| Event type

50 kilometres (Mass Start, Classical), Men

Date24 February 2018 — 14:00
LocationAlpensia Cross-Country Centre, Alpensia Resort, Mountain Cluster, Daegwallyeong
Participants69 from 31 countries
DetailsCourse Length: 50,580 m
Height Differential: 58 m
Intermediate 1: 8.4 km
Intermediate 2: 16.9 km
Intermediate 3: 25.3 km
Intermediate 4: 33.7 km
Intermediate 5: 42.2 km
Maximum Climb: 35 m
Total Climbing: 1,866 m

The 50 km race belonged to Finland’s Iivo Niskanen, who won the hardest cross-country race of the Games, after a long solo run. Until PyeongChang, Niskanen was better known for his achievements in short distance races. At Sochi 2014, he took gold in the team sprint, and at the 2017 World Championships, won the 15 km classical style title. His two firsts in the World Cup also came over 15 km.

Niskanen ran the race from the lead position, increasing the pace from km 19. The leading group of 15 athletes was reduced to just seven at km 21: in addition to Niskanen Kazakhstan’s Aleksey Poltoranin, the Norwegians Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Niklas Dyrhaug, the Swiss 15 km winner Dario Cologna, Aleksandr Bolshunov, Olympic Athlete from Russia, and Canada’s Alex Harvey. At the 25 km mark, it was just Niskanen and Poltoranin with Bolshunov in third, 11 seconds behind. When Poltoranin pulled away a few kilometers later, the Finn looked like a sure winner, but the decision when to change his skies now became a tactical and decisive factor. Already with new skies, Bolshunov came back and closed the gap on Niskanen, which had increased to 25 seconds at one stage. By the time Niskanen had changed his skies at 42 km, Bolshunov had increased his lead to 14 seconds. But now it was Niskanen’s turn to chase and close in on Bolshunov. Niskanen’s tactics turned out to be the better one: With fresh skies and obviously the greater stamina, he started his final attack with just 1 km to go as Bolshunov could do nothing to counter the Finn’s attack. Niskanen celebrated the biggest individual success of his career, when he crossed the finish line after 2-08:22.1. The time, which was the slowest in the 50 km since the introduction of the separate techniques, and the mass start, in this event more than 30 years ago, and reflected the demands of the course. A disappointed Bolshunov came second 18.7 seconds behind the winner.

The bronze medal went to another Olympic Athlete from Russia. Even though he was 27-years-of-age, Andrey Larkov was competing in his first Olympics and secured third place 2:37.5 behind Niskanen. Larkov took his time and appeared in the top three for the first time after the 47 km mark. Poltoranin, who ran a lonely race for many kilometers and looked like a sure medalist until km 45, collapsed to eventually finish 15th. Harvey, the reigning world champion, and Sundby, in 2016 the last World Cup winner of a 50 km race in the classical style, finished were in the chasing group throughout the race, but finally saw Larkov pull away for his medal, while they went home without a 50 km Mass Start medal.

18Iivo NiskanenFIN2-08:22.1Gold
27Aleksandr BolshunovROC2-08:40.8Silver
311Andrey LarkovROC2-10:59.6Bronze
42Alex HarveyCAN2-11:05.7
54Martin Johnsrud SundbyNOR2-11:05.8
63Hans Christer HolundNOR2-11:12.2
715Daniel RickardssonSWE2-12:12.5
822Martin JakšCZE2-12:32.6
91Dario ColognaSUI2-12:43.2
1012Emil IversenNOR2-12:59.0
1129Scott PattersonUSA2-13:14.2
126Aleksey ChervotkinROC2-13:19.0
1321Niklas DyrhaugNOR2-13:20.5
1428Andreas KatzGER2-13:32.3
1527Giandomenico SalvadoriITA2-13:45.4
169Jean-Marc GaillardFRA2-14:31.4
DNS52Denis VolotkaKAZ
1737Maicol RastelliITA2-15:10.0
1816Denis SpitsovROC2-16:24.6
1926Dietmar NöcklerITA2-16:29.2
2014Francesco De FabianiITA2-17:14.3
2123Keishin YoshidaJPN2-17:21.9
2218Clément ParisseFRA2-17:25.4
2313Matti HeikkinenFIN2-17:34.8
2432Devon KershawCAN2-17:49.4
2548Graeme KillickCAN2-18:28.8
2625Jens BurmanSWE2-18:34.5
2735Perttu HyvärinenFIN2-18:38.5
2819Thomas BingGER2-18:41.1
2930Candide PralongSUI2-18:41.5
3038Paul PepeneROU2-18:44.0
3142Noah HoffmanUSA2-19:04.1
3234Irineu Esteve AltimirasAND2-19:08.3
3351Imanol RojoESP2-19:10.1
3410Andrew MusgraveGBR2-20:57.9
3540Yevgeny VelichkoKAZ2-21:43.2
3636Viktor ThornSWE2-21:53.8
3747Aleš RazýmCZE2-22:06.8
3854Bernhard TritscherAUT2-22:47.7
3924Ristomatti HakolaFIN2-22:50.1
4041Mikhail SiamionauBLR2-22:51.2
4139Ueli SchniderSUI2-23:17.3
4220Lucas BöglGER2-23:42.8
4358Kim MagnusKOR2-24:14.0
4457Tyler KornfieldUSA2-24:36.5
4549Russell KennedyCAN2-25:16.6
4655Oleksiy KrasovskyiUKR2-25:36.4
4760Peter MlynárSVK2-26:14.7
4845Vitaly PukhkaloKAZ2-27:10.6
4964Andrej SegečSVK2-27:44.3
5066Callum SmithGBR2-27:56.3
5153Petr KnopCZE2-29:20.9
5262Phil BellinghamAUS2-30:39.7
5359Indulis BikšeLAT2-31:07.5
5463Callum WatsonAUS2-33:28.6
5567Wang QiangCHN2-34:43.0
5671Martin MøllerDEN2-36:10.8
5768Mantas StroliaLTUDNFlapped
DNF70Mark ChanloungTHAlapped
DNF69Kim Eun-HoKORlapped
DNF31Jonas DoblerGER
DNF50Miroslav RyplCZE
DNF43Veselin TsinzovBUL
DNF65Miroslav ŠulekSVK
DNF17Calle HalfvarssonSWE
DNF44Snorri EinarssonISL
DQ5Aleksey PoltoraninKAZ[2-13:37.1]1
DQ33Max HaukeAUT[2-20:39.9]2
DQ46Andreas VeerpaluEST[2-21:13.2]3
DQ56Algo KärpEST[2-13:45.7]4
DNS61Thomas Maloney WestgårdIRL