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4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men

Date16 February 2014 — 14:00
StatusOlympic
LocationKompleks Dlya Sorevnovaniy Po Lyzhnym Gonkam i Biatlonu Laura, Mountain Cluster, Krasnaya Polyana
Participants64 from 16 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: 10,101 m
Height Differential: 35 m
Maximum Climb: 32 m
Total Climbing: 357 m

In order to win this prestigious race, Russia’s top skiers had appeared sparingly in the individual events. However they had strong competition from the Scandinavian countries. Sweden’ Lars Nelson led marginally over Finland at the end of the first leg with France close behind, while Russia was far behind in eighth place. Sweden’s Daniel Richardsson and Finland’s Iivo Niskanen came to the second exchange almost simultaneously, while a strong leg by Lukáš Bauer brought the Czech team within 17 sec of the leaders.

Johan Olsson skied the third leg for Sweden and was the team’s top performer, soon pulling away from Lari Lehtonen, who was also overtaken by Aleksandr Legkov, making a major effort for the Russian team. His time was 27 seconds faster than Olsson’s and brought Russia to second place only 14 sec behind the leaders. On the final leg, Marcus Hellner was able to ski comfortably to victory for Sweden. Ivan Perrillat Boiteux briefly brought the French team level with the Russians, but Maksim Vylegzhanin secured second place for Russia 4.6 seconds ahead of the French team – a major upset which brought the country its 100th medal in Olympic Winter Games. As in the ladies’ relay Norway was the favorite, but again failed to medal, placing fourth.

By winning the 4x10 km relay Sweden successfully defended the title with three members of the team – Richardsson, Olsson and Hellner – from their victorious Vancouver squad in 2010. Moreover, Sweden became the first country in 42 years to win both the men’s and women’s relay events at one Olympic Winter Games.

In May 2016 WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) commissioned a report, the McLaren Report, to look into allegations of systematic Russian doping and a cover-up to avoid positives at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The report was released in two parts, in July and December 2016, and confirmed the allegations. In 2017 the IOC formed a commission to investigate this, headed by IOC Member Denis Oswald, and usually referred to as the Oswald Commission. In late October 2017 the Oswald Commission began to release its findings.

