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Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): M-Wave, Nagano
Date Started: February 15, 1998
Date Finished: February 15, 1998

Gold: NED Ids Postma
Silver: NED Jan Bos
Bronze: JPN Hiroyasu Shimizu

Summary

The 1000 m world record had taken quite a beating before the Olympics. Starting out at 1:11.67, it was first lowered to 1:10.63 by Jan Bos and Manabu Horii, who tied for first at the Calgary World Cup. On the second day of competition there, Lee Gyu-Hyeok again lowered it to 1:10.42, before Jeremy Wotherspoon, brought it down even further to 1:10.16. Of these skaters, the top favorite was Jan Bos, having won the distance twice at the recent World Sprint Championships. He was expected be challenged by the other Dutch and Canadian skaters, though.

With no skaters having approached the 1:11.00 barrier yet, the first to touch it was 500 m champion Hiroyasu Shimizu. Not known for his 1000 ms, the Japanese continued his 500 m form and clocked 1:11.00 exactly, a new personal best. The very next pair featured an outside favorite for a medal, Ids Postma. Not a regular 1000 m skater, he was better known as an allround skater. His Olympics had not been as he had expected, having fallen in the first 500 m race, and losing the 1500 m gold due to a mishap in the last curve. Postma got his revenge in this race, setting the fastest time, by virtue of an excellent final lap. Wotherspoon led Postma’s split at the bell by 0.6 seconds, but dropped back to an eventual 6th place finish. Leeuwangh and Sylvain Bouchard met a similar fate, leaving only Jan Bos to challenge in the final pair. He, too had a half-second lead over his compatriot, but also failed in the final lap, missing the gold by just 0.07 seconds. Ids Postma was a farmer from Friesland, the province in the Netherlands best known for its speed skaters. He was, however, the first Olympic Champion speed skating champion to come from Friesland.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Ids Postma 24 Netherlands NED Gold 1:10.64 16.90 43.32 OR
2 Jan Bos 22 Netherlands NED Silver 1:10.71 16.72 42.82
3 Hiroyasu Shimizu 23 Japan JPN Bronze 1:11.00 16.57 42.60 OR
4 Jakko Jan Leeuwangh 25 Netherlands NED 1:11.26 16.98 43.12
5 Sylvain Bouchard 27 Canada CAN 1:11.29 16.92 43.22
6 Jeremy Wotherspoon 21 Canada CAN 1:11.39 16.69 42.69
7 Casey FitzRandolph 23 United States USA 1:11.64 16.75 43.23
8 KC Boutiette 27 United States USA 1:11.75 17.32 43.96
9T Peter Adeberg 29 Germany GER 1:11.90 17.22 43.63 OR
9T Kevin Overland 23 Canada CAN 1:11.90 16.92 43.08
11 Yusuke Imai 20 Japan JPN 1:11.96 17.18 43.75
12 Martin Hersman 23 Netherlands NED 1:12.00 17.20 43.97
13 Lee Gyu-Hyeok 19 South Korea KOR 1:12.05 16.97 43.54
14T Grunde Njøs 30 Norway NOR 1:12.27 16.65 42.99
14T Davide Carta 25 Italy ITA 1:12.27 16.97 43.71
16 Christian Breuer 21 Germany GER 1:12.33 17.12 43.84
17T Sergey Tsybenko 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:12.40 17.45 44.09
17T Manabu Horii 25 Japan JPN 1:12.40 16.74 43.05
19 Pat Bouchard 24 Canada CAN 1:12.49 16.75 43.14
20 Kim Yun-Man 24 South Korea KOR 1:12.50 16.58 43.30
21T Janne Hänninen 22 Finland FIN 1:12.55 16.85 43.39
21T Cheon Ju-Hyeon 20 South Korea KOR 1:12.55 17.15 43.83
23T Andrey Anufriyenko 27 Russia RUS 1:12.61 17.40 44.62
23T Nate Mills 27 United States USA 1:12.61 16.98 43.47
25 Hiroyuki Noake 23 Japan JPN 1:12.68 17.15 43.80
26 Paweł Abratkiewicz 27 Poland POL 1:12.80 16.91 43.97
27 Ermanno Ioriatti 22 Italy ITA 1:12.83 17.21 44.21
28 Aleksandr Kibalko 24 Russia RUS 1:12.94 17.21 44.04
29 Cory Carpenter 21 United States USA 1:13.03 17.56 44.34
30 Jegal Seong-Ryeol 27 South Korea KOR 1:13.09 16.76 43.48
31 Roland Brunner 27 Austria AUT 1:13.16 17.02 43.82
32 Dmitry Shepel 19 Russia RUS 1:13.31 17.40 44.42
33 Sergey Klevchenya 27 Russia RUS 1:13.51 17.00 44.10
34 Roger Strøm 31 Norway NOR 1:13.58 17.02 44.05
35 Andrew Nicholson 27 New Zealand NZL 1:13.86 17.59 44.86
36 Dai Dengwen 21 China CHN 1:14.20 17.30 44.61
37 Vladimir Klepinin 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:14.38 17.43 45.04
38 Li Yu 21 China CHN 1:14.50 17.13 44.72
39 Oleh Kostromitin 25 Ukraine UKR 1:14.53 17.19 44.85
40 Liu Hongbo 24 China CHN 1:15.06 17.34 44.85
41 Tomasz Świst 23 Poland POL 1:15.55 17.25 44.40
42 Zsolt Baló 26 Hungary HUN 1:15.87 18.07 46.35
AC Wu Fenglong 20 China CHN 17.65 DNF/fall