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Biathlon at the 1976 Winter Olympics


Biathlon at the 1976 Winter Olympics

at the XII Olympic Winter Games
Venue Seefeld
Dates February 6-13
Competitors 74 from 18 nations

Biathlon at the 1976 Winter Olympics consisted of two biathlon events, held at Seefeld. The events began on 6 February and ended on 13 February 1976.[1]


  • Medal summary 1
    • Medal table 1.1
    • Events 1.2
  • Participating nations 2
  • References 3
  • Men's events 4
    • 20 km 4.1
    • 4 x 7.5 km relay 4.2
  • References 5

Medal summary

Three nations won medals in biathlon, the Soviet Union leading the medal table with three medals (2 gold, 1 bronze). Nikolay Kruglov led the individual medal table, winning the individual race, and adding a gold medal in the relay.

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union (URS) 2 0 1 3
2  Finland (FIN) 0 2 0 2
3  East Germany (GDR) 0 0 1 1


Event Gold Silver Bronze
 Nikolay Kruglov
Soviet Union (URS)
1:14:12.3  Heikki Ikola
Finland (FIN)
1:15:54.1  Aleksandr Elizarov
Soviet Union (URS)
 Soviet Union (URS)
Aleksandr Elizarov
Ivan Biakov
Nikolay Kruglov
Aleksandr Tikhonov
1:57:55.6  Finland (FIN)
Henrik Flöjt
Esko Saira
Juhani Suutarinen
Heikki Ikola
2:01:45.6  East Germany (GDR)
Karl-Heinz Menz
Frank Ullrich
Manfred Beer
Manfred Geyer

Participating nations

Eighteen nations sent biathletes to compete in the events. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors. Bulgaria and Chinese Taipei (as Republic of China) made their Olympic biathlon debuts.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Final Report - XII. Olympische Winterspiele Innsbruck 1976" (PDF). Organizing Committee for the XIIth Winter Olympic Games 1976. LA84 Foundation. 1976. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 

Men's events

20 km

Medal Athlete Time Missed Targets Adjusted Time
Gold  Nikolay Kruglov (URS) 1:12:12.26 2 1:14:12.26
Silver  Heikki Ikola (FIN) 1:13:54.10 2 1:15:54.10
Bronze  Aleksandr Elizarov (URS) 1:13:05.57 3 1:16:05.57

4 x 7.5 km relay

Medal Athletes Time Missed Targets
Gold  Soviet Union (URS) (Aleksandr Elizarov, Ivan Biakov, Nikolay Kruglov, Alexander Tikhonov) 1:57:55.64 0
Silver  Finland (FIN) (Henrik Flöjt, Esko Saira, Juhani Suutarinen, Heikki Ikola) 2:01:45.58 2
Bronze  East Germany (GDR) (Karl-Heinz Menz, Frank Ullrich, Manfred Beer, Manfred Geyer) 2:04:08.61 5


  • Official Olympic Report
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