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Speed Skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

Speed Skating at the 2014 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Adler-Arena, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Date Started: February 10, 2014
Date Finished: February 10, 2014
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: NED Michel Mulder
Silver: NED Jan Smeekens
Bronze: NED Ronald Mulder

Summary

Predicting the winner of the Olympic 500 m was not an easy job. Looking at the World Cup season, wins had been recorded by the Dutch twins Ronald Mulder and Michel Mulder, the defending Olympic and world champion Mo Tae-Beom, Japanese skaters Keiichiro Nagashima and Joji Kato, while there had been surprise victories from Artyom Kuznetsov, Tucker Fredricks and Gilmore Junio.

While earlier skaters raced around the 35-second mark in the first heat, [Jan Smeekens] was the first to set a serious mark. His 34.59 in the 15th pair would prove the fastest time in the first race. It was most closely approached by Michel Mulder, the 2013 and 2014 World Sprint Champion, who lost just 0.04. Nagashima (34.79) and Mo (34.84) were further back, but still in contention, as were Kato and Ronald Mulder (both with 34.96).

In the 17th pair of the second heat, Ronald Mulder turned up the heat by finishing in 34.49, threatening his two leading compatriots with a time just 0.07 above the 2002 Olympic Record. Twin brother Michel couldn't match that time, but with a displayed time of 34.71, he was fast enough to be ranked first, while Mo and Kato fell behind the Dutch brothers. Smeekens needed a finishing time of 34.72 to earn the gold - and despite a wide last turn, that is exactly what he skated. Assuming he had won, he began celebrating, but right at that time a correction of Mulder's time came in. Probably due to a failing leg responder, his time was corrected by an unusual 0.04 margin, moving Mulder from 2nd to 1st within half a lap of Smeekens finishing. In the ensuing confusion, the referees reviewed their races in thousands of seconds, even though this is normally only done in case of ties. In the final ranking, therefore, Mulder was put at 69.312 and Smeekens at 69.324 - the smallest difference ever in the two-race event at the Olympics. The Dutch, who had never won a 500 m gold medal, now swept the event, their second medal sweep in just three days.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Michel Mulder 27 Netherlands NED Gold 69.312
2 Jan Smeekens 26 Netherlands NED Silver 69.324
3 Ronald Mulder 27 Netherlands NED Bronze 69.46
4 Mo Tae-Beom 24 South Korea KOR 69.69
5 Joji Kato 29 Japan JPN 69.74
6 Keiichiro Nagashima 31 Japan JPN 70.04
7 Roman Krech 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 70.048
8 Nico Ihle 28 Germany GER 70.10
9 Artur Waś 27 Poland POL 70.21
10 Gilmore Junio 23 Canada CAN 70.25
11 Jamie Gregg 28 Canada CAN 70.27
12 Espen Aarnes Hvammen 25 Norway NOR 70.42
13 Denis Koval 22 Russia RUS 70.44
14 William Dutton 24 Canada CAN 70.448
15 Yuya Oikawa 33 Japan JPN 70.46
16 Aleksey Yesin 26 Russia RUS 70.50
17 Pekka Koskela 31 Finland FIN 70.61
18 Lee Gyu-Hyeok 35 South Korea KOR 70.65
19 Artyom Kuznetsov 26 Russia RUS 70.66
20 Yuji Kamijo 27 Japan JPN 70.851
21 Kim Jun-Ho 18 South Korea KOR 70.857
22 Lee Gang-Seok 28 South Korea KOR 70.87
23 Dmitry Lobkov 33 Russia RUS 70.88
24 Shani Davis 31 United States USA 70.98
25 Muncef Ouardi 27 Canada CAN 70.997
26 Tucker Fredricks 29 United States USA 70.999
27 Mitch Whitmore 24 United States USA 71.06
28 Mirko Nenzi 24 Italy ITA 71.07
29 Mika Poutala 30 Finland FIN 71.14
30 Mu Zhongsheng 22 China CHN 71.25
31 David Bosa 21 Italy ITA 71.28
32 Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen 21 Norway NOR 71.30
33 Sung Ching-Yang 21 Chinese Taipei TPE 71.36
34 Samuel Schwarz 30 Germany GER 71.37
35 Bai Qiuming 19 China CHN 71.45
36 Artur Nogal 23 Poland POL 71.49
37 Haralds Silovs 27 Latvia LAT 72.44
38 Stefan Groothuis 32 Netherlands NED 92.24
39 Daniel Greig 22 Australia AUS 115.84
AC Brian Hansen 23 United States USA DNF