| Event type

1,000 metres, Men

Date16 February 2002 — 13:00
LocationUtah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah
Participants44 from 18 countries
StarterMatthijs de VrijerNED
RefereeKnut LudahlNOR

Prior to the Games, Jeremy Wotherspoon (Canada) was given the best chance of winning the title in the 1,000 m. He had won the 2001 world title on the Utah Olympic Oval in world record time, and had then improved that time at a fall World Cup to 1:07.73 to become the first man under 1:08.00. In addition, he had won the World Sprint Championships in January, winning both 1000 metres in that competition. But his fall in the Olympic 500 m had apparently shattered Wotherspoon’s self-confidence, and in the 1,000 m he placed an anonymous 12th.

As it turned out, the American and Dutch skaters were most ready to fill the gap Wotherspoon left, as they wound up taking places one through seven. The least likely of these seven to win was probably Gerard van Velde. The dominant Dutch sprinter of the 1990s, he had been unlucky in international competition. At the 1992 Olympics, he had placed 4th and 5th at just hundredths from the podium. He was unable to adapt to the clap skates in 1998, and retired. Coming out of retirement, he again reached the world top, but again placed fourth at the 2002 World Sprint Championships and in the Olympic 500 m. Having nothing to lose, he skated an amazing 1,000 m. His final time of 1:07.18 was more than half a second below the world record, and none of the other competitors would come close. Runner-up was Van Velde’s team mate Jan Bos, repeating his silver medal performance from 1998, while Joey Cheek took home the bronze.

115IGerard van VeldeNED1:07.18WRGold
219IJan BosNED1:07.53Silver
320IJoey CheekUSA1:07.61Bronze
417OKip CarpenterUSA1:07.89
522IErben WennemarsNED1:07.95
618INick PearsonUSA1:07.97
719OCasey FitzRandolphUSA1:08.15
816ILee Gyu-HyeokKOR1:08.37
915OSergey KlevchenyaRUS1:08.41
1016OJanne HänninenFIN1:08.45
1121OÅdne SøndrålNOR1:08.64
1214OChoi Jae-BongKOR1:08.81OR
1322OJeremy WotherspoonCAN1:08.82
1421IMike IrelandCAN1:08.88
1518OYusuke ImaiJPN1:08.90
1620OToyoki TakedaJPN1:08.95
172OIds PostmaNED1:09.15OR
1812IDmitry LobkovRUS1:09.20
1911OPat BouchardCAN1:09.21
2013OKevin MarshallCAN1:09.26
2113ITomasz ŚwistPOL1:09.48
2214IManabu HoriiJPN1:09.50
234OYevgeny LalenkovRUS1:09.55
2417IMichael KünzelGER1:09.64
251IKim Cheol-SuKOR1:09.79OR
266IDavide CartaITA1:09.81
271OSergey TsybenkoKAZ1:10.13
2811IPetter AndersenNOR1:10.14
2910IPaweł AbratkiewiczPOL1:10.21
305OChristian BreuerGER1:10.38
316OZsolt BalóHUN1:10.57
324IPark Jae-ManKOR1:10.67
337ORisto RosendahlFIN1:10.70
342IJan FriesingerGER1:10.71
353OLi YuCHN1:10.78
365IDino GillarduzziITA1:10.96
378IAndriy FominUKR1:11.04
383ICédric KuentzFRA1:11.26
3910OGrunde NjøsNOR1:11.31
407IYu FengtongCHN1:12.07
419OIhar MakovetskiBLR1:12.33
428OAliaksei KhatylevBLR1:13.73
439IDavid KramárCZE1:14.05
4412OHiroyuki NoakeJPN1:49.18fall