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Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): M-Wave, Nagano
Date Started: February 8, 1998
Date Finished: February 8, 1998

Gold: NED Gianni Romme
Silver: NED Rintje Ritsma
Bronze: BEL Bart Veldkamp

Summary

The distance skater to beat in the 1998 season was Gianni Romme. Not only had he beaten Johann Olav Koss’s world record, set in the 1994 Olympics, he had also won two of the three World Cup races that year, the third one being won by Kjell Storelid, runner-up in 1994. In Nagano, Romme was mostly expected to battle his own teammates (Rintje Ritsma and Bob De Jong), and his former compatriot, Bart Veldkamp.

Veldkamp was the first of the favorites to skate. Olympic Champion for the Netherlands in 1992, he had assumed Belgian nationality to avoid the tough Dutch selection races and automatically qualify for international competition. In Nagano, Veldkamp broke Romme’s world record, becoming the first person to go below 6:30 with 6:28.31. The next pair included the reigning World Champion, Rintje Ritsma. He started out faster than Veldkamp, gaining more than a second, but lost ground towards the end, finishing with only 0.07 seconds left on the Belgian.

Ritsma’s time was still on top as the final pair with Romme and Storelid got underway. Romme set out with an insane pace, having a 2-seconds lead on Ritsma after only 1,000 m. Romme managed to keep up the pace, and eventually outraced Ritsma by a full six seconds, eight seconds below his own former best, shattering the previous world record. Just a month later, Romme would again shave off 8 tenths from his mark at the World Single Distance Championships in Calgary.

