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30 kilometres Skiathlon, Men

Date11 February 2018 — 15:15
LocationAlpensia Cross-Country Centre, Alpensia Resort, Mountain Cluster, Daegwallyeong
Participants68 from 30 countries
DetailsCourse Length: 15,484 m / 15,100 m
Height Differential: 58 m / 41 m
Maximum Climb: 33 m / 35 m
Total Climbing: 552 m / 604 m

As in the last three Winter Olympics, the 30 km skiathlon event consisted of a 15 km section in the classical technique, followed immediately, after a change of skis, by another 15 km in the freestyle technique. Among the favorites were the Swiss defending champion Dario Cologna, and Norway’s rising star Johannes Høsflot Klæbo. The 2017 world champion, and Tour de Ski winner Sergey Ustyugov, was not allowed to compete by the IOC, due to the finding of the McLaren-Report. In the 2017-18 season, only one men’s skiathlon was contested, at Lillehammer in December 2017 with four Norwegians finishing in the first four: Klæbo first, then triple World Cup winner Martin Johnsrud Sundby, followed by Hans Christer Holund and Simen Hegstad Krüger. Krüger was a relative newcomer, having won his first World Cup race in December 2017, over 15 km freestyle. In PyeongChang, nobody dared to break away from a large leading group for the first 25 km, with the favorites still cautious, and pace moderate. Krüger, less fancied than his compatriots, was involved in a fall, along with two OAR athletes, just a few hundred metres from the start. But with less than 5 km from the finish line, he got into a position where he was in with a chance to escape the pack, and he took it, and within just one kilometer, Krüger opened a gap of 22 seconds. The pursuers hesitated for too long as it was not until about 27 km that Sundby started the pursuit , with Holund close behind. But Krüger held on to his lead to become a surprise winner with Sundby second, just eight seconds behind and Holund in third, another two seconds adrift. Most of the favorites finished among the top ten: Maurice Manificat from France was fifth, Cologna sixth, Canadian Alex Harvey eighth, and Klæbo tenth.

With a clean sweep in the first men’s event, the Norwegians gave an indication of their superiority in the men’s cross-country in PyeongChang. Like other races in the first few days of the Games, it was characterized by ice cold weather of minus 13° C and stormy gusts of wind.

17Simen Hegstad KrügerNOR1-16:20.0Gold
26Martin Johnsrud SundbyNOR1-16:28.0Silver
35Hans Christer HolundNOR1-16:29.9Bronze
416Denis SpitsovROC1-16:32.7
52Maurice ManificatFRA1-16:34.2
63Dario ColognaSUI1-16:45.1
710Andrew MusgraveGBR1-16:45.7
84Alex HarveyCAN1-16:53.4
922Martin JakšCZE1-16:53.8
101Johannes Høsflot KlæboNOR1-17:03.4
1120Thomas BingGER1-17:03.7
1214Marcus HellnerSWE1-17:04.8
1318Clément ParisseFRA1-17:08.6
1415Daniel RickardssonSWE1-17:12.2
1541Jules LapierreFRA1-17:19.1
1621Lucas BöglGER1-17:19.9
1725Jens BurmanSWE1-17:23.9
1833Scott PattersonUSA1-17:27.5
198Iivo NiskanenFIN1-17:34.2
2013Francesco De FabianiITA1-17:54.9
2112Matti HeikkinenFIN1-17:55.9
2235Jonas DoblerGER1-17:56.6
2328Aleksey VitsenkoROC1-18:02.2
2443Paul PepeneROU1-18:20.4
2523Keishin YoshidaJPN1-18:23.0
2631Giandomenico SalvadoriITA1-18:36.9
279Jean-Marc GaillardFRA1-18:48.5
2829Andrey MelnichenkoROC1-18:50.5
2911Andrey LarkovROC1-18:50.6
3034Candide PralongSUI1-19:15.6
3124Lari LehtonenFIN1-19:26.6
3249Vitaly PukhkaloKAZ1-19:46.7
3332Andreas KatzGER1-19:49.2
3437Devon KershawCAN1-19:55.3
3530Dietmar NöcklerITA1-19:55.5
3658Petr KnopCZE1-20:12.1
=3719Jonas BaumannSUI1-20:13.4
=3727Toni LiversSUI1-20:13.4
3942Perttu HyvärinenFIN1-20:28.5
4026Erik BjornsenUSA1-20:54.7
4144Yevgeny VelichkoKAZ1-21:03.9
4246Mikhail SiamionauBLR1-21:12.0
4354Graeme KillickCAN1-21:39.6
4439Irineu Esteve AltimirasAND1-21:47.7
4552Sergio RigoniITA1-22:54.9
4657Imanol RojoESP1-23:06.5
4745Yury AstapenkaBLR1-23:12.5
4840Patrick CaldwellUSA1-23:18.1
4955Dominik BuryPOL1-23:20.3
5065Krešimir CrnkovićCRO1-23:26.9
5147Noah HoffmanUSA1-23:28.7
5253Aleš RazýmCZE1-23:33.8
5348Snorri EinarssonISL1-23:33.9
5463Callum SmithGBR1-23:49.9
5562Callum WatsonAUS1-25:15.4
5666Martin VögeliLIE1-26:08.2
5760Thomas Maloney WestgårdIRL1-32:34.2
DNF59Oleksiy KrasovskyiUKRlapped
DNF61Knute JohnsgaardCANlapped
DNF67Mantas StroliaLTUlapped
DNF64Wang QiangCHNlapped
DNF68Kim Eun-HoKORlapped
DNF56Edi DadićCRO
DNF17Calle HalfvarssonSWE
DNF50Siarhei DalidovichBLR
DQ38Max HaukeAUT[1-18:44.6]1
DQ36Karel TammjärvEST[1-19:25.2]2
DQ51Andreas VeerpaluEST[1-22:11.4]3