| Event type

10 kilometres Sprint, Men

Date14 February 2010 — 11:15
LocationWhistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Participants88 from 32 countries
FormatPenalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
DetailsCourse Length: 10,492 m
Height Differential: 41 m
Maximum Climb: 34 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 3.5 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 7.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 363 m

Although the defending champion, Sven Fischer of Germany, had retired Ole Einar Bjørndalen returned to attempt to regain the title he had won in 2002. The 35 year old Norwegian had shown excellent early season form, 2 wins and a second place from 4 World Cup sprint races, and expectations were high that he could add to his tally of nine Olympic medals. Just as in the women’s sprint event a day earlier, this race too produced a major surprise. Competitors started at 30 second intervals, and this proved to benefit those with an early start. Klemen Bauer of Slovenia started second and was the early leader in a time of 24:25.2 – this would eventually be good enough for 4th place. Croatian Jakov Fak took over the lead with a time of 24:21.8, but this was soon surpassed by Vincent Jay of France in a time of 24:07.8. As the weather conditions then deteriorated out on the course, the favourites struggled with their shooting in the wind and driving snow. Bjørndalen’s chances ended when he missed three shots at his first visit to the range and he had to be content with 17th place. Only his compatriot, Emil Hegle Svendsen mastered the conditions to finish with the silver medal in a time of 24:20.0, although he too started early (10th) and missed one shot on the course. A clear indication that the competition became somewhat of a lottery is the fact that only two of the first fifteen starters placed lower than fifteenth at the finish.

Of the three medallists only Emil Hegle Svendsen’s appearance on the podium could have been predicted with any confidence. Vincent Jay had been a solid performer on the World Cup circuit but had previously won only a single race, at the pre-Olympic test event at Whistler in March 2010, and had only one top ten finish in the season prior to the Olympics. Jakov Fak was ranked just outside the world’s top sixty although even this high a ranking was largely gained by a single astonishing performance at the 2009 World Championship where he also won a completely unexpected bronze medal. This was Croatia’s first ever Winter Games medal although by summer Fak had already transferred his allegiance to Slovenia.

16Vincent JayFRA24:07.80Gold
210Emil Hegle SvendsenNOR24:20.01Silver
34Jakov FakCRO24:21.80Bronze
42Klemen BauerSLO24:25.21
59Andriy DeryzemliaUKR24:48.52
68Jean-Philippe Le GuellecCAN24:57.61
714Pavol HurajtSVK25:15.01
826Björn FerrySWE25:20.20
913Jeremy TeelaUSA25:21.72
105Ivan CherezovRUS25:25.92
1142Simon EderAUT25:32.20
127Christoph SumannAUT25:32.72
1311Thomas FreiSUI25:36.90
1415Ilmārs BricisLAT25:41.32
1524Yevgeny UstyugovRUS25:47.92
1637Simon HallenbarterSUI25:48.32
1721Ole Einar BjørndalenNOR25:48.94
1822Michal ŠlesingrCZE25:50.91
1958Christoph StephanGER25:51.11
2018Aliaksandr SymanBLR25:53.50
2131Michael GreisGER25:56.03
2239Serhiy SednevUKR25:57.20
2370Andi BirnbacherGER26:06.41
2473Halvard HanevoldNOR26:07.71
2525Krasimir AnevBUL26:09.10
2666Matthias SimmenSUI26:11.51
2747Janez MaričSLO26:12.52
2864Zdeněk VítekCZE26:13.71
2932Tomasz SikoraPOL26:16.22
3076Anton ShipulinRUS26:18.71
3119Indrek TobrelutsEST26:18.91
3249Zhang ChengyeCHN26:19.91
3383Serhiy SemenovUKR26:20.51
3427Dominik LandertingerAUT26:23.74
3544Martin FourcadeFRA26:25.63
3662Lowell BaileyUSA26:26.60
3734Arnd PeifferGER26:29.12
3885Fredrik LindströmSWE26:33.31
3948Yan SavitskyKAZ26:35.21
4071Siarhei NovikauBLR26:37.41
4172Timo AntilaFIN26:37.41
4243Carl Johan BergmanSWE26:41.72
4338Rustam ValiulinBLR26:43.72
4463Markus WindischITA26:44.70
4554Daniel MesotitschAUT26:45.32
4656Lars BergerNOR26:53.04
4729Tim BurkeUSA26:54.83
4882Kauri KõivEST26:56.02
4984Yauhen AbramenkaBLR26:57.80
5075Andrejs RastorgujevsLAT27:05.33
5120Aleksandr ChervyakovKAZ27:09.93
5240Jaroslav SoukupCZE27:10.42
5336Vincent DefrasneFRA27:14.63
5451Jay HakkinenUSA27:17.40
5523Lee JacksonGBR27:18.12
5633Lukas HoferITA27:18.34
5765Vasja RupnikSLO27:20.83
5887Peter DoklSLO27:21.00
5959Mihail KlecherovBUL27:23.10
6079Mattia ColaITA27:24.91
6146Christian De LorenziITA27:25.94
6255Roland LessingEST27:26.03
6353Maksim ChudovRUS27:28.02
6486Kristaps LībietisLAT27:32.51
653Lee In-BokKOR27:34.14
6667Marek MatiaškoSVK27:37.43
6788Ondřej MoravecCZE27:39.83
6830Hidenori IsaJPN27:42.23
6981Benjamin WegerSUI27:43.63
701Victor PînzaruMDA27:52.61
7117Simon FourcadeFRA27:53.04
7268Dias KeneshevKAZ28:04.61
7345Paavo PuurunenFIN28:04.84
7474Martten KaldveeEST28:07.73
7550Dušan ŠimočkoSVK28:11.43
7677Miroslav MatiaškoSVK28:15.94
7769V'iacheslav DerkachUKR28:22.93
7841Edgars PiksonsLAT28:23.02
7960Magnus JonssonSWE28:29.23
8012Imre TagschererHUN28:38.84
8116Milanko PetrovićSRB28:38.94
8280Miroslav KenanovBUL28:40.21
8361Vladimir IlievBUL28:45.03
8478Nikolay BraychenkoKAZ28:52.03
8557Łukasz SzczurekPOL29:02.02
8635Øystein SlettemarkDEN30:55.87
8728Alexei AlmoukovAUS30:57.94
DNF52Thanasis TsakirisGRE5