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Speed Skating at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Lingotto Oval, Torino
Date Started: February 11, 2006
Date Finished: February 11, 2006

Gold: USA Chad Hedrick
Silver: NED Sven Kramer
Bronze: ITA Enrico Fabris

Summary

A World Champion in inline skating, Chad Hedrick decide to switch to speed skating after seeing former colleague Derek Parra win gold in the 2002 Olympics. He débuted in the sport in 2002, and in 2004 he became an upset World Allround champion. His best event turned out to be the 5,000 m, winning the world title in both 2004 and 2005. In late 2005, he also bettered the world record in the event, although Sven Kramer lowered it again the next weekend. This feat also made Kramer Hedrick’s foremost contender, in addition to Carl Verheijen, Norwegians Ervik and Grødum, and home favorite Enrico Fabris. To add to the pressure, Hedrick had boldly announced that he would be aiming for 5 gold medals in Torino, competing in the 1,000, 1,500, 5,000, 10,000 and team pursuit.

Verheijen led the pack with 6:18.84 when Kramer started. With a solid race, he timed 6:16.40, but left room for Hedrick on some of his laps. With Hedrick starting the very next pair, Kramer’s time was soon doomed. Hedrick quickly took a 1-second lead, slowly extending it to about 2 seconds. Hedrick’s final time was quite close to the Olympic Record set at high altitude, finishing in an excellent 6:14.68. The remaining skaters were no threat to Hedrick. Skating in the final pair, it appeared Enrico Fabris could not medal either, trailing Verheijen’s time by more than 2 seconds at 3,800 m. But with fast closing laps, he managed to close the gap, making up for a 7-tenth gap in the final 400 m to win the bronze medal, Italy’s first ever speed skating medal at the Olympics.

