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Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond
Date Started: February 23, 2010
Date Finished: February 23, 2010

Gold: KOR Lee Seung-Hun
Silver: RUS Ivan Skobrev
Bronze: NED Bob de Jong

Summary

When an athlete is particularly dominant, it sometimes said that "he can only defeat himself". Before the men's 10,000 m, this was said of Sven Kramer. And during the race, Kramer did defeat himself.

Sven Kramer had been absolutely dominant in men's speed skating since the 2006 Olympics. He had won nine distance world titles (winning the 5,000, 10,000 and team pursuit three times each), three World Allround titles, three European Allround titles and two long distance World Cups. Since 10 March 2007, the 10,000 m world record was in his hands, as well as five more of the 10 fastest times ever in the event. Dutch speed skating fans, always present in big numbers at major events, had already pre-filled Kramer's name as the gold medalist.

When Kramer went to the start in the final pair, the fastest time had been set by Lee Seung-Hun. The Korean, who had already surprised with a silver in the 5,000 m, had timed 12:58.55, slightly faster than the Olympic Record from 2002. This performance was quite remarkable, considering the fact that Lee had only twice before skated a 10,000 m, and he had beaten his personal best by some 25 seconds. Behind Lee, Ivan Skobrev of Russia and defending champion Bob de Jong held the other medal positions.

As expected, Kramer skated well under Lee's pace, and seemed headed for his second gold medal. But after 6,600 m, Kramer's coach Gerard Kemkers feared Kramer would be entering the wrong lane after the cross-over (skater have to change lanes each lap), and shouted for him to switch lanes. Kramer only just managed to do this, but Kemkers had been wrong, and he had directed his pupil into the wrong lane. While already fearing disqualification, Kramer still finished the race, in 12:54.50. But he was of course disqualified, and Kramer's "certain gold" went to Lee.

