|Men's 10,000 metres|
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
|Venue||Richmond Olympic Oval|
|Date||23 February 2010|
|Competitors||15 from 9 nations|
The overwhelming pre-race favorite Sven Kramer, who had won 18 consecutive 10,000 m races since 2006, was disqualified due to a missed lane change after 6600 m into the race. Kramer finished the race in a time of 12:54.50, under the impression that he had won the gold medal in a new Olympic and track record, but was then told by his coach, Gerard Kemkers, that he had been disqualified. Kemkers took the blame for the gaffe, as he had directed Kramer into the inner lane, even when Kramer was attempting to take the correct outer lane.
The gold medal instead was won by Lee Seung-hoon in 12:58.55, edging the existing Olympic record by 0.37 seconds. Despite Lee's earlier silver medal at the 5000 m race, his achievement was a surprise, since, before 2010, he had never skated a 10,000 m race under 14 minutes. He broke his personal and the Korean national record, set on 10 January 2010, by 22.5 seconds. Kramer's disqualification allowed Bob de Jong to earn his third Olympic medal on the 10,000 m (he won silver in 1998 and gold in 2006), a feat only equalled by Knut Johannesen, who won silver, gold and bronze at the Olympics in 1956, 1960 and 1964.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Sven Kramer (NED)||12:41.69||Salt Lake City, United States||10 March 2007|||
|Olympic record||Jochem Uytdehaage (NED)||12:58.92||Salt Lake City, United States||22 February 2002|
The following new Olympic record was set during this competition.
|23 February||Pair 5||Lee Seung-hoon||South Korea||12:58.55||OR|
OR = Olympic record
The Richmond Olympic Oval track record remained at 12:55.32, set by Sven Kramer on 14 March 2009.
|5||I||Lee Seung-hoon||South Korea||12:58.55||—||OR|
|7||O||Bob de Jong||Netherlands||13:06.73||+8.18|
|8||2||I||Jonathan Kuck||United States||13:31.78||+33.23|
|9||5||O||Arjen van der Kieft||Netherlands||13:33.37||+34.82|
|12||1||I||Ryan Bedford||United States||13:40.20||+41.65|
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- Brian Hamilton, One lane change changes everything; The Netherlands’ Sven Kramer has the 10,000-meter race won — until it’s lost, Chicago Tribune, 23 February 2010
- Kerby, Trey, "Sven Kramer gets the gold medal in 'Oops!'", Yahoo! News, 23 February 2010.
- Stunning gaffe by coach costs Holland's Kramer a sure gold
- Lee Seung-hoon at Speesdskatingresults.com
- "Evolution of the world record 10,000 meters Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- For an incorrect lane change
- Enrico Fabris withdrew one hour before the start of the race citing nausea . It was too late for a reserve to take his place, so only 15 skaters participated in this competition.
- "Results of the 2010 Olympic Games 10,000 meters Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012.