| Event type

Team Sprint, Freestyle, Men

Date21 February 2018
LocationAlpensia Cross-Country Centre, Alpensia Resort, Mountain Cluster, Daegwallyeong
Participants56 from 28 countries
FormatTwo-man teams, each skiing three alternate legs of approximately 1,500 metres.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 1,381 m
Height Differential: 27 m
Maximum Climb: 25 m
Total Climbing: 53 m

One week after the individual sprint, 28 two-men teams took part in the team sprint. They had to qualify in two heats with 14 teams in each. The first two from each heat, plus another six fastest teams advanced to the final. Maybe the biggest surprise in this round was the failing of the Swiss team that contained 15 km gold medalist Dario Cologna. The heavily favored Norwegian team of Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, already a double gold medalist in PyeongChang, and Martin Johnsrud Sundby, did not waste any energy in both rounds. Then, in the fourth round, things really went off, when all of a sudden Klæbo, lying second to Aleksandr Bolshunov, started his attack and nobody followed him immediately. Even though in the next leg, the pack led by Denis Spitsov from the OAR team, and Sweden’s Marcus Hellner, almost close the gap, but Sundby maintained an extremely high pace and eventually increased the lead, when he passed on to Klæbo for his last round. On the last leg, Klæbo made it clear the he was not willing to give the others any chance of fighting for gold. Three teams, OAR, Sweden and France then battled for the other two medal places with Bolshunov holding on to second place for the OAR, but had a hard time defending it against Richard Jouve of Fance on the last stretch in the stadium. A rather exhausted Calle Halfvarsson continued Sweden’s non-medal streak with a fourth place.

The victory of Sundby and Klæbo in the men’s team sprint did not come as a surprise, like the gold of the US team in the women’s event on the same day. The Olympic Athletes from Russia confirmed their excellent performances in the previous races, although the athletes that won the last World’s title were banned from the Games. France’s bronze medal was their second team medal after taking bronze in the 4x10 km relay. Behind fourth-placed Sweden, were Italy and the United States in fifth and sixth, although the American Erik Bjornsen fell at the beginning of the third round. For Italy, Federico Pellegrino, the individual sprint silver medalist from the last World Championships, came nowhere near a medal in PyeongChang.

1Martin Johnsrud Sundby / Johannes Høsflot KlæboNORGold
2Denis Spitsov / Aleksandr BolshunovOARSilver
3Maurice Manificat / Richard JouveFRABronze
4Marcus Hellner / Calle HalfvarssonSWE
5Dietmar Nöckler / Federico PellegrinoITA
6Erik Bjornsen / Simi HamiltonUSA
7Martin Jakš / Aleš RazýmCZE
8Len Väljas / Alex HarveyCAN
9Martti Jylhä / Ristomatti HakolaFIN
10Sebastian Eisenlauer / Thomas BingGER
11Roman Furger / Dario ColognaSUI
12Andrew Musgrave / Andrew YoungGBR
13Dominik Bury / Maciej StaręgaPOL
14Mikhail Semyonov / Yuriy AstapenkoBLR
15Paul Pepene / Alin Florin CioancăROU
16Imanol Rojo / Marti VigoESP
17Andriy Orlyk / Oleksiy KrasovskiyUKR
18Miha Šimenc / Janez LampičSLO
19Peter Mlynár / Andrej SegečSVK
20Yordan Chuchuganov / Veselin TsinzovBUL
21Mantas Strolia / Modestas VaičiulisLTU
22Callum Watson / Phil BellinghamAUS
23Magnus Kim / Kim Eun-HoKOR
24Wang Qiang / Sun QinghaiCHN
25Ömer Ayçiçek / Hamza DursunTUR
ACBernhard Tritscher / Dominik Baldauf 1AUTDQ2
ACDenis Volotka / Aleksey Poltoranin 3KAZDQ4
ACMarko Kilp / Karel Tammjärv 5ESTDQ6

Semi-Finals (21 February 2018 — 17:44)

First 3 teams in each heat plus the four fastest losers qualify for final.

Heat 1 (17:44)

PosNrSkierNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
11Olympic Athletes from RussiaOAR15:58.84Q
15-1Denis Spitsov2:34.632:39.092:43.83
15-2Aleksandr Bolshunov2:31.512:40.452:49.33
16-1Marcus Hellner2:33.352:40.402:41.87
16-2Calle Halfvarsson2:30.552:42.552:50.27
19-1Sebastian Eisenlauer2:34.362:38.912:42.70
19-2Thomas Bing2:32.782:41.122:50.68
18-1Martti Jylhä2:35.002:39.802:44.39
18-2Ristomatti Hakola2:34.122:38.742:49.36
56Czech RepublicCZE16:08.78q
20-1Martin Jakš2:35.532:36.822:38.25
20-2Aleš Razým2:35.972:44.852:57.36
63Great BritainGBR16:30.62
17-1Andrew Musgrave2:34.642:37.962:46.58
17-2Andrew Young2:38.132:46.533:06.78
21-1Mikhail Semyonov2:35.282:40.862:46.43
21-2Yuriy Astapenko2:33.132:44.143:12.47
24-1Paul Pepene2:35.792:42.012:58.75
24-2Alin Florin Cioancă2:32.102:48.463:15.27
25-1Imanol Rojo2:36.092:46.272:54.02
25-2Marti Vigo2:38.442:54.633:10.38
26-1Miha Šimenc2:37.192:38.993:04.37
26-2Janez Lampič2:38.252:57.493:28.50
28-1Mantas Strolia2:36.712:56.323:22.05
28-2Modestas Vaičiulis2:36.492:51.023:19.14
1213Republic of KoreaKOR17:56.71
27-1Magnus Kim2:34.072:54.053:00.52
27-2Kim Eun-Ho2:40.983:14.703:32.39
23-1Ömer Ayçiçek2:50.973:11.963:17.11
23-2Hamza Dursun2:50.843:05.393:29.51
22-1Bernhard Tritscher2:34.152:40.912:51.76
22-2Dominik Baldauf2:30.542:44.083:22.25DQ8

Heat 2 (18:07)

PosNrSkierNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
1-1Martin Johnsrud Sundby2:32.582:39.672:45.49
1-2Johannes Høsflot Klæbo2:31.642:42.732:51.86
4-1Maurice Manificat2:28.232:40.672:44.70
4-2Richard Jouve2:33.252:44.852:52.75
36United StatesUSA16:04.69q
6-1Erik Bjornsen2:31.812:39.452:39.95
6-2Simi Hamilton2:33.522:42.582:57.38
3-1Dietmar Nöckler2:32.802:43.442:50.04
3-2Federico Pellegrino2:33.182:38.402:49.33
7-1Len Väljas2:33.512:42.812:49.60
7-2Alex Harvey2:32.192:39.862:49.27
2-1Roman Furger2:32.252:44.482:53.48
2-2Dario Cologna2:32.352:38.892:49.07
10-1Dominik Bury2:33.052:43.372:48.69
10-2Maciej Staręga2:33.252:39.073:04.40
11-1Andriy Orlyk2:43.332:58.523:00.68
11-2Oleksiy Krasovskiy2:44.712:48.143:17.12
12-1Peter Mlynár2:34.552:54.032:59.60
12-2Andrej Segeč2:41.283:06.433:18.23
9-1Yordan Chuchuganov2:49.433:04.103:06.43
9-2Veselin Tsinzov2:45.512:51.503:01.29
13-1Callum Watson2:39.663:06.233:04.91
13-2Phil Bellingham2:39.622:54.173:13.77
1214People's Republic of ChinaCHN18:11.95
14-1Wang Qiang2:33.653:01.403:14.33
14-2Sun Qinghai2:40.963:01.563:40.05
5-1Denis Volotka2:33.162:47.092:56.69
5-2Aleksey Poltoranin2:33.442:41.392:58.33DQ10
8-1Marko Kilp2:33.962:44.342:56.47
8-2Karel Tammjärv2:34.122:42.312:59.10DQ12

Final Round (21 February 2018 — 19:30)

PosNrSkierNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
1-1Martin Johnsrud Sundby2:36.492:36.702:36.65
1-2Johannes Høsflot Klæbo2:46.282:32.202:47.94
21Olympic Athletes from RussiaOAR15:57.97
15-1Denis Spitsov2:36.862:37.212:40.78
15-2Aleksandr Bolshunov2:46.242:33.032:43.85
4-1Maurice Manificat2:37.162:37.442:38.93
4-2Richard Jouve2:45.212:35.122:44.42
16-1Marcus Hellner2:36.122:36.962:39.65
16-2Calle Halfvarsson2:45.962:34.802:45.84
3-1Dietmar Nöckler2:37.592:39.252:45.07
3-2Federico Pellegrino2:46.072:31.762:55.07
66United StatesUSA16:16.98
6-1Erik Bjornsen2:37.462:38.932:40.13
6-2Simi Hamilton2:45.882:37.632:56.95
710Czech RepublicCZE16:24.83
20-1Martin Jakš2:39.702:40.002:41.43
20-2Aleš Razým2:45.612:39.092:59.00
7-1Len Väljas2:38.562:43.432:52.36
7-2Alex Harvey2:44.932:35.682:56.90
18-1Martti Jylhä2:40.042:40.892:57.88
18-2Ristomatti Hakola2:44.032:32.692:56.77
19-1Sebastian Eisenlauer2:37.882:38.672:59.15
19-2Thomas Bing2:45.382:35.453:05.67