Kramer was initially very angry with his coach's mistake, and speculation arose that the two - working together since the start of Kramer's senior career - might separate, but the two quickly discussed matters and looked forward to the team pursuit. Back home in the Netherlands, the disqualification became the tragi-comic highlight of the Winter Olympics, receiving more attention than the gold medals won by Dutch athletes in Vancouver.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1 Lee Seung-Hun 21 South Korea KOR Gold 12:58.55 33.89 1:04.38 1:35.30 2:05.79 2:36.41 3:07.19 3:38.00 4:08.77 4:39.93 5:11.09 5:42.21 6:13.07 6:44.25 7:15.54 7:46.77 8:17.93 8:49.01 9:20.26 9:51.77 10:23.18 10:54.65 11:26.05 11:57.38 12:28.26 OR
2 Ivan Skobrev 27 Russia RUS Silver 13:02.07 35.15 1:05.79 1:36.73 2:07.95 2:39.13 3:10.28 3:41.41 4:12.62 4:43.98 5:15.25 5:46.28 6:17.44 6:48.54 7:19.73 7:50.73 8:21.80 8:53.12 9:24.50 9:55.68 10:27.00 10:58.29 11:29.42 12:00.60 12:31.27
3 Bob de Jong 33 Netherlands NED Bronze 13:06.73 34.17 1:05.06 1:36.56 2:07.60 2:38.68 3:10.00 3:41.49 4:13.14 4:44.72 5:16.10 5:47.76 6:19.73 6:51.73 7:23.86 7:56.01 8:27.82 8:59.48 9:30.94 10:02.10 10:32.85 11:03.53 11:34.33 12:05.27 12:36.26
4 Alexis Contin 23 France FRA 13:12.11 34.17 1:04.95 1:36.41 2:08.02 2:39.11 3:10.16 3:41.38 4:12.63 4:43.87 5:15.14 5:46.37 6:17.86 6:49.19 7:20.82 7:52.88 8:24.93 8:57.40 9:29.75 10:02.06 10:34.36 11:06.50 11:38.17 12:09.88 12:41.14
5 Håvard Bøkko 23 Norway NOR 13:14.92 34.26 1:04.67 1:35.62 2:06.63 2:37.83 3:08.95 3:40.55 4:12.13 4:43.71 5:15.34 5:46.94 6:18.72 6:50.53 7:22.27 7:54.17 8:26.01 8:57.88 9:29.65 10:01.60 10:32.84 11:04.71 11:36.99 12:09.48 12:42.01
6 Sverre Haugli 27 Norway NOR 13:18.74 34.58 1:05.11 1:36.00 2:07.79 2:39.85 3:11.31 3:42.89 4:14.63 4:46.53 5:18.57 5:50.59 6:22.52 6:54.47 7:26.64 7:58.62 8:30.71 9:02.78 9:34.93 10:07.21 10:39.14 11:10.91 11:42.76 12:14.72 12:46.80
7 Henrik Christiansen 27 Norway NOR 13:25.65 35.53 1:06.87 1:38.75 2:10.41 2:41.98 3:13.40 3:44.84 4:16.31 4:48.04 5:19.87 5:51.60 6:23.34 6:55.24 7:27.40 7:59.62 8:31.77 9:04.27 9:36.92 10:09.76 10:42.49 11:15.38 11:48.07 12:20.77 12:53.43
8 Jonathan Kuck 19 United States USA 13:31.78 34.86 1:04.90 1:35.78 2:07.14 2:38.13 3:09.21 3:40.35 4:11.51 4:42.97 5:14.46 5:46.12 6:18.13 6:50.04 7:22.17 7:54.71 8:27.24 8:59.97 9:32.78 10:06.09 10:39.15 11:13.15 11:47.55 12:22.23 12:57.02
9 Arjen van der Kieft 24 Netherlands NED 13:33.37 35.80 1:06.24 1:36.75 2:07.77 2:38.67 3:09.60 3:40.73 4:12.34 4:44.03 5:15.87 5:47.94 6:20.46 6:53.26 7:25.77 7:58.31 8:31.46 9:04.66 9:37.95 10:11.45 10:45.36 11:19.38 11:52.86 12:26.34 12:59.91
10 Marco Weber 27 Germany GER 13:35.73 35.74 1:07.86 1:39.45 2:11.38 2:43.50 3:15.69 3:47.82 4:20.13 4:52.22 5:24.61 5:56.95 6:29.68 7:02.07 7:34.57 8:07.08 8:40.04 9:12.96 9:45.96 10:18.74 10:51.47 11:24.08 11:57.02 12:29.91 13:02.83
11 Hiroki Hirako 27 Japan JPN 13:37.56 35.73 1:07.87 1:40.42 2:12.66 2:44.99 3:17.28 3:49.64 4:21.84 4:54.10 5:26.24 5:58.34 6:30.48 7:02.88 7:35.54 8:08.48 8:41.30 9:14.29 9:47.35 10:20.62 10:53.76 11:26.94 11:59.91 12:32.58 13:05.08
12 Ryan Bedford 23 United States USA 13:40.20 35.66 1:07.38 1:39.62 2:11.90 2:44.28 3:16.78 3:49.18 4:21.55 4:54.09 5:26.57 5:59.09 6:31.59 7:04.11 7:36.65 8:09.22 8:41.78 9:14.52 9:47.34 10:20.23 10:53.20 11:26.48 11:59.72 12:33.05 13:06.49
13 Aleksandr Rumyantsev 23 Russia RUS 13:45.77 35.74 1:07.85 1:40.31 2:13.15 2:45.42 3:17.92 3:50.49 4:23.01 4:55.29 5:27.31 5:59.52 6:32.04 7:04.53 7:37.03 8:09.66 8:42.47 9:14.99 9:47.64 10:20.36 10:53.59 11:26.89 12:01.17 12:35.47 13:10.36
14 Sebastian Druszkiewicz 23 Poland POL 13:49.31 35.61 1:07.43 1:39.28 2:11.32 2:42.92 3:14.69 3:46.41 4:18.61 4:50.87 5:23.43 5:55.84 6:28.79 7:01.73 7:34.94 8:08.27 8:41.94 9:15.68 9:49.49 10:23.64 10:58.24 11:32.78 12:07.05 12:41.30 13:15.54
AC Sven Kramer 23 Netherlands NED [12:54.50] [33.43] [1:04.50] [1:35.59] [2:06.07] [2:36.49] [3:07.04] [3:37.42] [4:08.26] [4:38.96] [5:09.72] [5:40.51] [6:11.35] [6:42.37] [7:13.25] [7:44.31] [8:15.03] [8:44.95] [9:15.60] [9:46.22] [10:17.10] [10:48.18] [11:19.39] [11:50.61] [12:22.46] DQ