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30 kilometres, Classical, Men

Date 9 February 1998 — 9:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSnow Harp, Hakuba
Participants72 from 27 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 113 m
Intermediate 1: 1.8 km
Intermediate 2: 12.3 km
Intermediate 3: 23.5 km
Maximum Climb: 67 m
Total Climbing: 1140 m

As the races got longer, the oft-favored Bjørn Dæhlie became slightly more vulnerable. He had been runner-up at the last two World Championships, won by Vladimir Smirnov in 1995 and Aleksey Prokurorov in 1997. He was also runner-up in the 1996-97 distance World Cup to Finland’s Mika Myllylä, who wsa 1997 World Champion over 50 km, and was trailing in the 1997-98 distance World Cup, behind his teammate, Thomas Alsgaard, who was also the defending champion. The race was held in a heavy, damp snowfall that made conditions difficult. The leader at every checkpoint, with the fastest intermediate splits at all but the closing split, was Myllylä, who won convincingly by 1:31.3 over Norway’s Erling Jevne. Dæhlie was sixth at the 1.8 km split, but got progressively slower as the race went on, eventually finishing a shocking 20th.

At the 1999 World Championships, with Dæhlie retired, Myllylä won the 10 km, 30 km, and 50 km gold medals. He would eventually win 10 World Championship medals and six Olympic medals. In 2001 he seemingly led Finland to the relay World Championship in Lahti, Finland, before his fans. But the team was later disqualified when six skiers where found to have used hydroxyethyl starch (HES), a blood plasma expander that can be used as a masking agent for erythropoietin or its derivatives. The team was disqualified and all the skiers, including Myllylä, were suspended for two years. He tried to come back briefly, but with little success and retired in 2005. Jevne was a distance specialist, who won several gold medals with the powerhouse Norwegian relay teams. Individually his best performances came when he won the 50 km at the 1996 Holmenkollen Ski Festival, and won silver at the 1997 World Championships over 50 km. In his entire Winter Olympic career, Bjørn Dæhlie raced 12 individual events, won six of them, was second three times, fourth twice, and 20th in this race. The Norwegians coaches attributed his finish in this race to waxing problems.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)
170Mika MyllyläFIN1-33:55.85:26.8 (1)37:31.2 (1)1-13:50.8 (1)Gold
273Erling JevneNOR1-35:27.15:40.0 (7)38:29.6 (3)1-15:35.1 (2)Silver
371Silvio FaunerITA1-36:08.55:45.0 (11)38:42.4 (7)1-15:46.9 (3)Bronze
465Jari IsometsäFIN1-36:51.45:43.8 (8)38:35.0 (4)1-16:21.0 (5)
567Fulvio ValbusaITA1-37:31.15:45.6 (13)38:23.6 (2)1-16:03.0 (4)
618Harri KirvesniemiFIN1-37:45.95:46.3 (14)39:17.5 (12)1-17:05.0 (7)
738Marco AlbarelloITA1-38:07.15:35.8 (3)38:36.8 (5)1-16:37.3 (6)
827Giorgio Di CentaITA1-38:14.95:56.1 (29)39:23.5 (14)1-17:45.2 (13)
942Vladimir LegotinRUS1-38:23.75:55.2 (26)39:18.2 (13)1-17:17.4 (9)
1032Per ElofssonSWE1-38:47.05:50.7 (18)39:31.3 (15)1-17:35.4 (12)
1156Jaak MaeEST1-38:52.35:44.6 (9)38:57.8 (9)1-17:34.9 (11)
1272Vladimir SmirnovKAZ1-38:59.15:36.6 (4)38:52.5 (8)1-17:31.0 (10)
1354Pavel RyabininKAZ1-39:31.66:05.7 (46)39:58.8 (21)1-18:36.9 (19)
1421Stephan KunzLIE1-39:33.35:56.7 (31)39:59.4 (22)1-18:12.6 (16)
1564Sture SivertsenNOR1-39:44.96:03.6 (43)40:02.2 (24)1-19:17.7 (26)
1641Jeremias WiggerSUI1-39:46.46:02.5 (40)39:52.8 (20)1-18:11.6 (15)
1729Raul OlleEST1-40:03.55:44.8 (10)39:43.6 (16)1-18:29.0 (18)
1820Aleksey TregubovBLR1-40:05.95:54.3 (25)40:10.8 (26)1-18:43.9 (21)
1952Andrus VeerpaluEST1-40:09.95:39.0 (5)39:14.1 (11)1-18:08.6 (14)
2075Bjørn DæhlieNOR1-40:18.55:39.1 (6)39:10.3 (10)1-19:17.3 (25)
