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Short Track Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): White Ring, Nagano
Date Started: February 19, 1998
Date Finished: February 21, 1998
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: JPN Takafumi Nishitani
Silver: CHN An Yulong
Bronze: JPN Hitoshi Uematsu

Summary

There were plenty of favorites for the 500 m, with the usual batch of strong field of Asians. South Korea's team was led by Kim Dong-Seong, the 1997 World Champion, while China's top entrant was Feng Kai. The home team had their hopes pinned on Satoru Terao, bronze medallist at the most recent Worlds. Outside of Asia, there was Marc Gagnon of Canada, and Dave Versteeg, who had recently bettered the world record at the European Championships to 42.648.

Four of the aforementioned skaters, Kim, Feng, Terao and Versteeg found themselves in the same quarter-final heat. To the disappointment of the crowd, Terao tumbled out, as Versteeg and Kim advanced. But there were still two other Japanese skaters in the running, Hitoshi Uematsu and the unheralded Takafumi Nishitani. Both of them managed to win their semi-final heat, leaving the audience hoping for more. In the final 19-year-old Nishitani had the best start, and was never passed again. He crossed the line first for an upset title, followed by [An Yunlong] (China). Due to Gagnon falling, Uematsu secured the bronze, adding to the Japanese celebrations.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS BT
1 Takafumi Nishitani 19 Japan JPN Gold
2 An Yulong 19 China CHN Silver
3 Hitoshi Uematsu 23 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Marc Gagnon 22 Canada CAN
5 Chae Ji-Hun 23 South Korea KOR
6 Dave Versteeg 21 Netherlands NED
7 Andy Gabel 33 United States USA
8 Kim Dong-Seong 17 South Korea KOR
9 Li Jiajun 22 China CHN 10 DQ
10 Éric Bédard 21 Canada CAN 7 43.113
11 Fabio Carta 20 Italy ITA 7 43.763
12 Lee Jun-Hwan 20 South Korea KOR 6 44.417
13 Satoru Terao 22 Japan JPN 6 1:05.47
14 Feng Kai 19 China CHN 5 44.384
15 Maurizio Carnino 22 Italy ITA 4 43.225
16 François Drolet 25 Canada CAN 5 DQ
17 Dan Weinstein 17 United States USA 2 43.492
18 Bruno Loscos 22 France FRA 2 43.725
19 Steven Bradbury 24 Australia AUS 2 43.766
20 Martin Johansson 24 Sweden SWE 2 44.003
21 Yevhen Yakovlev 20 Ukraine UKR 2 44.041
22 Rusty Smith 18 United States USA 2 44.584
23 Arian Nachbar 21 Germany GER 2 44.882
24 Maciej Pryczek 21 Poland POL 2 46.652
25 Ludovic Mathieu 21 France FRA 1 43.767
26 Han Sang-Guk 19 North Korea PRK 1 44.206
27 Yun Chol 23 North Korea PRK 1 45.014
28 Battulgyn Oktyabri 17 Mongolia MGL 1 50.466
29 Nicky Gooch 25 Great Britain GBR 1 1:08.91
30 Matt Jasper 25 Great Britain GBR 0 DQ