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Short Track Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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Events:

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.

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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