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Short Track Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Date Started: February 24, 2010
Date Finished: February 26, 2010
Format: Placements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on placements in earlier rounds, and best time skated.

Gold: CAN Charles Hamelin
Silver: KOR Seong Si-Baek
Bronze: CAN François-Louis Tremblay

Summary

The Canadian crowd were betting on a gold medal in this event. Charles Hamelin had been a dominant factor in the 500 m since the last Olympics, winning the 2007 and 2009 world titles, while finishing runner-up to Apolo Anton Ohno in 2008. In addition to Ohno, Seong Si-Baek of South Korea was a contender, having held the world record in the distance since 2007, with 40.651. All three favorites reached the final with little trouble. Hamelin made the best impression, clocking two sub-41-second times and bettering the Olympic Record. The trio was complemented by a second Canadian, François-Louis Tremblay.

The final was, as expected, a closely contested affair. Seong went into the final curve first, and seemed headed for the gold medal. But he then stumbled, possibly after a slight touch of Hamelin, and crashed out of the curve. Hamelin nearly fell, but kept on his feet, crossing the line first nearly backwards. Behind these two, Tremblay had also fallen, due to interference from Ohno, who had finished second behind Hamelin. For this, the American was disqualified, and the silver medal went to Seong, who had quickly recovered, and the bronze to Tremblay. The two Canadian medals set off great celebrations, as Charles Hamelin sought out his girlfriend [Marianne St. Gelais], who had won a silver medal in the women's 500 m.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PLR P BT
1 Charles Hamelin 25 Canada CAN Gold AF-1
2 Seong Si-Baek 22 South Korea KOR Silver AF-2
3 François-Louis Tremblay 29 Canada CAN Bronze AF-3
4 Gwak Yun-Gi 20 South Korea KOR BF-1
5 Tyson Heung 30 Germany GER BF-2
6 Jon Eley 25 Great Britain GBR BF-3
7 Lee Ho-Seok 23 South Korea KOR BF-4
8 Apolo Anton Ohno 27 United States USA AF-DQ 1-2-1 41.460
9 Olivier Jean 25 Canada CAN SF-DQ 0-2-2 41.275
10 Han Jialiang 22 China CHN QF-3 0-3-1 41.443
11 Simon Cho 18 United States USA QF-3 0-3-2 41.211
12 Haralds Silovs 23 Latvia LAT QF-3 0-3-2 41.673
13 Thibault Fauconnet 24 France FRA QF-4 0-4-1 41.730
14 Jumpei Yoshizawa 24 Japan JPN QF-4 0-4-2 41.906
15 Pieter Gysel 29 Belgium BEL QF-4 0-4-2 41.980
16 Niels Kerstholt 26 Netherlands NED QF-4 0-4-2 41.128
17 Ma Yunfeng 26 China CHN R1-3 0-0-3 41.954
18 Robert Seifert 22 Germany GER R1-3 0-0-3 42.181
19 Nicola Rodigari 28 Italy ITA R1-3 0-0-3 42.190
20 Nicolas Bean 22 Italy ITA R1-3 0-0-3 42.344
21 Blake Skjellerup 24 New Zealand NZL R1-3 0-0-3 42.510
22 Péter Darázs 24 Hungary HUN R1-3 0-0-3 42.800
23 Paul Worth 24 Great Britain GBR R1-3 0-0-3 42.936
24 Semyon Yelistratov 19 Russia RUS R1-3 0-0-3 42.982
25 Viktor Knoch 20 Hungary HUN R1-4 0-0-4 42.197
26 Takahiro Fujimoto 24 Japan JPN R1-4 0-0-4 42.366
27 Ruslan Zakharov 22 Russia RUS R1-4 0-0-4 43.207
28 Sjinkie Knegt 20 Netherlands NED R1-4 0-0-4 44.448
29 Jordan Malone 25 United States USA R1-4 0-0-4 1:03.884
30 Yuri Confortola 23 Italy ITA R1-4 0-0-4 1:17.401
AC Liang Wenhao 17 China CHN 0-0-DQ DQ
AC Aydar Bekzhanov 16 Kazakhstan KAZ 0-0-DQ DQ