| Event type

15 kilometres Mass Start, Men

Date21 February 2010 — 11:00
LocationWhistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Participants30 from 16 countries
FormatPenalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 14,830 m
Height Differential: 40 m
Maximum Climb: 41 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 3.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Prone at 6.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 3: Standing at 9.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 4: Standing at 12.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 535 m

Contested by only the top thirty finishers in the pursuit the 15 km event is the only one at the Winter Games where all competitors start at the same time. A pack of over twenty athletes arrived at the range for the first shoot of the race and when the firing was done it was Simon Eder of Austria who was the early leader. He kept his lead until halfway but two targets missed at each of the third and fourth shooting phases saw him drop off the pace and eventually finish 25th. The lead was then taken over by the unlikely figure of Pavol Hurajt, a Slovakian who had competed at the top level for a decade but whose only previous podium finishes at World Cup level had come six years earlier. With a flawless shooting display Hurajt was the leader from around the half way stage and maintained that lead until after the final shooting phase. However Russia’s Yevgeny Ustyugov, following a slow start, had worked his way up the field with a perfect shooting display. He passed Hurajt after the final round of shooting and built up a considerable lead to win the gold medal in a time of 35:35.7. Following a poor start, Martin Fourcade of France, moved up from 28th after the first round of shooting, where he missed two targets, to pass Hurajt close to the finishing line and win the silver medal, 10.5 seconds behind Ustyugov. Hurajt held on to take the bronze medal 16.6 seconds behind Ustyugov, but well ahead of the 4th place finisher.

Bjorn Ferry’s attempt to add the 15 km event to his victory in the pursuit floundered, when in a strong third place, at the final phase of shooting whilst Ole Einar Bjørndalen’s attempt to win a 10th Olympic medal was ruined when he missed 7 out of the 20 targets.

18Yevgeny UstyugovRUS35:35.70Gold
216Martin FourcadeFRA35:46.23Silver
319Pavol HurajtSVK35:52.30Bronze
44Christoph SumannAUT36:01.61
517Daniel MesotitschAUT36:05.93
612Ivan CherezovRUS36:09.23
710Dominik LandertingerAUT36:09.74
81Vincent JayFRA36:10.31
97Jakov FakCRO36:10.53
1014Michael GreisGER36:10.73
1124Tomasz SikoraPOL36:13.13
122Björn FerrySWE36:13.32
133Emil Hegle SvendsenNOR36:20.73
1411Simon FourcadeFRA36:28.11
1523Andi BirnbacherGER36:30.23
1626Michal ŠlesingrCZE36:35.62
1713Arnd PeifferGER36:44.52
1815Tim BurkeUSA36:44.74
1930Halvard HanevoldNOR36:56.63
206Siarhei NovikauBLR36:59.33
2127Serhiy SednevUKR37:02.82
2218Anton ShipulinRUS37:04.73
2329Christoph StephanGER37:11.44
2422Thomas FreiSUI37:12.92
259Simon EderAUT37:29.74
2625Andriy DeryzemliaUKR37:43.95
275Ole Einar BjørndalenNOR37:46.57
2821Klemen BauerSLO38:16.95
2928Jeremy TeelaUSA38:36.14
3020Jean-Philippe Le GuellecCAN39:18.57