Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Salt Lake Ice Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Started: February 23, 2002
Date Finished: February 23, 2002
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.
After his two medals in the 1,000 m and 1,500 m, many of the spectators in the Salt Lake Ice Center were hoping for [Apolo Anton Ohno] to win a third medal. He was expected to cross blades again with [Kim Dong-Seong], who was looking for revenge after his disqualification in the 1,500 m. And while World Record holder Jeffrey Scholten was not selected, the Canadians were assumed to have a shot at a medal, especially [Marc Gagnon].
Of these favorites, only Gagnon made it to the final. Ohno was disqualified for an illegal overtaking move in his semi-final, while Kim was narrowly outskated in his. Gagnon did make the final, for the third time in a row. Both in 1994 and 1998, he had fallen and finished outside of the medals. But in Salt Lake, things finally went his way. In a very fast race, the four-time World Champion won the gold ahead of his team mate [Jonathan Guilmette] and [Rusty Smith] (USA). It was Gagnon's second Olympic gold medal after his 1998 relay gold, and he would add another one later on the evening, when the Canadians successfully defended their title.
|3||Rusty Smith||22||United States||USA||Bronze|
|6||Kim Dong-Seong||22||South Korea||KOR|
|7||Wim De Deyne||24||Belgium||BEL|
|11||Apolo Anton Ohno||19||United States||USA||42||42.895|
|13||Simon Van Vossel||22||Belgium||BEL||34||43.119|
|19||Dave Allardice||26||Great Britain||GBR||13||42.980|
|22||Leon Flack||21||Great Britain||GBR||13||43.965|
|26||Mark Jackson||21||New Zealand||NZL||8||44.064|
|AC||Lee Seung-Jae||19||South Korea||KOR||DQ|