Biathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's individual

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Men's biathlon individual
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
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Men's biathlon 20 km individual final
Venue Cesana San Sicario
Dates February 11
Competitors 89 from 35 nations
Winning time 54:23.0
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Michael Greis  Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ole Einar Bjørndalen  Norway
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Halvard Hanevold  Norway
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Biathlon at the
2006 Winter Olympics
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The Men's 20 kilometre individual biathlon competition at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy was held on 11 February, at Cesana San Sicario.

The individual race consisted of five laps around a four kilometre loop with four stops at the shooting range. During each shooting section, each biathlete fired five shots at five targets. Misses resulted in penalties of one minute per miss being added to the time for the course. The first and third shooting sections were conducted in the prone position, while the second and fourth were done standing. A total of 88 biathletes competed, starting with a staggered start and 30 seconds behind each competitor.[1]

Michael Greis of Germany hit 19 of the 20 targets and used a net time of 54:23.0 (with one penalty minute) to clinch the gold medal, 16 seconds ahead of Norway's Ole Einar Bjørndalen. Norway also won the bronze medal, with Halvard Hanevold beating Sergei Tchepikov by 0.8 seconds despite two penalty minutes to the Russian's one.

The previous year's trial World Cup event at this track saw Michael Greis of Germany win the event in a time of 53:18.7.[2] At the 2005 World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, the Czech Roman Dostál won,[3] while Ole Einar Bjørndalen was the defending Olympic champion, as he was in all the other men's events (except the mass start, which is held for the first time at the Olympics). However, neither Bjørndalen (9th) nor Dostal (33rd) headed the men's individual World Cup standings—the German Michael Greis did.[4]

The event started with early starters Ricco Groß (Germany, started as number 4) and Pavel Rostovtsev (Russia, 1) shooting well, missing one and two of their 20 shots respectively; Groß suffered his missed shot on the very last of the four shootings. However, their cross-country times were not good enough, as Rene Vuillermoz (Italy, 13) beat Groß by 14 seconds on the first loop. With only one miss in his first 15 shots, Vuillermoz could have taken the lead if he had hit all five targets on the final shooting. However, he missed three times and eventually finished 25th. Maxim Tchoudov (Russia, 14) led after two loops, 28 seconds ahead of Groß, but had spoiled his chance with three missed shots. By that time, many of the best skiers had started, with Greis (38) coming into the third shooting after one miss on the second. He hit five targets, and went out in the second best time, 12 seconds behind Marek Matiasko (Slovakia, 21), who was yet to miss a shot. Meanwhile, the defending champion Bjørndalen (54) had missed once on each of the first two shootings, and when all had passed the second loop he was 15th.[1]

However, Bjørndalen completed the third loop quickly, and with five hits he cut Greis' lead from 39 to 23 seconds just before Greis was to shoot his fourth shooting. Greis did not miss, and with the leader Matiasko conceding one penalty minute, Greis took the lead nearly a minute ahead of second-placed Julien Robert (France, 35), who had not missed a single shot. Some other late starters visited the top ten after the first loops, such as Sven Fischer (Germany, 63) and Zdeněk Vítek (Czech Republic, 67) but vanished, and there were only four others who could beat Greis' skiing speed. Except for Bjørndalen, all of the previous had started before him, but missed too many shots to compete; however, Bjørndalen had caught 37 seconds on the first 12 km, and needed a further 23. Thus, Bjørndalen was the only threat, and though Bjørndalen hit all five targets on the final shooting, he struggled with loading the rifle before the final shot. He later said he lost "7-8 seconds" on the error.[5] Thus, Bjørndalen did not beat the German in the fourth loop, and though he cut a further seven seconds off Greis' time in the final loop, it was only enough to take the silver. The late starting Halvard Hanevold (Norway, 74), shot down the last 10 targets to jump from 28th place after two loops to a fourth place after the fourth, with third-placed Robert eight seconds ahead with two penalty minutes less. Hanevold had no problems with catching Robert on the final lap, ending nearly half a minute ahead, but lost seconds to Sergei Tchepikov (Russia, 28), who improved all the way through the course.[1] Eventually, his 6.3-second lead after the fourth loop turned into 0.8 seconds in goal; it was enough, though, and Hanevold could celebrate his second Olympic medal on the individual event. Jay Hakkinen become the first American to finish in the Top 10 ever in the Winter Olympic biathlon with his 10th-place finish.

