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4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men

Date26 February 2010 — 11:30
StatusOlympic
LocationWhistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Participants76 from 19 countries
FormatEight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 7,813 m
Height Differential: 27 m
Maximum Climb: 25 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.5 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 5.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 252 m

Russia were the early leaders after the first leg, although many of the other teams were close behind. However by the end of the second leg, a small group – Norway, Austria, and Sweden had established a small lead ahead of the Czech Republic. It was on the third leg that Emil Hegle Svendsen for Norway and Dominik Landertinger for the Austrian team pulled away from the other teams and were just over 20 seconds ahead of third placed Russia. With the legendary Ole Einar Bjørndalen on the last leg for Norway, the Scandinavians were favourites to take the gold medal they had previously won in 2002. Although Bjørndalen missed two targets, his main opponent, Austria’s anchor man Christoph Sumann, missed four targets and fell behind after being forced to ski a penalty loop. In the end the Norwegian team won in a time of 1-21:38.1, with Bjørndalen claiming his 6th Olympic gold medal and his 11th medal in total. Yevgeny Ustyugov for Russia caught Sumann on the last leg, but in a sprint to the finish line, the Austrian just held on to take the silver medal from the Russians.

The Norwegian victors were a combination of youth and experience. and Svendsen were in their early twenties whilst Bjørndalen, at 36, was still four years younger than team mate Halvard Hanevold.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeMisses
(Extra Shots)
Split (Pos)
11NorwayNOR1-21:38.10 (7)Gold
1-1Halvard Hanevold20:15.60 (1)20:15.6 (7)
1-2Tarjei Bø20:26.80 (2)40:42.4 (1)
1-3Emil Hegle Svendsen20:31.30 (2)1-01:13.7 (1)
1-4Ole Einar Bjørndalen20:24.40 (2)1-21:38.1 (1)
22AustriaAUT1-22:16.71 (8)Silver
2-1Simon Eder20:10.00 (1)20:10.0 (2)
2-2Daniel Mesotitsch20:38.00 (3)40:48.0 (2)
2-3Dominik Landertinger20:25.90 (1)1-01:13.9 (2)
2-4Christoph Sumann21:02.81 (3)1-22:16.7 (2)
33Russian FederationRUS1-22:16.90 (4)Bronze
3-1Ivan Cherezov20:07.50 (1)20:07.5 (1)
3-2Anton Shipulin21:05.00 (0)41:12.5 (5)
3-3Maksim Chudov20:23.20 (0)1-01:35.7 (3)
3-4Yevgeny Ustyugov20:41.20 (3)1-22:16.9 (3)
47SwedenSWE1-23:02.01 (10)
7-1Fredrik Lindström20:11.30 (1)20:11.3 (4)
7-2Carl Johan Bergman20:37.90 (4)40:49.2 (3)
7-3Mattias Nilsson21:32.01 (3)1-02:21.2 (4)
7-4Björn Ferry20:40.80 (2)1-23:02.0 (4)
55GermanyGER1-23:16.02 (7)
5-1Simon Schempp20:10.40 (1)20:10.4 (3)
5-2Andi Birnbacher21:53.72 (3)42:04.1 (10)
5-3Arnd Peiffer20:56.90 (3)1-03:01.0 (7)
