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Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): M-Wave, Nagano
Date Started: February 17, 1998
Date Finished: February 17, 1998

Gold: NED Gianni Romme
Silver: NED Bob de Jong
Bronze: NED Rintje Ritsma

Summary

After his display in the 5,000 m, Gianni Romme was expected not only to win the race, but also beat Johann Olav Koss’s world record from the 1994 Olympics. His 13:30.55 had been unapproachable since, and had not yet been beaten, despite the introduction of the clap skate. Romme, the defending World Champion, had won the season’s only World Cup race, beating his competition by more than 15 seconds in Innsbruck. As in the 5,000 m, competition was mostly expected from the other Dutchmen, Rintje Ritsma and Bob De Jong, and a former Dutchman, Bart Veldkamp.

When Romme started his race, Kjell Storelid was the leader. His 13:35.95 had been his best time since the 1994 Olympics, when he had placed second behind Koss. But Romme obliterated the Norwegian’s time, beating it by 20 seconds, and Koss’s old record by 15 seconds for a new world best of 13:15.33. He completely overshadowed his pair mate, Bob de Jong, who also went below the old time with 13:25.76.

As the gold medal seemed secure in the hands of Romme, Ritsma and Veldkamp set out for the remaining medals in the final pair. Ritsma, having beaten Veldkamp by just 0.07 for the silver in the 5,000 m, set out the fastest, but Veldkamp slowly gained ground, and took the lead at 8,000 m. Ritsma fell more than a second behind, and his medal chances seemed lost until he regained himself and closed the gap in the final two laps to beat Veldkamp for the bronze medal. Thus, the Dutch swept the medals, the first time the Netherlands has done so at the Olympic Games. As in other distances, Romme’s World Record was not to last very long. He himself lowered it by another 7 seconds in March at the World Single Distance Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1 Gianni Romme 24 Netherlands NED Gold 13:15.33 34.26 1:05.09 1:36.08 2:07.13 2:38.00 3:08.99 3:40.01 4:11.13 4:42.26 5:13.76 5:45.45 6:17.31 6:49.10 7:20.99 7:52.86 8:24.84 8:56.81 9:28.90 10:01.02 10:33.20 11:05.42 11:38.00 12:10.42 12:42.93 WR
2 Bob de Jong 21 Netherlands NED Silver 13:25.76 35.73 1:08.13 1:40.49 2:12.71 2:44.86 3:16.75 3:48.70 4:20.58 4:52.41 5:24.15 5:55.81 6:27.68 6:59.44 7:31.36 8:03.20 8:35.11 9:07.22 9:39.38 10:11.75 10:44.45 11:16.93 11:49.20 12:21.56 12:53.89
3 Rintje Ritsma 27 Netherlands NED Bronze 13:28.19 34.59 1:05.56 1:37.04 2:08.34 2:40.05 3:12.02 3:43.98 4:15.91 4:47.72 5:19.63 5:51.84 6:23.83 6:56.10 7:28.31 8:00.94 8:33.62 9:06.27 9:38.97 10:12.10 10:45.67 11:19.17 11:52.47 12:25.31 12:57.27
4 Bart Veldkamp 30 Belgium BEL 13:29.69 35.34 1:06.27 1:38.13 2:09.62 2:41.30 3:13.05 3:44.91 4:16.88 4:48.51 5:20.37 5:52.34 6:24.44 6:56.74 7:29.11 8:01.56 8:34.40 9:06.96 9:39.70 10:12.38 10:45.34 11:18.12 11:51.25 12:24.21 12:57.05