One of the first findings was to implicate Aleksandr Legkov, one of the Russian skiiers in this event. Legkov was disqualified, as was the Russian relay team, and their silver medal effectively removed. Eight days later, on 9 November, Maksim Vylegzhanin, another Russian skiier, was also disqualified, followed shortly thereafter by the disqualification of Aleksandr Bessmertnykh. Legkov and Vylegzhanin immediately appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). About 10 days before the PyeongChang Winter Olympics began, the CAS reached a decision and both Legkov and Vylegzhanin were exonerated and the Russian relay medal was restored.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)
12SwedenSWE1-28:42.0Gold
2-1Lars Nelson23:16.523:16.5 (1)
2-2Daniel Rickardsson22:59.646:16.1 (=1)
2-3Johan Olsson21:00.41-07:16.5 (1)
2-4Marcus Hellner21:25.51-28:42.0 (1)
23Russian FederationRUS1-29:09.3Silver1
3-1Dmitry Yaparov23:43.823:43.8 (8)
3-2Aleksandr Bessmertnykh23:13.646:57.4 (=4)
3-3Aleksandr Legkov20:33.41-07:30.8 (1)
3-4Maksim Vylegzhanin21:38.51-29:09.3 (4)
39FranceFRA1-29:13.9Bronze
9-1Jean-Marc Gaillard23:26.123:26.1 (3)
9-2Maurice Manificat23:13.646:39.7 (4)
9-3Robin Duvillard20:55.41-07:35.1 (3)
9-4Ivan Perrillat Boiteux21:38.81-29:13.9 (3)
41NorwayNOR1-29:51.7
1-1Eldar Rønning23:42.823:42.8 (6)
1-2Chris Jespersen23:36.147:18.9 (9)
1-3Martin Johnsrud Sundby20:56.81-08:15.7 (6)
1-4Petter Northug21:36.01-29:51.7 (4)
54ItalyITA1-30:04.7
4-1Dietmar Nöckler23:41.523:41.5 (5)
4-2Giorgio Di Centa23:16.346:57.8 (6)
4-3Roland Clara21:00.41-07:58.2 (4)
4-4David Hofer22:06.51-30:04.7 (5)
65FinlandFIN1-30:28.4
5-1Sami Jauhojärvi23:16.823:16.8 (2)
5-2Iivo Niskanen22:59.346:16.1 (=1)
5-3Lari Lehtonen22:09.71-08:25.8 (7)
5-4Matti Heikkinen22:02.61-30:28.4 (6)
76SwitzerlandSUI1-30:33.8
6-1Curdin Perl23:38.023:38.0 (4)
6-2Jonas Baumann23:34.047:12.0 (8)
6-3Remo Fischer21:49.11-09:01.1 (9)
6-4Toni Livers21:32.71-30:33.8 (7)
811Czech RepublicCZE1-30:36.8
11-1Aleš Razým23:43.523:43.5 (7)
11-2Lukáš Bauer22:49.946:33.4 (3)
11-3Martin Jakš21:25.21-07:58.6 (5)
11-4Dušan Kožíšek22:38.21-30:36.8 (8)
97GermanyGER1-31:18.8
7-1Jens Filbrich23:53.323:53.3 (10)
7-2Axel Teichmann23:18.547:11.8 (7)
7-3Tobias Angerer21:32.91-08:44.7 (8)
7-4Hannes Dotzler22:34.11-31:18.8 (9)
1015EstoniaEST1-32:52.6
15-1Karel Tammjärv24:17.224:17.2 (13)
15-2Algo Kärp23:53.348:10.5 (10)
15-3Aivar Rehemaa22:13.01-10:23.5 (12)
15-4Raido Ränkel22:29.11-32:52.6 (10)
1110United StatesUSA1-33:15.1
10-1Andy Newell24:34.324:34.3 (15)
10-2Erik Bjornsen23:56.848:31.1 (13)
10-3Noah Hoffman21:37.41-10:08.5 (10)
10-4Simi Hamilton23:06.61-33:15.1 (11)
1212CanadaCAN1-33:19.0
12-1Len Väljas24:16.124:16.1 (12)
12-2Ivan Babikov23:56.948:13.0 (11)
12-3Graeme Killick22:04.61-10:17.6 (11)
12-4Jesse Cockney23:01.41-33:19.0 (12)
1313KazakhstanKAZ1-34:11.9
13-1Denis Volotka23:50.123:50.1 (9)
13-2Sergey Cherepanov24:28.748:18.8 (12)
13-3Yevgeny Velichko22:44.21-11:03.0 (13)
13-4Mark Starostin23:08.91-34:11.9 (13)
1414BelarusBLR1-34:40.1
14-1Mikhail Semyonov24:20.624:20.6 (14)
14-2Aleksandr Lazutkin25:13.249:33.8 (15)
14-3Aleksey Ivanov22:27.81-12:01.6 (15)
14-4Sergey Dolidovich22:38.51-34:40.1 (14)
1516PolandPOL1-35:46.5
16-1Maciej Kreczmer24:04.124:04.1 (11)
16-2Sebastian Gazurek24:35.548:39.6 (14)
16-3Maciej Staręga22:42.91-11:22.5 (14)
16-4Jan Antolek24:24.01-35:46.5 (15)
AC8JapanJPNDNFlapped
8-1Hiroyuki Miyazawa25:17.825:17.8 (16)
8-2Keishin Yoshida24:54.350:12.1 (16)
8-3Nobu Naruse23:31.21-13:43.3 (16)
8-4Akira Lenting– (–)