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Speed Skating at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Men's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): Olympic Oval, Albertville
Date Started: February 18, 1992
Date Finished: February 18, 1992

Gold: GER Olaf Zinke
Silver: KOR Kim Yun-Man
Bronze: JPN Yukinori Miyabe

Summary

All three of the medalists in this event had not been seriously considered for a medal, as all the favorites failed to perform. Winner of the 500 m, Uwe-Jens Mey, did not even start because of a flu. Those who did start suffered hard in the final lap due to the difficult ice conditions. The most spectacular failure was probably Dan Jansen's. After surprisingly missing out on a medal in the 500 m, Jansen attempted a "fly or die" race. Having the fastest times at 200 and 600 m, he recorded one of the slowest final laps to place only 26th. While Jansen had been better known as a 500 m skater, that was not the case for Igor Zhelezovsky. The Belarussian, representing the Unified Team in Albertville,

had dominated the distance for years. Yet he also appeared powerless in the final meters, finishing 6th in the end. Other medal candidates, like Eric Flaim and Toshiyuki Kuroiwa, failed similarly.

But those skaters that did make it to the podium made it a close affair. The first to go below 1:15 was Japan's Yukinori Miyabe, the lesser known, and thus far less successful, brother of Yasunori. His 1:14.92 was bettered by Olaf Zinke, an outsider from the German team, who recorded 1:14.85. The last two skaters to approach them skated against each other in pair 9. Kim Yun-Man and Gerard van Velde both finished very close to Zinke and Miyabe. Kim missed Zinke’s time by 0.01, while Van Velde's gap with Miyabe was of the same size. In all, just 0.08 seconds separated first place from fourth.

The Olympic gold medal was by far Zinke's greatest success, and it would remain that way. Earlier, he had placed well at some World Cup races, even winning two in Helsinki 1990, and collected titles in both East Germany and the reunited country. Kim, who won South Korea's first ever Winter Olympic medal, would go on to win the 1995 World Sprint Championships. Miyabe would be among the best Japanese sprinters for several years, and would capture four World Cup wins over the years.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Olaf Zinke 25 Germany GER Gold 1:14.85 17.24 44.97
2 Kim Yun-Man 18 South Korea KOR Silver 1:14.86 17.03 44.80
3 Yukinori Miyabe 23 Japan JPN Bronze 1:14.92 17.16 44.83
4 Gerard van Velde 20 Netherlands NED 1:14.93 17.50 45.15
5 Peter Adeberg 23 Germany GER 1:15.04 17.23 44.87
6 Igor Zhelezovsky 28 Unified Team EUN 1:15.05 17.19 44.89
7 Guy Thibault 27 Canada CAN 1:15.36 17.06 44.74
8 Nikolay Gulyayev 26 Unified Team EUN 1:15.46 17.23 45.24
9 Toshiyuki Kuroiwa 22 Japan JPN 1:15.56 17.47 44.90
10 Falko Zandstra 20 Netherlands NED 1:15.57 17.93 45.97
11 Yuji Fujimoto 21 Japan JPN 1:15.78 17.35 45.47
12 Rintje Ritsma 21 Netherlands NED 1:15.96 17.63 46.06
13 Aleksandr Klimov 26 Unified Team EUN 1:16.05 17.59 45.50
14 Arie Loef 22 Netherlands NED 1:16.18 17.34 45.35
15 Nick Thometz 28 United States USA 1:16.19 17.23 44.93
16T Eric Flaim 24 United States USA 1:16.47 17.39 45.51
16T Kevin Scott 22 Canada CAN 1:16.47 17.15 45.15
18 Choi In-Chol 18 North Korea PRK 1:16.50 17.86 46.41
19 Yasunori Miyabe 25 Japan JPN 1:16.52 17.05 45.43
20 Dave Besteman 29 United States USA 1:16.57 17.57 45.62
21 Song Chen 24 China CHN 1:16.74 17.40 45.69
22 Roland Brunner 21 Austria AUT 1:16.76 17.39 45.89
23 Sean Ireland 22 Canada CAN 1:17.03 17.49 46.18
24 Michael Hadschieff 28 Austria AUT 1:17.17 18.20 46.87
25 Andrey Bakhvalov 28 Unified Team EUN 1:17.21 17.13 45.67
26T Dan Jansen 26 United States USA 1:17.34 16.96 44.63
26T Jegal Seong-Ryeol 21 South Korea KOR 1:17.34 17.29 45.85
28 Paweł Abratkiewicz 21 Poland POL 1:17.40 17.55 46.19
29 Ådne Søndrål 20 Norway NOR 1:17.56 17.51 45.67
30 Liu Yanfei 24 China CHN 1:17.59 18.36 46.93
31 Björn Forslund 29 Sweden SWE 1:17.71 17.77 46.69
32 Paweł Jaroszek 20 Poland POL 1:17.82 18.54 47.30
33 Craig McNicoll 20 Great Britain GBR 1:17.95 18.29 47.01
34T Harri Ilkka 21 Finland FIN 1:17.96 17.62 46.61
34T Danny Kah 24 Australia AUS 1:17.96 18.45 47.34
36 Zsolt Baló 20 Romania ROU 1:18.12 18.09 47.47
37 Li Yong-Chol 19 North Korea PRK 1:18.17 17.62 46.79
38 Phillip Tahmindjis 24 Australia AUS 1:18.77 18.79 47.74
39 Lee In-Hun 21 South Korea KOR 1:19.08 17.69 46.82
40 Dai Jun 25 China CHN 1:19.21 18.03 47.23
41 Csaba Madarász 23 Hungary HUN 1:20.58 18.61 48.55
42 Altangadasyn Sodnomdarjaa 24 Mongolia MGL 1:21.40 18.90 48.96
43 Slavenko Likić 17 Yugoslavia YUG 1:28.57 19.56 52.56
44 Thierry Lamberton 25 France FRA 1:31.64 23.55 58.38 fall
45 Pat Kelly 29 Canada CAN 1:36.62 17.37 59.12 fall
AC Bo König 26 Sweden SWE 17.57 DNF/fall