Switzerland showed their strength in depth in the men’s relay today, their on paper second team taking the gold medals and the first team finishing fifth. Norway and the Czech Republic are the men’s silver and bronze medallists after a tight-fought race.
Jan Petržela CZE and Andreas Kyburz SUI led at the end of the first leg, with Wojciech Kowalski POL just behind. Nineteen teams finished within 2 minutes. Jan Šedivý CZE led for almost all of the second leg, but was beaten on the run-in by Johan Runesson SWE. Bartosz Pawlak kept POL in third place, and there was then a 44-second gap to NOR and a bunch of other teams. Eleven teams finished within 4 minutes. Baptiste Rollier brought SUI2 up from tenth to fifth place. SWE1 mispunched on this leg and SUI 1 lost contact after surprising mistake of Daniel Hubmann.
Vojtěch Král CZE opened up a small lead early on the last leg, but the early long leg was decisive; by control 6 Martin Hubmann SUI held a 40-second lead over CZE, followed by NOR and SWE. Magne Daehli was going well for NOR and caught up all but 8 seconds on SUI by the end, overtaking CZE to finish 5 seconds in front.
SUI (Florian Howald, Baptiste Rollier, Martin Hubmann) 1:46:07
NOR (Carl Godager Kaas, Eskil Kinneberg, Magne Daehli) 1:46:15
CZE (Jan Petržela, Jan Šedivý, Vojtěch Král) 1:46:20
Then SWE 1:47:09, RUS 1:48:01, AUT 1:51:02