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
1st, gold medalist(s) Mo Tae-bum  South Korea
2nd, silver medalist(s) Keiichiro Nagashima  Japan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Joji Kato  Japan
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Speed skating at the
2010 Winter Olympics
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500 m   men   women
1000 m men women
1500 m men women
3000 m women
5000 m men women
10,000 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 skating 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
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
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, gold medalist(s) Mo Tae-bum  South Korea 13 i 34.923 2 19 o 34.906 2 69.82 0.00
2nd, silver medalist(s) Keiichiro Nagashima  Japan 19 i 35.108 6 17 o 34.876 1 69.98 +0.16
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 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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