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Speed Skating at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): Olympic Oval, Albertville
Date Started: February 15, 1992
Date Finished: February 15, 1992

Gold: GER Uwe-Jens Mey
Silver: JPN Toshiyuki Kuroiwa
Bronze: JPN Junichi Inoue

Summary

The Olympic 500 m was to be a duel between Uwe-Jens Mey (Germany) and Dan Jansen (United States). Both skaters had already played a feature role in the 1988 edition. Mey had won the title in Calgary, while Jansen had fallen, distracted by his sister’s death earlier on the day of the race. In the 1992 season, the two had fought out fascinating duels. In the six 500 m World Cup races held before the Olympics, they had finished first and second on all occasions, once even tying for first. Of the remaining races, Mey had won three and Jansen two. In addition, both had bettered the world record during the season. First, Mey had finally bettered his 1988 Olympic time at Davos, only to see it taken away by Jansen a week later, who lowered the mark to 36.41. Behind these two contenders, the Japanese had been most consistently in front, notably Toshiyuki Kuroiwa and Yasunori Miyabe.

Weather conditions were not good, with rain and flaky winds disturbing the competition. The soft ice was also not in favor of heavier skaters, like Jansen or World Sprint Champion Igor Zhelezovsky. Jansen was the first of the favorites to go. With a flaky final curve, he clocked 37.46, just 0.01 below the rink record. It was soon clear this was not good enough for the gold, as Junich Inoue, a completely unknown Japanese skater, beat the time by 2 tenths in the very next pair. Miyabe and Mey then faced eather in pair four. Mey got off to a 9.78 start, well ahead of Miyabe and Inoue's split. This opener proved decisive, and Mey finished first in 37.14. That time was only to be approached by Kuroiwa, who had a better full lap, but came out 0.04 second short.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 1c
1 Uwe-Jens Mey 28 Germany GER Gold 37.14 9.78
2 Toshiyuki Kuroiwa 22 Japan JPN Silver 37.18 10.03
3 Junichi Inoue 20 Japan JPN Bronze 37.26 10.05
4 Dan Jansen 26 United States USA 37.46 9.90
5T Yasunori Miyabe 25 Japan JPN 37.49 9.98
5T Gerard van Velde 20 Netherlands NED 37.49 9.96
7 Aleksandr Golubyov 19 Unified Team EUN 37.51 9.73
8 Igor Zhelezovsky 28 Unified Team EUN 37.57 10.07
9 Song Chen 24 China CHN 37.58 10.03
10 Kim Yun-Man 18 South Korea KOR 37.60 9.92
11 Liu Hongbo 18 China CHN 37.66 9.98
12 Jegal Seong-Ryeol 21 South Korea KOR 37.71 9.87
13 Nick Thometz 28 United States USA 37.83 10.02
14T Robert Dubreuil 24 Canada CAN 37.86 10.07
14T Vadim Shakshakbayev 20 Unified Team EUN 37.86 10.08
16 Guy Thibault 27 Canada CAN 37.89 10.12
17 Kevin Scott 22 Canada CAN 38.02 9.95
18 Yukinori Miyabe 23 Japan JPN 38.12 10.31
19 Marty Pierce 25 United States USA 38.15 10.11
20 Björn Forslund 29 Sweden SWE 38.24 10.22
21 Sergey Klevchenya 21 Unified Team EUN 38.26 10.09
22 Dave Cruikshank 23 United States USA 38.28 10.14
23 Peter Adeberg 23 Germany GER 38.33 10.14
24 Li Yong-Chol 19 North Korea PRK 38.38 10.04
25 Olaf Zinke 25 Germany GER 38.40 10.32
26 Harri Ilkka 21 Finland FIN 38.48 10.11
27T Dai Jun 25 China CHN 38.51 10.19
27T Rintje Ritsma 21 Netherlands NED 38.51 10.19
29 Arie Loef 22 Netherlands NED 38.61 10.15
30 Sean Ireland 22 Canada CAN 38.70 10.36
31T Paweł Abratkiewicz 21 Poland POL 38.74 10.24
31T Lee In-Hun 21 South Korea KOR 38.74 10.22
33 Hans Markström 26 Sweden SWE 38.89 10.29
34 Bo König 26 Sweden SWE 39.06 10.31
35 Choi In-Chol 18 North Korea PRK 39.59 10.47
36 Zsolt Baló 20 Romania ROU 39.70 10.62
37 Csaba Madarász 23 Hungary HUN 40.41 10.65
38 Joakim Karlberg 27 Sweden SWE 40.71 10.70
39 Jiří Kyncl 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 40.92 11.02
40 Roland Brunner 21 Austria AUT 42.18 10.05 fall
41 Jiří Musil 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 42.20 11.32
42 Bajro Čenanović 23 Yugoslavia YUG 43.09 11.39
43 Slavenko Likić 17 Yugoslavia YUG 43.81 11.23