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Speed Skating at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Olympic Hall, Hamar
Date Started: February 14, 1994
Date Finished: February 14, 1994

Gold: RUS Aleksandr Golubyov
Silver: RUS Sergey Klevchenya
Bronze: JPN Manabu Horii

Summary

After three attempts to win an Olympic medal in the 500 m, it seemed that Dan Jansen finally had his best chance to do so. At the World Cup in Hamar, in December 1993, he had improved his own world record to 35.92, becoming the first man to go below 36 seconds. He nearly copied that race the next day, skating 35.96. In addition to a few more World Cup wins, he had won both 500 ms at the World Sprint Championships just weeks before the Olympics, winning the overall title as well. His previous rival, 1988 and 1992 champion Uwe-Jens Mey had retired, but he did face strong opposition from Japan and Russia. Of these, Sergey Klevchenya and Yasunori Miyabe had also won World Cup races, with the Russian finishing second at the World Sprint Championships.

With all favourites skating early in the program, Jansen was drawn in the inner lane of the second pair. This meant he had the final outer curve, considered an advantage. Still, he was unable to keep his speed, Jansen needed to correct and briefly touched the ice. He finished in 36.66, already the second time behind Liu Hongbo, and his Olympic dreams seemed over. This left chances for the others. Manabu Horii narrowly beat Liu's leading time with 36.53. Then Klevchenya took the ice. He eliminated co-favorite Miyabe in a direct confrontation, also lowering the Olympic Record to 36.39. The only outsider left then was Klevchenya's compatriot, Aleksandr Golubyov. Known for his quick starts, he departed in 9.58, the best opener of the field. Unlike his races at the World Sprints, Golubyov held on the pace and crossed the line a bit sooner than Klevchenya (36.33). The 1-2 by Golubyov and Klevchenya meant the first Olympic speed skating medals won by Russia as a separate nation.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 1c
1 Aleksandr Golubyov 21 Russia RUS Gold 36.33 9.58 OR
2 Sergey Klevchenya 23 Russia RUS Silver 36.39 9.87 OR
3 Manabu Horii 21 Japan JPN Bronze 36.53 9.80
4 Liu Hongbo 20 China CHN 36.54 9.90
5 Hiroyasu Shimizu 19 Japan JPN 36.60 9.79
6 Junichi Inoue 22 Japan JPN 36.63 9.90
7 Grunde Njøs 26 Norway NOR 36.66 9.81
8 Dan Jansen 28 United States USA 36.68 9.82
9 Yasunori Miyabe 27 Japan JPN 36.72 9.89
10 Igor Zhelezovsky 30 Belarus BLR 36.73 9.99
11 Sylvain Bouchard 23 Canada CAN 37.01 10.05
12T Pat Kelly 31 Canada CAN 37.07 9.88
12T Vadim Shakshakbayev 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 37.07 9.87
14 Kim Yun-Man 20 South Korea KOR 37.10 9.89
15 Mikhail Vostroknutov 24 Russia RUS 37.15 9.86
16 Andrey Bakhvalov 30 Russia RUS 37.24 9.93
17 Sean Ireland 24 Canada CAN 37.30 10.08
18 Peter Adeberg 25 Germany GER 37.35 10.11
19 Dave Cruikshank 25 United States USA 37.37 9.89
20 Nathaniel Mills 23 United States USA 37.41 10.16
21 Gerard van Velde 22 Netherlands NED 37.45 10.13
22 Roland Brunner 23 Austria AUT 37.47 10.00
23 Oleh Kostromitin 21 Ukraine UKR 37.50 9.97
24 Arie Loef 25 Netherlands NED 37.52 9.95
25 Hans Markström 28 Sweden SWE 37.53 10.08
26 Mike Ireland 20 Canada CAN 37.67 10.10
27 Dave Besteman 31 United States USA 37.68 10.19
28 Lars Funke 22 Germany GER 37.80 10.14
29 Alessandro De Taddei 22 Italy ITA 37.87 10.26
30 Jegal Seong-Ryeol 23 South Korea KOR 37.90 10.11
31 Nico van der Vlies 21 Netherlands NED 37.94 10.31
32 Davide Carta 21 Italy ITA 37.98 10.07
33 Vladimir Klepinin 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 38.09 9.97
34T Magnus Enfeldt 24 Sweden SWE 38.10 10.15
34T Lee Jae-Sik 21 South Korea KOR 38.10 10.16
36 Lee Gyu-Hyeok 15 South Korea KOR 38.13 10.23
37 Arjan Schreuder 22 Netherlands NED 38.33 10.28
38 Zsolt Baló 22 Romania ROU 38.56 10.43
39 Michael Spielmann 24 Germany GER 38.58 10.43
AC Roger Strøm 27 Norway NOR 9.85 DNF/fall