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10 kilometres, Classical, Men

Date12 February 1998 — 9:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSnow Harp, Hakuba
Participants97 from 35 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 100 m
Intermediate 1: 1.8 km
Intermediate 2: 6.5 km
Maximum Climb: 67 m
Total Climbing: 419 m

Bjørn Dæhlie was the defending champion, had won the 1997 World Championship at this distance, and had won the 1996-97 sprint World Cup. Already with eight Olympic medals and five golds, to describe him as the favorite was an understatement. The race was held in a steady rain, which made conditions difficult for the skiers. But the Norwegian waxers set up five pairs of skis for Dæhlie who tested them shortly before starting and then chose the best pair.

Dæhlie started fast and had the lead at both of the time checks, with Kazakhstan’s Vladimir Smirnov in second at 6.5 km. Both slowed down in the final kilometers but Dæhlie had done enough to stay ahead, and won the gold medal by eight seconds. The silver medal went to the surprising Austrian Markus Gandler. Gandler had been skiing internationally since the late 1980s but had won little. He started slowly in this race, but had the fastest finishing split from 6.5 km to the line to place second.

This race also saw the appearance of the first black African in cross-country skiing, Philip Boit of Kenya. Boit was last of the 92 finishers, almost eight minutes behind 91st place, Gjoko Dineski of Macedonia. But when he finished, waiting at the line for his arrival was Bjørn Dæhlie, who embraced him after his finish. After 1998 this race was not held at the 2002 or 2006 Winter Olympics, replaced by the 15 km.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)
145Bjørn DæhlieNOR27:24.54:40.1 (1)16:59.4 (1)Gold
253Markus GandlerAUT27:32.54:56.2 (8)17:26.3 (3)Silver
339Mika MyllyläFIN27:40.14:47.4 (3)17:28.0 (5)Bronze
447Vladimir SmirnovKAZ27:45.14:47.5 (4)17:24.5 (2)
543Thomas AlsgaardNOR27:48.14:46.4 (2)17:27.3 (4)
656Jaak MaeEST27:56.04:59.8 (=19)17:46.2 (10)
733Erling JevneNOR27:58.75:01.0 (27)17:40.5 (7)
857Andrus VeerpaluEST28:00.74:56.5 (10)17:43.2 (9)
938Sture SivertsenNOR28:10.65:05.8 (=41)17:55.7 (13)
1046Silvio FaunerITA28:15.55:00.3 (23)17:56.0 (14)
1137Fulvio ValbusaITA28:17.05:03.5 (33)17:51.9 (12)
1241Alois StadloberAUT28:21.25:05.5 (38)17:47.1 (11)
1367Harri KirvesniemiFIN28:22.54:53.6 (6)17:41.0 (8)
1482Gerhard UrainAUT28:25.24:56.3 (9)17:36.9 (6)
1536Jari IsometsäFIN28:36.75:03.3 (32)18:05.3 (19)
1624Andreas SchlütterGER28:48.04:58.5 (14)18:24.2 (=26)
1759Beat KochSUI28:49.65:00.8 (26)18:04.6 (18)
1892Sami RepoFIN28:51.34:59.5 (17)18:00.8 (16)
1985Hiroyuki ImaiJPN28:51.55:00.5 (25)17:59.3 (15)
=2054Patrick RemyFRA28:55.24:58.1 (=12)18:22.6 (25)
=2055Markus HaslerLIE28:55.24:57.2 (11)18:12.7 (21)
2266Sergey ChepikovRUS28:55.95:05.8 (=41)18:16.2 (23)
2330Achim WalcherAUT28:58.65:04.5 (36)18:25.0 (29)
2411Vincent VittozFRA29:03.54:54.8 (7)18:04.3 (17)
2531Niklas JonssonSWE29:04.95:03.0 (31)18:31.6 (34)
2620Marco AlbarelloITA29:10.14:59.2 (16)18:24.9 (28)
2735Johann MühleggGER29:12.35:05.6 (=39)18:30.7 (32)
2844Fabio MajITA29:13.84:59.8 (=19)18:26.0 (30)
2928Masaaki KozuJPN29:23.15:02.7 (30)18:31.1 (33)
3015Ričardas PanavasLTU29:24.15:03.9 (34)18:37.9 (37)
3140Aleksey ProkurorovRUS29:27.35:04.0 (35)18:43.6 (41)