Results[edit]

One Austrian athlete was disqualified after the IOC determined they had violated the Anti-Doping rules; Wolfgang Perner had originally placed 60th.[6]

Rank Name Country Ski Time Penalties Result Deficit
1st, gold medalist(s) Michael Greis  Germany 53:23.0 1 54:23.0
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ole Einar Bjørndalen  Norway 52:39.0 2 54:39.0 +0:16.0
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Halvard Hanevold  Norway 53:31.9 2 55:31.9 +1:08.9
4 Sergei Tchepikov  Russia 54:32.7 1 55:32.7 +1:09.7
5 Marek Matiaško  Slovakia 54:48.6 1 55:48.6 +1:25.6
6 Julien Robert  France 55:59.4 0 55:59.4 +1:36.4
7 Christian De Lorenzi  Italy 55:04.0 1 56:04.0 +1:41.0
8 Ivan Tcherezov  Russia 54:05.7 2 56:05.7 +1:42.7
9 Wilfried Pallhuber  Italy 55:08.4 1 56:08.4 +1:45.4
10 Jay Hakkinen  United States 53:10.9 3 56:10.9 +1:47.9
11 Ricco Groß  Germany 55:14.3 1 56:14.3 +1:51.3
12 Paavo Puurunen  Finland 55:38.9 1 56:38.9 +2:15.9
13 Pavel Rostovtsev  Russia 54:47.2 2 56:47.2 +2:24.2
14 Kyoji Suga  Japan 55:57.7 1 56:57.7 +2:34.7
15 Frode Andresen  Norway 54:10.2 3 57:10.2 +2:47.2
16 Stian Eckhoff  Norway 54:11.8 3 57:11.8 +2:48.8
17 Sven Fischer  Germany 54:14.3 3 57:14.3 +2:51.3
18 Ruslan Lysenko  Ukraine 56:16.6 1 57:16.6 +2:53.6
19 Ilmārs Bricis  Latvia 53:19.2 4 57:19.2 +2:56.2
20 Raphaël Poirée  France 54:21.1 3 57:21.1 +2:58.1
21 Tomasz Sikora  Poland 54:22.1 3 57:22.1 +2:59.1
22 Zdeněk Vítek  Czech Republic 54:26.8 3 57:26.8 +3:03.8
23 Carl Johan Bergman  Sweden 54:30.9 3 57:30.9 +3:07.9
24 Sergey Novikov  Belarus 55:02.6 3 58:02.6 +3:39.6
25 Rene Laurent Vuillermoz  Italy 54:17.9 4 58:17.9 +3:54.9
26 Friedrich Pinter  Austria 57:25.7 1 58:25.7 +4:02.7
27 Lowell Bailey  United States 55:45.1 3 58:45.1 +4:22.1
28 Björn Ferry  Sweden 54:49.0 4 58:49.0 +4:26.0
29 Pavol Hurajt  Slovakia 55:49.6 3 58:49.6 +4:26.6
30 Roman Dostál  Czech Republic 54:53.5 4 58:53.5 +4:30.5
31 Simon Fourcade  France 56:01.7 3 59:01.7 +4:38.7
32 Maxim Tchoudov  Russia 54:12.0 5 59:12.0 +4:49.0
33 Tomáš Holubec  Czech Republic 57:13.1 2 59:13.1 +4:50.1
34 Vincent Defrasne  France 53:16.1 6 59:16.1 +4:53.1
35 David Ekholm  Sweden 57:18.2 2 59:18.2 +4:55.2
36 Robin Clegg  Canada 57:21.5 2 59:21.5 +4:58.5
37 Jānis Bērziņš  Latvia 57:24.3 2 59:24.3 +5:01.3
38 Miroslav Matiaško  Slovakia 56:43.8 3 59:43.8 +5:20.8
39 Andriy Deryzemlya  Ukraine 56:47.2 3 59:47.2 +5:24.2
40 Janez Marič  Slovenia 54:53.0 5 59:53.0 +5:30.0
41 Ludwig Gredler  Austria 56:55.1 3 59:55.1 +5:32.1
42 Michael Rösch  Germany 53:56.6 6 59:56.6 +5:33.6
43 Vladimir Drachev  Belarus 55:59.5 4 59:59.5 +5:36.5
44 Mattias Nilsson Jr.  Sweden 55:01.1 5 60:01.1 +5:38.1
45 Michal Šlesingr  Czech Republic 55:03.8 5 60:03.8 +5:40.8
46 Rustam Valiullin  Belarus 55:04.1 5 60:04.1 +5:41.1
47 Matjaž Poklukar  Slovenia 57:07.6 3 60:07.6 +5:44.6
48 Jean Philippe Leguellec  Canada 57:28.0 3 60:28.0 +6:05.0
49 Olexander Bilanenko  Ukraine 57:28.6 3 60:28.6 +6:05.6
50 Zhang Chengye  China 53:49.1 7 60:49.1 +6:26.1
51 Jeremy Teela  United States 56:03.3 5 61:03.3 +6:40.3