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 Gianni Romme 24 Netherlands NED Gold 6:22.20 18.68 48.00 1:17.80 1:47.62 2:17.46 2:47.47 3:17.63 3:47.95 4:18.39 4:49.13 5:20.04 5:51.14 WR
2 Rintje Ritsma 27 Netherlands NED Silver 6:28.24 19.01 49.60 1:20.01 1:50.13 2:20.40 2:50.89 3:21.65 3:52.52 4:23.41 4:54.54 5:25.72 5:57.09 WR
3 Bart Veldkamp 30 Belgium BEL Bronze 6:28.31 19.36 49.63 1:20.25 1:51.17 2:21.57 2:52.12 3:22.81 3:53.54 4:24.45 4:55.27 5:26.20 5:57.52 WR
4 Bob de Jong 21 Netherlands NED 6:31.37 19.07 49.77 1:20.71 1:51.56 2:22.39 2:53.20 3:24.25 3:55.18 4:26.20 4:57.60 5:29.07 6:00.37
5 Frank Dittrich 30 Germany GER 6:32.17 19.16 49.24 1:20.12 1:51.31 2:22.53 2:53.80 3:25.17 3:55.94 4:27.49 4:58.91 5:30.55 6:01.47
6 René Taubenrauch 24 Germany GER 6:35.21 19.48 50.01 1:21.14 1:52.04 2:23.21 2:54.50 3:26.02 3:57.65 4:29.13 5:00.32 5:31.95 6:03.59
7 Keiji Shirahata 24 Japan JPN 6:36.71 18.98 49.85 1:21.07 1:52.70 2:24.34 2:56.22 3:27.82 3:59.37 4:30.93 5:02.59 5:34.13 6:05.62
8 Kjell Storelid 27 Norway NOR 6:37.12 19.62 50.36 1:21.47 1:52.48 2:23.53 2:54.77 3:26.18 3:57.59 4:29.27 5:00.91 5:32.88 6:05.14
9 Roberto Sighel 30 Italy ITA 6:38.33 19.33 50.66 1:22.29 1:53.35 2:24.39 2:55.72 3:27.17 3:58.67 4:30.34 5:02.16 5:34.10 6:06.13
10 Marnix ten Kortenaar 27 Austria AUT 6:38.35 20.07 51.06 1:22.38 1:53.71 2:24.96 2:56.39 3:27.77 3:59.15 4:30.57 5:02.09 5:34.08 6:06.14
11 Lasse Sætre 23 Norway NOR 6:38.95 20.19 51.33 1:22.62 1:54.07 2:25.83 2:57.61 3:29.56 4:01.39 4:33.39 5:04.57 5:36.38 6:07.57
12 Remi Hereide 24 Norway NOR 6:39.35 19.68 50.32 1:20.86 1:51.95 2:22.85 2:53.99 3:25.21 3:56.90 4:28.55 5:00.61 5:32.98 6:05.87
13 Alexander Baumgärtel 25 Germany GER 6:39.44 19.14 49.62 1:20.55 1:51.16 2:22.10 2:53.11 3:24.77 3:56.55 4:28.54 5:00.90 5:33.58 6:06.64
14 KC Boutiette 27 United States USA 6:39.67 19.32 50.76 1:22.03 1:53.34 2:24.82 2:56.37 3:27.81 3:59.36 4:31.19 5:03.03 5:34.79 6:06.93
15 Vadim Sayutin 27 Russia RUS 6:39.92 19.15 50.88 1:22.39 1:53.88 2:25.10 2:56.54 3:27.76 3:59.02 4:30.37 5:02.47 5:34.75 6:07.33
16 Dave Tamburrino 25 United States USA 6:41.19 19.55 52.16 1:23.96 1:55.69 2:27.08 2:58.67 3:29.97 4:01.52 4:32.99 5:04.44 5:35.97 6:08.00
17 Takahiro Nozaki 23 Japan JPN 6:42.30 18.74 49.22 1:20.37 1:51.87 2:23.34 2:55.12 3:27.42 3:59.49 4:31.72 5:04.18 5:36.75 6:09.34
18 Paweł Zygmunt 25 Poland POL 6:45.59 19.85 50.97 1:22.51 1:53.70 2:25.17 2:57.00 3:28.95 4:00.85 4:32.99 5:05.55 5:38.65 6:12.06
19 Cédric Kuentz 24 France FRA 6:45.90 19.06 49.88 1:22.49 1:55.42 2:28.35 3:00.78 3:33.32 4:05.65 4:37.53 5:09.30 5:41.24 6:13.44
20 Andrey Krivosheyev 27 Russia RUS 6:46.57 19.50 50.95 1:22.85 1:54.60 2:25.98 2:57.78 3:29.57 4:01.68 4:33.77 5:06.19 5:39.28 6:12.98
21 Martin Feigenwinter 27 Switzerland SUI 6:47.08 20.14 51.81 1:23.29 1:54.65 2:26.23 2:58.07 3:30.03 4:02.08 4:34.40 5:07.08 5:40.12 6:13.72
22 Yury Kokhanets 25 Russia RUS 6:47.21 20.16 51.72 1:23.96 1:56.02 2:27.62 2:59.90 3:32.12 4:04.64 4:37.10 5:09.73 5:42.08 6:14.59
23 Steven Elm 22 Canada CAN 6:48.67 19.64 50.90 1:22.80 1:54.53 2:25.88 2:57.86 3:29.91 4:02.02 4:34.30 5:06.94 5:40.03 6:14.06
24 Mark Knoll 21 Canada CAN 6:50.55 19.45 51.08 1:22.81 1:54.83 2:26.82 2:58.98 3:31.43 4:03.98 4:36.52 5:09.40 5:42.87 6:16.91
25 Hiroyuki Noake 23 Japan JPN 6:51.35 19.47 50.38 1:21.97 1:53.61 2:25.01 2:56.45 3:28.52 4:01.17 4:34.15 5:07.65 5:41.57 6:15.74
26 Sergey Kaznacheyev 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 6:51.50 19.77 51.37 1:23.86 1:56.36 2:28.75 3:01.48 3:34.44 4:06.88 4:39.54 5:12.20 5:45.14 6:18.19
27 Radik Bikchentayev 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 6:52.65 19.79 52.42 1:25.05 1:57.35 2:29.26 3:01.66 3:34.20 4:06.81 4:39.32 5:12.13 5:45.52 6:19.31
28 Serhiy Priz 27 Ukraine UKR 6:54.27 20.43 52.36 1:24.91 1:57.49 2:30.22 3:02.64 3:35.21 4:07.65 4:40.11 5:13.00 5:46.54 6:20.52
29 Choi Jae-Bong 17 South Korea KOR 6:54.62 19.98 53.00 1:26.77 1:59.87 2:32.48 3:04.96 3:37.55 4:09.64 4:41.97 5:14.36 5:47.47 6:20.98
30 Dezideriu Horvath 27 Romania ROU 6:57.08 20.48 53.80 1:27.27 1:59.96 2:32.23 3:04.43 3:36.71 4:09.30 4:42.02 5:15.15 5:48.62 6:22.72
31 Fausto Marreiros 31 Portugal POR 7:01.87 20.64 53.23 1:26.16 1:59.20 2:32.19 3:05.36 3:38.68 4:11.96 4:45.33 5:19.15 5:53.16 6:27.49
32 Vitaly Novichenko 22 Belarus BLR 7:19.76 19.63 52.30 1:24.88 1:57.68 2:30.14 3:03.43 3:37.18 4:11.61 4:46.79 5:22.72 5:59.90 6:38.67