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Short Track Speed Skating at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Max Bell Arena, Calgary
Date Started: February 23, 1988
Date Finished: February 23, 1988


There were several favorites in this event, such as [Peter van der Velde], who had become world champion just before the Games, and Tatsuyoshi Ishihara, who had won the 500 m at those Championships. Also highly rated was Italy’s Orazio Fagone, who had broken the world record in January’s European Championships. But of these three, only Ishihara made the final, where he was soundly beaten by Englishman Wilf O'Reilly, who also recorded the fastest time of the tournament. O'Reilly, who had a Jamaican father, was the first black Winter Olympic champion albeit in a demonstration sport.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wilf O'Reilly 23 Great Britain GBR
2 Mario Vincent 21 Canada CAN
3 Tatsuyoshi Ishihara 23 Japan JPN
4 Robert Dubreuil 20 Canada CAN
5 Michel Daignault 21 Canada CAN
6 Orazio Fagone 19 Italy ITA
7 Kim Gi-Hun 20 South Korea KOR
8 Toshinobu Kawai 20 Japan JPN
9 Louis Grenier 27 Canada CAN
10 Charles Veldhoven Netherlands NED
11 Brian Arseneau 23 United States USA
12 Yuichi Akasaka 20 Japan JPN
13 Jaco Mos 27 Netherlands NED
14 Lee Jun-Ho 22 South Korea KOR
15 Tsutomu Kawasaki 18 Japan JPN
16 Pat Moore 25 United States USA
17 Marc Bella 26 France FRA
18 Didier Claeys Belgium BEL
19 Thierry Fagot 20 France FRA
20 Hugo Herrnhof 23 Italy ITA
21 Richard Suyten 20 Netherlands NED
22 Peter van der Velde Netherlands NED
23 Andy Gabel 23 United States USA
24 John Kah 19 Australia AUS
25 Ian Ellis 17 Great Britain GBR
26 Dave Besteman 25 United States USA
27 Stuart Horsepool 26 Great Britain GBR
28 Robert Blair 23 Great Britain GBR
29 Bob Peretti 21 Italy ITA
30 Enrico Peretti 26 Italy ITA
AC Mo Ji-Su 18 South Korea KOR
AC Emmanuel Michon 32 France FRA