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Speed Skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah
Date Started: February 9, 2002
Date Finished: February 9, 2002

Gold: NED Jochem Uytdehaage
Silver: USA Derek Parra
Bronze: GER Jens Boden

Summary

Looking at recent World Championships, it seemed certain that the title would go to a Dutchman. They had taken seven medals in the past three editions, including all titles. But world record holder, defending Olympic Champion and 1999 and 2000 World Champion Gianni Romme had been ill at the Dutch trials, and had not made the team. Reigning World Champion Bob de Jong did qualify, but performed very poorly in Salt Lake City, finishing 30th in a field of 32. This left Carl Verheijen, runner-up at the 2001 Worlds, and the relatively unknown Jochem Uytdehaage, who had captured the European Championships in January. Apart from the Dutch, most was expected from the Norwegians. Their team contained the only non-Dutchman to have medalled in a World Cup earlier that season: Eskil Ervik.

The Olympic Record from 1998 was first broken in pair five. Yet it wasn't Nagano medalist Bart Veldkamp who did so, but his pairmate Jens Boden. The German was virtually unknown, and had never done any better than an 11th spot in a 5,000 m World Cup. His 6:21.73 in Salt Lake City turned out to be enough for a bronze medal, however. After this upset performance, Boden again settled into anonymity, never again approaching his Olympic medal achievement. The first man to beat Boden's time was also unexpected. A convert from inline skating, Derek Parra had been a medal hope for the 1,500 m, but not in this event, having placed 15th at the most recent World Championships. But Parra's race was excellent, skating with slightly increasing lap times the entire race to beat Romme's world record. His 6:17.98 only lasted for a few pairs, however. Jochem Uytdehaage started out faster than the American, yet was able to keep the pace. In the end, he was more than 3 seconds ahead of the American, lowering the world record to 6:14.66.

