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Speed Skating at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Oval, Calgary
Date Started: February 21, 1988
Date Finished: February 21, 1988

Gold: SWE Tomas Gustafson
Silver: AUT Michael Hadschieff
Bronze: NED Leo Visser

Summary

As in the 5,000 m, Norway's Geir Karlstad had improved the world record in this distance at the World Cup race held on Olympic ice in December 1987. But Karlstad's recent results had been less impressive, and he had only managed a seventh spot in the 5,000 m. Gustafson, who had won the 10,000 m at the European Championships, had won the 5,000 m and was also the runner-up from Sarajevo 1984, when he had missed the gold medal by just 0.05.

First medal contender to hit the ice was Gerard Kemkers, bronze medalist in the 5,000 m. In lap five, he fell - unusual for a 10,000 m. Despite a quick recovery, he lost about 10 seconds. While that was still enough to beat the Olympic Record at that point, the fall almost certainly cost him a medal. The first to beat Kemkers' time was his compatriot, Leo Visser. The silver medalist in the 5,000 m, he had beaten 14 minutes a month earlier at the Dutch distance championships. This time, Visser ended at 14:00.55, which seemed insufficient for the title. This was soon proven by Austrian skater Michael Hadschieff. He had earlier medalled in the 1,500 m, and stood out in Calgary for having a red extension of his suit cap over his eyes. This was to protect his contact lenses from the dry Calgary air. Less visible was a plastic board he wore under his suit to improve aerodynamic profile. This apparently worked, as Hadschieff, who had earlier lost the 1988 European Championship bronze because of a poor 10,000 m, now skated a new personal best of 13:56.11 to take the lead. With Geir Karlstad falling out of contention after 7km, this left only Gustafson to beat Hadschieff. But the Swede was clearly faster, eventually winning by 8 seconds, the largest victory margin of his three Olympic titles. It was long uncertain if he would also be able to beat Karlstad's world record. In the end, he managed it by three tenths.

Another remarkable competitor was Yoshiyuki Shimizu of Japan. While he finished only 28th out of 32 competitors, he did impress onlookers by re-tying the laces of one of his skates, while continuing to race.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1 Tomas Gustafson 28 Sweden SWE Gold 13:48.20 36.20 1:09.24 1:42.15 2:14.94 2:47.54 3:20.47 3:53.28 4:26.00 4:58.84 5:31.82 6:04.56 6:37.54 7:10.39 7:43.40 8:16.09 8:49.15 9:22.37 9:55.74 10:29.11 11:02.51 11:35.69 12:08.97 12:42.10 13:15.29 WR
