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Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond
Date Started: February 13, 2010
Date Finished: February 13, 2010

Gold: NED Sven Kramer
Silver: KOR Lee Seung-Hun
Bronze: RUS Ivan Skobrev

Summary

After losing the 2006 Olympic gold to Chad Hedrick, Sven Kramer had lost only a single 5,000 m. In a World Cup race in late 2007, Torino bronze medallist Enrico Fabris had beaten him in world record time, only to see Kramer regain the mark a week later. As the three-time World Champion, world record holder and current World Cup leader, Kramer was the overwhelming favorite for this event.

Kramer was the first of the top skaters to race. On the tough Richmond ice, he narrowly beat the Olympic record dating from 2002, setting 6:14.60. As Kramer had predicted a winning time of 6:11, he was uncertain about this performance getting off the ice. The next race saw team mate Bob de Jong take the stage against [Lee Seung-Hun] of South Korea. The 2006 champion in the 10,000 m, De Jong was expected to fight for the medals, but instead he was soundly beaten by Lee. The 2008 short track World Champion, Lee had switched to long track when he was no longer selected for the national team. He had seen some top-10 performances during the season, but his 6:16.95 race in Richmond came as an upset.

The thirteenth pair saw Fabris race Ivan Skobrev. The Russian had been training with Fabris under the Italian coach, Maurizio Marchetto, in an effort to strengthen the Italian team. It had given Skobrev his first international medals, while Fabris had won an impressive World Cup victory earlier in the season. Both skaters were ahead of Lee's splits for most of the race, but had to pay for their fast starts in the end. Skobrev less so than Fabris, finishing in 6:18.05. This meant a bronze medal, as the runner-up of the 2009 Worlds, Håvard Bøkko (Norway) was off-pace for the entire race and placed fourth. Having won the coveted gold medal, Kramer climbed into the stands to meet his family, including father Yep Kramer, a former Olympian, and girlfriend Naomi van As, an Olympic champion in field hockey.

Back in 20th place was Haralds Silovs from Latvia. Not only was he the first male Latvian speed skater to compete in the Olympics since 1936, he also was the first Olympian to compete in both long track and short track speed skating at the same Games. More impressively, he did so on the same day, racing in the 1,500 m at the Pacific Coliseum after completing his 5,000 m at Richmond.