5-4Michael Greis20:15.00 (0)1-23:16.0 (5)
64FranceFRA1-23:16.21 (9)
4-1Vincent Jay20:13.70 (3)20:13.7 (6)
4-2Vincent Defrasne21:25.61 (4)41:39.3 (8)
4-3Simon Fourcade21:08.20 (0)1-02:47.5 (6)
4-4Martin Fourcade20:28.70 (2)1-23:16.2 (6)
714Czech RepublicCZE1-23:55.20 (9)
14-1Jaroslav Soukup20:13.50 (1)20:13.5 (5)
14-2Zdeněk Vítek20:36.80 (2)40:50.3 (4)
14-3Roman Dostál21:45.70 (4)1-02:36.0 (5)
14-4Michal Šlesingr21:19.20 (2)1-23:55.2 (7)
89UkraineUKR1-24:25.10 (4)
9-1Oleksandr Bilanenko20:38.70 (1)20:38.7 (10)
9-2Andriy Deryzemlia20:44.30 (2)41:23.0 (6)
9-3V'iacheslav Derkach21:47.30 (0)1-03:10.3 (8)
9-4Serhiy Sednev21:14.80 (1)1-24:25.1 (8)
96SwitzerlandSUI1-24:36.80 (9)
6-1Thomas Frei20:47.60 (1)20:47.6 (11)
6-2Matthias Simmen21:17.10 (5)42:04.7 (11)
6-3Benjamin Weger21:26.10 (2)1-03:30.8 (9)
6-4Simon Hallenbarter21:06.00 (1)1-24:36.8 (9)
1018CanadaCAN1-24:50.70 (7)
18-1Robin Clegg20:16.40 (1)20:16.4 (8)
18-2Marc-André Bédard21:11.60 (2)41:28.0 (7)
18-3Brendan Green22:12.00 (3)1-03:40.0 (10)
18-4Jean-Philippe Le Guellec21:10.70 (1)1-24:50.7 (10)
118BelarusBLR1-25:47.41 (8)
8-1Yauhen Abramenka21:59.30 (2)21:59.3 (17)
8-2Aliaksandr Syman21:05.00 (2)43:04.3 (13)
8-3Rustam Valiulln21:36.41 (3)1-04:40.7 (13)
8-4Siarhei Novikau21:06.70 (1)1-25:47.4 (11)
1217ItalyITA1-26:27.51 (11)
17-1Christian De Lorenzi20:16.70 (3)20:16.7 (9)
17-2Markus Windisch21:39.61 (3)41:56.3 (9)
17-3Lukas Hofer21:44.10 (2)1-03:40.4 (11)
17-4Mattia Cola22:47.10 (3)1-26:27.5 (12)
1310United StatesUSA1-27:58.34 (12)
10-1Lowell Bailey20:51.80 (1)20:51.8 (13)
10-2Jay Hakkinen21:47.01 (3)42:38.8 (12)
10-3Tim Burke22:01.72 (3)1-04:40.5 (12)
10-4Jeremy Teela23:17.81 (5)1-27:58.3 (13)
1412EstoniaEST1-28:16.53 (10)
12-1Priit Viks21:07.10 (3)21:07.1 (14)
12-2Kauri Kõiv22:39.61 (3)43:46.7 (17)
12-3Indrek Tobreluts21:54.30 (1)1-05:41.0 (14)
12-4Roland Lessing22:35.52 (3)1-28:16.5 (14)
1519SlovakiaSVK1-28:54.12 (12)
19-1Miroslav Matiaško21:18.30 (1)21:18.3 (16)
19-2Marek Matiaško22:09.60 (2)43:27.9 (15)
19-3Dušan Šimočko23:56.32 (6)1-07:24.2 (16)
19-4Pavol Hurajt21:29.90 (3)1-28:54.1 (15)
1615BulgariaBUL1-29:39.70 (9)
15-1Mikhail Klecherov20:48.40 (2)20:48.4 (12)
15-2Vladimir Iliev22:36.40 (3)43:24.8 (14)
15-3Miroslav Kenanov23:28.90 (1)1-06:53.7 (15)
15-4Krasimir Anev22:46.00 (3)1-29:39.7 (16)
1713SloveniaSLO1-29:52.43 (16)
13-1Peter Dokl23:09.11 (5)23:09.1 (18)
13-2Klemen Bauer22:24.32 (3)45:33.4 (18)
13-3Vasja Rupnik22:10.20 (5)1-07:43.6 (18)
13-4Janez Marič22:08.80 (3)1-29:52.4 (17)
1816KazakhstanKAZ1-30:31.14 (13)
16-1Aleksandr Chervyakov21:08.90 (4)21:08.9 (15)
16-2Yan Savitsky22:23.12 (4)43:32.0 (16)
16-3Dias Keneshev24:10.22 (4)1-07:42.2 (17)
16-4Aleksandr Trifonov22:48.90 (1)1-30:31.1 (18)
1911LatviaLAT1-35:15.57 (16)
11-1Edgars Piksons26:11.55 (6)26:11.5 (19)
11-2Ilmārs Bricis21:47.20 (3)47:58.7 (19)
11-3Andrejs Rastorgujevs23:31.62 (3)1-11:30.3 (19)
11-4Kristaps Lībietis23:45.20 (4)1-35:15.5 (19)