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Speed Skating at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 15, 1980
Date Finished: February 15, 1980

Gold: USA Eric Heiden
Silver: URS Yevgeny Kulikov
Bronze: NED Lieuwe de Boer

Summary

The 500 metres was the opening event of the 1980 speed skating competition. The champion was expected to come from the first pair, with Eric Heiden facing the world record holder and defending champion Yevgeny Kulikov (URS). In fact, Kulikov had set four of the last five world records, but all were set in 1975, and all at the Kazakh speed factory of Medeo. Heiden had won the 1977-80 World Sprint championships, but was considered vulnerable because of the short nature of the event, and his best time of 37.80, set at Inzell in 1979, was far from Kulikov’s 37.00 world record. In 1979 Heiden won all four races at the World Sprints, but in 1977-78, he had lost three of the four 500s at the World Sprints. And at the recent 1980 World Sprints, he had lost one 500 to US teammate Tom Plant, but Plant skated only the 1,500 in Lake Placid. Further, Heiden started on the outer, meaning he had to finish on the more difficult inner lane, but it mattered little. Kulikov started slightly faster – 10.08 to 10.13, but Heiden crushed him, 38.03 to 38.37. The time was far off Kulikov’s world record but the ice was not considered fast. Kulikov had a slight stumble on the final curve and later claimed it cost him the gold. In the second pair, Norway’s Frode Rønning posted 38.66, showing how quick Heiden’s time had been. In the fifth pair, Dutch sprinter Lieuwe de Boer, who had recently won both 500s at the Dutch Sprint Championships, came across in 38.48, which would win him the bronze medal. This was somewhat of an upset, as he had never medaled internationally. Nobody could better the times Heiden and Kulikov had set in the first pair and Heiden had his first gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 1c
1 Eric Heiden 21 United States USA Gold 38.03 10.13 OR
2 Yevgeny Kulikov 29 Soviet Union URS Silver 38.37 10.08
3 Lieuwe de Boer 28 Netherlands NED Bronze 38.48 10.18
4 Frode Rønning 20 Norway NOR 38.66 10.32
5 Dan Immerfall 24 United States USA 38.69 10.30
6 Jarle Pedersen 24 Norway NOR 38.83 10.25
7 Anatoly Medennikov 21 Soviet Union URS 38.88 10.27
8 Gaétan Boucher 21 Canada CAN 38.90 10.23
9 Jan Józwik 27 Poland POL 39.01 10.27
10 Jan-Åke Carlberg 22 Sweden SWE 39.03 10.35
11 Steffen Doering 19 East Germany GDR 39.06 10.39
12 Oloph Granath 28 Sweden SWE 39.15 10.32
13 Andreas Dietel 20 East Germany GDR 39.21 10.59
14 Kaoru Fukuda 24 Japan JPN 39.24 10.21
15 Sergey Khlebnikov 24 Soviet Union URS 39.25 10.35
16T Kai Arne Engelstad 25 Norway NOR 39.30 10.48
16T Bert de Jong 24 Netherlands NED 39.30 10.57
18 Jukka Salmela 21 Finland FIN 39.32 10.42
19 Lee Yeong-Ha 23 South Korea KOR 39.33 10.31
20 Kazuaki Ichimura 22 Japan JPN 39.44 10.41
21 Emmanuel Michon 24 France FRA 39.47 10.50
22 Pertti Niittylä 24 Finland FIN 39.54 10.59
23 Wang Nianchun 23 China CHN 39.73 10.37
24 Jim Chapin 24 United States USA 39.74 10.44
25 Esa Puolakka 21 Finland FIN 39.76 10.30
26 Jacques Thibault 21 Canada CAN 40.11 10.48
27 Vasile Coroş 28 Romania ROU 40.30 10.61
28T Hilbert van der Duim 22 Netherlands NED 40.42 10.54
28T Giovanni Paganin 24 Italy ITA 40.42 10.80
30 Dezideriu Jenei 19 Romania ROU 40.84 10.81
31 Zhao Weichang 29 China CHN 41.18 11.01
32 Mike Richmond 19 Australia AUS 41.22 10.82
33 Su He 22 China CHN 41.26 10.77
34 Dorjiin Tsenddoo 25 Mongolia MGL 41.68 10.75
35 Tömörbaataryn Nyamdavaa 19 Mongolia MGL 42.41 11.05
36 Johan Granath 29 Sweden SWE 1:21.44 10.39 fall
AC Archie Marshall 27 Great Britain GBR DQ