2153Andreas SchlütterGER1-40:27.15:54.0 (24)39:50.9 (19)1-19:08.0 (24)
2226Jiří MagálCZE1-40:29.65:51.7 (21)40:01.6 (23)1-18:50.6 (22)
2374Anders BergströmSWE1-40:30.85:55.9 (28)40:35.1 (36)1-19:50.3 (30)
2423Hiroyuki ImaiJPN1-40:40.95:55.6 (27)40:10.2 (25)1-18:28.0 (17)
2566Henrik ForsbergSWE1-40:44.15:50.8 (=19)39:44.9 (17)1-18:42.4 (20)
2648Ivan BátorySVK1-40:47.85:45.2 (12)39:47.1 (18)1-18:56.2 (23)
2739Katsuhito EbisawaJPN1-40:48.05:35.5 (2)38:40.3 (6)1-17:09.2 (8)
2849Martin BajčičákSVK1-40:52.55:57.3 (34)40:20.5 (30)1-19:38.3 (=27)
2962Mykhailo ArtiukhovUKR1-41:13.05:50.8 (=19)40:23.7 (=32)1-20:06.9 (31)
3061Ričardas PanavasLTU1-41:15.66:21.4 (61)41:41.4 (50)1-20:35.4 (37)
3111Aleksandr KravchenkoRUS1-41:22.35:53.3 (23)40:20.1 (29)1-19:41.0 (29)
3230Sergey ChepikovRUS1-41:59.95:57.7 (35)40:23.3 (31)1-19:38.3 (=27)
3340Lukáš BauerCZE1-42:08.85:57.1 (33)40:23.7 (=32)1-20:14.7 (32)
3446Sami RepoFIN1-42:16.85:48.5 (17)40:14.1 (27)1-20:24.4 (34)
3555Markus HaslerLIE1-42:17.45:47.3 (16)40:33.2 (34)1-20:44.9 (40)
3645Sergey DolidovichBLR1-42:18.75:57.8 (36)40:45.3 (39)1-20:27.4 (35)
3743Justin WadsworthUSA1-42:21.16:00.6 (39)40:33.4 (35)1-20:15.7 (33)
3834Hennadiy NikonUKR1-42:32.75:56.4 (30)40:38.8 (38)1-20:44.8 (39)
3931Maksim PichuginRUS1-42:41.75:47.0 (15)40:36.9 (37)1-20:48.8 (41)
4012Aleksandr SannikovBLR1-42:48.06:03.2 (42)41:07.6 (41)1-20:36.9 (38)
4116Andrey NevzorovKAZ1-42:48.86:10.0 (51)41:14.9 (43)1-20:54.7 (43)
425Kazutoshi NagahamaJPN1-42:58.75:58.4 (37)41:04.4 (40)1-20:52.3 (42)
4351Gerhard UrainAUT1-43:22.96:12.5 (55)41:45.2 (52)1-21:29.8 (45)
446Oleksandr ZarovniyUKR1-43:26.26:00.4 (38)41:19.6 (46)1-21:28.3 (44)
4544Zsolt AntalROU1-43:56.66:09.9 (50)41:18.0 (45)1-21:32.4 (46)
4617Stanislav JežíkSVK1-44:01.06:06.5 (48)42:01.5 (54)1-22:37.4 (51)
4719John BauerUSA1-44:15.36:07.7 (49)41:26.4 (49)1-21:39.3 (47)
4828Oleksandr UshkalenkoUKR1-44:15.76:11.8 (53)41:23.2 (47)1-21:50.6 (48)
4937Marcus NashUSA1-44:37.76:04.1 (44)41:17.5 (44)1-22:03.5 (49)
507Vladimir BortsovKAZ1-45:12.86:11.1 (52)42:24.3 (56)1-23:16.1 (53)
5136Anthony EvansAUS1-45:26.36:12.1 (54)41:10.6 (42)1-22:34.4 (50)
529Meelis AasmäeEST1-46:08.86:02.8 (41)41:25.6 (48)1-22:45.8 (52)
5313Beat KochSUI1-46:38.36:19.0 (59)41:48.9 (53)1-23:36.2 (54)
5463Nikolay SemenyakoBLR1-47:32.56:06.4 (47)41:44.8 (51)1-24:18.5 (57)
5514Park Byung-ChulKOR1-47:41.56:16.1 (57)43:06.4 (58)1-23:48.1 (55)
5659Masaaki KozuJPN1-48:15.35:57.0 (32)40:18.9 (28)1-20:31.9 (36)
5724Torald ReinGER1-49:06.75:52.8 (22)42:20.5 (55)1-24:15.3 (56)
5835Michael BinzerDEN1-49:42.26:31.3 (63)42:25.0 (57)1-24:35.7 (58)
594Ivan HudačSVK1-50:11.66:04.2 (45)43:59.9 (62)1-26:40.1 (59)
6050Slavcho BatinkovBUL1-50:35.06:19.4 (60)43:22.0 (59)1-26:53.4 (61)
6125Donald FarleyCAN1-50:47.86:13.1 (56)43:25.1 (60)1-26:42.0 (60)
6257Robin McKeeverCAN1-51:23.56:18.4 (58)43:54.1 (61)1-27:29.0 (62)
6310Ahn Jin-SooKOR1-54:12.26:28.5 (62)46:31.1 (64)1-30:31.9 (64)
648Guido VisserCAN1-55:04.16:32.9 (64)45:11.9 (63)1-29:45.7 (63)
AC2Patrick WeaverUSA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC3Jānis HermanisLAT– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC15Vladislavas ZybailaLTU– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC33Wu JintaoCHN– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC47Jochen BehleGER– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC58Patrick RemyFRA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC68Thomas AlsgaardNOR– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC69Luboš BuchtaCZE– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
DNS60Antonio RačkiCRO– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS1René SommerfeldtGER– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS22Lars HålandSWE– (–)– (–)– (–)