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 Chad Hedrick 28 United States USA Gold 6:14.68 18.64 47.67 1:17.13 1:46.39 2:15.62 2:44.96 3:14.48 3:43.93 4:13.64 4:43.59 5:13.78 5:43.98
2 Sven Kramer 19 Netherlands NED Silver 6:16.40 18.45 47.08 1:16.67 1:46.50 2:16.45 2:46.27 3:16.35 3:46.10 4:16.17 4:46.12 5:16.16 5:46.43
3 Enrico Fabris 24 Italy ITA Bronze 6:18.25 18.70 48.10 1:18.19 1:48.39 2:18.25 2:48.68 3:18.97 3:49.32 4:19.54 4:49.44 5:19.29 5:49.00
4 Carl Verheijen 30 Netherlands NED 6:18.84 18.49 47.42 1:17.23 1:47.27 2:17.20 2:47.14 3:16.96 3:46.98 4:17.21 4:47.19 5:17.61 5:48.27
5 Arne Dankers 25 Canada CAN 6:21.26 19.43 48.43 1:17.76 1:47.51 2:17.31 2:47.40 3:17.56 3:47.89 4:18.25 4:48.84 5:19.49 5:50.32
6 Bob de Jong 29 Netherlands NED 6:22.12 19.58 49.25 1:19.55 1:49.83 2:19.83 2:49.94 3:19.97 3:50.04 4:20.15 4:50.37 5:20.72 5:51.26
7 Shani Davis 23 United States USA 6:23.08 18.37 46.75 1:16.24 1:46.32 2:16.66 2:46.71 3:17.25 3:47.61 4:18.22 4:48.89 5:19.97 5:50.87
8 Øystein Grødum 28 Norway NOR 6:24.21 19.31 48.32 1:18.05 1:47.82 2:17.91 2:48.15 3:18.70 3:49.18 4:19.84 4:50.51 5:21.79 5:53.00
9 Lasse Sætre 31 Norway NOR 6:25.15 19.38 49.18 1:19.30 1:49.32 2:19.45 2:49.64 3:19.87 3:50.06 4:20.57 4:51.27 5:22.47 5:53.71
10 Eskil Ervik 31 Norway NOR 6:26.91 18.64 48.41 1:18.38 1:48.35 2:18.87 2:48.74 3:19.50 3:50.22 4:21.33 4:52.19 5:23.74 5:55.25
11 Ivan Skobrev 23 Russia RUS 6:27.02 18.78 48.56 1:18.67 1:48.79 2:18.90 2:49.35 3:19.98 3:50.62 4:21.40 4:52.42 5:23.66 5:55.25
12 Johan Röjler 24 Sweden SWE 6:29.24 18.81 48.68 1:18.94 1:49.56 2:19.47 2:49.65 3:19.85 3:50.40 4:20.68 4:51.64 5:23.20 5:55.85
13 Bart Veldkamp 38 Belgium BEL 6:32.02 19.06 48.53 1:18.42 1:48.81 2:19.37 2:49.90 3:20.63 3:51.45 4:22.48 4:54.14 5:26.40 5:59.18
14 Ippolito Sanfratello 32 Italy ITA 6:32.58 18.71 48.61 1:18.86 1:48.96 2:19.35 2:49.55 3:20.38 3:51.35 4:22.81 4:54.64 5:27.26 6:00.18
15 Artyom Detyshev 27 Russia RUS 6:32.85 19.25 49.14 1:19.20 1:49.38 2:19.86 2:50.36 3:21.05 3:52.03 4:23.43 4:55.13 5:27.22 5:59.69
16 Stefano Donagrandi 29 Italy ITA 6:33.45 18.99 48.65 1:19.39 1:50.14 2:20.92 2:51.87 3:23.11 3:53.94 4:25.15 4:56.65 5:28.43 6:00.71
17 Yury Kokhanets 33 Russia RUS 6:34.62 19.76 49.87 1:20.27 1:50.92 2:21.70 2:52.96 3:24.02 3:55.46 4:26.95 4:58.68 5:30.48 6:02.47
18 Paweł Zygmunt 33 Poland POL 6:35.01 19.39 49.78 1:20.31 1:50.48 2:20.98 2:51.94 3:22.96 3:53.91 4:25.08 4:56.73 5:28.80 6:01.40
19 KC Boutiette 35 United States USA 6:37.29 19.53 49.48 1:20.19 1:51.18 2:22.18 2:53.30 3:24.63 3:56.36 4:28.50 5:00.95 5:33.09 6:04.97
20 Jens Boden 27 Germany GER 6:38.34 19.21 49.71 1:20.57 1:51.55 2:22.68 2:54.13 3:25.65 3:57.50 4:29.59 5:01.88 5:34.07 6:06.16
21 Kesato Miyazaki 24 Japan JPN 6:40.03 19.35 50.21 1:21.08 1:52.31 2:23.66 2:55.02 3:26.47 3:58.18 4:30.16 5:02.08 5:34.35 6:07.05
22 Steven Elm 30 Canada CAN 6:41.53 19.26 50.01 1:20.77 1:51.79 2:23.41 2:55.51 3:27.32 3:59.25 4:31.44 5:03.39 5:35.43 6:08.19
23 Dmitry Babenko 20 Kazakhstan KAZ 6:42.25 19.20 50.18 1:21.72 1:52.92 2:23.99 2:54.89 3:26.02 3:57.37 4:29.40 5:02.05 5:35.36 6:08.67
24 Justin Warsylewicz 20 Canada CAN 6:43.74 18.90 48.72 1:19.48 1:50.48 2:21.26 2:52.20 3:23.15 3:54.51 4:26.61 4:59.62 5:33.68 6:08.50
25 Gao Xuefeng 25 China CHN 6:44.78 20.07 50.00 1:20.50 1:51.26 2:22.99 2:54.61 3:26.65 3:58.84 4:31.58 5:04.29 5:37.26 6:10.68
26 Claudiu Grozea 23 Romania ROU 6:50.29 19.27 49.05 1:19.44 1:50.71 2:22.38 2:54.28 3:26.59 3:59.59 4:33.01 5:07.50 5:41.87 6:16.01
27 Takahiro Ushiyama 24 Japan JPN 6:51.53 19.81 50.84 1:22.49 1:54.39 2:26.57 2:58.73 3:31.17 4:03.79 4:36.28 5:09.61 5:43.16 6:17.19
28 Yeo Sang-Yeop 21 South Korea KOR 6:58.13 19.81 50.13 1:20.15 1:50.52 2:21.37 2:53.07 3:25.58 3:58.79 4:33.22 5:09.77 5:45.89 6:21.93