| Event type

5,000 metres, Men

Date17 February 1988 — 11:00
LocationOlympic Oval, Calgary
Participants38 from 18 countries
Olympic Record 7:02.29 / Eric Heiden USA / 16 February 1980

Two men had dominated this distance during the 1987-1988 season. Geir Karlstad had won the first three World Cup races of the season. At the Heerenveen World Cup, he had improved the world record to 6:45.44, only to beat that time again at the Calgary World Cup: 6:43.59. But Karlstad had faded since, his role taken over by Tomas Gustafson. The defending Olympic champion had won the remaining two World Cups, and had become European Allround Champion in Den Haag prior to the Games. A third title contender was Leo Visser. He had broken the world record at the 1987 World Championships, and had been shared winner with Gustafson at the Davos World Cup.

The first of the favorites to skate, Visser rode a very steady race, finishing with 6:44.98. Karlstad then departed ambitiously, beating Visser’s splits by two seconds in the early laps. But the Norwegian was unable to keep the pace. He was eventually passed by his opponent, Michael Hadschieff, and finished seventh. Visser’s teammate, Gerard Kemkers, also started faster in the first half of the race, but did not fade like Karlstad, and finished only one second behind the leading time. In the ninth pair, Gustafson was the last medal contender to skate. He trailed Visser’s time for the entire race, and with one lap to go, Gustafson was 0.87 behind Visser, and even slightly behind Kemkers. But the Swede delivered an incredible final lap with 31.86 seconds (compared to Visser’s 33.08), and he moved up from bronze medal position to gold. This made Gustafson the first repeat winner of the event since Ivar Ballangrud won it in 1928 and 1936.

19ITomas GustafsonSWE6:44.63GoldOR
22OLeo VisserNED6:44.98SilverOR
34OGerard KemkersNED6:45.92Bronze
48IEric FlaimUSA6:47.09
53OMichael HadschieffAUT6:48.72
611IDave SilkUSA6:49.95
73IGeir KarlstadNOR6:50.88
810IRoland FreierGDR6:51.42
97IMark GreenwaldUSA6:51.98
1012ODanny KahAUS6:52.14
1116ORoberto SighelITA6:53.04
126ORolf Falk-LarssenNOR6:54.37
135OHerbert DijkstraNED6:54.63
147OToru AoyanagiJPN6:54.70
1516IBruno MilesiITA6:54.93
1610OPertti NiittyläFIN6:55.18
171ODmitry BochkaryovURS6:56.57OR
1815ITimo JärvinenFIN6:56.68
1919IPer BengtssonSWE6:57.05
204IChristian EmingerAUT6:57.22
212IBen LamarcheCAN6:57.63
2217IHans van HeldenFRA6:57.69
236ISergey BerezinURS6:58.08
245IHansjörg BaltesFRG6:59.45
2514IJiří KynclTCH6:59.82
261IYury KlyuyevURS7:00.01
279OMunehisa KuroiwaJPN7:01.55
2818OSong Yong-HunPRK7:01.56
2917OKim Gwan-GyuKOR7:02.13
3015OJoakim KarlbergSWE7:02.30
3112IJean PichetteCAN7:04.95
3213IYoshiyuki ShimizuJPN7:05.35
338OFrode SyvertsenNOR7:05.57
3414OGordon GoplenCAN7:08.49
3519OIm Ri-BinPRK7:10.13
3613OHwang Ik-HwanKOR7:10.65
3711OJulian GreenGBR7:13.20
3818ICraig McNicollGBR7:34.14