:56.2+4:3142:25.2 (69)
7081Petar ZografovBUL47:22.2+5:2941:53.2 (66)
7179Antonio RačkiCRO48:18.8+4:3843:40.8 (71)
7285Jānis HermanisLAT50:57.5+6:3744:20.5 (72)
7386Nikos AnastasiadisGRE51:23.9+6:4044:43.9 (73)
7484Bekim BabićBIH53:23.6+6:2446:59.6 (74)
AC82Nikos KalofirisGRE+5:57– (–)DNF
AC42Urmas VälbeEST+2:38– (–)DNF
DNS7Vegard UlvangNOR+0:48– (–)
DNS9Harri KirvesniemiFIN+0:53– (–)
DNS23Jari IsometsäFIN+1:46– (–)
DNS24Thomas AlsgaardNOR+1:47– (–)
DNS27Torgny MogrenSWE+2:01– (–)
DNS28Viktor KamotskyBLR+2:02– (–)
DNS30Niklas JonssonSWE+2:07– (–)
DNS48Giachem GuidonSUI+2:49– (–)
DNS54Stéphane AzambreFRA+2:54– (–)
DNS83Khristos TitasGRE+6:17– (–)
DNS87Mithat YıldırımTUR+8:14– (–)
DNS88Rusiate RogoyawaFIJ+14:10– (–)