2 Michael Hadschieff 24 Austria AUT Silver 13:56.11 36.70 1:09.67 1:43.00 2:16.00 2:49.07 3:22.11 3:55.33 4:28.75 5:02.29 5:35.75 6:09.69 6:43.08 7:16.49 7:49.80 8:23.05 8:56.23 9:29.20 10:02.21 10:35.47 11:08.69 11:42.12 12:15.84 12:48.92 13:22.51 OR
3 Leo Visser 22 Netherlands NED Bronze 14:00.55 37.41 1:11.40 1:45.14 2:18.33 2:51.20 3:24.49 3:57.89 4:31.25 5:04.56 5:38.02 6:11.43 6:44.85 7:18.26 7:51.57 8:24.76 8:57.75 9:30.98 10:04.20 10:37.53 11:10.82 11:44.43 12:18.16 12:51.94 13:26.08 OR
4 Eric Flaim 20 United States USA 14:05.57 36.78 1:10.80 1:44.67 2:18.53 2:52.18 3:25.46 3:58.60 4:31.68 5:04.52 5:37.15 6:09.75 6:42.72 7:15.78 7:48.73 8:22.03 8:55.50 9:29.22 10:03.15 10:37.35 11:11.80 11:46.33 12:21.25 12:56.24 13:31.28
5 Gerard Kemkers 20 Netherlands NED 14:08.34 36.80 1:09.38 1:42.16 2:15.51 2:58.06 3:32.22 4:05.50 4:38.85 5:11.93 5:45.02 6:18.51 6:52.40 7:26.00 7:59.76 8:33.49 9:07.40 9:41.13 10:14.86 10:48.51 11:22.35 11:56.02 12:29.52 13:03.19 13:36.31 OR/fall
6 Yury Klyuyev 27 Soviet Union URS 14:09.68 36.80 1:11.15 1:45.52 2:19.51 2:53.00 3:26.17 3:59.46 4:32.90 5:06.41 5:40.04 6:13.70 6:47.47 7:21.24 7:54.96 8:28.54 9:02.24 9:35.91 10:09.80 10:43.70 11:17.71 11:51.59 12:25.93 13:00.03 13:34.97 OR
7 Roberto Sighel 20 Italy ITA 14:13.60 37.79 1:11.50 1:45.55 2:19.96 2:54.35 3:28.62 4:02.79 4:36.98 5:11.18 5:45.59 6:20.09 6:54.53 7:28.85 8:02.99 8:37.03 9:10.85 9:44.59 10:18.51 10:52.77 11:26.61 12:00.26 12:33.79 13:07.32 13:40.67
8 Roland Freier 24 East Germany GDR 14:19.16 36.26 1:09.65 1:43.22 2:16.60 2:50.13 3:23.76 3:57.31 4:30.94 5:04.60 5:38.29 6:12.18 6:45.96 7:19.83 7:53.84 8:28.05 9:02.33 9:36.93 10:11.74 10:46.98 11:22.29 11:57.65 12:32.97 13:08.60 13:44.26
9 Sergey Berezin 27 Soviet Union URS 14:20.48 37.42 1:11.48 1:45.02 2:18.83 2:52.47 3:26.45 4:00.37 4:34.40 5:08.39 5:42.68 6:16.88 6:51.13 7:25.44 7:59.92 8:34.29 9:08.54 9:43.19 10:18.29 10:53.10 11:27.61 12:02.20 12:36.85 13:11.32 13:45.81
10 Ben Lamarche 21 Canada CAN 14:21.39 37.67 1:11.84 1:46.37 2:20.93 2:54.90 3:29.26 4:03.35 4:37.21 5:11.30 5:45.51 6:19.83 6:54.46 7:28.88 8:03.36 8:37.87 9:12.03 9:46.12 10:20.22 10:54.61 11:29.11 12:03.92 12:38.67 13:13.15 13:47.59
11 Herbert Dijkstra 21 Netherlands NED 14:22.53 36.52 1:09.75 1:43.13 2:16.66 2:50.05 3:23.32 3:56.44 4:30.21 5:04.19 5:38.49 6:12.77 6:47.35 7:21.92 7:56.85 8:31.70 9:06.85 9:41.71 10:17.09 10:52.46 11:27.92 12:03.22 12:38.91 13:14.24 13:48.97
