Speed skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics

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Speed skating
at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games
Speed Skating, Nagano 1998.png
Venue M-Wave
Dates 8-20 February 1998
No. of events 10
Competitors 169 from 25 nations
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For the short track speed skating events, see Short track speed skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics

Speed skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics, was held from 8 February to 20 February. Ten events were contested at M-Wave.[1]

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Netherlands (NED) 5 4 2 11
2  Germany (GER) 2 3 1 6
3  Canada (CAN) 1 2 2 5
4  Japan (JPN) 1 0 2 3
5  Norway (NOR) 1 0 0 1
6  United States (USA) 0 1 1 2
7  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 0 0 1 1
7  Belgium (BEL) 0 0 1 1
Total 10 10 10 30

The Netherlands dominated the Nagano speed skating events, winning five gold medals and eleven medals overall, their highest total in any Winter games, as of 2010. Bart Veldkamp's bronze medal was the first in speed skating for Belgium, and the first at the Winter Games for the country in 50 years. Lyudmila Prokasheva's bronze medal for Kazakhstan was that country's first in the sport as well, and Prokasheva became the first woman from Kazakhstan to earn an Olympic medal.

Gianni Romme and Marianne Timmer led the individual medal tables, with two gold each.

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Hiroyasu Shimizu
 Japan
1:11.35 Jeremy Wotherspoon
 Canada
1:11.84 Kevin Overland
 Canada
1:11.86
1000 metres
details
Ids Postma
 Netherlands
1:10.64
(OR)
Jan Bos
 Netherlands
1:10.71 Hiroyasu Shimizu
 Japan
1:11.00
1500 metres
details
Ådne Søndrål
 Norway
1:47.87 WR Ids Postma
 Netherlands
1:48.13 Rintje Ritsma
 Netherlands
1:48.52
5000 metres
details
Gianni Romme
 Netherlands
6:22.20 WR Rintje Ritsma
 Netherlands
6:28.24 Bart Veldkamp
 Belgium
6:28.31
10,000 metres
details
Gianni Romme
 Netherlands
13:15.33 WR Bob de Jong
 Netherlands
13:25.76 Rintje Ritsma
 Netherlands
13:28.19

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Catriona Le May Doan
 Canada
1:16.60 Susan Auch
 Canada
1:16.93 Tomomi Okazaki
 Japan
1:17.10
1000 metres
details
Marianne Timmer
 Netherlands
1:16.51 WR Chris Witty
 United States
1:16.79 Catriona Le May Doan
 Canada
1:17.37
1500 metres
details
Marianne Timmer
 Netherlands
1:57.58 WR Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann
 Germany
1:58.66 Chris Witty
 United States
1:58.97
3000 metres
details
Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann
 Germany
4:07.29
(OR)
Claudia Pechstein
 Germany
4:08.47 Anni Friesinger-Postma
 Germany
4:09.44
5000 metres
details
Claudia Pechstein
 Germany
6:59.61 WR Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann
 Germany
6:59.65 Lyudmila Prokasheva
 Kazakhstan
7:11.14

Records[edit]

Five world records and twelve Olympic records were set in Nagano.[2][3]

Event Date Team Time OR WR
Men's 500 metres 9 February  Hiroyasu Shimizu (JPN) 35.76 OR
11 February  Hiroyasu Shimizu (JPN) 35.59 OR
Men's 1000 metres 15 February  Ids Postma (NED) 1:10.64 OR
Men's 1500 metres 12 February  Ådne Søndrål (NOR) 1:47.87 OR WR
Men's 5000 metres 8 February  Gianni Romme (NED) 6:22.20 OR WR
Men's 10000 metres 17 February  Gianni Romme (NED) 13:15.33 OR WR
Women's 500 metres 13 February  Catriona Le May Doan (CAN) 38.39 OR
14 February  Catriona Le May Doan (CAN) 38.21 OR
Women's 1000 metres 19 February  Marianne Timmer (NED) 1:16.51 OR
Women's 1500 metres 16 February  Marianne Timmer (NED) 1:57.58 OR WR
Women's 3000 metres 11 February  Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann (GER) 4:07.29 OR
Women's 5000 metres 20 February  Claudia Pechstein (GER) 6:59.61 OR WR

Participating NOCs[edit]

Twenty-five nations competed in the speed skating events at Nagano. New Zealand and Portugal made their Olympic speed skating debuts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nagano 1998 Official Report - Volume 3" (PDF). Nagano Olympics Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. 1998. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 

Sports-Reference 1998 Olympics - Speed Skating