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Speed Skating at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): Olympic Oval, Albertville
Date Started: February 13, 1992
Date Finished: February 13, 1992

Gold: NOR Geir Karlstad
Silver: NED Falko Zandstra
Bronze: NED Leo Visser

Summary

Based on the results earlier in the season, there were three favorites for the gold. These three had occupied the podium places at all four international races held thusfar. At the first World Cup, Johann Olav Koss was the winner. But the Norwegian world record holder had suffered an inflamed pancreas just days before the Olympic 5,000 m. While he had recovered, his form was unknown. Koss's compatriot Geir Karlstad had won the other two World Cup races in the season. Karlstad was looking for revenge for the 1988 Olympics, where he had performed disappointingly with a seventh place (and a fall in the 10,000 m). The third contender was Bart Veldkamp of the Netherlands, who won the 5,000 m at the European Championships.

Due to rainfall, it was expected the race would be postponed like earlier Olympic races in Albertville. This time, the referees decided to start as planned. That meant the first pairs were skated on very soft ice, hampering the early starters. This mostly hit Koss, who recorded 7:11.32 (seventh) and Veldkamp, who finished in 7:08.00 (fifth). After the first ice preparation, conditions became better. Young Dutchman Falko Zandstra took advantage of this, skating 7:02.28, beating his compatriot Leo Visser, the Olympic runner-up of 1988. But his time was no match for Geir Karlstad. The established long distance skater set off faster than Zandstra, and never looked back. His 6:59.97 was good enough to become the first Norwegian to win Olympic speed skating gold since 1976.

Prior to the Games, newspapers had revealed that Karlstad carried around a letter from Norwegian doctors, stating his body produced high levels of testosterone, close to the maximum allowed epi-testosterone - testosterone ratio of 1:6. Karlstad supposedly handed out this letter at doping controls, but various officials from the IOC and ISU attested that such a letter would not absolve Karlstad in case of an infringement. This was naturally brought up again after Karlstad's win, but he passed doping tests without exceeding any limits, as he had done on all previous occasions.

