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50 kilometres Mass Start, Freestyle, Men

Date26 February 2006 — 10:00
StatusOlympic
LocationStadio del Trampolino, Pragelato Plan
Participants79 from 31 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: 50,000 m
Height Differential: 76 m
Intermediate 1: 10.0 km
Intermediate 2: 26.6 km
Intermediate 3: 40.0 km
Maximum Climb: 54 m
Total Climbing: 1,810 m

This event was run in freestyle and was a mass start for the first time in Olympic history. Conditions were perfect with a sunny day, and a temperature of 3° C. (37° F.). There was no clear favorite. The race was extremely close. At the final checkpoint, at 40.0 km, less than eight seconds separated the top 21 skiiers, and that 21st skier was Yevgeny Dementyev, who had earlier won the pursuit gold medal in Torino. Dementyev moved to the lead over the last 10 km, but he was caught at the line by Italian Giorgio Di Centa, who won the marathon by 0.8 seconds, the closest finish in the event at the Winter Olympics. The previous closest finish had been 8.1 seconds in 1998 when Bjørn Dæhlie defeated Niklas Jonsson. Di Centa was the younger brother of Manuela Di Centa, Italian cross-country skier who won seven Olympic medals. This was Giorgio Di Centa’s only major win in the men’s longest distance race.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)
110Giorgio Di CentaITA2-06:11.824:02.3 (1)1-05:28.0 (5)1-40:53.9 (4)Gold
218Yevgeny DementyevRUS2-06:12.624:35.3 (55)1-05:37.6 (48)1-41:00.0 (21)Silver
317Mikhail BotvinovAUT2-06:12.724:16.1 (29)1-05:26.5 (2)1-40:55.3 (9)Bronze
412Emmanuel JonnierFRA2-06:13.524:05.7 (8)1-05:34.0 (28)1-40:57.1 (15)
53Pietro Piller CottrerITA2-06:14.024:08.9 (15)1-05:30.7 (10)1-40:53.4 (3)
68Anders SödergrenSWE2-06:14.124:03.3 (3)1-05:33.3 (22)1-40:52.9 (2)
727Martin KoukalCZE2-06:14.924:23.4 (38)1-05:35.2 (=34)1-40:55.7 (10)
814Jiří MagálCZE2-06:15.124:19.5 (34)1-05:28.9 (7)1-40:56.8 (=13)
92Vincent VittozFRA2-06:16.424:02.9 (2)1-05:32.2 (15)1-40:54.3 (5)
106Mathias FredrikssonSWE2-06:17.124:06.7 (10)1-05:33.9 (=26)1-40:57.4 (16)
1130Jean-Marc GaillardFRA2-06:19.924:04.2 (5)1-05:33.6 (25)1-40:54.6 (6)
1221Siarhei DalidovichBLR2-06:22.424:15.4 (28)1-05:33.0 (=19)1-40:52.4 (1)
1337Maksim OdnodvortsevKAZ2-06:23.424:20.7 (36)1-05:34.5 (32)1-40:56.8 (=13)
1416Martin BajčičákSVK2-06:24.924:04.7 (6)1-05:32.7 (17)1-40:57.9 (17)
1523Tord Asle GjerdalenNOR2-06:26.224:34.2 (53)1-05:29.6 (8)1-41:07.3 (28)
167Lukáš BauerCZE2-06:29.024:13.5 (24)1-05:31.2 (11)1-40:56.0 (11)
179Jens FilbrichGER2-06:31.124:07.0 (11)1-05:27.4 (4)1-40:54.8 (7)
1825Nikolay PankratovRUS2-06:33.924:36.5 (57)1-05:37.3 (46)1-41:14.5 (36)
1915Fabio SantusITA2-06:38.224:20.0 (35)1-05:33.0 (=19)1-40:58.9 (19)
2033Aleksandr LegkovRUS2-06:39.724:09.6 (17)1-05:33.5 (=23)1-40:59.5 (20)
2138Remo FischerSUI2-06:40.924:11.4 (21)1-05:33.5 (=23)1-41:05.7 (26)
2249Juan Jesús GutiérrezESP2-06:43.324:06.2 (9)1-05:34.3 (29)1-40:58.6 (18)
2339Diego RuizESP2-06:51.624:23.8 (39)1-05:36.5 (42)1-41:12.7 (33)
241Tobias AngererGER2-07:00.324:08.4 (14)1-05:32.6 (16)1-41:00.7 (22)
2524Johan OlssonSWE2-07:00.924:25.2 (41)1-05:32.8 (18)1-40:56.4 (12)
2613Alexandre RousseletFRA2-07:01.524:09.4 (16)1-05:36.3 (41)1-41:12.4 (31)
2734Milan ŠperlCZE2-07:01.924:14.6 (27)1-05:31.7 (12)1-41:03.6 (23)
284Frode EstilNOR2-07:06.124:05.3 (7)1-05:36.9 (44)1-41:14.0 (35)
2951Andrey GolovkoKAZ2-07:19.624:14.2 (26)1-05:37.5 (47)1-41:06.7 (27)
3020Fulvio ValbusaITA2-07:22.524:08.0 (13)1-05:27.0 (3)1-41:04.4 (24)
3155Nejc BrodarSLO2-07:24.524:32.2 (50)1-05:34.4 (=30)1-41:12.5 (32)