52 Matthias Simmen  Switzerland 56:04.9 5 61:04.9 +6:41.9
53 Wiesław Ziemianin  Poland 57:16.0 4 61:16.0 +6:53.0
54 Alexey Korobeynikov  Ukraine 57:17.8 4 61:17.8 +6:54.8
55 Paolo Longo  Italy 57:27.9 4 61:27.9 +7:04.9
56 Dušan Šimočko  Slovakia 57:37.8 4 61:37.8 +7:14.8
57 Tom Clemens  Great Britain 57:43.9 4 61:43.9 +7:20.9
58 Tim Burke  United States 54:55.0 7 61:55.0 +7:32.0
59 Daniel Mesotitsch  Austria 56:59.7 5 61:59.7 +7:36.7
60 Klemen Bauer  Slovenia 57:25.5 5 62:25.5 +8:02.5
61 Vitaliy Rudenchyk  Bulgaria 56:25.5 6 62:30.0 +8:07.0
62 Roland Lessing  Estonia 57:31.2 5 62:31.2 +8:08.2
63 Hidenori Isa  Japan 56:33.2 6 62:33.2 +8:10.2
64 David Leoni  Canada 56:37.8 6 62:37.8 +8:14.8
65 Marian Blaj  Romania 56:38.8 6 62:38.8 +8:15.8
66 Indrek Tobreluts  Estonia 57:43.6 5 62:43.6 +8:20.6
67 Tatsumi Kasahara  Japan 57:44.6 5 62:44.6 +8:21.6
68 Kristaps Lībietis  Latvia 57:13.4 4 62:13.4 +8:50.4
69 Janez Ožbolt  Slovenia 58:18.5 5 63:18.5 +8:55.5
70 Dimitri Borovik  Estonia 58:25.8 5 63:25.8 +9:02.8
71 Alexandre Syman  Belarus 56:31.4 7 63:31.4 +9:08.4
72 Grzegorz Bodziana  Poland 58:39.6 5 63:39.6 +9:16.6
73 Alexsandr Chervyhkov  Kazakhstan 57:56.4 6 63:56.4 +9:33.4
74 Priit Viks  Estonia 59:08.1 5 64:08.1 +9:45.1
75 Krzysztof Pływaczyk  Poland 60:12.9 4 64:12.9 +9:49.9
76 Simon Hallenbarter  Switzerland 56:37.0 8 64:37.0 +10:14.0
77 Imre Tagscherer  Hungary 58:11.1 7 65:11.1 +10:48.1
78 Shinya Saito  Japan 57:29.4 8 65:29.4 +11:06.4
79 Edgars Piksons  Latvia 59:12.5 7 66:12.5 +11:49.5
80 Luis Alberto Hernando  Spain 59:54.4 7 66:54.4 +12:31.4
81 Park Yoon-Bae  South Korea 60:03.4 7 67:03.4 +12:40.4
82 Cameron Morton  Australia 60:03.7 7 67:03.7 +12:40.7
83 Miro Ćosić  Bosnia and Herzegovina 61:32.7 7 68:32.7 +14:09.7
84 Sebastian Beltrame  Argentina 60:24.3 9 69:24.3 +15:01.3
85 Aleksandar Milenković  Serbia and Montenegro 61:36.3 9 70:36.3 +16:13.3
86 Marco Zúñiga  Chile 66:02.5 5 71:02.5 +16:39.5
87 Stavros Christoforidis  Greece 62:13.3 11 73:13.3 +18:50.3
- 998 Mihail Gribusencov  Moldova Did not start
-99 Wolfgang Perner  Austria Disqualified

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Torino 2006 Official Report - Biathlon" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-12. Retrieved August 31, 2009. 
  2. ^ E.ON-Ruhrgas World Cup 7 - Torino - Cesana San Sicario (ITA) Men 20 km Individual Final Results Archived July 11, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., from biathlonworld.com, retrieved 19 January 2006
  3. ^ (Norwegian) (ed) Tore Johansen, Egil Svendsby Sportsboken 2005, pg. 225, Chr. Schibsteds Forlag 2005. ISBN 82-516-2168-2.
  4. ^ World Cup Individual Score Men Standings after 2 of 3 competitions Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., from biathlonworld.com, retrieved 19 January 2006
  5. ^ (Norwegian) Gull til Greis, by Sjur B. Kvamme, published by NRK on 11 February 2006
  6. ^ "Torino 2006: Six Austrian Athletes Declared Permanently Ineligible". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved August 31, 2009.