12 Joakim Karlberg 23 Sweden SWE 14:22.94 38.77 1:13.27 1:48.19 2:22.34 2:56.63 3:30.60 4:04.66 4:38.51 5:12.81 5:46.65 6:21.05 6:54.82 7:28.75 8:02.68 8:36.86 9:11.33 9:45.82 10:20.03 10:54.81 11:29.55 12:04.18 12:38.82 13:13.54 13:48.12
13 Bruno Milesi 23 Italy ITA 14:23.84 37.41 1:11.37 1:45.79 2:20.38 2:54.69 3:28.98 4:03.08 4:37.29 5:11.49 5:45.87 6:20.17 6:54.53 7:28.95 8:03.40 8:37.74 9:12.34 9:46.90 10:21.38 10:55.92 11:30.65 12:05.48 12:40.10 13:14.68 13:49.49
14 Dave Silk 22 United States USA 14:25.56 38.20 1:12.92 1:47.47 2:22.00 2:56.58 3:31.00 4:04.71 4:38.85 5:13.10 5:47.15 6:21.58 6:55.82 7:30.20 8:04.82 8:39.32 9:13.81 9:48.29 10:22.69 10:57.23 11:31.77 12:06.46 12:41.24 13:16.13 13:51.00
15 Pertti Niittylä 32 Finland FIN 14:26.57 38.27 1:13.57 1:47.68 2:21.60 2:55.64 3:30.01 4:04.07 4:38.37 5:12.49 5:46.95 6:21.27 6:55.71 7:30.25 8:05.13 8:39.77 9:14.57 9:49.25 10:24.34 10:59.00 11:33.89 12:08.87 12:43.72 13:18.34 13:52.61
16 Jiří Kyncl 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 14:27.32 38.11 1:12.70 1:47.65 2:22.82 2:57.71 3:32.27 4:06.93 4:41.81 5:16.59 5:51.21 6:26.02 7:00.61 7:34.98 8:09.46 8:43.87 9:18.23 9:52.92 10:27.30 11:01.79 11:35.98 12:10.05 12:44.01 13:18.42 13:52.88
17 Timo Järvinen 21 Finland FIN 14:27.69 38.04 1:12.32 1:47.39 2:21.67 2:55.54 3:29.84 4:04.35 4:38.67 5:12.93 5:47.32 6:21.78 6:56.05 7:30.77 8:05.34 8:39.36 9:13.37 9:47.24 10:21.34 10:56.13 11:31.34 12:06.58 12:41.91 13:17.55 13:52.65
18 Aleksandr Mozin 26 Soviet Union URS 14:28.91 36.92 1:09.45 1:42.10 2:15.11 2:48.65 3:21.91 3:55.60 4:29.65 5:04.32 5:39.20 6:13.78 6:48.24 7:22.93 7:57.90 8:32.88 9:07.74 9:42.81 10:18.30 10:53.93 11:29.78 12:05.88 12:42.04 13:17.67 13:53.18
19 Christian Eminger 23 Austria AUT 14:30.21 37.92 1:11.97 1:46.54 2:20.82 2:55.28 3:29.26 4:03.51 4:37.42 5:11.56 5:45.50 6:19.95 6:54.17 7:28.62 8:03.35 8:38.53 9:13.73 9:48.96 10:23.69 12:58.97 11:34.52 12:09.98 12:45.36 13:20.52 13:55.43
20 Gordon Goplen 23 Canada CAN 14:31.18 38.48 1:13.03 1:48.12 2:22.81 2:57.54 3:32.19 4:06.85 4:41.54 5:16.35 5:51.28 6:26.01 7:00.85 7:35.93 8:10.74 8:45.46 9:20.00 9:54.43 10:28.74 11:03.04 11:37.52 12:12.34 12:46.94 13:21.66 13:56.55
21 Frode Syvertsen 25 Norway NOR 14:32.08 37.84 1:12.10 1:46.74 2:21.68 2:56.13 3:29.89 4:03.69 4:37.43 5:11.09 5:44.84 6:18.54 6:52.47 7:26.39 8:00.59 8:35.04 9:09.98 9:45.17 10:20.60 10:55.39 11:31.46 12:06.81 12:42.75 13:18.81 13:55.54
