| Event type

15 kilometres Mass Start, Men1

Date18 February 2014 — 14:30
LocationKompleks Dlya Sorevnovaniy Po Lyzhnym Gonkam i Biatlonu Laura, Mountain Cluster, Krasnaya Polyana
Participants30 from 13 countries
FormatPenalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
DetailsCourse Length: 15,011 m
Height Differential: 57 m
Maximum Climb: 28 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.985 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Prone at 5.965 km, 50 m range
Shooting 3: Standing at 8.945 km, 50 m range
Shooting 4: Standing at 12.031 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 550 m

The event was delayed for two days due to foggy conditions that made shooting impossible. The pre-Sochi favorite for multiple biathlon medals was Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen. Suffering from a respiratory disorder throughout the Olympics, this would be his only individual gold medal, which he won in a photo finish over France’s Martin Fourcade. The two leaders were even nearing the end of the final lap, but Svendsen moved ahead as he came to the finish. In an inexplicable move, Svendsen began to celebrate before crossing the line, and while he did so, Fourcade churned out a final effort and reached his ski forward to record the same time as the Norwegian, but the photo finish confirmed that Svendsen had won gold. Czech Ondřej Moravec claimed his second biathlon medal in Sochi and took bronze.

19Emil Hegle SvendsenNOR42:29.10Gold
22Martin FourcadeFRA42:29.11Silver
34Ondřej MoravecCZE42:42.90Bronze
425Jakov FakSLO42:57.22
58Yevgeny GaranichevRUS43:25.33
618Fredrik LindströmSWE43:30.52
73Dominik LandertingerAUT43:32.82
812Johannes Thingnes BøNOR43:34.21
928Brendan GreenCAN43:38.32
1022Jean-Philippe Le GuellecCAN43:41.61
1113Anton ShipulinRUS43:48.23
1223Björn FerrySWE43:48.33
1310Simon SchemppGER43:48.33
1421Andrejs RastorgujevsLAT43:53.13
1527Matej KazárSVK44:25.62
1611Simon EderAUT44:30.74
177Jean-Guillaume BéatrixFRA44:34.23
1816Arnd PeifferGER44:35.04
1915Dmitry MalyshkoRUS44:42.94
2030Tim BurkeUSA44:55.94
211Ole Einar BjørndalenNOR45:08.36
2229Lowell BaileyUSA45:19.25
236Jaroslav SoukupCZE45:22.24
2426Dominik WindischITA45:28.45
255Erik LesserGER45:34.24
2620Christoph SumannAUT45:39.04
DNF17Lukas HoferITA
DNF19Nathan SmithCAN
DNF24Simon FourcadeFRA
DQ14Yevgeny UstyugovRUS[44:37.3][3]2