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10,000 metres, Men

Date20 February 1992 — 12:00
StatusOlympic
LocationAnneau de Vitesse, Albertville
Participants30 from 15 countries
StarterRemigi von BürenSUI
RefereeLars-Olof EklundSWE

As in the other allround distances, the 10,000 m was set to be a Dutch-Norwegian affair. Norwegians Johann Olav Koss and Geir Karlstad had both already won Olympic gold in Albertville, and were looking for more. Of the Dutch skaters, only Bart Veldkamp had raced at other distances, placing fifth in the 5,000 m. Also competing for a medal was his team mate Robert Vunderink, a marathon skater, he did not regularly compete with long track skaters. Having set his sights on the Olympic 10,000 m, Vunderink had surprisingly beaten all aforementioned favorites in a December World Cup at Heerenveen.

Vunderink was the first of these four to ride. A slow starter, he eventually finished in 14:22.92. That assignment proved easy for Karlstad in the next pair, who did open a bit too fast, costing him in the latter part of the race. His time was 14:18.13. Koss, skating one pair later, trailed slightly behind Karlstad’s splits for most of his race. But he took advantage of his team mate’s slower final laps, and finished almost four seconds faster: 14:14.58. With the lap times of his opponents known, this gave Veldkamp the blue print for his own race. Leading the Norwegian by five seconds with seven laps to go, Veldkamp felt he had the gold in his hands, and slowed down slightly to win in 14:12.12. As in Karlstad’s win in the 5,000 m, Veldkamp’s gold medal was the first for the Netherlands since the 1976 Olympics.

After his gold medal, Bart Veldkamp set his sights on competing in the 1992 Summer Olympics. He hoped to become part of the Dutch team pursuit squad in track cycling, but was eventually not selected for the Games. After competing in the 1994 Olympics, Veldkamp traded his Dutch passport for a Belgian one to avoid the tough Dutch selection process. Competing for his new nation, he won a bronze medal at the 1998 Games.

PosPairSkaterNOCTime
15OBart VeldkampNED14:12.12Gold
24IJohann Olav KossNOR14:14.58Silver
33IGeir KarlstadNOR14:18.13Bronze
42IRobert VunderinkNED14:22.92
510OKazuhiro SatoJPN14:28.30
610IMichael HadschieffAUT14:28.80
77IPer BengtssonSWE14:35.58
87OSteinar JohansenNOR14:36.09
95IRoberto SighelITA14:38.23
1012IYevgeny SanarovEUN14:38.99
113OThomas BosNED14:40.13
1215IDanny KahAUS14:42.32
131OToshihiko ItokawaJPN14:42.35
146IJaromir RadkePOL14:42.60
152OMarkus TrögerGER14:45.41
161IJonas SchönSWE14:46.20
178IBronislav SnetkovEUN14:46.87
188OKeiji ShirahataJPN14:47.56
1913OVadim SayutinEUN14:49.31
206OFrank DittrichGER14:50.23
219OTimo JärvinenFIN14:50.75
2212OBrian WanekUSA14:51.34
2315ORudi JeklicGER14:51.89
2411OMark GreenwaldUSA15:03.02
2514IJiří KynclTCH15:03.97
269INeal MarshallCAN15:07.03
2714OJeff KlaiberUSA15:13.65
2813IJiří MusilTCH15:14.18
2911INyamdondovyn GanboldMGL15:18.56
AC4OPhillip TahmindjisAUS15:53.61DQfall