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4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men

Date22 February 2014 — 18:30
StatusOlympic
LocationKompleks Dlya Sorevnovaniy Po Lyzhnym Gonkam i Biatlonu Laura, Mountain Cluster, Krasnaya Polyana
Participants76 from 19 countries
FormatEight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 7,741 m
Height Differential: 31 m
Maximum Climb: 31 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.574 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 5.107 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 258 m

Norway was favored in this event coming in to Sochi, as they had not been beaten at the World Championships since 2008. Russia had come to Sochi looking for multiple medals in biathlon but had struggled. The team’s benefactor was Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who owned the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, but as the Games neared their end, Prokhorov said he would resign as President of the Russian Biathlon Union if they did not improve their performance. And that they did by winning the final biathlon gold medal of the Sochi Olympics in the men’s relay.

Norway took the early lead, with the brothers Tarjei Bø and Johannes Thingnes Bø leading after the first two legs. Russia was third, as Germany’s Erik Lesser moved his team into second. It had been a very disappointing Winter Olympics for the German biathletes, but Daniel Böhm held onto second after the second leg. Norwegian biathlon legend, Ole Einar Bjørndalen, looking for his record 14th Winter Olympic medal, skiied the third leg, and shot cleanly. But his skiing was slower than usual, and Arnd Peiffer moved Germany only 2 seconds back, with Russia another 15 seconds behind. Norway’s anchor leg was Emil Hegle Svendsen, who had won gold in Sochi in the mass start race, but had been sick throughout the Games. He shot very poorly on his leg, missing four targets and dropped completely off the podium as they would finish fourth.

The gold and silver medals came down to a race between the Russian and German anchor skiiers – Anton Shipulin and Simon Schempp. Schempp shot better, needing only 2 extra shots to hit all his targets, to Shipulin’s 4, but he could not match Shipulin’s speed over the snow and Shipulin came home in front by 3.5 seconds. Austria won the bronze medal, almost 30 seconds back, with Norway well behind in fourth.

