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5,000 metres, Men

Date13 February 1994 — 15:00-18:45
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiahall, Hamar
Participants32 from 17 countries
StarterGuy MarcouxCAN
RefereeKnut LudahlNOR

This distance was expected to be a Dutch-Norwegian battle. Early in the season, Johann Olav Koss had broken the world record in this distance on the Olympic ice, skating 6:35.53, well ahead of his Dutch rivals. But at the European Championships, also skated at the Olympic rink in Hamar, Koss had not been in great shape, and had placed only fourth, with Rintje Ritsma winning. The Dutch had also prepared a )secret weapon) for the Olympics, a new aerodynamic cover for the skates. It was officially called the delta skate, but went by other nicknames such as the )condom skate) or FTN-skate ()F*** the Norwegians) skate). Used only by Ritsma, the new skate was not very successful, and it would never be used again in competition.

The first contender to race was Kjell Storelid, a Norwegian. He had only once placed on the World Cup podium (in January 1994), but had been a consistent top 10 skater at the distance. Cheered on by his compatriots, he skated the best race of his life with 6:42.68. This seemed beatable by 1993 World Champion Falko Zandstra, but he faded badly late in the race and ended at 6:44.58. Then, it was Koss, who started with his own world record schedule in mind. Skating incredibly flat - all laps were between 30.86 and 32.01 - Koss beat his own mark by half a second: 6:34.96. Two pairs later, Ritsma attempted a do-or-die race. Starting faster than the Norwegian, his splits were over two seconds faster at 1,800 m. But his fast pace cost him dearly, and Ritsma eventually wound up in third place with 6:43.94, well above his own best time.

PosPairSkaterNOCTime
14OJohann Olav KossNOR6:34.96WRGold
22IKjell StorelidNOR6:42.68ORSilver
36ORintje RitsmaNED6:43.94Bronze
43OFalko ZandstraNED6:44.58
55OBart VeldkampNED6:49.00
66IToshihiko ItokawaJPN6:49.36
714OJaromir RadkePOL6:50.40
812OFrank DittrichGER6:52.27
910IMichael HadschieffAUT6:53.02
1012IChristian EmingerAUT6:53.18
119OAndrey AnufriyenkoRUS6:53.23
121OJonas SchönSWE6:53.39
139IKazuhiro SatoJPN6:54.83
1411OPer BengtssonSWE6:57.37
154IRoberto SighelITA6:57.70
1611IRadik BikchentayevKAZ6:58.17
1715ONeal MarshallCAN6:58.44
1813IPaweł ZygmuntPOL6:58.91
195IYevgeny SanarovKAZ6:59.02
202ODezideriu HorvathROU6:59.04
211IYuriy ShulhaUKR6:59.32
2210OMike HallCAN6:59.58
2316OAlexander BaumgärtelGER6:59.64
248IToru AoyanagiJPN6:59.88
257IDanny KahAUS7:00.02
263IAtle VårvikNOR7:00.83
2714IVadim SayutinKAZ7:01.93
287OMartin FeigenwinterSUI7:02.12
2915IThomas KummGER7:02.18
308OBrian WanekUSA7:05.95
3116IOleg PavlovRUS7:07.09
3213OVitali NovichenkaBLR7:17.55