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5,000 metres Relay, Men

Date15 – 25 February 2006
StatusOlympic
LocationPalavela, Torino
Participants35 from 8 countries
FormatPlacements 1-8 based on final and B final.

One of the dominant nations in short track speed skating, the South Korean men had not won the Olympic relay title since the sports début in 1992. They were heavily favored in Torino, having won the 2002, 2003 and 2004 World title, and having taking five individual medals already. However, much competition was expected from Canada, which had won the world title in 2005 and the last two Olympic golds.

The final indeed came down to a Canadian-South Korean battle. The two teams were both in the lead numerous times. When it came to the final exchange, Canada was in first, but the Koreans switched to their starting skater An Hyeon-Su, already winner of two gold medals individually. With his patented outside overtaking maneuver, An overtook Canada to get his third gold medal of the Games.

PosNrTeamNOCLast RacePointsBest Time
1Republic of KoreaKORAF-1Gold
Hyeon-Su AnLee Ho-SeokOh Se-JongSeo Ho-JinSong Seok-Wu
2CanadaCANAF-2Silver
Éric BédardJonathan GuilmetteCharles HamelinFrançois-Louis TremblayMathieu Turcotte
3United StatesUSAAF-3Bronze
Alex IzykowskiJ. P. KepkaApolo Anton OhnoRusty SmithAnthony Lobello (DNS)
4ItalyITAAF-4
Fabio CartaYuri ConfortolaNicola FranceschinaNicola RodigariRoberto Serra (DNS)
5People's Republic of ChinaCHNAF-5
Li HaonanLi JiajunLi YeSui BaokuCui Liang (DNS)
6AustraliaAUSBF-1
Lachlan HayStephen LeeMark McNeeElliot ShrianeAlex McEwan (DNS)
7GermanyGERBF-2
Thomas BauerTyson HeungArian NachbarSebastian PrausAndré Hartwig
DQJapanJPN
Yoshiharu ArinoTakahiro FujimotoTakafumi NishitaniSatoru TeraoHayato Sueyoshi (DNS)

Semi-Finals (15 February 2006)

Heat One (21:05)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimePoints
13CanadaCAN6:57.004Q
Éric BédardJonathan GuilmetteCharles HamelinFrançois-Louis Tremblay
24Republic of KoreaKOR7:01.783Q
Hyeon-Su AnLee Ho-SeokOh Se-JongSeo Ho-Jin
31GermanyGER7:02.367QB
Thomas BauerTyson HeungArian NachbarSebastian Praus
42AustraliaAUS7:03.356QB
Lachlan HayStephen LeeMark McNeeElliot Shriane

Heat Two (21:14)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimePoints
12United StatesUSA6:55.082Q
Alex IzykowskiJ. P. KepkaApolo Anton OhnoRusty Smith
23People's Republic of ChinaCHN6:55.476Q
Li HaonanLi JiajunLi YeSui Baoku
31ItalyITA7:07.358ADV
Fabio CartaYuri ConfortolaNicola FranceschinaNicola Rodigari
DQ4JapanJPN
Yoshiharu ArinoTakahiro FujimotoTakafumi NishitaniSatoru Terao

Final Round (25 February 2006 — 21:17)

B Final (21:17)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
12AustraliaAUS7:01.666
Lachlan HayStephen LeeMark McNeeElliot Shriane
21GermanyGER7:13.338
Thomas BauerAndré HartwigArian NachbarSebastian Praus

A Final (21:26)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
12Republic of KoreaKOR6:43.376OR
Hyeon-Su AnLee Ho-SeokSeo Ho-JinSong Seok-Wu
23CanadaCAN6:43.707
Éric BédardCharles HamelinFrançois-Louis TremblayMathieu Turcotte
31United StatesUSA6:47.990
Alex IzykowskiJ. P. KepkaApolo Anton OhnoRusty Smith
45ItalyITA6:48.597
Fabio CartaYuri ConfortolaNicola FranceschinaNicola Rodigari
54People's Republic of ChinaCHN6:53.989
Li HaonanLi JiajunLi YeSui Baoku