Biathlon Medal Results and Times from Olympic 2014 Men's 20km Individual

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2014

France's gold medal winner Martin Fourcade is flanked by Germany's silver medal winner Erik Lesser, left, and Russia's bronze medal winner Yevgeny Garanichev after the flower ceremony of the men's biathlon 20k individual race, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

Martin Fourcade has done it again.

For the second time in these 2014 Winter Olympics the French biathlon skier has won gold, topping the podium in the 20-kilometer race on Thursday, as BBC Sport shares:

Fourcade came in with a time of 49:31.7, taking just one penalty in the shooting portion. Erik Lesser of Germany earned the silver, while Evgeniy Garanichev of Russia took home the bronze.     

Lowell Bailey was the United States' top finisher, coming in eighth, while Tim Burke finished 44th, Russell Currier crossed the line in 50th and Leif Nordgren came in 83rd.

Here are the full results:

Men's 20km Biathlon Results
GOLDFRAMartin Fourcade49:31.7
SILVERGERErik Lesser49:43.9
BRONZERUSEvgeniy Garanichev50:06.2
4 AUTSimon Eder50:09.5
5 AUTDominik Landertinger50:14.2
6 FRAJean-Guillaume Beatrix50:15.5
7 NOREmil Hegle Svendsen50:30.3
8 USALowell Bailey50:57.4
9 UKRSerhiy Semenov51:07.9
10 GERDaniel Böhm51:09.4
11 NORJohannes Bø51:16.5
12 SWEBjorn Ferry51:18.3
13 FRASimon Fourcade51:29.9
14 ITALukas Hofer51:34.6
15 SWEFredrik Lindstrom51:50.2
16 GERSimon Schempp51:50.3
17 CZEJaroslav Soukup51:55.1
18 CZEOndrej Moravec51:55.8
19 SVKMatej Kazar51:56.9
20 KAZYan Savitskiy52:00.0
21 CANBrendan Green52:05.3
22 GERAndreas Birnbacher52:17.9
23 LTUTomas Kaukenas52:38.9
24 AUTChristoph Sumann52:39.1
25 CANNathan Smith52:41.3
26 NORTarjei Bo52:41.5
27 KAZAnton Pantov52:51.5
28 SVKPavol Hurajt52:53.3
29 ESTIndrek Tobreluts53:02.5
30 RUSAlexandr Loginov53:04.3
31 ITAChristian de Lorenzi53:13.1
32 SLOJakov Fak53:17.6
33 LATAndrejs Rastorgujevs53:18.9
34 NOROle Einar Bjoerndalen53:21.9
35 CANJean Philippe Leguellec53:25.5
36 BULKrasimir Anev53:30.3
37 SWECarl Johan Bergman53:37.5
38 RUSEvgeny Ustyugov53:47.8
39 BULVladimir Iliev53:52.6
40 AUTDaniel Mesotitsch53:53.3
41 SWETobias Arwidson54:03.0
42 GBRLee-Steve Jackson54:11.3
43 SVKTomás Hasilla54:16.9
44 USATim Burke54:21.2
45 AUSAlexei Almoukov54:35.4
46 UKRAndriy Deryzemlya54:40.0
47 SUISimon Hallenbarter54:52.2
48 SUIBenjamin Weger54:54.5
49 BLRVladimir Chepelin54:59.2
50 USARussell Currier55:07.5
51 POLLukasz Szczurek55:18.6
52 SLOKlemen Bauer55:29.1
53 BLREvgeny Abramenko55:38.8
54 BLRSergei Novikov55:41.7
55 UKRDmytro Pidruchnyi55:53.4
56 FINAhti Toivanen55:55.4
57 CZEMichal Slesingr55:57.9
58 SVKMiroslav Matiasko55:58.7
59 CANScott Perras56:04.3
60 ROUCornel Puchianu56:10.4
61 CZEMichal Krcmar56:14.1
62 ESTDanil Steptsenko56:14.4
63 SLOJanez Maric56:22.4
64 RUSAlexander Volkov56:30.3
65 ITADominik Windisch56:31.4
66 CHNLong Ren56:35.8
67 SUIIvan Joller56:40.6
68 BULMichail Kletcherov56:41.8
69 SRBMilanko Petrovic56:45.4
70 ESTKalev Ermits57:04.5
71 ITAMarkus Windisch57:18.5
72 ESPVíctor Lobo57:22.8
73 KORLee In-Bok57:29.0
74 SLOPeter Dokl57:51.5
75 BULMiroslav Kenanov58:01.1
76 KAZSergey Naumik58:03.2
77 POLKrzysztof Plywaczyk58:12.5
78 ESTKauri Koiv58:17.3
79 SUIClaudio Bockli58:19.2
80 BLRAliaksandr Darozhka58:27.7
81 UKRArtem Pryma58:35.2
82 FRAAlexis Boeuf58:39.0
83 USALeif Nordgren58:47.6
84 JPNHidenori Isa58:56.1
85 KAZAlexandr Trifonov1:00:08.9
86 POLGrzegorz Guzik1:00:20.7
87 POLLukasz Slonina1:00:29.5
88 HUNKároly Gombos1:05:16.7
N/AFINJarkko KauppinenDNF

Fourcade also won gold in the 12.5-kilometer biathlon, making his Sochi Games a resounding success thus far. He also won silver in the mass start event in the 2010 Vancouver Games.

After winning the 12.5-kilometer, Fourcade talked about the pressure he put on himself to win a medal, saying in a press conference (via Julien Pretot of Reuters), "I had the responsibility (to claim a medal) even if nobody had asked me anything. I did not want the other French athletes to support talks of France not winning a medal. I thought about it this morning."

Lee Jin-man/Associated Press

Meanwhile, Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen—who made history by winning his 12th Olympic medal after taking the gold in the 10-kilometer sprint, tying him for the most biathlon medals ever—finished a distant 34th in this race.

Bjorn Daehlie of Norway previously held the record of 12 medals in cross-country skiing all to himself. And he may yet be pushed off his perch atop the biathlon world if Bjoerndalen can take a medal in one of the three remaining events he'll compete in.

Of course, when asked by Chris Strauss of USA Today if he was feeling any pressure with the record in his sight after winning the 10-kilometer race, he said simply, "Absolutely not."

Coming into the Sochi Games, the big story on the men's side was whether Fourcade could steal the spotlight from Bjoerndalen. It seems safe to say that the pair have shared it thus far.

For the men, the remaining events include the 15-kilometer mass start, the mixed relay and the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay.

Given his excellent start to the Sochi Games and his silver medal in the mass start in Vancouver, Fourcade will be heavily favored to earn his third gold medal in the event.


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