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20 kilometres, Men

Date18 February 2010 — 13:20
StatusOlympic
LocationWhistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Participants88 from 32 countries
FormatOne-minute penalty for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 19,960 m
Height Differential: 41 m
Maximum Climb: 33 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 4.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 8.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 3: Prone at 12.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 4: Standing at 16.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 675 m

After the surprises in the 10 kilometres and 12.5 kilometres pursuit events, the 20 kilometres event proved to be kinder to the more favoured biathletes. The veteran Pole Tomasz Sikora, the first to go, finished a creditable 7th place after leading for a while. Of the other biathletes, Emil Hegle Svendsen set the pace with a time of 48:22.5, missing just one shot on the course. Yevgeny Ustyugov, the champion from the 15 km mass start event who started one place behind Svendsen, finished in a creditable 4th place in a time of 49:11.8. The drama was yet to come. Ole Einar Bjørndalen, starting 12th, finished in a time of 48:32.0. His skiing time was the fastest of all but his two missed targets cost him the chance of a victory. Nevertheless this was enough to put him into silver medal position. However starting much later, Sergey Novikov of Belarus became one of only two biathletes to hit all twenty targets and, at one time, looked as if he may surpass Svendsen’s time. However he faded towards the end and finished in exactly the same time as Bjørndalen, measured to the tenth of a second, to share the silver medal.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMissesSkiing (Pos)
15Emil Hegle SvendsenNOR48:22.5147:22.5 (3)Gold
=227Siarhei NovikauBLR48:32.0048:32.0 (=14)Silver
=212Ole Einar BjørndalenNOR48:32.0246:32.0 (1)Silver
46Yevgeny UstyugovRUS49:11.8148:11.8 (9)
511Pavol HurajtSVK49:39.0148:39.0 (17)
616Simon EderAUT49:41.7247:41.7 (4)
71Tomasz SikoraPOL49:43.8247:43.8 (5)
84Christoph SumannAUT50:04.9347:04.9 (2)
949Daniel MesotitschAUT50:32.0248:32.0 (=14)
1017Michael GreisGER50:37.6248:37.6 (16)
1172Nikolay KruglovRUS50:40.4050:40.4 (62)
1277Andi BirnbacherGER50:43.5248:43.5 (18)
133Jean-Philippe Le GuellecCAN50:47.1248:47.1 (19)
1485Martin FourcadeFRA50:55.4347:55.4 (6)
1528Ivan CherezovRUS50:56.7347:56.7 (7)
1626Thomas FreiSUI51:03.4249:03.4 (22)
1735Michal ŠlesingrCZE51:04.8249:04.8 (23)
1841Dušan ŠimočkoSVK51:20.6249:20.6 (31)
1934Zhang ChengyeCHN51:31.0348:31.0 (13)
2086Priit ViksEST51:38.1150:38.1 (61)
2165Tarjei BøNOR51:51.5348:51.5 (20)
2248Oleksandr BilanenkoUKR52:00.3151:00.3 (67)
2336Dominik LandertingerAUT52:00.8448:00.8 (8)
2461Alexander WolfGER52:09.0250:09.0 (51)
252Krasimir AnevBUL52:09.2250:09.2 (50)
2640Vincent DefrasneFRA52:14.9349:14.9 (27)
2767Andriy DeryzemliaUKR52:19.1349:19.1 (29)
2856Alexander OsNOR52:19.8349:19.8 (28)
2939Christoph StephanGER52:33.4349:33.4 (34)
3047Jaroslav SoukupCZE52:35.2349:35.2 (35)
3123Markus WindischITA52:38.7349:38.7 (36)
3210Klemen BauerSLO52:43.9349:43.9 (38)
3366Marek MatiaškoSVK52:47.9250:47.9 (63)
3473Mattias NilssonSWE52:50.1349:50.1 (42)
3584Roman DostálCZE52:51.4349:51.4 (44)
3651Anton ShipulinRUS52:51.7349:51.7 (43)
3737Edgars PiksonsLAT52:52.5250:52.5 (65)
3880Christian De LorenziITA53:03.6449:03.6 (21)
3970Matthias SimmenSUI53:05.7449:05.7 (24)
4075Simon FourcadeFRA53:06.2449:06.2 (=25)
4145Aliaksandr SymanBLR53:16.2350:16.2 (52)
4232Björn FerrySWE53:16.7548:16.7 (10)
4346Simon HallenbarterSUI53:18.4548:18.4 (11)
4443Kauri KõivEST53:22.4350:22.4 (54)
4521Tim BurkeUSA53:22.6548:22.6 (12)
4668Lukas HoferITA53:23.7350:23.7 (56)
4787Miroslav MatiaškoSVK53:29.2350:29.2 (58)
4859Rustam ValiullnBLR53:32.3449:32.3 (33)
4988Vasja RupnikSLO53:49.8449:49.8 (41)
5054Aleksandr ChervyakovKAZ53:53.1449:53.1 (45)
5129Jakov FakCRO53:56.0449:56.0 (46)
5281Serhiy SemenovUKR53:57.5350:57.5 (66)
5324Paavo PuurunenFIN54:03.5450:03.5 (48)
5453Rene Laurent VuillermozITA54:19.7450:19.7 (53)
5574Benjamin WegerSUI54:20.3549:20.3 (30)
5638Timo AntilaFIN54:22.7549:22.7 (32)
5742Lowell BaileyUSA54:23.1450:23.1 (55)
5876Yauhen AbramenkaBLR54:24.8252:24.8 (76)
5955Łukasz SzczurekPOL54:36.7351:36.7 (69)
6069Vincent JayFRA54:37.5450:37.5 (60)
6152Carl Johan BergmanSWE54:44.1549:44.1 (39)
6250Janez MaričSLO54:46.4549:46.4 (40)
6344Mikhail KlecherovBUL54:54.6351:54.6 (73)
647Yan SavitskyKAZ55:07.3550:07.3 (49)
6564Roland LessingEST55:29.8550:29.8 (57)
6631Lee JacksonGBR55:37.5451:37.5 (70)
6771Zdeněk VítekCZE55:41.2649:41.2 (37)
6819Serhiy SednevUKR55:47.1451:47.1 (71)
6957Aleksandr TrifonovKAZ55:53.1451:53.1 (72)
7062Kristaps LībietisLAT56:02.4353:02.4 (81)
7130Lee In-BokKOR56:24.5452:24.5 (75)
7279Dias KeneshevKAZ56:27.0452:27.0 (77)
7314Kaspars DumbrisLAT56:30.1551:30.1 (68)
7478Ilmārs BricisLAT56:33.9650:33.9 (59)
7563Peter DoklSLO56:41.9254:41.9 (87)
7658Jay HakkinenUSA57:01.8750:01.8 (47)
7782Fredrik LindströmSWE57:29.8453:29.8 (83)
7815Alexei AlmoukovAUS57:37.6453:37.6 (84)
7960Vladimir IlievBUL57:37.8552:37.8 (78)
809Thanasis TsakirisGRE57:42.1552:42.1 (79)
8125Martten KaldveeEST57:56.7651:56.7 (74)
8213Imre TagschererHUN58:02.6454:02.6 (85)
8320Hidenori IsaJPN58:06.2949:06.2 (=25)
8483Martin BogdanovBUL58:29.6454:29.6 (86)
858Victor PînzaruMDA58:42.6355:42.6 (88)
8618Wynn RobertsUSA58:49.2850:49.2 (64)
8733Milanko PetrovićSRB59:44.0752:44.0 (80)
8822Øystein SlettemarkDEN1-01:12.9853:12.9 (82)