Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres

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Men's 10,000 metres
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
Speed skating pictogram.svg
VenueRichmond Olympic Oval
Date23 February 2010
Competitors15 from 9 nations
Winning time12:58.55
1st, gold medalist(s) Lee Seung-hoon  South Korea
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ivan Skobrev  Russia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bob de Jong  Netherlands
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The men's 10,000 metres speed skating competition of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics was held at Richmond Olympic Oval on 23 February 2010.[1]

The overwhelming pre-race favorite Sven Kramer, who had won 18 consecutive 10,000 m races since 2006, was disqualified due to a missed lane change after 6600 m into the race. Kramer finished the race in a time of 12:54.50, under the impression that he had won the gold medal in a new Olympic and track record, but was then told by his coach, Gerard Kemkers, that he had been disqualified.[2][3] Kemkers took the blame for the gaffe, as he had directed Kramer into the inner lane, even when Kramer was attempting to take the correct outer lane.[4]

The gold medal instead was won by Lee Seung-hoon in 12:58.55, edging the existing Olympic record by 0.37 seconds. Despite Lee's earlier silver medal at the 5000 m race, his achievement was a surprise, since, before 2010, he had never skated a 10,000 m race under 14 minutes.[5] He broke his personal and the Korean national record, set on 10 January 2010, by 22.5 seconds. Kramer's disqualification allowed Bob de Jong to earn his third Olympic medal on the 10,000 m (he won silver in 1998 and gold in 2006), a feat only equalled by Knut Johannesen, who won silver, gold and bronze at the Olympics in 1956, 1960 and 1964.


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

World record  Sven Kramer (NED) 12:41.69 Salt Lake City, United States 10 March 2007
Olympic record  Jochem Uytdehaage (NED) 12:58.92 Salt Lake City, United States 22 February 2002

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition.

Date Round Athlete Country Time Record
23 February Pair 5 Lee Seung-hoon  South Korea 12:58.55 OR

OR = Olympic record
The Richmond Olympic Oval track record remained at 12:55.32, set by Sven Kramer on 14 March 2009.


Rank Pair Lane Name Country Time Time behind Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 i Lee Seung-hoon  South Korea 12:58.55 N/A OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 8 o Ivan Skobrev  Russia 13:02.07 +3.52
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 o Bob de Jong  Netherlands 13:06.73 +8.18
4 6 i Alexis Contin  France 13:12.11 +13.56
5 7 i Håvard Bøkko  Norway 13:14.92 +16.37
6 2 o Sverre Haugli  Norway 13:18.74 +20.19
7 3 i Henrik Christiansen  Norway 13:25.65 +27.10
8 2 i Jonathan Kuck  United States 13:31.78 +33.23
9 5 o Arjen van der Kieft  Netherlands 13:33.37 +34.82
10 6 o Marco Weber  Germany 13:35.73 +37.18
11 4 i Hiroki Hirako  Japan 13:37.56 +39.01
12 1 i Ryan Bedford  United States 13:40.20 +41.65
13 4 o Aleksandr Rumyantsev  Russia 13:45.77 +47.22
14 3 o Sebastian Druszkiewicz  Poland 13:49.31 +49.40
8 i Sven Kramer  Netherlands (12:54.50) DSQ[7]
- - Enrico Fabris  Italy DNS[8]


  1. ^ "Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games: Men's 10,000 metres". Sports Reference. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  2. ^ Brian Hamilton, One lane change changes everything; The Netherlands’ Sven Kramer has the 10,000-meter race won — until it’s lost, Chicago Tribune, 23 February 2010
  3. ^ Kerby, Trey, "Sven Kramer gets the gold medal in 'Oops!'", Yahoo! News, 23 February 2010.
  4. ^ Stunning gaffe by coach costs Holland's Kramer a sure gold
  5. ^ Lee Seung-hoon at Speesdskatingresults.com
  6. ^ "Evolution of the world record 10,000 meters Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  7. ^ For an incorrect lane change
  8. ^ Enrico Fabris withdrew one hour before the start of the race citing nausea [1]. It was too late for a reserve to take his place, so only 15 skaters participated in this competition.

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