22 Kim Gwan-Gyu 20 South Korea KOR 14:34.65 37.68 1:11.89 1:46.56 2:21.58 2:56.25 3:30.70 4:05.22 4:39.81 5:14.25 5:48.62 6:23.38 6:57.91 7:32.48 8:07.03 8:41.87 9:16.61 9:51.50 10:26.37 11:01.48 11:36.55 12:11.95 12:47.54 13:23.35 13:59.33
23 Hans van Helden 39 France FRA 14:34.84 38.27 1:12.42 1:46.78 2:21.00 2:55.15 3:29.10 4:03.03 4:36.97 5:11.06 5:45.52 6:20.17 6:54.94 7:29.94 8:05.02 8:40.17 9:15.32 9:50.37 10:25.52 11:00.96 11:36.44 12:12.21 12:48.23 13:24.11 13:59.66
24 Toru Aoyanagi 19 Japan JPN 14:34.87 37.68 1:13.04 1:47.19 2:22.64 2:57.48 3:32.70 4:07.39 4:42.15 5:16.47 5:50.66 6:25.35 6:59.89 7:34.31 8:08.68 8:43.01 9:17.42 9:51.63 10:26.09 11:00.63 11:35.36 12:10.28 12:45.84 13:21.87 13:58.59
25 Jeff Klaiber 25 United States USA 14:38.60 37.14 1:11.34 1:45.69 2:19.74 2:54.03 3:27.83 4:02.12 4:36.20 5:10.46 5:44.73 6:19.18 6:53.32 7:27.78 8:02.25 8:37.14 9:12.01 9:47.21 10:22.51 10:57.83 11:33.83 12:10.20 12:46.75 13:24.23 14:01.36
26 Colin Coates 41 Australia AUS 14:41.88 38.07 1:11.70 1:45.59 2:20.13 2:54.38 3:28.96 4:02.90 4:37.16 5:11.26 5:45.92 6:20.30 6:55.24 7:29.96 8:04.98 8:40.21 9:15.89 9:51.57 10:27.51 11:03.43 11:39.64 12:15.80 12:52.16 13:28.88 14:05.64
27 Hansjörg Baltes 23 West Germany FRG 14:45.41 37.71 1:13.37 1:49.65 2:25.65 3:01.08 3:36.45 4:11.73 4:47.08 5:22.57 5:57.95 6:33.00 7:08.09 7:43.14 8:18.41 8:53.61 9:28.82 10:03.96 10:39.28 11:14.55 11:49.94 12:25.36 13:00.71 13:35.26 14:10.28
28 Yoshiyuki Shimizu 18 Japan JPN 14:47.21 37.85 1:11.56 1:46.66 2:22.04 2:57.50 3:32.32 4:07.55 4:41.91 5:16.87 5:51.26 6:26.20 7:01.63 7:40.42 8:15.30 8:50.68 9:26.13 10:01.63 10:37.02 11:12.68 11:48.56 12:24.87 13:01.14 13:36.93 14:12.41
29 Lu Shuhai 21 China CHN 14:49.52 37.80 1:11.78 1:46.92 2:22.50 2:57.41 3:32.46 4:08.04 4:43.48 5:18.62 5:53.91 6:29.42 7:05.19 7:40.88 8:16.54 8:52.25 9:28.00 10:03.47 10:39.15 11:14.95 11:50.69 12:26.40 13:02.19 13:38.17 14:14.09
30 Julian Green 22 Great Britain GBR 14:59.53 38.55 1:14.79 1:51.70 2:28.11 3:03.96 3:39.79 4:15.47 4:51.58 5:27.96 6:03.81 6:39.50 7:15.27 7:51.30 8:27.30 9:03.33 9:39.26 10:15.20 10:51.35 11:27.23 12:02.98 12:38.78 13:14.74 13:50.37 14:23.35
AC Geir Karlstad 24 Norway NOR 36.91 1:10.74 1:44.52 2:17.67 2:50.74 3:23.84 3:57.17 4:30.29 5:03.96 5:37.43 6:10.82 6:44.38 7:18.03 7:51.52 8:25.18 8:58.92 9:33.00 DNF
AC Song Yong-Hun 16 North Korea PRK [14:33.41] [38.58] [1:12.50] [1:46.54] [2:20.99] [2:55.13] [3:29.43] [4:03.84] [4:38.74] [5:12.95] [5:47.34] [6:21.77] [6:56.33] [7:30.53] [8:05.26] [8:39.42] [9:13.89] [9:48.09] [10:22.78] [10:57.85] [11:32.88] [12:08.24] [12:43.99] [13:20.17] [13:56.55] DQ