3293Petr MichlCZE29:28.55:01.3 (28)18:34.3 (35)
3361Juan Jesús GutiérrezESP29:29.05:00.1 (22)18:29.1 (31)
3471Katsuhito EbisawaJPN29:30.04:52.8 (5)18:10.4 (20)
3564Martin KoukalCZE29:41.85:05.4 (37)18:35.6 (36)
3649Mitsuo HorigomeJPN29:44.85:10.6 (50)19:01.0 (46)
3776Raul OlleEST29:52.34:59.8 (=19)18:40.1 (39)
3877René SommerfeldtGER29:52.54:58.1 (=12)18:14.6 (22)
3973Aleksandr SannikovBLR29:54.75:08.5 (47)18:24.2 (=26)
4074Jochen BehleGER29:55.95:00.4 (24)18:18.1 (24)
4169John BauerUSA29:58.45:11.5 (53)18:39.2 (38)
4278Sergey KryaninRUS30:03.25:06.7 (43)18:49.6 (43)
4381Patrick WeaverUSA30:04.45:13.5 (56)18:46.9 (42)
4465Vladislavas ZybailaLTU30:09.95:01.8 (29)18:41.4 (40)
4525Lukáš BauerCZE30:11.15:07.4 (44)19:11.3 (47)
467Michael BinzerDEN30:14.25:26.9 (78)18:52.3 (44)
471Justin WadsworthUSA30:26.35:20.6 (70)19:43.9 (60)
4850Robin McKeeverCAN30:32.25:05.6 (=39)19:14.5 (48)
4914Jeremias WiggerSUI30:33.45:21.1 (=72)19:27.9 (=51)
5068Pavel RyabininKAZ30:37.05:11.2 (52)19:32.7 (55)
5170Chris BlanchardCAN30:37.15:16.9 (60)18:57.5 (45)
5232Luboš BuchtaCZE30:38.45:23.5 (75)19:28.7 (53)
5313Park Byung-ChulKOR30:42.15:20.2 (66)19:36.9 (56)
5458Jordi RibóESP30:45.04:58.9 (15)19:41.5 (58)
5587Mykola PopovychUKR30:51.25:20.4 (=67)19:26.4 (50)
5634Henrik ForsbergSWE30:55.75:20.4 (=67)19:51.7 (=62)
5712Stephan KunzLIE30:56.85:21.1 (=72)19:57.8 (65)
589Elmo KassinEST30:57.85:17.7 (61)19:27.9 (=51)
5983Philippe SanchezFRA31:03.55:13.0 (55)19:32.2 (54)
=6022Hennadiy NikonUKR31:07.65:14.6 (57)19:50.1 (61)
=6048Ivan BátorySVK31:07.65:12.8 (54)19:38.8 (57)
6217Vladimir LegotinRUS31:10.35:18.1 (62)19:58.9 (67)
633Wilhelm AschwandenSUI31:10.55:23.3 (74)20:14.0 (73)
648Stanislav JežíkSVK31:11.25:18.8 (64)19:51.7 (=62)
6551Jānis HermanisLAT31:12.14:59.6 (18)19:17.6 (49)
664Anthony EvansAUS31:12.75:19.3 (65)19:43.2 (59)
6760Martin BajčičákSVK31:29.05:15.1 (58)19:57.3 (64)
6810Andrey NevzorovKAZ31:30.45:20.7 (71)19:58.6 (66)
6916Zsolt AntalROU31:41.05:36.3 (86)20:32.0 (78)
7019Aleksey TregubovBLR31:43.95:11.0 (51)20:15.7 (74)
7118Guido VisserCAN31:50.85:30.4 (=81)20:17.9 (75)
7229Mykhailo ArtiukhovUKR31:52.85:16.5 (59)20:24.5 (76)
7389Nikolay SemenyakoBLR31:54.55:07.5 (45)20:07.9 (71)
7463Ahn Jin-SooKOR31:55.55:18.7 (63)20:02.3 (68)
7575Yves BilodeauCAN31:56.95:24.9 (76)20:04.0 (69)
7662Janusz KrężelokPOL32:02.85:27.4 (79)20:10.5 (72)
7790Juris ĢērmanisLAT32:05.85:08.1 (46)20:05.5 (70)
782Marcus NashUSA32:11.95:32.9 (84)20:50.0 (81)
7988Park Byeong-JuKOR32:46.15:20.5 (69)20:45.2 (80)
8091Vitaly LilichenkoKAZ32:54.55:08.8 (48)20:28.1 (77)
8152Wu JintaoCHN32:57.75:55.3 (89)21:20.0 (84)
8279Álvaro GijónESP33:02.75:30.4 (=81)20:37.3 (79)
8326Roberts RaimoLAT33:09.95:41.3 (88)21:13.3 (83)
845Slavcho BatinkovBUL33:23.25:30.5 (83)21:24.0 (85)
8586Ivan HudačSVK33:41.95:09.3 (49)21:04.0 (82)
8695Lefteris FafalisGRE34:13.75:25.1 (77)21:28.6 (86)
8721Diego RuizESP34:17.35:35.1 (85)22:03.6 (88)
8880Paul GrayAUS34:45.15:38.0 (87)21:34.0 (87)
8996Balázs Latrompette YannHUN35:30.95:28.4 (80)22:35.4 (89)
9098Dashzevegiin OchirsükhMGL39:38.66:46.5 (91)25:15.4 (90)
9194Gjoko DineskiMKD39:39.36:13.2 (90)25:18.0 (91)
9297Philip BoitKEN47:25.56:50.5 (92)29:19.4 (92)
AC6Antonio RačkiCRO– (–)– (–)DNF
AC23Qu DonghaiCHN– (–)– (–)DNF
AC27Sergey DolidovichBLR– (–)– (–)DNF
AC72Oleksandr ZarovniyUKR– (–)– (–)DNF
AC84Patrick MächlerSUI– (–)– (–)DNF
DNS42Torgny MogrenSWE– (–)– (–)