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Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Olympic Hall, Hamar
Date Started: February 13, 1994
Date Finished: February 13, 1994

Gold: NOR Johann Olav Koss
Silver: NOR Kjell Storelid
Bronze: NED Rintje Ritsma

Summary

This distance was expected to be a Dutch-Norwegian battle. Early in the season, Johann Olav Koss had broken the world record in this distance on the Olympic ice, skating 6:35.53, well ahead of his Dutch rivals. But at the European Championships, also skated at the Olympic rink in Hamar, Koss had not been in great shape, and had placed only fourth, with Rintje Ritsma winning. The Dutch had also prepared a "secret weapon" for the Olympics, a new aerodynamic cover for the skates. It was officially called the delta skate, but went by other nicknames such as the "condom skate" or FTN-skate ("F*** the Norwegians" skate). Used only by Ritsma, the new skate was not very successful, and it would never be used again in competition.

The first contender to race was Kjell Storelid, a Norwegian. He had only once placed on the World Cup podium (in January 1994), but had been a consistent top 10 skater at the distance. Cheered on by his compatriots, he skated the best race of his life with 6:42.68. This seemed beatable by 1993 World Champion Falko Zandstra, but he faded badly late in the race and ended at 6:44.58. Then, it was Koss, who started with his own world record schedule in mind. Skating incredibly flat - all laps were between 30.86 and 32.01 - Koss beat his own mark by half a second: 6:34.96. Two pairs later, Ritsma attempted a do-or-die race. Starting faster than the Norwegian, his splits were over two seconds faster at 1,800 m. But his fast pace cost him dearly, and Ritsma eventually wound up in third place with 6:43.94, well above his own best time.

