Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 500 metres

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Men's 500 metres
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
Speed skating pictogram.svg
Venue Richmond Olympic Oval
Date 15 February 2010
Competitors 39 from 12 nations
Winning time 69.82
Medalists
Gold medal    South Korea
Silver medal    Japan
Bronze medal    Japan
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Speed skating at the
2010 Winter Olympics
Speed skating pictogram.svg
500 m   men   women
1000 m men women
1500 m men women
3000 m women
5000 m men women
10000 m men
Team pursuit men women
Keiichiro Nagashima, Mo Tae-bum, Joji Kato

The men's 500 metres speed skating competition of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics was held at Richmond Olympic Oval on 15 February 2010.

Track maintenance issues[edit]

Competition was stopped for approximately ninety minutes during the first run, due to concerns over the naturally deteriorating quality of the ice after so many skaters had raced on it and the seeming inability of resurfacing equipment to do anything about it. The two ice resurfacing machines prepared to maintain the surface of the ice track both malfunctioned. A reserve machine was employed, but it left the ice surface too rough and pitted to permit safe racing by the athletes. Finally, one of the original two machines was repaired sufficiently to fix the track. Said Arie Koops, director of Dutch speed pooing of the delay and who felt that the third machine wasn't properly prepared, "When skaters are not prepared for a race you don't send them out. It should be the same with the resurfacing machine. If one machine was broken, they should have prepared the third. It was standing there in the garage. I have never seen anything like this."[1] A Zamboni brand resurfacer is being brought in from Calgary for the remainder of the games.[2] American skater Shani Davis withdrew from the event over concerns that it was getting to be too late and too dangerous. He was out of medal contention after the first race but has two other Olympic events upcoming.[3]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

500 meters (1 race)

World record  Jeremy Wotherspoon (CAN) 34.03 Salt Lake City, United States 9 November 2007 [4]
Olympic record  Casey FitzRandolph (USA) 34.42 Salt Lake City, United States 11 February 2002

500 meters x 2 (2 races)

World record  Jeremy Wotherspoon (CAN) 68.310 Calgary, Canada 15 March 2008 [5]
Olympic record  Casey FitzRandolph (USA) 69.230 Salt Lake City, United States 11 February 2002

No new world or Olympic records were set during this competition. The track records of 34.80 s and 69.73 s set by Lee Kang-seok on 15 March 2009 were also not broken.

Results[edit]

Rank Name Country Pair Lane Race 1 Rank Pair Lane Race 2 Rank Total Time behind
1st Mo Tae-bum South Korea 13 i 34.923 2 19 o 34.906 2 69.82 0.00
2nd Keiichiro Nagashima Japan 19 i 35.108 6 17 o 34.876 1 69.98 +0.16
3rd Joji Kato Japan 17 o 34.937 3 20 i 35.076 5 70.01 +0.19
4 Lee Kang-seok South Korea 17 i 35.053 4 18 o 34.988 3 70.041 +0.22
5 Mika Poutala Finland 18 i 34.863 1 20 o 35.181 11 70.044 +0.22
6 Jan Smeekens Netherlands 13 o 35.160 12 15 i 35.051 4 70.21 +0.39
7 Yu Fengtong China 15 i 35.116 7 16 o 35.120 7 70.23 +0.41
8 Jamie Gregg Canada 16 o 35.142 9 17 i 35.126 8 70.26 +0.44
9 Jeremy Wotherspoon Canada 12 o 35.094 5 19 i 35.188 12 70.282 +0.46
10 Zhang Zhongqi China 16 i 35.175 14 14 o 35.113 6 70.288 +0.46
11 Ronald Mulder Netherlands 20 i 35.155 11 15 o 35.146 10 70.30 +0.48
12 Tucker Fredricks United States 20 o 35.218 15 13 i 35.138 9 70.35 +0.53
13 Yūya Oikawa Japan 18 o 35.174 13 14 i 35.254 14 70.42 +0.60
14 Dmitry Lobkov Russia 9 o 35.133 8 18 i 35.335 15 70.46 +0.64
15 Lee Kyou-hyuk South Korea 19 o 35.145 10 16 i 35.344 16 70.48 +0.66
16 Mike Ireland Canada 9 i 35.386 17 13 o 35.253 13 70.63 +0.81
17 Akio Ohta Japan 15 o 35.315 16 12 i 35.347 17 70.66 +0.84
18 Nico Ihle Germany 2 o 35.532 19 11 i 35.539 18 71.07 +1.25
19 Mun Jun South Korea 14 i 35.552 20 12 o 35.640 19 71.19 +1.37
20 Simon Kuipers Netherlands 11 i 35.662 23 11 o 35.669 20 71.33 +1.51
21 Kyle Parrott Canada 11 o 35.577 21 10 i 35.767 23 71.344 +1.52
22 Maciej Ustynowicz Poland 10 o 35.596 22 9 i 35.753 22 71.349 +1.52
23 Samuel Schwarz Germany 3 o 35.795 24 8 i 35.715 21 71.51 +1.69
24 Ermanno Ioriatti Italy 10 i 35.957 29 8 o 35.842 24 71.79 +1.97
25 Wang Nan China 5 o 35.915 26 7 i 35.928 25 71.84 +2.02
26 Nick Pearson United States 2 i 35.834 25 10 o 36.094 28 71.92 +2.10
27 Tuomas Nieminen Finland 7 o 35.940 27 6 i 36.047 26 71.98 +2.15
28 Liu Fangyi China 6 o 36.193 34 5 i 36.047 27 72.24 +2.42
29 Jan Bos Netherlands 1 i 36.149 31 6 o 36.111 29 72.26 +2.44
30 Markus Puolakka Finland 5 i 36.152 32 5 o 36.204 31 72.35 +2.53
31 Konrad Niedźwiedzki Poland 6 i 36.183 33 4 o 36.179 30 72.36 +2.54
32 Aleksandr Lebedev Russia 3 i 36.144 30 7 o 36.276 33 72.42 +2.60
33 Pekka Koskela Finland 12 i 35.943 28 9 o 36.535 36 72.47 +2.65
34 Roman Krech Kazakhstan 8 i 36.261 35 3 o 36.270 32 72.53 +2.71
35 Timofey Skopin Russia 8 o 36.482 37 4 i 36.465 35 72.94 +3.12
36 Yevgeny Lalenkov Russia 7 i 36.420 36 2 o 36.614 37 73.03 +3.21
37 Mitchell Whitmore United States 4 i 36.734 39 1 o 36.314 34 73.04 +3.22
38 Maciej Biega Poland 4 o 36.642 38 3 i 37.934 38 74.57 +4.75
Shani Davis United States 14 o 35.45 18 WD

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