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 Geir Karlstad 28 Norway NOR Gold 6:59.97 19.42 51.56 1:23.74 1:56.41 2:29.25 3:02.48 3:35.63 4:08.89 4:42.41 5:16.39 5:50.52 6:25.06
2 Falko Zandstra 20 Netherlands NED Silver 7:02.28 19.46 51.75 1:24.85 1:58.29 2:31.58 3:05.39 3:39.12 4:12.78 4:46.53 5:20.50 5:54.17 6:28.20
3 Leo Visser 26 Netherlands NED Bronze 7:04.96 18.97 50.99 1:24.04 1:57.41 2:31.07 3:04.74 3:38.76 4:12.46 4:46.23 5:20.23 5:54.59 6:29.45
4 Frank Dittrich 24 Germany GER 7:06.33 20.12 52.98 1:26.66 2:00.70 2:34.80 3:08.85 3:43.21 4:17.67 4:51.33 5:24.16 5:58.02 6:32.22
5 Bart Veldkamp 24 Netherlands NED 7:08.00 19.67 52.22 1:25.90 1:59.64 2:33.70 3:07.43 3:41.44 4:15.69 4:49.97 5:24.68 5:59.50 6:33.98
6 Eric Flaim 24 United States USA 7:11.15 20.05 53.28 1:26.88 2:00.46 2:34.09 3:07.52 3:41.54 4:15.77 4:50.40 5:25.29 6:00.48 6:35.74
7 Johann Olav Koss 23 Norway NOR 7:11.32 19.37 52.44 1:26.02 1:59.66 2:33.10 3:06.95 3:40.59 4:14.69 4:49.10 5:23.73 5:59.10 6:35.09
8 Yevgeny Sanarov 20 Unified Team EUN 7:11.38 20.19 53.90 1:27.88 2:02.16 2:36.25 3:10.23 3:44.66 4:19.17 4:53.53 5:28.15 6:02.81 6:37.34
9 Jonas Schön 22 Sweden SWE 7:12.15 20.02 54.08 1:28.55 2:02.99 2:36.88 3:10.77 3:44.73 4:18.80 4:52.85 5:27.17 6:01.83 6:36.98
10 Michael Hadschieff 28 Austria AUT 7:12.97 19.80 53.05 1:26.82 2:00.84 2:34.85 3:08.71 3:42.93 4:17.20 4:51.72 5:26.18 6:01.40 6:36.95
11 Vadim Sayutin 21 Unified Team EUN 7:13.20 19.59 52.63 1:26.26 2:00.07 2:34.22 3:08.57 3:43.22 4:17.61 4:52.18 5:27.38 6:02.69 6:38.06
12 Brian Wanek 24 United States USA 7:13.35 19.41 50.79 1:22.84 1:55.82 2:29.03 3:03.07 3:37.72 4:12.81 4:48.52 5:24.64 6:01.39 6:37.56
13 Tomas Gustafson 32 Sweden SWE 7:15.56 19.54 52.56 1:26.56 2:00.74 2:34.34 3:08.20 3:42.37 4:16.88 4:51.97 5:27.40 6:03.61 6:39.69
14 Roberto Sighel 24 Italy ITA 7:16.55 20.09 53.59 1:27.13 2:00.98 2:35.17 3:09.21 3:43.53 4:18.52 4:53.67 5:29.48 6:05.86 6:41.77
15 Markus Tröger 25 Germany GER 7:17.62 20.42 53.57 1:27.54 2:01.72 2:35.54 3:09.78 3:44.07 4:18.70 4:53.44 5:28.91 6:04.85 6:41.42
16 Jaromir Radke 22 Poland POL 7:18.40 20.62 53.73 1:27.71 2:01.27 2:35.23 3:09.14 3:43.69 4:18.29 4:53.28 5:28.73 6:05.12 6:41.66
17 Kazuhiro Sato 24 Japan JPN 7:19.69 19.90 52.95 1:26.94 2:01.09 2:35.71 3:10.45 3:45.19 4:20.42 4:55.89 5:31.64 6:07.90 6:43.97
18 Toshihiko Itokawa 17 Japan JPN 7:20.50 20.18 52.90 1:26.89 2:01.30 2:35.94 3:10.42 3:45.20 4:20.14 4:55.57 5:31.53 6:07.68 6:44.14
19 Mark Greenwald 23 United States USA 7:21.19 20.41 54.29 1:29.33 2:04.00 2:38.36 3:13.19 3:48.37 4:23.47 4:58.58 5:33.84 6:09.29 6:45.08
20 Danny Kah 24 Australia AUS 7:22.86 20.19 53.03 1:26.89 2:00.99 2:35.09 3:09.90 3:45.10 4:20.62 4:56.66 5:33.24 6:09.71 6:46.35
21 Per Bengtsson 24 Sweden SWE 7:23.03 20.03 53.93 1:28.63 2:02.83 2:37.68 3:12.58 3:47.68 4:22.90 4:58.69 5:34.45 6:10.50 6:46.76
22 Keiji Shirahata 18 Japan JPN 7:24.95 20.02 53.19 1:27.15 2:02.15 2:37.12 3:12.23 3:47.21 4:22.80 4:58.48 5:34.61 6:11.29 6:48.23
23 O Yong-Seok 22 South Korea KOR 7:25.31 20.41 54.80 1:29.61 2:03.93 2:38.24 3:12.64 3:47.55 4:22.82 4:58.16 5:33.70 6:09.88 6:46.85
24 Liu Yanfei 24 China CHN 7:25.56 20.41 54.85 1:30.39 2:05.48 2:39.74 3:14.15 3:49.13 4:24.57 5:00.24 5:36.16 6:12.75 6:49.31
25 Phillip Tahmindjis 24 Australia AUS 7:26.56 20.45 53.23 1:27.37 2:02.06 2:36.21 3:11.08 3:46.24 4:22.03 4:57.96 5:34.17 6:10.80 6:48.15
26 Neal Marshall 22 Canada CAN 7:27.64 19.88 53.04 1:27.39 2:01.99 2:36.72 3:11.30 3:46.48 4:22.14 4:58.41 5:35.07 6:11.72 6:49.07
27 Jiří Kyncl 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 7:27.78 20.28 54.21 1:28.64 2:03.27 2:37.92 3:12.41 3:47.60 4:23.30 4:58.92 5:35.08 6:12.04 6:49.88
28 Atle Vårvik 26 Norway NOR 7:28.28 19.38 51.79 1:25.81 2:00.38 2:35.56 3:10.67 3:46.83 4:23.15 4:59.73 5:36.47 6:13.76 6:51.03
29 Bronislav Snetkov 24 Unified Team EUN 7:28.93 19.50 51.25 1:23.88 1:57.18 2:31.16 3:06.15 3:42.26 4:19.06 4:56.40 5:34.34 6:12.39 6:50.72
30 Jiří Musil 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 7:29.91 20.53 54.26 1:28.28 2:03.13 2:38.79 3:14.56 3:50.47 4:26.51 5:03.26 5:39.73 6:16.38 6:53.58
31 Nyamdondovyn Ganbold 18 Mongolia MGL 7:30.07 20.77 53.75 1:27.45 2:02.10 2:37.14 3:12.87 3:48.81 4:25.46 5:02.42 5:39.36 6:16.55 6:53.59
32 Timo Järvinen 25 Finland FIN 7:30.88 19.88 52.98 1:26.99 2:01.71 2:36.37 3:11.97 3:48.23 4:24.59 5:01.54 5:39.26 6:16.40 6:53.69
33 Zsolt Baló 20 Romania ROU 7:32.89 20.77 55.48 1:30.79 2:06.81 2:42.82 3:19.01 3:55.13 4:31.31 5:07.70 5:44.06 6:20.12 6:56.51
34 Rudi Jeklic 26 Germany GER 7:33.15 20.09 52.81 1:26.36 2:00.45 2:35.57 3:17.88 3:47.28 4:23.86 5:00.59 5:37.80 6:15.65 6:54.37
35 Thierry Lamberton 25 France FRA 7:35.51 20.87 54.15 1:28.26 2:02.57 2:37.19 3:11.77 3:47.04 4:23.05 4:59.71 5:37.78 6:16.92 6:56.06
36 Bajro Čenanović 23 Yugoslavia YUG 8:20.30 21.57 58.46 1:37.82 2:18.49 2:59.15 3:39.00 4:19.28 4:59.85 5:40.27 6:21.07 7:01.22 7:41.10