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 Johann Olav Koss 25 Norway NOR Gold 6:34.96 18.77 49.63 1:21.06 1:52.03 2:22.95 2:54.13 3:25.38 3:56.63 4:27.91 4:59.56 5:31.19 6:02.95 OR
2 Kjell Storelid 23 Norway NOR Silver 6:42.68 19.36 50.36 1:21.87 1:53.77 2:25.69 2:57.55 3:29.50 4:01.39 4:33.35 5:05.38 5:37.59 6:10.13 OR
3 Rintje Ritsma 23 Netherlands NED Bronze 6:43.94 19.02 48.92 1:19.15 1:49.85 2:20.79 2:52.45 3:24.79 3:57.65 4:30.57 5:03.67 5:36.92 6:10.48
4 Falko Zandstra 22 Netherlands NED 6:44.58 19.21 50.25 1:22.17 1:54.10 2:25.80 2:57.62 3:29.77 4:01.83 4:33.95 5:06.12 5:38.54 6:11.21
5 Bart Veldkamp 26 Netherlands NED 6:49.00 19.40 50.72 1:22.59 1:54.26 2:26.04 2:58.00 3:30.17 4:02.65 4:35.48 5:08.74 5:42.11 6:15.84
6 Toshihiko Itokawa 19 Japan JPN 6:49.36 19.64 50.49 1:22.47 1:54.82 2:26.69 2:58.66 3:30.90 4:03.19 4:35.72 5:09.12 5:42.70 6:15.82
7 Jaromir Radke 24 Poland POL 6:50.40 19.60 50.53 1:23.47 1:56.19 2:28.43 3:00.54 3:33.08 4:05.57 4:38.53 5:11.26 5:44.30 6:17.25
8 Frank Dittrich 26 Germany GER 6:52.27 19.95 52.09 1:24.37 1:57.03 2:29.78 3:02.65 3:35.38 4:08.26 4:40.67 5:13.04 5:45.81 6:18.99
9 Michael Hadschieff 30 Austria AUT 6:53.02 19.63 52.14 1:24.67 1:57.28 2:29.93 3:02.76 3:35.44 4:08.02 4:40.65 5:13.53 5:46.53 6:19.70
10 Christian Eminger 29 Austria AUT 6:53.18 19.95 52.37 1:24.61 1:57.24 2:29.71 3:02.39 3:34.97 4:07.56 4:39.98 5:12.65 5:45.66 6:19.31
11 Andrey Anufriyenko 23 Russia RUS 6:53.23 19.63 51.98 1:25.20 1:58.03 2:30.79 3:03.73 3:36.70 4:09.54 4:42.31 5:15.23 5:48.00 6:20.28
12 Jonas Schön 24 Sweden SWE 6:53.39 19.64 52.09 1:24.54 1:56.58 2:28.99 3:01.37 3:33.76 4:06.42 4:39.11 5:12.09 5:45.49 6:19.25
13 Kazuhiro Sato 26 Japan JPN 6:54.83 19.62 51.94 1:24.47 1:56.88 2:29.25 3:01.61 3:34.32 4:07.12 4:40.13 5:13.47 5:46.93 6:20.96
14 Per Bengtsson 26 Sweden SWE 6:57.37 19.65 51.72 1:24.38 1:56.89 2:29.44 3:01.88 3:34.70 4:07.70 4:41.18 5:14.88 5:49.02 6:23.12
15 Roberto Sighel 26 Italy ITA 6:57.70 18.80 50.14 1:22.02 1:54.33 2:27.00 2:59.99 3:33.23 4:06.79 4:40.63 5:14.65 5:49.11 6:23.75
16 Radik Bikchentayev 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 6:58.17 19.34 51.65 1:24.52 1:57.34 2:29.64 3:02.04 3:34.75 4:07.96 4:41.45 5:15.33 5:49.90 6:24.30
17 Neal Marshall 24 Canada CAN 6:58.44 19.11 51.19 1:23.99 1:56.85 2:29.48 3:02.24 3:35.39 4:08.42 4:41.69 5:15.10 5:49.01 6:23.49
18 Paweł Zygmunt 21 Poland POL 6:58.91 20.04 52.30 1:25.49 1:58.82 2:31.03 3:03.27 3:36.31 4:09.70 4:42.88 5:16.20 5:50.16 6:24.60
19 Yevgeny Sanarov 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 6:59.02 19.27 51.46 1:23.93 1:56.46 2:29.02 3:02.09 3:35.35 4:08.35 4:42.03 5:15.90 5:50.03 6:24.38
20 Dezideriu Horvath 23 Romania ROU 6:59.04 19.77 51.77 1:24.04 1:56.31 2:29.01 3:01.82 3:34.70 4:07.84 4:41.29 5:15.16 5:49.55 6:24.29
21 Yuriy Shulha 28 Ukraine UKR 6:59.32 19.46 52.08 1:24.34 1:57.14 2:29.24 3:01.37 3:33.71 4:06.51 4:39.64 5:13.38 5:47.91 6:23.29
22 Mike Hall 24 Canada CAN 6:59.58 20.20 52.82 1:24.99 1:57.48 2:30.43 3:03.31 3:36.34 4:09.53 4:42.64 5:16.37 5:50.45 6:25.00
23 Alexander Baumgärtel 21 Germany GER 6:59.64 20.04 53.53 1:27.26 1:59.74 2:32.15 3:04.89 3:37.91 4:11.00 4:44.27 5:17.84 5:51.64 6:25.77
24 Toru Aoyanagi 25 Japan JPN 6:59.88 19.08 51.77 1:24.94 1:57.88 2:30.41 3:03.15 3:35.74 4:08.28 4:41.56 5:15.45 5:49.65 6:24.57
25 Danny Kah 26 Australia AUS 7:00.02 19.53 52.55 1:25.36 1:57.99 2:30.85 3:04.09 3:37.37 4:10.73 4:44.36 5:18.10 5:51.97 6:26.00
26 Atle Vårvik 28 Norway NOR 7:00.83 19.27 51.34 1:24.17 1:57.38 2:29.85 3:03.02 3:36.20 4:09.73 4:43.41 5:17.58 5:51.93 6:26.50
27 Vadim Sayutin 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 7:01.93 19.34 51.60 1:23.61 1:56.26 2:29.02 3:02.03 3:35.34 4:08.85 4:42.73 5:17.17 5:51.87 6:26.78
28 Martin Feigenwinter 23 Switzerland SUI 7:02.12 20.92 54.52 1:28.49 2:01.92 2:34.83 3:08.11 3:41.34 4:14.51 4:47.40 5:20.49 5:54.17 6:28.04
29 Thomas Kumm 25 Germany GER 7:02.18 19.34 51.76 1:24.66 1:56.72 2:28.76 3:01.28 3:34.13 4:07.13 4:41.00 5:15.44 5:50.25 6:25.84
30 Brian Wanek 26 United States USA 7:05.95 19.10 51.55 1:24.91 1:57.84 2:30.67 3:03.90 3:37.43 4:11.62 4:46.27 5:21.02 5:56.04 6:31.05
31 Oleg Pavlov 27 Russia RUS 7:07.09 19.83 53.52 1:27.35 2:00.25 2:32.64 3:05.54 3:38.53 4:12.12 4:46.04 5:20.31 5:55.48 6:30.98
32 Vitaly Novichenko 18 Belarus BLR 7:17.55 20.25 52.81 1:26.89 2:01.45 2:35.06 3:08.37 3:42.42 4:16.66 4:51.35 5:26.59 6:02.89 6:39.83