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 Sven Kramer 23 Netherlands NED Gold 6:14.60 17.98 46.40 1:15.84 1:45.61 2:15.00 2:44.57 3:14.14 3:43.88 4:13.53 4:43.43 5:13.46 5:43.99
2 Lee Seung-Hun 21 South Korea KOR Silver 6:16.95 19.18 48.88 1:18.75 1:48.93 2:18.80 2:48.65 3:18.63 3:48.56 4:18.62 4:48.64 5:18.15 5:47.69
3 Ivan Skobrev 27 Russia RUS Bronze 6:18.05 18.35 46.87 1:16.14 1:46.09 2:16.20 2:46.55 3:16.83 3:47.11 4:17.06 4:46.93 5:16.48 5:46.69
4 Håvard Bøkko 23 Norway NOR 6:18.80 18.58 48.07 1:18.03 1:48.25 2:18.17 2:48.24 3:18.39 3:48.48 4:18.44 4:48.37 5:18.58 5:48.72
5 Bob de Jong 33 Netherlands NED 6:19.02 19.44 49.16 1:19.24 1:49.32 2:19.42 2:49.57 3:19.60 3:49.56 4:19.54 4:49.11 5:18.69 5:48.53
6 Alexis Contin 23 France FRA 6:19.58 18.73 48.42 1:18.31 1:48.44 2:18.74 2:49.26 3:18.79 3:48.69 4:18.71 4:48.58 5:18.79 5:49.00
7 Enrico Fabris 28 Italy ITA 6:20.53 18.37 47.09 1:16.63 1:46.24 2:16.43 2:46.55 3:16.99 3:47.12 4:17.26 4:47.17 5:17.28 5:48.08
8 Henrik Christiansen 27 Norway NOR 6:24.80 18.96 48.25 1:17.97 1:47.88 2:18.07 2:48.63 3:18.91 3:49.16 4:20.10 4:51.26 5:22.39 5:53.66
9 Jan Blokhuijsen 20 Netherlands NED 6:26.30 18.22 47.45 1:17.74 1:48.50 2:18.99 2:49.28 3:19.89 3:50.55 4:21.55 4:52.60 5:23.72 5:54.81
10 Sverre Haugli 27 Norway NOR 6:27.05 19.13 48.95 1:19.06 1:49.36 2:19.78 2:50.16 3:20.59 3:51.15 4:21.93 4:52.84 5:23.90 5:55.31
11 Chad Hedrick 32 United States USA 6:27.07 18.97 48.13 1:18.33 1:48.46 2:19.13 2:49.41 3:19.99 3:50.69 4:21.76 4:52.81 5:23.84 5:55.25
12 Shani Davis 27 United States USA 6:28.44 18.44 46.67 1:16.16 1:46.04 2:16.48 2:46.92 3:17.78 3:48.73 4:19.85 4:51.48 5:23.59 5:55.93
13 Lucas Makowsky 22 Canada CAN 6:28.71 18.60 48.07 1:18.30 1:48.71 2:19.21 2:49.89 3:20.52 3:51.16 4:22.03 4:53.06 5:24.53 5:56.24
14 Trevor Marsicano 20 United States USA 6:30.93 19.40 49.69 1:20.40 1:50.39 2:19.96 2:49.51 3:19.71 3:50.36 4:21.29 4:52.57 5:24.75 5:57.55
15 Dmitry Babenko 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 6:31.19 19.35 49.96 1:21.00 1:51.92 2:22.80 2:53.43 3:24.37 3:54.94 4:25.57 4:56.57 5:27.66 5:59.10
16 Sławomir Chmura 26 Poland POL 6:33.20 19.78 50.27 1:21.02 1:51.93 2:22.93 2:54.09 3:25.37 3:56.74 4:27.89 4:59.22 5:30.09 6:01.35
17 Shane Dobbin 30 New Zealand NZL 6:33.38 19.18 48.83 1:18.70 1:48.95 2:19.74 2:50.86 3:22.41 3:53.39 4:24.53 4:56.22 5:28.28 6:00.62
18 Denny Morrison 24 Canada CAN 6:33.77 19.02 50.09 1:21.18 1:52.04 2:22.58 2:53.02 3:23.71 3:54.82 4:25.99 4:57.19 5:28.73 6:00.72
19 Hiroki Hirako 27 Japan JPN 6:33.90 19.10 49.58 1:20.60 1:51.73 2:22.89 2:54.14 3:25.30 3:56.47 4:27.66 4:58.71 5:30.15 6:01.96
20 Haralds Silovs 23 Latvia LAT 6:35.69 19.20 49.12 1:20.89 1:52.90 2:24.46 2:55.93 3:27.71 3:59.32 4:30.71 5:02.21 5:33.39 6:04.55
21 Johan Röjler 28 Sweden SWE 6:35.88 18.30 48.11 1:18.48 1:49.86 2:20.80 2:51.85 3:22.91 3:54.19 4:25.39 4:57.20 5:29.48 6:02.40
22 Patrick Beckert 19 Germany GER 6:36.02 19.48 49.95 1:20.80 1:51.74 2:22.61 2:54.02 3:25.34 3:56.88 4:28.50 5:00.37 5:32.25 6:04.26
23 Marco Weber 27 Germany GER 6:36.45 19.67 50.31 1:21.29 1:52.24 2:23.46 2:54.74 3:26.40 3:57.77 4:29.11 5:00.72 5:32.45 6:04.40
24 Roger Schneider 26 Switzerland SUI 6:39.29 19.52 49.34 1:19.83 1:51.00 2:22.60 2:54.74 3:27.12 3:59.42 4:31.50 5:03.57 5:35.45 6:07.28
25 Luca Stefani 22 Italy ITA 6:41.75 19.08 49.53 1:20.67 1:51.50 2:22.80 2:54.11 3:25.84 3:57.43 4:29.59 5:02.23 5:35.41 6:08.87
26 Robert Lehmann 26 Germany GER 6:43.77 19.12 49.35 1:19.54 1:50.26 2:21.75 2:53.68 3:25.66 3:57.97 4:30.31 5:02.87 5:35.90 6:09.28
27 Shigeyuki Dejima 27 Japan JPN 6:43.82 19.40 50.41 1:21.95 1:53.72 2:25.54 2:57.25 3:29.20 4:01.23 4:33.33 5:05.61 5:38.25 6:10.98
AC Aleksandr Rumyantsev 23 Russia RUS [6:35.43] [19.80] [50.27] [1:20.82] [1:51.42] [2:22.34] [2:53.29] [3:24.24] [3:55.44] [4:26.70] [4:58.11] [5:29.64] [6:01.96] DQ