Biathlon Medal Results and Times from Olympic 2014 Men's 10km Sprint

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Biathlon Medal Results and Times from Olympic 2014 Men's 10km Sprint
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Ole Einar Bjoerndalen

Olympic legend Ole Einar Bjoerndalen stole the show on Day 1 of the 2014 Winter Games in the men's 10-kilometer sprint.

Now at the age of 40, Bjoerndalen's 12th Olympic medal was never in doubt after his run that saw him shoot just one penalty and a total time of 24:33.5—a full 1.3 seconds before the second-place finisher, Dominik Landertinger.

As NBC illustrates, No. 12 for Bjoerndalen ties an all-time Winter Olympic record:

The win also marks Bjoerndalen's seventh Olympic gold in an illustrious career that began with his first top prize back in 1998, as the Australian Olympic Committee details:

Here is a look at how the 10 competitors fared in the event:

Rank Name Start Time Shooting Total Penalties Time Behind
1 Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (Norway) 18:42:00 0+1 1 24:33.5 0.0
2 Dominik Landertinger (Austria) 18:37:30 0+0 0 24:34.8 +1.3
3 Jaroslav Soukup (Czech Republic) 18:50:00 0+0 0 24:39.2 +5.7
4 Anton Shipulin (Russia) 18:54:00 0+1 1 24:39.9 +6.4
5 Jean-Philippe Le Guellec (Canada) 19:02:30 0+0 0 24:43.2 +9.7
6 Martin Fourcade (France) 18:49:30 1+0 1 24:45.9 +12.4
7 Simon Eder (Austria) 18:45:00 0+0 0 24:47.2 +13.7
8 Ondrej Moravec (Czech Republic) 18:33:00 0+0 0 24:48.1 +14.6
9 Emil Hegle Svendsen (Norway) 18:44:30 0+1 1 25:02.8 +29.3
10 Jakov Fak (Slovenia) 19:06:00 0+0 0 25:06.5 +33.0

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Rounding out the podium was Landertinger with his 24:34.8 total, which was good for silver.

The Czech Republic's Jaroslav Soukup beat out more high-profile names such as fellow countryman Ondrej Moravec (who finished eighth) for the bronze medal thanks to his penalty-free shooting and an overall time of 24:39.2—just 5.7 seconds shy of first place.

France's Martin Fourcade was another favorite entering the event, but his pursuit of gold was hindered by one penalty and a 24:45.9 mark that saw him land in sixth.

Perhaps the most notable name to miss out on a trip to the podium was Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen, who is often hailed as the heir to Bjoerndalen after a silver medal at the same event in the Vancouver Games.

Svendsen landed in ninth place at 25:02.8 after a costly penalty, a sound 29.3 seconds behind Bjoerndalen. He can atone for his mistakes in the 20-kilometer event later in the Games, which he won gold in back in 2010. 

As ESPN points out, the biathlon was another chance for America to grab a medal in the one Winter Olympic sport it still had yet to find success:

The United States' best chance to make history was Tim Burke, who wound up in 19th place after one shooting penalty and a 25:23.3 total time, 49.8 seconds out of the lead.

The journey for Bjoerndalen, Svendsen and the rest of the field is far from over, with the 12.5-kilometer pursuit and individual 20-kilometer events still on the horizon in the coming week.

 

Note: All results and info courtesy of Sochi2014.com unless otherwise noted.

 

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