Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 500 metres

The men's 500 metres speed skating competition of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics was held at Richmond Olympic Oval on 15 February 2010.[1]

Men's 500 metres
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
Victory Ceremony - BC Place - Vancouver British Columbia.jpg
Keiichiro Nagashima, Mo Tae-bum, Joji Kato
VenueRichmond Olympic Oval
Date15 February 2010
Competitors39 from 12 nations
Winning time69.82
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Mo Tae-bum  South Korea
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Keiichiro Nagashima  Japan
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Joji Kato  Japan
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Track maintenance issuesEdit

Competition was stopped for approximately ninety minutes during the first run, due to concerns over the naturally deteriorating quality of the ice after so many skaters had raced on it and the seeming inability of resurfacing equipment to do anything about it. The two ice resurfacing machines prepared to maintain the surface of the ice track both malfunctioned. A reserve machine was employed, but it left the ice surface too rough and pitted to permit safe racing by the athletes. Finally, one of the original two machines was repaired sufficiently to fix the track. Said Arie Koops, director of Dutch speed skating of the delay and who felt that the third machine wasn't properly prepared, "When skaters are not prepared for a race you don't send them out. It should be the same with the resurfacing machine. If one machine was broken, they should have prepared the third. It was standing there in the garage. I have never seen anything like this."[2] A Zamboni brand resurfacer is being brought in from Calgary for the remainder of the games.[3] American skater Shani Davis withdrew from the event, citing fatigue.[4]

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

500 meters (1 race)

World record   Jeremy Wotherspoon (CAN) 34.03 Salt Lake City, United States 9 November 2007 [5]
Olympic record   Casey FitzRandolph (USA) 34.42 Salt Lake City, United States 11 February 2002

500 meters x 2 (2 races)

World record   Jeremy Wotherspoon (CAN) 68.310 Calgary, Canada 15 March 2008 [6]
Olympic record   Casey FitzRandolph (USA) 69.230 Salt Lake City, United States 11 February 2002

No new world or Olympic records were set during this competition. The track records of 34.80 s and 69.73 s set by Lee Kang-seok on 15 March 2009 were also not broken.

ResultsEdit

Rank Name Country Pair Lane Race 1 Rank Pair Lane Race 2 Rank Total Time behind
  Mo Tae-bum   South Korea 13 i 34.923 2 19 o 34.906 2 69.82 0.00
  Keiichiro Nagashima   Japan 19 i 35.108 6 17 o 34.876 1 69.98 +0.16
  Joji Kato   Japan 17 o 34.937 3 20 i 35.076 5 70.01 +0.19
4 Lee Kang-seok   South Korea 17 i 35.053 4 18 o 34.988 3 70.041 +0.22
5 Mika Poutala   Finland 18 i 34.863 1 20 o 35.181 11 70.044 +0.22
6 Jan Smeekens   Netherlands 13 o 35.160 12 15 i 35.051 4 70.21 +0.39
7 Yu Fengtong   China 15 i 35.116 7 16 o 35.120 7 70.23 +0.41
8 Jamie Gregg   Canada 16 o 35.142 9 17 i 35.126 8 70.26 +0.44
9 Jeremy Wotherspoon   Canada 12 o 35.094 5 19 i 35.188 12 70.282 +0.46
10 Zhang Zhongqi   China 16 i 35.175 14 14 o 35.113 6 70.288 +0.46
11 Ronald Mulder   Netherlands 20 i 35.155 11 15 o 35.146 10 70.30 +0.48
12 Tucker Fredricks   United States 20 o 35.218 15 13 i 35.138 9 70.35 +0.53
13 Yūya Oikawa   Japan 18 o 35.174 13 14 i 35.254 14 70.42 +0.60
14 Dmitry Lobkov   Russia 9 o 35.133 8 18 i 35.335 15 70.46 +0.64
15 Lee Kyou-hyuk   South Korea 19 o 35.145 10 16 i 35.344 16 70.48 +0.66
16 Mike Ireland   Canada 9 i 35.386 17 13 o 35.253 13 70.63 +0.81
17 Akio Ohta   Japan 15 o 35.315 16 12 i 35.347 17 70.66 +0.84
18 Nico Ihle   Germany 2 o 35.532 19 11 i 35.539 18 71.07 +1.25
19 Mun Jun   South Korea 14 i 35.552 20 12 o 35.640 19 71.19 +1.37
20 Simon Kuipers   Netherlands 11 i 35.662 23 11 o 35.669 20 71.33 +1.51
21 Kyle Parrott   Canada 11 o 35.577 21 10 i 35.767 23 71.344 +1.52
22 Maciej Ustynowicz   Poland 10 o 35.596 22 9 i 35.753 22 71.349 +1.52
23 Samuel Schwarz   Germany 3 o 35.795 24 8 i 35.715 21 71.51 +1.69
24 Ermanno Ioriatti   Italy 10 i 35.957 29 8 o 35.842 24 71.79 +1.97
25 Wang Nan   China 5 o 35.915 26 7 i 35.928 25 71.84 +2.02
26 Nick Pearson   United States 2 i 35.834 25 10 o 36.094 28 71.92 +2.10
27 Tuomas Nieminen   Finland 7 o 35.940 27 6 i 36.047 26 71.98 +2.15
28 Liu Fangyi   China 6 o 36.193 34 5 i 36.047 27 72.24 +2.42
29 Jan Bos   Netherlands 1 i 36.149 31 6 o 36.111 29 72.26 +2.44
30 Markus Puolakka   Finland 5 i 36.152 32 5 o 36.204 31 72.35 +2.53
31 Konrad Niedźwiedzki   Poland 6 i 36.183 33 4 o 36.179 30 72.36 +2.54
32 Aleksandr Lebedev   Russia 3 i 36.144 30 7 o 36.276 33 72.42 +2.60
33 Pekka Koskela   Finland 12 i 35.943 28 9 o 36.535 36 72.47 +2.65
34 Roman Krech   Kazakhstan 8 i 36.261 35 3 o 36.270 32 72.53 +2.71
35 Timofey Skopin   Russia 8 o 36.482 37 4 i 36.465 35 72.94 +3.12
36 Yevgeny Lalenkov   Russia 7 i 36.420 36 2 o 36.614 37 73.03 +3.21
37 Mitchell Whitmore   United States 4 i 36.734 39 1 o 36.314 34 73.04 +3.22
38 Maciej Biega   Poland 4 o 36.642 38 3 i 37.934 38 74.57 +4.75
Shani Davis   United States 14 o 35.45 18 WD

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games: Men's 500 metres". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  2. ^ Harris, Beth (Associated Press), "Speedskating resumes after ice resurfacing delay", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 15 February 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.ctvolympics.ca/speed-skating/news/newsid=43070.html#zamboni+airlift+rescue+oval
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Evolution of the world record 500 meters Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Evolution of the world record 2x500 meters Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 19 November 2013.

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