3232Toni LiversSUI2-07:25.424:14.1 (25)1-05:35.5 (36)1-41:24.1 (40)
3311Tor-Arne HetlandNOR2-07:36.224:10.5 (19)1-05:30.1 (9)1-41:11.9 (30)
3446Andrew JohnsonUSA2-07:56.324:16.8 (30)1-05:35.7 (37)1-41:15.7 (37)
3552Aivar RehemaaEST2-08:00.824:19.0 (33)1-05:33.1 (21)1-41:05.4 (25)
365René SommerfeldtGER2-08:03.024:03.7 (4)1-05:28.6 (6)1-40:55.0 (8)
3782Denis KrivushkinKAZ2-08:05.324:31.9 (49)1-05:39.2 (53)1-41:34.5 (42)
3822Ivan BabikovRUS2-08:07.924:10.0 (18)1-05:36.7 (43)1-41:29.5 (41)
3919Markus HaslerLIE2-08:29.024:25.7 (42)1-05:35.2 (=34)1-41:11.6 (29)
4053Aliaksandr LazutkinBLR2-08:40.424:18.0 (32)1-05:38.5 (51)1-41:36.0 (45)
4129Jan Egil AndresenNOR2-08:43.724:11.0 (20)1-05:32.0 (13)1-41:23.6 (39)
4248Vicenç VilarrublaESP2-09:03.124:34.8 (54)1-05:33.9 (=26)1-41:36.5 (46)
4328Teemu KattilakoskiFIN2-09:26.224:27.1 (45)1-05:34.4 (=30)1-41:13.5 (34)
4445George GreyCAN2-09:38.424:07.4 (12)1-05:35.8 (38)1-41:49.3 (48)
4559Michal MalákSVK2-09:38.724:37.5 (59)1-05:38.2 (50)1-41:50.6 (50)
4662Zsolt AntalROU2-10:06.724:17.3 (31)1-05:04.1 (1)1-41:50.0 (49)
4740Ivan BátorySVK2-10:32.224:13.0 (23)1-05:32.1 (14)1-41:35.0 (43)
4860Li GeliangCHN2-10:36.924:38.1 (60)1-05:38.7 (52)1-41:48.4 (47)
4931Katsuhito EbisawaJPN2-10:39.624:26.6 (44)1-05:36.2 (40)1-41:35.4 (44)
5043Christian SteblerSUI2-11:13.024:11.9 (22)1-05:37.9 (49)1-41:17.2 (38)
5135Jörgen BrinkSWE2-11:19.224:41.6 (64)1-06:57.0 (59)1-43:52.6 (54)
5244Olli OhtonenFIN2-11:54.724:27.5 (46)1-05:36.0 (39)1-42:16.2 (52)
5366Zhang QingCHN2-12:13.024:40.4 (62)1-05:37.0 (45)1-42:11.8 (51)
5465Andrey KondryshevKAZ2-13:24.224:33.6 (52)1-06:57.5 (60)1-44:10.4 (55)
5558Jože MehleSLO2-13:37.124:26.1 (43)1-06:20.8 (55)1-44:56.0 (58)
5656Mykhailo HumeniakUKR2-13:44.624:37.1 (58)1-06:58.6 (62)1-44:56.6 (59)
5747Dan RoycroftCAN2-13:47.524:30.4 (47)1-06:56.6 (58)1-44:55.4 (57)
5857Chris JeffriesCAN2-13:49.524:38.5 (61)1-06:00.6 (54)1-44:46.4 (56)
5936Shunsuke KomamuraJPN2-14:08.824:32.7 (51)1-05:34.9 (33)1-42:34.2 (53)
6068Oļegs MaļuhinsLAT2-15:10.624:36.0 (56)1-06:58.0 (61)1-44:57.2 (60)
6126Kris FreemanUSA2-15:32.624:24.6 (40)1-06:24.7 (57)1-45:19.0 (61)
6267Volodymyr OlshanskiyUKR2-16:14.724:56.4 (65)1-07:57.7 (63)1-46:50.9 (62)
6369Ren LongCHN2-16:15.024:41.0 (63)1-07:58.6 (65)1-46:51.5 (63)
AC41Carl SwensonUSA24:30.8 (48)1-06:24.2 (56)1-47:19.9 (64)DNF
AC50Nobu NaruseJPN25:00.4 (66)1-07:58.0 (64)1-47:40.8 (65)DNF
AC76Aleksandar MilenkovićSCG25:22.5 (69)1-10:15.4 (70)1-50:19.6 (66)DNF
AC74Valts EiduksLAT25:30.6 (71)1-10:14.2 (68)1-50:20.6 (67)DNF
AC73Francesc SouliéAND25:22.0 (68)1-10:14.8 (69)1-50:39.2 (68)DNF
AC61Oleksandr PutskoUKR25:21.4 (67)1-10:13.7 (67)1-51:51.5 (69)DNF
AC54James SouthamUSA24:22.6 (37)1-07:59.5 (66)– (–)DNF
AC71Sabahattin OğlagoTUR25:30.0 (70)1-10:37.5 (71)– (–)DNF
AC75Intars SpalviņšLAT26:09.5 (73)1-12:16.6 (72)– (–)DNF
AC64Aleksejus NovoselskisLTU26:15.0 (74)1-13:45.4 (73)– (–)DNF
AC79Oliver KraasRSA26:57.9 (75)1-14:48.0 (74)– (–)DNF
AC63Xia WanCHN26:08.8 (72)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC70Jeong Ui-MyeongKOR27:30.9 (76)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC77Oļegs AndrejevsLAT27:44.5 (77)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC80Noureddine BentoumiALG29:23.6 (78)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC42Ville NousiainenFIN– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
DNS78Edmond KhachatryanARM– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS81Hovhannes SargsyanARM– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS72Mihai GaliceanuROU– (–)– (–)– (–)