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Speed Skating at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Oval, Calgary
Date Started: February 17, 1988
Date Finished: February 17, 1988

Gold: SWE Tomas Gustafson
Silver: NED Leo Visser
Bronze: NED Gerard Kemkers

Summary

Two men had dominated this distance during the 1987-1988 season. Geir Karlstad had won the first three World Cup races of the season. At the Heerenveen World Cup, he had improved the world record to 6:45.44, only to beat that time again at the Calgary World Cup: 6:43.59. But Karlstad had faded since, his role taken over by Tomas Gustafson. The defending Olympic champion had won the remaining two World Cups, and had become European Allround Champion in Den Haag prior to the Games. A third title contender was Leo Visser. He had broken the world record at the 1987 World Championships, and had been shared winner with Gustafson at the Davos World Cup.

The first of the favorites to skate, Visser rode a very steady race, finishing with 6:44.98. Karlstad then departed ambitiously, beating Visser's splits by two seconds in the early laps. But the Norwegian was unable to keep the pace. He was eventually passed by his opponent, Michael Hadschieff, and finished seventh. Visser's teammate, Gerard Kemkers, also started faster in the first half of the race, but did not fade like Karlstad, and finished only one second behind the leading time. In the ninth pair, Gustafson was the last medal contender to skate. He trailed Visser's time for the entire race, and with one lap to go, Gustafson was 0.87 behind Visser, and even slightly behind Kemkers. But the Swede delivered an incredible final lap with 31.86 seconds (compared to Visser's 33.08), and he moved up from bronze medal position to gold. This made Gustafson the first repeat winner of the event since Ivar Ballangrud won it in 1928 and 1936.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1 Tomas Gustafson 28 Sweden SWE Gold 6:44.63 19.11 51.08 1:23.79 1:56.72 2:28.74 3:00.40 3:32.01 4:03.95 4:35.90 5:08.13 5:40.37 6:12.77 OR
2 Leo Visser 22 Netherlands NED Silver 6:44.98 19.88 52.74 1:25.44 1:56.97 2:28.40 2:59.89 3:31.35 4:03.02 4:35.08 5:07.10 5:39.23 6:11.90 OR
3 Gerard Kemkers 20 Netherlands NED Bronze 6:45.92 20.02 51.82 1:23.71 1:55.87 2:27.89 2:59.70 3:31.53 4:03.26 4:35.15 5:07.44 5:39.93 6:12.63
4 Eric Flaim 20 United States USA 6:47.09 19.04 51.11 1:23.14 1:55.43 2:27.87 3:00.09 3:32.05 4:03.97 4:36.04 5:08.28 5:40.90 6:13.85
5 Michael Hadschieff 24 Austria AUT 6:48.72 19.30 50.91 1:23.37 1:55.55 2:27.21 2:59.02 3:31.70 4:04.27 4:37.04 5:09.56 5:42.19 6:15.07
6 Dave Silk 22 United States USA 6:49.95 19.40 51.19 1:23.26 1:55.37 2:27.30 2:59.47 3:31.69 4:03.92 4:36.39 5:08.91 5:41.99 6:15.66
7 Geir Karlstad 24 Norway NOR 6:50.88 18.97 50.23 1:22.74 1:54.86 2:26.19 2:57.97 3:30.24 4:03.02 4:35.92 5:09.23 5:42.57 6:16.51
8 Roland Freier 24 East Germany GDR 6:51.42 19.45 51.56 1:23.58 1:55.56 2:27.35 2:59.24 3:31.22 4:03.50 4:35.94 5:08.83 5:42.57 6:16.98
9 Mark Greenwald 19 United States USA 6:51.98 19.63 51.41 1:24.26 1:57.42 2:30.14 3:02.62 3:35.02 4:07.47 4:39.57 5:11.93 5:44.59 6:17.86
10 Danny Kah 20 Australia AUS 6:52.14 19.70 51.65 1:24.09 1:56.38 2:28.78 3:01.24 3:33.92 4:06.57 4:39.12 5:11.81 5:45.02 6:18.29
11 Roberto Sighel 20 Italy ITA 6:53.04 20.93 53.14 1:25.18 1:57.31 2:29.41 3:01.58 3:34.35 4:07.22 4:40.07 5:12.82 5:46.26 6:19.72
12 Rolf Falk-Larssen 27 Norway NOR 6:54.37 19.34 50.56 1:22.72 1:55.24 2:27.89 3:00.59 3:33.66 4:06.50 4:39.48 5:12.71 5:46.31 6:20.19
