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Short Track Speed Skating at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Olympic Amphitheatre, Hamar
Date Started: February 24, 1994
Date Finished: February 26, 1994
Format: Placements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on points earned in earlier rounds, and time in final round skated.

Gold: KOR Chae Ji-Hun
Silver: ITA Mirko Vuillermin
Bronze: GBR Nicky Gooch

Summary

There were many potentials winners for this event. Mirko Vuillerminin of Italy had broken the World Record in the heats of the 1993 World Championships, but the 500 m at that competition was won by Sylvain Gagnon of Canada. But Gagnon had not qualified for Lillehammer, although his brother, World Champion Marc Gagnon, had. The Koreans also entered a strong team, with two-time Olympic Champion Kim Gi-Hun, fellow medallist Lee Jun-Ho, and the 19-year-old Chae Ji-Hun.

Vuillermin's tactic of sprinting away at the start to see how far he could get paid off, reaching the final comfortably. There he was joined by Chae and Nicky Gooch, who had both been in the 1000 m final days earlier, and Gagnon, who had medalled in that event without skating the final. Again, Vuillermin took off like lightning, leaving the others chasing. But Chae, bronze medallist at the 1993 World Championships, caught on in the last lap, and pipped the Italian at the finish line, while European champion Gooch beat World Champion Gagnon for the bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS BT
1 Chae Ji-Hun 19 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Mirko Vuillermin 20 Italy ITA Silver
3 Nicky Gooch 21 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Marc Gagnon 18 Canada CAN
5 Frédéric Blackburn 21 Canada CAN
6 Lee Jun-Ho 28 South Korea KOR
7 Martin Johansson 20 Sweden SWE
8 Steven Bradbury 20 Australia AUS
9 Bjørnar Elgetun 22 Norway NOR 7 45.35
10 Richard Nizielski 25 Australia AUS 6 45.57
11 Derrick Campbell 21 Canada CAN 6 1:20.27
12 Kim Gi-Hun 26 South Korea KOR 5 44.04
13 Satoru Terao 18 Japan JPN 5 44.27
14 Andy Gabel 29 United States USA 5 48.91
15 Jun Uematsu 21 Japan JPN 4 44.20
16 Li Jiajun 18 China CHN 5 DQ
17 Sergey Kobyzev 20 Russia RUS 2 44.54
18 Mike McMillen 29 New Zealand NZL 2 44.98
19 John Coyle 25 United States USA 2 45.42
20 Igor Ozerov 25 Russia RUS 2 45.48
21 Bruno Loscos 18 France FRA 2 45.54
22 Erik Duyvelshoff 21 Netherlands NED 2 45.83
23 Kieran Hansen 22 Australia AUS 2 46.30
24 Batchuluuny Bat–Orgil 24 Mongolia MGL 2 48.63
25 Eric Flaim 26 United States USA 1 44.71
26 Stephan Huygen 26 Belgium BEL 1 45.04
27 Wilf O'Reilly 29 Great Britain GBR 1 46.41
28 Andrew Nicholson 23 New Zealand NZL 1 54.21
29 Chris Nicholson 26 New Zealand NZL 1 1:03.43
30 Li Lianli 19 China CHN 1 1:03.44
31 Orazio Fagone 25 Italy ITA 0 DQ