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Speed Skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah
Date Started: February 16, 2002
Date Finished: February 16, 2002

Gold: NED Gerard van Velde
Silver: NED Jan Bos
Bronze: USA Joey Cheek

Summary

Prior to the Games, Jeremy Wotherspoon (Canada) was given the best chance of winning the title in the 1,000 m. He had won the 2001 world title on the Utah Olympic Oval in world record time, and had then improved that time at a fall World Cup to 1:07.73 to become the first man under 1:08.00. In addition, he had won the World Sprint Championships in January, winning both 1000 metres in that competition. But his fall in the Olympic 500 m had apparently shattered Wotherspoon's self-confidence, and in the 1,000 m he placed an anonymous 12th.

As it turned out, the American and Dutch skaters were most ready to fill the gap Wotherspoon left, as they wound up taking places one through seven. The least likely of these seven to win was probably Gerard van Velde. The dominant Dutch sprinter of the 1990s, he had been unlucky in international competition. At the 1992 Olympics, he had placed 4th and 5th at just hundredths from the podium. He was unable to adapt to the clap skates in 1998, and retired. Coming out of retirement, he again reached the world top, but again placed fourth at the 2002 World Sprint Championships and in the Olympic 500 m. Having nothing to lose, he skated an amazing 1,000 m. His final time of 1:07.18 was more than half a second below the world record, and none of the other competitors would come close. Runner-up was Van Velde's team mate Jan Bos, repeating his silver medal performance from 1998, while Joey Cheek took home the bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Gerard van Velde 30 Netherlands NED Gold 1:07.18 16.33 41.00 WR
2 Jan Bos 26 Netherlands NED Silver 1:07.53 16.35 41.22
3 Joey Cheek 22 United States USA Bronze 1:07.61 16.25 41.00
4 Kip Carpenter 22 United States USA 1:07.89 16.57 41.41
5 Erben Wennemars 26 Netherlands NED 1:07.95 16.20 41.22
6 Nick Pearson 22 United States USA 1:07.97 16.76 41.65
7 Casey FitzRandolph 27 United States USA 1:08.15 16.09 40.90
8 Lee Gyu-Hyeok 23 South Korea KOR 1:08.37 16.23 41.40
9 Sergey Klevchenya 31 Russia RUS 1:08.41 16.19 40.96
10 Janne Hänninen 26 Finland FIN 1:08.45 16.30 41.46
11 Ådne Søndrål 30 Norway NOR 1:08.64 16.96 42.32
12 Choi Jae-Bong 21 South Korea KOR 1:08.81 16.66 42.01 OR
13 Jeremy Wotherspoon 25 Canada CAN 1:08.82 16.09 41.32
14 Mike Ireland 28 Canada CAN 1:08.88 16.26 41.30
15 Yusuke Imai 24 Japan JPN 1:08.90 16.74 41.93
16 Toyoki Takeda 28 Japan JPN 1:08.95 16.30 41.56
17 Ids Postma 28 Netherlands NED 1:09.15 16.79 42.33 OR
18 Dmitry Lobkov 21 Russia RUS 1:09.20 16.24 41.85
19 Pat Bouchard 28 Canada CAN 1:09.21 16.54 41.92
20 Kevin Marshall 29 Canada CAN 1:09.26 16.94 42.54
21 Tomasz Świst 27 Poland POL 1:09.48 16.52 41.84
22 Manabu Horii 29 Japan JPN 1:09.50 16.43 41.91
23 Yevgeny Lalenkov 20 Russia RUS 1:09.55 16.77 42.71
24 Michael Künzel 28 Germany GER 1:09.64 16.71 42.22
25 Kim Cheol-Su 21 South Korea KOR 1:09.79 16.59 42.43 OR
26 Davide Carta 29 Italy ITA 1:09.81 16.57 42.26
27 Sergey Tsybenko 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:10.13 17.14 42.98
28 Petter Andersen 28 Norway NOR 1:10.14 16.75 42.60
29 Paweł Abratkiewicz 31 Poland POL 1:10.21 16.58 42.45
30 Christian Breuer 25 Germany GER 1:10.38 16.96 42.96
31 Zsolt Baló 30 Hungary HUN 1:10.57 17.13 43.43
32 Park Jae-Man 21 South Korea KOR 1:10.67 16.77 42.79
33 Risto Rosendahl 22 Finland FIN 1:10.70 16.97 42.98
34 Jan Friesinger 21 Germany GER 1:10.71 17.11 43.20
35 Li Yu 25 China CHN 1:10.78 16.59 42.74
36 Dino Gillarduzzi 26 Italy ITA 1:10.96 16.78 43.07
37 Andriy Fomin 24 Ukraine UKR 1:11.04 16.89 43.30
38 Cédric Kuentz 28 France FRA 1:11.26 17.28 43.72
39 Grunde Njøs 34 Norway NOR 1:11.31 16.49 42.27
40 Yu Fengtong 17 China CHN 1:12.07 16.50 43.24
41 Igor Makovetsky 17 Belarus BLR 1:12.33 17.58 44.19
42 Aleksey Khatylyov 18 Belarus BLR 1:13.73 17.67 45.19
43 David Kramár 22 Czech Republic CZE 1:14.05 17.50 44.75
44 Hiroyuki Noake 27 Japan JPN 1:49.18 16.61 1:05.82 fall