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 Jochem Uytdehaage 25 Netherlands NED Gold 6:14.66 18.42 47.27 1:16.94 1:46.70 2:16.27 2:45.54 3:15.15 3:44.96 4:14.64 4:44.23 5:14.10 5:44.21 WR
2 Derek Parra 31 United States USA Silver 6:17.98 19.12 48.32 1:17.64 1:47.18 2:16.79 2:46.51 3:16.27 3:46.31 4:16.06 4:46.07 5:16.10 5:46.70 WR
3 Jens Boden 23 Germany GER Bronze 6:21.73 18.71 48.08 1:17.77 1:47.68 2:17.63 2:47.74 3:17.85 3:48.36 4:19.00 4:49.44 5:19.99 5:50.85 OR
4 Dmitry Shepel 23 Russia RUS 6:21.85 18.55 48.08 1:18.01 1:48.68 2:18.76 2:49.46 3:19.56 3:50.08 4:20.18 4:50.40 5:20.62 5:50.92
5 KC Boutiette 31 United States USA 6:22.97 19.25 47.48 1:15.72 1:44.44 2:13.51 2:42.86 3:12.54 3:42.87 4:13.63 4:44.69 5:16.66 5:49.39
6 Carl Verheijen 26 Netherlands NED 6:24.71 18.98 48.20 1:17.59 1:46.95 2:16.82 2:46.72 3:16.93 3:46.96 4:17.82 4:48.97 5:20.45 5:52.44
7 Roberto Sighel 34 Italy ITA 6:25.11 18.81 48.45 1:18.64 1:48.98 2:19.34 2:49.57 3:19.94 3:50.26 4:21.05 4:51.79 5:22.76 5:54.03
8 Bart Veldkamp 34 Belgium BEL 6:25.88 18.55 47.04 1:16.19 1:45.95 2:15.92 2:46.02 3:16.68 3:47.66 4:18.73 4:50.23 5:22.01 5:53.76
9 Frank Dittrich 34 Germany GER 6:25.89 19.37 49.15 1:19.22 1:49.69 2:20.03 2:50.67 3:21.55 3:52.36 4:22.55 4:52.53 5:22.92 5:53.92
10 Lasse Sætre 27 Norway NOR 6:25.92 19.45 49.20 1:18.33 1:48.31 2:18.91 2:49.65 3:20.53 3:51.02 4:21.73 4:52.52 5:23.60 5:54.62
11 Dustin Molicki 26 Canada CAN 6:26.29 19.50 49.80 1:20.05 1:50.09 2:19.85 2:49.43 3:19.24 3:49.42 4:19.93 4:50.77 5:22.08 5:54.03
12 Toshihiko Itokawa 27 Japan JPN 6:27.52 19.51 50.28 1:20.95 1:51.40 2:21.58 2:51.86 3:22.06 3:52.77 4:23.45 4:54.20 5:25.22 5:56.47
13 Keiji Shirahata 28 Japan JPN 6:28.95 18.89 48.39 1:18.37 1:48.72 2:19.24 2:50.06 3:20.87 3:51.77 4:22.21 4:52.94 5:23.91 5:56.43
14 Paweł Zygmunt 29 Poland POL 6:29.71 18.88 48.36 1:17.65 1:47.18 2:16.91 2:46.88 3:16.82 3:47.23 4:17.78 4:49.09 5:21.21 5:54.78
15 Jondon Trevena 29 United States USA 6:30.15 18.87 47.73 1:16.97 1:46.57 2:16.50 2:46.72 3:17.22 3:48.15 4:19.42 4:50.98 5:23.17 5:56.04
16 Enrico Fabris 20 Italy ITA 6:30.19 18.84 48.72 1:19.36 1:49.64 2:19.97 2:50.45 3:21.29 3:52.13 4:23.30 4:54.40 5:25.85 5:57.66
17 Hiroki Hirako 19 Japan JPN 6:30.46 19.14 48.73 1:18.48 1:48.51 2:18.60 2:49.11 3:20.11 3:51.28 4:22.64 4:54.24 5:26.09 5:58.02
18 Mark Knoll 25 Canada CAN 6:30.63 19.54 49.88 1:20.59 1:51.05 2:21.36 2:51.51 3:21.92 3:52.51 4:23.52 4:54.81 5:26.54 5:58.54
19 Radik Bikchentayev 29 Kazakhstan KAZ 6:31.47 18.88 48.86 1:19.17 1:49.23 2:19.27 2:49.21 3:19.91 3:51.06 4:22.70 4:54.50 5:26.76 5:59.39
20 Stefano Donagrandi 25 Italy ITA 6:32.37 19.07 49.65 1:20.52 1:51.64 2:22.30 2:52.95 3:23.98 3:55.01 4:26.15 4:57.51 5:29.16 6:00.81
21 Eskil Ervik 27 Norway NOR 6:32.80 18.98 48.31 1:18.85 1:49.52 2:19.70 2:50.04 3:20.93 3:52.28 4:23.73 4:55.74 5:28.36 6:00.62
22 Johan Röjler 20 Sweden SWE 6:33.18 18.59 48.44 1:18.52 1:48.69 2:18.91 2:49.55 3:19.96 3:50.90 4:22.24 4:54.21 5:26.19 5:59.22
23 Steven Elm 26 Canada CAN 6:34.76 19.63 51.26 1:23.08 1:54.47 2:25.62 2:56.74 3:27.97 3:59.41 4:30.72 5:01.79 5:32.87 6:03.67
24 Cédric Kuentz 28 France FRA 6:35.05 19.42 51.20 1:23.10 1:54.52 2:26.03 2:56.96 3:27.88 3:58.94 4:30.12 5:01.06 5:32.42 6:03.74
25 Vadim Sayutin 31 Russia RUS 6:35.33 18.58 48.39 1:18.29 1:48.40 2:18.72 2:49.39 3:20.19 3:51.63 4:23.35 4:55.79 5:28.47 6:01.74
26 Stian Bjørge 25 Norway NOR 6:36.04 19.43 48.87 1:18.44 1:48.54 2:18.95 2:49.51 3:20.49 3:51.84 4:23.59 4:56.05 5:28.92 6:02.32
27 Yury Kokhanets 29 Russia RUS 6:36.48 19.39 49.88 1:20.10 1:51.22 2:22.09 2:53.12 3:24.56 3:56.03 4:27.72 4:59.77 5:31.79 6:04.17
28 Lee Seung-Hwan 18 South Korea KOR 6:37.67 18.77 49.21 1:20.39 1:51.60 2:22.46 2:53.26 3:24.25 3:55.73 4:27.70 5:00.06 5:32.70 6:05.18
29 Sergey Ilyushchenko 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 6:38.09 18.97 49.22 1:20.03 1:50.62 2:20.88 2:51.51 3:22.22 3:53.82 4:25.72 4:58.12 5:31.09 6:04.36
30 Bob de Jong 25 Netherlands NED 6:43.97 19.27 49.73 1:20.05 1:49.86 2:19.82 2:50.13 3:21.26 3:53.38 4:26.76 5:01.10 5:35.40 6:09.41
31 Vladimir Kostin 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 6:44.10 19.02 48.90 1:18.49 1:48.99 2:19.87 2:51.23 3:23.03 3:55.52 4:28.44 5:02.07 5:36.07 6:10.18
32 René Taubenrauch 28 Germany GER 7:19.76 19.17 48.72 1:18.78 1:49.12 2:19.52 2:50.06 3:20.86 3:51.65 4:22.47 4:53.63 5:24.89 6:34.56 fall