| Event type

5,000 metres, Men

Date 9 February 2002 — 12:00
LocationUtah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah
Participants32 from 14 countries
Olympic Record 6:22.20 WR / Gianni Romme NED / 8 February 1998
StarterMatthijs de VrijerNED
RefereeKnut LudahlNOR

Looking at recent World Championships, it seemed certain that the title would go to a Dutchman. They had taken seven medals in the past three editions, including all titles. But world record holder, defending Olympic Champion and 1999 and 2000 World Champion Gianni Romme had been ill at the Dutch trials, and had not made the team. Reigning World Champion Bob de Jong did qualify, but performed very poorly in Salt Lake City, finishing 30th in a field of 32. This left Carl Verheijen, runner-up at the 2001 Worlds, and the relatively unknown Jochem Uytdehaage, who had captured the European Championships in January. Apart from the Dutch, most was expected from the Norwegians. Their team contained the only non-Dutchman to have medalled in a World Cup earlier that season: Eskil Ervik.

The Olympic Record from 1998 was first broken in pair five. Yet it wasn’t Nagano medalist Bart Veldkamp who did so, but his pairmate Jens Boden. The German was virtually unknown, and had never done any better than an 11th spot in a 5,000 m World Cup. His 6:21.73 in Salt Lake City turned out to be enough for a bronze medal, however. After this upset performance, Boden again settled into anonymity, never again approaching his Olympic medal achievement. The first man to beat Boden’s time was also unexpected. A convert from inline skating, Derek Parra had been a medal hope for the 1,500 m, but not in this event, having placed 15th at the most recent World Championships. But Parra’s race was excellent, skating with slightly increasing lap times the entire race to beat Romme’s world record. His 6:17.98 only lasted for a few pairs, however. Jochem Uytdehaage started out faster than the American, yet was able to keep the pace. In the end, he was more than 3 seconds ahead of the American, lowering the world record to 6:14.66.

115OJochem UytdehaageNED6:14.66WRGold
212IDerek ParraUSA6:17.98WRSilver
35IJens BodenGER6:21.73ORBronze
49IDmitry ShepelRUS6:21.85
52OKC BoutietteUSA6:22.97
613OCarl VerheijenNED6:24.71
79ORoberto SighelITA6:25.11
85OBart VeldkampBEL6:25.88
911OFrank DittrichGER6:25.89
1010OLasse SætreNOR6:25.92
1112ODustin MolickiCAN6:26.29
1216IToshihiko ItokawaJPN6:27.52
1310IKeiji ShirahataJPN6:28.95
1413IPaweł ZygmuntPOL6:29.71
158OJondon TrevenaUSA6:30.15
166OEnrico FabrisITA6:30.19
178IHiroki HirakoJPN6:30.46
184OMark KnollCAN6:30.63
197ORadik BikchentayevKAZ6:31.47
201OStefano DonagrandiITA6:32.37
2115IEskil ErvikNOR6:32.80
226IJohan RöjlerSWE6:33.18
233ISteven ElmCAN6:34.76
243OCédric KuentzFRA6:35.05
2514IVadim SayutinRUS6:35.33
2614OStian BjørgeNOR6:36.04
2711IYury KokhanetsRUS6:36.48
281ILee Seung-HwanKOR6:37.67
294ISergey IlyushchenkoKAZ6:38.09
3016OBob de JongNED6:43.97
312IVladimir KostinKAZ6:44.10
327IRené TaubenrauchGER7:19.76fall