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Short Track Speed Skating at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Palavela, Torino
Date Started: February 22, 2006
Date Finished: February 25, 2006
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: USA Apolo Anton Ohno
Silver: CAN François-Louis Tremblay
Bronze: KOR Viktor An

Summary

After two gold medals in the 1,000 and 1,500 m, An Hyeon-Su was gunning for a third title. However, the 500 m was not his specialty, although he had medalled in the event at the 2005 World Championships. Another non-specialist was Apolo Anton Ohno, who was hoping to improve on relatively poor results at the Olympics thus far (bronze in the 1,000 m). Canada was expecting to do well in this event, having François-Louis Tremblay as the defending World Champion.

The semi-finals saw one outsider for the title, Li Jiajun, the 2003 World Champion, being disqualified for intereference. This helped Ohno advance to the final, joining Tremblay and An. Ohno was lucky to draw the inner lane, and took full advantage of this, keeping his lead throughout the race. Tremblay attempted to pass various times, but without success, finishing second. An, meanwhile, placed third, nudging his skate over the line just 0.004 seconds ahead of Éric Bédard.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PLR PTS BT
1 Apolo Anton Ohno 23 United States USA Gold AF-1
2 François-Louis Tremblay 25 Canada CAN Silver AF-2
3 Viktor An 20 South Korea KOR Bronze AF-3
4 Éric Bédard 29 Canada CAN AF-4
5 Jon Eley 21 Great Britain GBR AF-5
6 Satoru Terao 30 Japan JPN BF-1
7 Nicola Rodigari 24 Italy ITA BF-2
8 Wim De Deyne 28 Belgium BEL QF-3 47 42.979
9 Roberto Serra 23 Italy ITA QF-3 34 42.773
10 Péter Darázs 20 Hungary HUN QF-3 34 1:01.289
11 Cees Juffermans 24 Netherlands NED QF-3 26 42.515
12 Lee Ho-Seok 19 South Korea KOR QF-4 42 1:22.896
13 Arian Nachbar 29 Germany GER QF-4 29 42.605
14 Vyacheslav Kurginyan 19 Russia RUS R1-3 13 43.183
15 Takafumi Nishitani 27 Japan JPN R1-3 13 43.212
16 Tyson Heung 26 Germany GER R1-3 13 43.572
17 Vladimir Grigoryev 23 Ukraine UKR R1-3 13 43.583
18 Mikhail Razhin 21 Russia RUS R1-3 13 44.077
19 Pieter Gysel 25 Belgium BEL R1-4 8 42.980
20 Paul Stanley 22 Great Britain GBR R1-4 8 43.486
21 Matúš Užák 24 Slovakia SVK R1-4 8 44.525
22 Alex McEwan 28 Australia AUS R1-4 8 45.173
23 Anthony Lobello 21 United States USA R1-4 8 1:13.722
AC Li Jiajun 30 China CHN DQ
AC Li Haonan 24 China CHN DQ
AC Dariusz Kulesza 18 Poland POL DQ
AC Seo Ho-Jin 22 South Korea KOR DQ