13 Herbert Dijkstra 21 Netherlands NED 6:54.63 20.24 52.28 1:24.56 1:57.23 2:29.81 3:02.50 3:35.39 4:08.19 4:41.22 5:14.23 5:47.62 6:21.02
14 Toru Aoyanagi 19 Japan JPN 6:54.70 19.32 51.35 1:24.48 1:57.19 2:29.99 3:02.46 3:35.17 4:07.75 4:40.34 5:13.12 5:46.42 6:20.05
15 Bruno Milesi 23 Italy ITA 6:54.93 20.29 53.25 1:25.52 1:57.80 2:30.18 3:02.29 3:34.88 4:07.86 4:40.97 5:14.08 5:47.70 6:21.25
16 Pertti Niittylä 32 Finland FIN 6:55.18 20.24 51.68 1:23.99 1:55.69 2:27.95 3:00.13 3:32.50 4:05.11 4:38.00 5:10.94 5:44.45 6:18.82
17 Dmitry Bochkaryov 29 Soviet Union URS 6:56.57 19.84 51.75 1:23.75 1:55.95 2:28.59 3:01.32 3:34.34 4:07.39 4:40.92 5:14.50 5:48.27 6:22.08 OR
18 Timo Järvinen 21 Finland FIN 6:56.68 19.84 52.46 1:24.82 1:57.52 2:30.09 3:03.09 3:35.95 4:08.91 4:41.73 5:14.82 5:48.12 6:22.45
19 Per Bengtsson 20 Sweden SWE 6:57.05 19.84 52.46 1:25.39 1:58.25 2:30.62 3:03.32 3:35.89 4:08.81 4:41.71 5:15.03 5:48.75 6:22.89
20 Christian Eminger 23 Austria AUT 6:57.22 19.75 51.49 1:23.40 1:55.99 2:28.25 3:00.64 3:33.46 4:06.50 4:39.77 5:13.54 5:48.00 6:22.66
21 Ben Lamarche 21 Canada CAN 6:57.63 19.68 52.72 1:25.51 1:58.20 2:30.33 3:02.71 3:35.53 4:08.58 4:41.67 5:14.94 5:48.51 6:22.62
22 Hans van Helden 39 France FRA 6:57.69 20.36 53.81 1:27.33 2:00.72 2:33.75 3:06.67 3:39.29 4:11.95 4:44.68 5:17.55 5:50.48 6:23.55
23 Sergey Berezin 27 Soviet Union URS 6:58.08 19.27 51.06 1:23.52 1:56.21 2:29.06 3:02.29 3:35.52 4:08.73 4:42.20 5:15.77 5:49.74 6:23.80
24 Hansjörg Baltes 23 West Germany FRG 6:59.45 20.42 53.58 1:27.06 2:00.23 2:33.20 3:06.18 3:39.08 4:11.93 4:44.51 5:17.18 5:50.39 6:24.28
25 Jiří Kyncl 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 6:59.82 20.06 52.64 1:25.53 1:58.28 2:31.02 3:04.06 3:37.08 4:10.31 4:43.48 5:16.91 5:50.83 6:25.07
26 Yury Klyuyev 27 Soviet Union URS 7:00.01 19.36 51.20 1:23.45 1:56.25 2:28.85 3:01.73 3:34.62 4:07.76 4:40.90 5:14.65 5:48.66 6:23.76
27 Munehisa Kuroiwa 21 Japan JPN 7:01.55 19.45 52.23 1:25.73 1:58.52 2:31.22 3:03.98 3:36.87 4:09.87 4:43.06 5:16.68 5:50.82 6:25.67
28 Song Yong-Hun 16 North Korea PRK 7:01.56 20.87 53.12 1:25.75 1:58.91 2:31.55 3:04.75 3:37.76 4:11.01 4:44.43 5:18.29 5:52.71 6:27.21
29 Kim Gwan-Gyu 20 South Korea KOR 7:02.13 20.05 53.87 1:27.28 2:00.75 2:33.79 3:06.69 3:39.76 4:13.09 4:46.36 5:19.89 5:53.90 6:28.16
30 Joakim Karlberg 23 Sweden SWE 7:02.30 20.18 52.26 1:24.80 1:57.53 2:30.25 3:03.04 3:36.30 4:09.54 4:43.07 5:17.12 5:51.59 6:26.77
31 Jean Pichette 24 Canada CAN 7:04.95 19.68 51.52 1:23.43 1:56.37 2:29.09 3:02.33 3:35.90 4:09.67 4:43.87 5:18.99 5:54.37 6:29.78
32 Yoshiyuki Shimizu 18 Japan JPN 7:05.35 20.12 52.92 1:25.88 1:59.65 2:33.27 3:06.71 3:40.40 4:14.13 4:48.23 5:22.56 5:57.18 6:31.49
33 Frode Syvertsen 25 Norway NOR 7:05.57 19.25 50.30 1:22.26 1:54.46 2:27.06 2:59.80 3:33.09 4:06.88 4:41.25 5:16.14 5:52.19 6:28.79
34 Gordon Goplen 23 Canada CAN 7:08.49 19.28 51.21 1:24.04 1:57.13 2:30.69 3:04.06 3:37.71 4:11.64 4:46.24 5:21.32 5:56.98 6:32.66
35 Im Ri-Bin 19 North Korea PRK 7:10.13 20.20 53.19 1:25.88 1:58.41 2:31.33 3:04.17 3:37.50 4:11.63 4:46.14 5:21.24 5:57.00 6:33.27
36 Hwang Ik-Hwan 22 South Korea KOR 7:10.65 20.40 53.05 1:24.76 1:57.24 2:29.97 3:03.07 3:36.48 4:10.48 4:45.22 5:20.66 5:56.67 6:33.03
37 Julian Green 22 Great Britain GBR 7:13.20 19.91 52.97 1:27.63 2:02.74 2:37.79 3:12.95 3:48.17 4:22.72 4:56.95 5:30.47 6:04.23 6:38.54
38 Craig McNicoll 16 Great Britain GBR 7:34.14 20.33 54.50 1:28.52 2:02.82 2:37.27 3:12.05 3:47.12 4:22.81 4:58.96 5:35.62 6:13.87 6:53.31