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10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men

Date12 February 1998
StatusOlympic
LocationSnow Harp, Hakuba
Participants74 from 29 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: 15,000 m
Height Differential: 61 m
Maximum Climb: 60 m
Total Climbing: 576 m

The script was the same as in all other cross-country events in 1994 and 1998. Bjørn Dæhlie was entered. Bjørn Dæhlie was favored. He was the two-time defending champion, had won the 1997 World Championship in pursuit, he had won the 10 km classical, so he would start in the lead, and he was better at freestyle than classical. Need any more convincing?

Dæhlie went off with an 8-second lead over Markus Gandler, who was not considered a challenger, but it was 16 seconds back to Finland’s Mika Myllylä, who had been third in the 10 km, and 21 seconds to Vladimir Smirnov, perhaps the best skier in the past five years not named Bjørn Dæhlie. And then a miracle occurred – Dæhlie was beaten. He actually skied rather poorly, for him, in the freestyle pursuit phase, posting only the seventh fastest time. But none of the above caught him, instead it was his teammate Thomas Alsgaard, who started fifth, 24 seconds in arrears. Alsgaard caught up to Dæhlie by eight kilometers, and then sat in behind him for 20 minutes to conserve his strength. Dæhlie tried to pull away but that didn’t work. He tried to slow down and get Alsgaard to take the lead, but that didn’t work. What worked was Alsgaard’s sprint, started at 200 metres out, which pulled him ahead with 50 metres to the line, and brought him ahead by 1.1 seconds. Smirnov also struggled in freestyle, posting only the 11th best time, but his overall race brought him with a bronze medal.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeStart BehindRace Time (Pos)
15Thomas AlsgaardNOR39:37.7+0:2439:13.7 (1)Gold
21Bjørn DæhlieNOR39:38.839:38.8 (7)Silver
34Vladimir SmirnovKAZ40:07.5+0:2139:46.5 (11)Bronze
410Silvio FaunerITA40:24.9+0:5139:33.9 (6)
511Fulvio ValbusaITA40:25.1+0:5339:32.1 (5)
63Mika MyllyläFIN40:26.6+0:1640:10.6 (13)
72Markus GandlerAUT40:50.2+0:0840:42.2 (22)
815Jari IsometsäFIN40:55.4+1:1239:43.4 (9)
922Sergey ChepikovRUS41:00.3+1:3139:29.3 (4)
1025Niklas JonssonSWE41:01.7+1:4039:21.7 (2)
1123Achim WalcherAUT41:02.9+1:3439:28.9 (3)
1216Andreas SchlütterGER41:08.3+1:2439:44.3 (10)
1328Fabio MajITA41:31.4+1:4939:42.4 (8)
1412Alois StadloberAUT41:33.1+0:5740:36.1 (19)
156Jaak MaeEST41:38.7+0:3241:06.7 (30)
1614Gerhard UrainAUT41:40.8+1:0140:39.8 (20)
1727Johann MühleggGER41:48.3+1:4840:00.3 (12)
1831Aleksey ProkurorovRUS42:24.1+2:0340:21.1 (14)
1924Vincent VittozFRA42:31.9+1:3940:52.9 (27)
2018Sami RepoFIN42:38.9+1:2741:11.9 (32)
2134Katsuhito EbisawaJPN42:46.0+2:0640:40.0 (21)
