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Speed Skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah
Date Started: February 22, 2002
Date Finished: February 22, 2002

Gold: NED Jochem Uytdehaage
Silver: NED Gianni Romme
Bronze: NOR Lasse Sætre

Summary

Dutch skaters were highly favored in this event. Having swept the medals at the 1998 Olympics, they had finished 1-2 at all World Championships since. Three of them had won the world title: 1998 Olympic Champion Gianni Romme (1998, 2000), 1998 silver medalist Bob de Jong (1999) and Carl Verheijen (2001). Reigning World Champion Verheijen had not made the Dutch team, however, but with Jochem Uytdehaage, winner of the Olympic 5,000 m, he had a decent replacement. The best non-Dutch prospect was Frank Dittrich. The German had been bronze medallist at the World Championships 1998-2000 and had won the only World Cup competition at the distance earlier that season, when none of the Dutch skaters even made the podium.

Defending champion Romme had only narrowly qualified at the Dutch trials, suffering from illness at the time. The first of the favorites to skate in Salt Lake City, he set out to break his world record of 13:03.40, which he had set in late 2000. Still not in his 1998 form, he set out fast, as usual, but faded sooner than expected. His 13:10.03 was still one of the fastest ever 10,000 m recorded. Having won two Olympic medals already, much was expected from Jochem Uytdehaage. The Dutchman set out for a very tight schedule, recording lap times between 30.64 and 31.48. Not only did this result in a new world record, his time of 12:58.92 also made him the first man to beat 13 minutes in the 10,000 m.

With these results, the first two places seemed secure, and the bronze was to be decided in the very last pair. Frank Dittrich, known for his fast final laps, was paired with Lasse Sætre of Norway, known for his ability to "die and resurrect" during a race. The two remained close at first, with Sætre pulling away around the half-way point. While the German's final sprint did not come, Sætre skated to a new personal best and a bronze medal.

