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Short Track Speed Skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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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.

Gold: CAN Marc Gagnon
Silver: CAN Jonathan Guilmette
Bronze: USA Rusty Smith

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS BT
1 Marc Gagnon 26 Canada CAN Gold
2 Jonathan Guilmette 23 Canada CAN Silver
3 Rusty Smith 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Feng Kai 23 China CHN
5 Satoru Terao 26 Japan JPN
6 Kim Dong-Seong 22 South Korea KOR
7 Wim De Deyne 24 Belgium BEL
8 Takafumi Nishitani 23 Japan JPN 47 42.535
9 Fabio Carta 24 Italy ITA 47 43.113
10 Li Jiajun 26 China CHN 47 43.690
11 Apolo Anton Ohno 19 United States USA 42 42.895
12 Nicola Franceschina 24 Italy ITA 34 42.876
13 Simon Van Vossel 22 Belgium BEL 34 43.119
14 Steven Bradbury 28 Australia AUS 34 43.225
15 Arian Nachbar 25 Germany GER 29 43.626
16 Bruno Loscos 26 France FRA 29 43.787
17 Ludovic Mathieu 25 France FRA 21 43.790
18 Balázs Knoch 22 Hungary HUN 13 42.533
19 Dave Allardice 26 Great Britain GBR 13 42.980
20 Cees Juffermans 19 Netherlands NED 13 43.253
21 Martin Johansson 28 Sweden SWE 13 43.435
22 Leon Flack 21 Great Britain GBR 13 43.965
23 Krisztián Szabó 27 Hungary HUN 13 44.143
24 Matúš Užák 20 Slovakia SVK 13 44.499
25 Miroslav Boyadzhiev 22 Bulgaria BUL 8 43.462
26 Mark Jackson 21 New Zealand NZL 8 44.064
27 Krystian Zdrojkowski 19 Poland POL 8 44.117
28 Andrew McNee 22 Australia AUS 8 44.289
29 Ganbatyn Jargalanchuluun 15 Mongolia MGL 8 52.225
30 Vladimir Grigoryev 19 Ukraine UKR 8 1:10.431
31 Asen Pandov 17 Bulgaria BUL 8 1:17.124
AC Lee Seung-Jae 19 South Korea KOR DQ