And that was how the results stood until February 2020, when the International Biathlon Union (IBU) disqualified Yevgeny Ustyugov (RUS) after a re-test of samples from 2013 revealed the presence of oxandrolone. As a result, Ustyugov was stripped of all his results from the 2013-14 season and was disqualified from all five events in which he competed at Sochi. His relay disqualification cost Russia the gold medal. As of July 2020, no upgrade of medals has been announced by the IOC.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeMisses
(Extra Shots)
Split (Pos)
11GermanyGER1-12:19.40 (2)Silver
1-1Erik Lesser17:13.70 (0)17:13.7 (2)
1-2Daniel Böhm18:17.40 (1)35:31.1 (2)
1-3Arnd Peiffer17:54.50 (0)53:25.6 (2)
1-4Simon Schempp18:53.80 (1)1-12:19.4 (2)
23AustriaAUT1-12:45.70 (7)Bronze
3-1Christoph Sumann17:26.70 (1)17:26.7 (5)
3-2Daniel Mesotitsch18:11.40 (2)35:38.1 (6)
3-3Simon Eder18:04.10 (2)53:42.2 (5)
3-4Dominik Landertinger19:03.50 (2)1-12:45.7 (3)
35NorwayNOR1-13:10.31 (5)
5-1Tarjei Bø17:03.40 (0)17:03.4 (1)
5-2Johannes Thingnes Bø18:07.60 (1)35:11.0 (1)
5-3Ole Einar Bjørndalen18:12.60 (0)53:23.6 (1)
5-4Emil Hegle Svendsen19:46.71 (4)1-13:10.3 (4)
416ItalyITA1-13:15.50 (11)
16-1Christian De Lorenzi17:36.00 (2)17:36.0 (9)
16-2Dominik Windisch18:01.40 (3)35:37.4 (4)
16-3Markus Windisch18:54.20 (4)54:31.6 (8)
16-4Lukas Hofer18:43.90 (2)1-13:15.5 (5)
59SloveniaSLO1-13:43.10 (5)
9-1Peter Dokl18:04.40 (0)18:04.4 (14)
9-2Jakov Fak17:33.30 (0)35:37.7 (5)
9-3Klemen Bauer18:03.90 (2)53:41.6 (4)
9-4Janez Marič20:01.50 (3)1-13:43.1 (6)
612CanadaCAN1-13:46.21 (10)
12-1Jean-Philippe Le Guellec17:47.21 (3)17:47.2 (11)
12-2Scott Perras18:04.30 (1)35:51.5 (8)
12-3Brendan Green18:24.40 (2)54:15.9 (6)
12-4Nathan Smith19:30.30 (4)1-13:46.2 (7)
76FranceFRA1-13:46.40 (7)
6-1Alexis Bœuf17:35.40 (0)17:35.4 (8)
6-2Jean-Guillaume Béatrix18:13.00 (3)35:48.4 (7)
6-3Simon Desthieux18:42.90 (2)54:31.3 (7)
6-4Martin Fourcade19:15.10 (2)1-13:46.4 (8)
810UkraineUKR1-14:21.10 (7)
10-1Dmytro Pidruchniy17:35.40 (2)17:35.4 (7)
10-2Andriy Deryzemlia18:17.40 (3)35:52.8 (10)
10-3Artem Pryma18:59.90 (1)54:52.7 (9)
10-4Serhiy Semenov19:28.40 (1)1-14:21.1 (9)
92SwedenSWE1-14:32.00 (5)
2-1Tobias Arwidson18:02.60 (0)18:02.6 (13)
2-2Björn Ferry18:18.20 (0)36:20.8 (12)
2-3Fredrik Lindström18:52.90 (3)55:13.7 (10)
2-4Carl Johan Bergman19:18.30 (2)1-14:32.0 (10)
107Czech RepublicCZE1-15:11.90 (5)
7-1Michal Krčmář17:37.10 (0)17:37.1 (10)
7-2Jaroslav Soukup18:14.80 (2)35:51.9 (9)
7-3Tomáš Krupčík19:54.30 (3)55:46.2 (12)
7-4Ondřej Moravec19:25.70 (0)1-15:11.9 (11)
1111SlovakiaSVK1-15:23.81 (9)
11-1Pavol Hurajt17:33.40 (0)17:33.4 (6)
11-2Tomáš Hasilla18:37.80 (2)36:11.2 (11)
11-3Miroslav Matiaško19:21.00 (2)55:32.2 (11)
11-4Matej Kazár19:51.61 (5)1-15:23.8 (12)
1217BelarusBLR1-16:02.30 (5)
17-1Siarhei Novikau18:21.30 (1)18:21.3 (17)
17-2Uladzimir Chepelin18:52.20 (1)37:13.5 (13)
17-3Yury Liadau19:01.80 (1)56:15.3 (13)
17-4Yauhen Abramenka19:47.00 (2)1-16:02.3 (13)
138SwitzerlandSUI1-16:15.80 (10)
8-1Claudio Böckli18:28.30 (3)18:28.3 (19)
8-2Ivan Joller19:11.60 (3)37:39.9 (16)
8-3Serafin Wiestner18:50.00 (2)56:29.9 (14)
8-4Benjamin Weger19:45.90 (2)1-16:15.8 (14)
1413BulgariaBUL1-17:38.42 (8)
13-1Mikhail Klecherov18:25.90 (1)18:25.9 (18)
13-2Ivan Zlatev20:40.42 (4)39:06.3 (18)
13-3Vladimir Iliev19:14.90 (3)58:21.2 (18)
13-4Krasimir Anev19:17.20 (0)1-17:38.4 (15)
1518United StatesUSA1-17:39.13 (12)
18-1Lowell Bailey17:20.70 (0)17:20.7 (4)
18-2Russell Currier20:11.33 (5)37:32.0 (15)
18-3Sean Doherty19:37.30 (3)57:09.3 (15)
18-4Leif Nordgren20:29.80 (4)1-17:39.1 (16)
AC14EstoniaEST3 (12)DNFlapped
14-1Daniil Steptšenko18:05.50 (1)18:05.5 (15)
14-2Kalev Ermits20:08.41 (3)38:13.9 (17)
14-3Kauri Kõiv19:31.21 (3)57:45.1 (17)
14-4Roland Lessing1 (5)– (–)
AC15KazakhstanKAZ0 (10)DNFlapped
15-1Anton Pantov18:13.30 (3)18:13.3 (16)
15-2Sergey Naumik19:18.00 (4)37:31.3 (14)
15-3Aleksandr Trifonov20:02.40 (0)57:33.7 (16)
15-4Dias Keneshev0 (3)– (–)
AC19PolandPOL2 (12)DNFlapped
19-1Krzysztof Pływaczyk17:53.70 (0)17:53.7 (12)
19-2Łukasz Szczurek21:29.12 (6)39:22.8 (19)
19-3Łukasz Słonina20:57.50 (2)1-00:20.3 (19)
19-4Rafał Lepel0 (4)– (–)
AC4Russian FederationRUS[1-12:15.9][0] ([8])DQ1
4-1Aleksey Volkov17:19.50 (2)17:19.5 (3)
4-2Yevgeny Ustyugov[18:15.9][0] ([3])[35:35.4] ([3])2
4-3Dmitry Malyshko18:04.80 (1)53:40.2 (3)
4-4Anton Shipulin18:35.70 (2)1-12:15.9 (1)