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 Jochem Uytdehaage 25 Netherlands NED Gold 12:58.92 34.42 1:05.06 1:35.96 2:07.13 2:38.35 3:09.09 3:39.87 4:10.55 4:41.30 5:12.04 5:42.80 6:13.85 6:44.77 7:15.69 7:46.83 8:18.03 8:49.20 9:20.26 9:51.25 10:22.40 10:53.88 11:25.03 11:56.44 12:27.63 WR
2 Gianni Romme 28 Netherlands NED Silver 13:10.03 33.71 1:03.49 1:33.64 2:03.69 2:33.84 3:03.84 3:33.96 4:04.44 4:35.35 5:06.32 5:37.73 6:09.34 6:41.39 7:13.52 7:46.10 8:18.68 8:51.28 9:23.36 9:55.45 10:27.37 10:59.40 11:32.01 12:04.71 12:37.43 OR
3 Lasse Sætre 27 Norway NOR Bronze 13:16.92 35.24 1:06.94 1:38.46 2:09.91 2:41.45 3:13.07 3:44.69 4:16.58 4:48.23 5:20.10 5:51.48 6:23.24 6:54.92 7:26.68 7:58.27 8:29.84 9:01.20 9:32.78 10:04.27 10:35.89 11:07.60 11:39.82 12:12.18 12:44.90
4 Keiji Shirahata 28 Japan JPN 13:20.40 36.46 1:09.41 1:42.14 2:14.61 2:46.92 3:19.03 3:51.12 4:23.11 4:55.03 5:26.98 5:58.80 6:30.58 7:02.06 7:33.51 8:05.18 8:36.76 9:08.46 9:39.90 10:11.71 10:43.51 11:15.27 11:46.93 12:18.48 12:49.74
5 Jens Boden 23 Germany GER 13:23.43 35.77 1:07.93 1:40.06 2:11.79 2:43.41 3:14.90 3:46.62 4:18.32 4:50.33 5:22.07 5:54.16 6:26.42 6:58.43 7:30.21 8:02.19 8:34.40 9:06.63 9:38.70 10:11.20 10:43.75 11:16.45 11:48.69 12:20.80 12:52.49
6 Dmitry Shepel 23 Russia RUS 13:23.83 34.92 1:05.57 1:37.26 2:08.72 2:40.06 3:12.17 3:44.07 4:16.10 4:48.55 5:21.01 5:53.48 6:25.64 6:58.07 7:30.26 8:02.42 8:34.41 9:06.63 9:39.12 10:11.61 10:43.87 11:16.13 11:48.28 12:20.45 12:52.12
7 Roberto Sighel 34 Italy ITA 13:26.19 34.99 1:05.65 1:36.62 2:07.72 2:38.44 3:09.46 3:40.61 4:11.92 4:43.69 5:15.65 5:47.73 6:19.82 6:52.07 7:24.74 7:57.38 8:30.07 9:02.72 9:35.63 10:08.64 10:41.63 11:14.53 11:47.70 12:20.72 12:53.71
8 Kjell Storelid 31 Norway NOR 13:27.24 35.42 1:07.49 1:39.56 2:11.04 2:42.71 3:14.22 3:45.95 4:17.72 4:49.65 5:21.33 5:53.27 6:25.22 6:57.29 7:29.24 8:01.28 8:33.27 9:05.56 9:37.54 10:09.74 10:42.01 11:14.22 11:46.99 12:19.66 12:53.54
9 Bart Veldkamp 34 Belgium BEL 13:27.48 33.56 1:03.63 1:34.41 2:05.47 2:36.42 3:07.48 3:38.79 4:10.30 4:42.02 5:13.92 5:46.05 6:18.24 6:50.43 7:23.21 7:55.95 8:29.04 9:02.06 9:35.21 10:08.03 10:41.34 11:14.94 11:48.56 12:21.48 12:54.41
10 Frank Dittrich 34 Germany GER 13:28.73 35.39 1:06.61 1:38.29 2:09.97 2:41.75 3:13.35 3:44.98 4:16.62 4:48.56 5:20.42 5:52.18 6:24.27 6:56.63 7:28.97 8:01.38 8:33.82 9:06.32 9:38.88 10:11.17 10:43.42 11:15.84 11:48.59 12:21.79 12:55.31
11 Toshihiko Itokawa 27 Japan JPN 13:31.96 35.63 1:07.45 1:39.57 2:11.76 2:43.38 3:15.04 3:47.02 4:18.95 4:50.97 5:22.73 5:54.69 6:26.81 6:58.98 7:31.41 8:03.99 8:36.53 9:09.17 9:41.92 10:15.09 10:48.11 11:21.27 11:54.18 12:27.01 12:59.68
12 Jason Hedstrand 26 United States USA 13:32.99 34.99 1:06.37 1:38.20 2:09.94 2:41.52 3:13.13 3:44.62 4:16.23 4:47.86 5:19.47 5:51.06 6:22.67 6:54.23 7:25.91 7:57.82 8:29.97 9:02.02 9:34.25 10:07.18 10:40.32 11:13.72 11:47.52 12:22.07 12:57.48
13 Derek Parra 31 United States USA 13:33.44 34.72 1:04.42 1:35.22 2:06.66 2:38.01 3:09.46 3:40.39 4:11.55 4:42.81 5:14.27 5:45.74 6:17.64 6:49.89 7:22.37 7:54.85 8:27.40 9:00.02 9:32.47 10:05.27 10:38.35 11:11.78 11:45.76 12:20.47 12:55.64
14 Paweł Zygmunt 29 Poland POL 13:35.50 36.70 1:08.76 1:40.40 2:11.42 2:42.70 3:14.04 3:45.46 4:17.05 4:48.62 5:20.00 5:51.55 6:23.21 6:54.91 7:26.34 7:57.77 8:29.46 9:01.47 9:33.43 10:05.86 10:38.95 11:12.37 11:46.49 12:21.78 12:58.21
15 Bob de Jong 25 Netherlands NED 13:48.93 33.12 1:04.07 1:35.52 2:06.87 2:38.16 3:09.68 3:41.39 4:13.09 4:44.71 5:16.73 5:49.08 6:22.44 6:56.29 7:30.41 8:03.94 8:38.43 9:13.62 9:48.16 10:22.17 10:56.14 11:30.31 12:04.61 12:39.03 13:13.82
16 Dustin Molicki 26 Canada CAN 13:54.49 35.60 1:07.43 1:39.30 2:10.98 2:42.48 3:14.40 3:46.29 4:18.05 4:49.90 5:22.25 5:54.88 6:28.08 7:01.50 7:34.70 8:08.16 8:42.18 9:16.77 9:50.97 10:25.21 10:59.74 11:34.35 12:09.64 12:45.53 13:20.77