2236Mitsuo HorigomeJPN42:47.1+2:2040:27.1 (15)
2332Petr MichlCZE42:47.5+2:0440:43.5 (23)
2429Masaaki KozuJPN42:59.9+1:5941:00.9 (28)
2542Sergey KryaninRUS43:09.4+2:3940:30.4 (16)
2639Aleksandr SannikovBLR43:16.9+2:3040:46.9 (=24)
279Sture SivertsenNOR43:29.2+0:4642:43.3 (49)
2819Hiroyuki ImaiJPN43:31.0+1:2742:04.0 (41)
2938René SommerfeldtGER43:49.5+2:2841:21.5 (33)
3020Patrick RemyFRA43:56.8+1:3142:25.8 (46)
3156Henrik ForsbergSWE44:04.9+3:3140:33.9 (17)
3245Lukáš BauerCZE44:16.3+2:4741:29.3 (36)
3361Ivan BátorySVK44:18.2+3:4340:35.2 (18)
3457Stephan KunzLIE44:18.9+3:3240:46.9 (=24)
3521Markus HaslerLIE44:31.9+1:3143:00.9 (51)
3650Pavel RyabininKAZ44:41.7+3:1341:28.7 (35)
3735Martin KoukalCZE44:41.8+2:1742:24.8 (45)
3867Martin BajčičákSVK44:54.6+4:0540:49.6 (26)
3962Vladimir LegotinRUS44:55.5+3:4641:09.5 (31)
4043Patrick WeaverUSA45:07.1+2:4042:27.1 (47)
4146Michael BinzerDEN45:12.0+2:5042:22.0 (43)
4230Ričardas PanavasLTU45:12.3+2:0043:12.3 (52)
4358Elmo KassinEST45:13.2+3:3341:40.2 (38)
4447Justin WadsworthUSA45:18.0+3:0242:16.0 (42)
4569Zsolt AntalROU45:19.9+4:1741:02.9 (29)
4660Hennadiy NikonUKR45:20.1+3:4341:37.1 (37)
4741John BauerUSA45:24.6+2:3442:50.6 (50)
4868Andrey NevzorovKAZ45:30.7+4:0641:24.7 (34)
4963Wilhelm AschwandenSUI45:32.8+3:4641:46.8 (39)
5052Luboš BuchtaCZE45:36.6+3:1442:22.6 (44)
5144Vladislavas ZybailaLTU46:12.9+2:4543:27.9 (53)
5272Mykhailo ArtiukhovUKR46:28.5+4:2842:00.5 (40)
5376Janusz KrężelokPOL47:13.3+4:3842:35.3 (48)
5454Jordi RibóESP47:27.3+3:2144:06.3 (58)
5566Anthony EvansAUS47:43.4+3:4843:55.4 (56)
5651Chris BlanchardCAN47:44.3+3:1344:31.3 (62)
5764Stanislav JežíkSVK48:30.3+3:4744:43.3 (63)
5871Guido VisserCAN48:43.5+4:2644:17.5 (61)
5980Vitaly LilichenkoKAZ48:58.1+5:3043:28.1 (54)
6073Nikolay SemenyakoBLR49:31.3+4:3045:01.3 (64)
6184Slavcho BatinkovBUL49:41.5+5:5943:42.5 (55)
6282Álvaro GijónESP49:49.2+5:3844:11.2 (59)
6365Jānis HermanisLAT49:55.1+3:4846:07.1 (65)
6485Ivan HudačSVK50:14.7+6:1743:57.7 (57)
6586Diego RuizESP51:09.2+6:5344:16.2 (60)
6674Ahn Jin-SooKOR51:27.4+4:3146:56.4 (68)
6779Park Byeong-JuKOR51:55.8+5:2246:33.8 (66)
6881Wu JintaoCHN52:28.1+5:3346:55.1 (67)
AC33Juan Jesús GutiérrezESP+2:05– (–)DNF
AC53Park Byung-ChulKOR+3:18– (–)DNF
AC55Mykola PopovychUKR+3:27– (–)DNF
AC70Aleksey TregubovBLR+4:19– (–)DNF
AC77Juris ĢērmanisLAT+4:41– (–)DNF
AC87Paul GrayAUS+7:21– (–)DNF
DNS7Erling JevneNOR+0:34– (–)
DNS8Andrus VeerpaluEST+0:36– (–)
DNS13Harri KirvesniemiFIN+0:58– (–)
DNS17Beat KochSUI+1:25– (–)
DNS26Marco AlbarelloITA+1:46– (–)
DNS37Raul OlleEST+2:28– (–)
DNS40Jochen BehleGER+2:31– (–)
DNS48Robin McKeeverCAN+3:08– (–)
DNS49Jeremias WiggerSUI+3:09– (–)
DNS59Philippe SanchezFRA+3:39– (–)
DNS76Yves BilodeauCAN+4:38– (–)
DNS78Marcus NashUSA+4:47– (–)
DNS83Roberts RaimoLAT+5:45– (–)