5 Kjell Storelid 27 Norway NOR 13:35.95 35.89 1:08.13 1:40.44 2:12.60 2:44.74 3:17.09 3:49.36 4:21.69 4:54.19 5:26.60 5:59.27 6:32.11 7:05.01 7:37.65 8:10.42 8:43.60 9:15.99 9:48.24 10:20.58 10:53.08 11:25.73 11:58.44 12:30.99 13:03.65
6 Frank Dittrich 30 Germany GER 13:36.58 36.03 1:07.98 1:40.27 2:12.22 2:44.45 3:16.52 3:48.88 4:21.29 4:53.66 5:25.94 5:58.53 6:30.90 7:03.33 7:36.29 8:09.45 8:42.77 9:16.08 9:49.13 10:21.64 10:54.59 11:27.56 12:00.81 12:33.86 13:05.95
7 Lasse Sætre 23 Norway NOR 13:42.94 36.56 1:08.95 1:41.55 2:13.77 2:46.18 3:18.47 3:50.68 4:23.12 4:55.80 5:28.40 6:01.15 6:34.17 7:07.01 7:39.81 8:12.84 8:45.88 9:18.97 9:52.27 10:25.18 10:58.19 11:31.38 12:04.75 12:37.55 13:10.56
8 KC Boutiette 27 United States USA 13:44.03 35.38 1:07.47 1:40.12 2:13.15 2:45.75 3:18.57 3:51.20 4:24.17 4:56.74 5:29.51 6:02.22 6:35.23 7:08.05 7:41.14 8:14.13 8:47.23 9:20.10 9:52.87 10:25.58 10:58.38 11:31.38 12:04.30 12:37.42 13:10.73
9 Roberto Sighel 30 Italy ITA 13:46.85 36.76 1:09.56 1:42.04 2:14.86 2:47.75 3:20.42 3:53.37 4:26.26 4:59.20 5:32.05 6:05.15 6:38.07 7:11.22 7:44.40 8:17.60 8:50.68 9:24.90 9:58.30 10:31.09 11:03.68 11:36.35 12:08.85 12:41.43 13:14.33
10 Alexander Baumgärtel 25 Germany GER 13:48.44 36.18 1:08.08 1:40.83 2:13.53 2:45.93 3:18.57 3:51.10 4:23.67 4:56.31 5:29.15 6:02.13 6:35.22 7:08.31 7:41.43 8:14.72 8:47.87 9:21.07 9:54.37 10:27.67 11:01.14 11:34.53 12:08.12 12:41.67 13:15.32
11 René Taubenrauch 24 Germany GER 13:52.10 36.30 1:08.52 1:41.35 2:13.94 2:46.87 3:19.54 3:52.50 4:25.26 4:58.38 5:31.47 6:04.65 6:37.77 7:11.24 7:45.26 8:18.97 8:52.93 9:26.12 9:59.39 10:32.96 11:06.45 11:39.78 12:13.18 12:46.14 13:19.51
12 Marnix ten Kortenaar 27 Austria AUT 13:52.30 36.44 1:08.94 1:41.61 2:14.24 2:46.86 3:19.43 3:51.94 4:24.50 4:57.36 5:30.51 6:03.66 6:36.85 7:10.20 7:43.69 8:17.24 8:50.69 9:24.13 9:57.46 10:30.49 11:03.71 11:37.18 12:10.96 12:44.99 13:18.91
13 Vadim Sayutin 27 Russia RUS 13:54.57 35.30 1:07.45 1:40.36 2:12.77 2:45.66 3:18.42 3:51.23 4:23.68 4:56.61 5:29.19 6:02.07 6:34.75 7:08.06 7:40.98 8:14.12 8:47.28 9:20.97 9:54.61 10:28.29 11:02.44 11:36.87 12:11.41 12:45.83 13:20.20
14 Keiji Shirahata 24 Japan JPN 13:57.45 36.18 1:08.80 1:41.37 2:14.21 2:46.99 3:19.86 3:52.58 4:25.64 4:58.57 5:31.68 6:04.60 6:37.78 7:11.08 7:44.61 8:18.00 8:52.21 9:26.40 10:00.99 10:35.30 11:09.46 11:43.50 12:17.25 12:50.82 13:24.24
15 Remi Hereide 24 Norway NOR 14:09.90 36.73 1:09.05 1:41.11 2:13.37 2:45.71 3:18.12 3:50.48 4:22.95 4:55.42 5:28.02 6:00.93 6:34.04 7:07.36 7:41.17 8:15.15 8:49.40 9:23.85 9:58.51 10:33.75 11:09.28 11:45.22 12:21.40 12:57.37 13:33.61
16 Dave Tamburrino 25 United States USA 14:12.00 37.44 1:10.78 1:44.00 2:17.27 2:50.55 3:23.78 3:56.87 4:30.26 5:03.62 5:36.84 6:10.12 6:43.42 7:16.66 7:50.05 8:23.30 8:56.77 9:30.42 10:04.42 10:38.73 11:13.65 11:48.86 12:24.40 13:00.01 13:35.62