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500 metres, Men

Date15 February 1992 — 14:30
StatusOlympic
LocationAnneau de Vitesse, Albertville
Participants43 from 17 countries
Olympic Record 36.45 WR / Uwe-Jens Mey GDR / 14 February 1988
StarterRemigi von BürenSUI
RefereeLars-Olof EklundSWE

The Olympic 500 m was to be a duel between Uwe-Jens Mey (Germany) and Dan Jansen (United States). Both skaters had already played a feature role in the 1988 edition. Mey had won the title in Calgary, while Jansen had fallen, distracted by his sister’s death earlier on the day of the race. In the 1992 season, the two had fought out fascinating duels. In the six 500 m World Cup races held before the Olympics, they had finished first and second on all occasions, once even tying for first. Of the remaining races, Mey had won three and Jansen two. In addition, both had bettered the world record during the season. First, Mey had finally bettered his 1988 Olympic time at Davos, only to see it taken away by Jansen a week later, who lowered the mark to 36.41. Behind these two contenders, the Japanese had been most consistently in front, notably Toshiyuki Kuroiwa and Yasunori Miyabe.

Weather conditions were not good, with rain and flaky winds disturbing the competition. The soft ice was also not in favor of heavier skaters, like Jansen or World Sprint Champion Igor Zhelezovsky. Jansen was the first of the favorites to go. With a flaky final curve, he clocked 37.46, just 0.01 below the rink record. It was soon clear this was not good enough for the gold, as Junich Inoue, a completely unknown Japanese skater, beat the time by 2 tenths in the very next pair. Miyabe and Mey then faced eather in pair four. Mey got off to a 9.78 start, well ahead of Miyabe and Inoue’s split. This opener proved decisive, and Mey finished first in 37.14. That time was only to be approached by Kuroiwa, who had a better full lap, but came out 0.04 second short.

PosPairSkaterNOCTime
14OUwe-Jens MeyGER37.14Gold
26IToshiyuki KuroiwaJPN37.18Silver
33IJunichi InoueJPN37.26Bronze
42ODan JansenUSA37.46
=54IYasunori MiyabeJPN37.49
=511OGerard van VeldeNED37.49
71OAleksandr GolubyovEUN37.51
85IIgor ZhelezovskyEUN37.57
916OSong ChenCHN37.58
109OKim Yun-ManKOR37.60
1115ILiu HongboCHN37.66
1210OJegal Seong-RyeolKOR37.71
131INick ThometzUSA37.83
=1411IRobert DubreuilCAN37.86
=146OVadim ShakshakbayevEUN37.86
163OGuy ThibaultCAN37.89
1712IKevin ScottCAN38.02
1821IYukinori MiyabeJPN38.12
198IMarty PierceUSA38.15
209IBjörn ForslundSWE38.24
212ISergey KlevchenyaEUN38.26
2210IDave CruikshankUSA38.28
235OPeter AdebergGER38.33
2415OLi Yong-CholPRK38.38
2518OOlaf ZinkeGER38.40
2614IHarri IlkkaFIN38.48
=2717IDai JunCHN38.51
=2713ORintje RitsmaNED38.51
2920OArie LoefNED38.61
307ISean IrelandCAN38.70
=3121OPaweł AbratkiewiczPOL38.74
=3112OLee In-HunKOR38.74
337OHans MarkströmSWE38.89
3420IBo KönigSWE39.06
3514OChoi In-CholPRK39.59
3619IZsolt BalóROU39.70
3718ICsaba MadarászHUN40.41
3822OJoakim KarlbergSWE40.71
3916IJiří KynclTCH40.92
408ORoland BrunnerAUT42.18fall
4119OJiří MusilTCH42.20
4213IBajro ČenanovićYUG43.09
4317OSlavenko LikićYUG43.81
DNS22IAlessandro De TaddeiITA