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500 metres, Men

Date13 February 2006
StatusOlympic
LocationOval Lingotto, Torino
Participants37 from 12 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Olympic Record 34.42 / Casey FitzRandolph USA / 11 February 2002
Olympic Record (2 races)69.23 / Casey FitzRandolph USA / 11 – 12 February 2002
StarterLuigi CasalITA
RefereeTore RamtonNOR

Earlier in the Olympic season, the 500 m world record had been broken, for the first time in over 4 years. Japan’s Joji Kato lowered the mark to 34.30, taking over the record from compatriot Hiroyasu Shimizu. While also the 2005 World Champion, Kato had far from dominated the 2005/2006 season, with World Cup wins going to Jeremy Wotherspoon (2003 and 2004 World Champion), Lee Gang-Seok, Yu Fengtong, Dmitry Dorofeyev and Joey Cheek. The latter two skaters had also surprisingly finished 1-2 at the most recent World Sprint Championships, winning one 500 m race each.

After the first run, the winner already seemed certain. American Joey Cheek was the only skater to beat 35 seconds (34.82), and led with a huge margin of 4 tenths over Dmitry Dorofeyev. The fight for bronze was close, with Lee (35.34), Yuya Oikawa (35.35), Wotherspoon (35.37) and Yu (35.39) within 0.05 seconds of each other. World record holder Kato was back in 11th and out of medal contention.

The second run showed pretty much the same picture. Cheek was again the only one under 35 seconds (now with 34.94), and Dorofeyev consolidated his second place, despite being a bit slower than Lee. Cheek proved a popular Olympic champion, especially after he announced to give away his $25,000 award from the US Olympic Committee to charity (“Right to Play”, founded by Johann Olav Koss). Medals won by Dorofeyev and and Lee were the first speed skating medals for their countries since 1994 and 1992, respectively. Dorofeyev’s 2006 successes were a remarkable departure from his earlier results, having only a 1999 World Cup victory as a notable prior achievement.

PosSkaterNOCTimeRace 1Race 2
1Joey CheekUSA69.7634.82 (1)34.94 (1)Gold
2Dmitry DorofeyevRUS70.4135.24 (2)35.17 (3)Silver
3Lee Gang-SeokKOR70.4335.34 (3)35.09 (2)Bronze
4Yuya OikawaJPN70.5635.35 (4)35.21 (5)
5Yu FengtongCHN70.6835.39 (6)35.29 (=6)
6Joji KatoJPN70.7835.59 (=11)35.19 (4)
7Mike IrelandCAN70.8835.59 (=11)35.29 (=6)
8Choi Jae-BongKOR71.0435.61 (13)35.43 (=9)
9Jeremy WotherspoonCAN71.0535.37 (5)35.68 (=17)
10Pekka KoskelaFIN71.0935.58 (=9)35.51 (12)
11Jan BosNED71.1135.68 (16)35.43 (=9)
12Casey FitzRandolphUSA71.1235.78 (18)35.34 (8)
13Keiichiro NagashimaJPN71.1435.67 (15)35.47 (11)
14Dmitry LobkovRUS71.1735.55 (8)35.62 (=13)
15Janne HänninenFIN71.2535.58 (=9)35.67 (=15)
16Erben WennemarsNED71.3035.46 (7)35.84 (25)
17Lee Gyu-HyeokKOR71.3835.76 (17)35.62 (=13)
18Hiroyasu ShimizuJPN71.4435.66 (14)35.78 (21)
19An WeijiangCHN71.5635.89 (21)35.67 (=15)
20Eric ZachrissonSWE71.6135.80 (19)35.81 (23)
21Ermanno IoriattiITA71.6835.88 (20)35.80 (22)
22Mika PoutalaFIN71.7435.91 (22)35.83 (24)
23Simon KuipersNED71.8436.10 (27)35.74 (20)
24Aleksey ProshinRUS71.9035.96 (23)35.94 (26)
25Tucker FredricksUSA72.0136.02 (25)35.99 (28)
26Kip CarpenterUSA72.0836.40 (31)35.68 (=17)
27Sergey KornilovRUS72.2436.00 (24)36.24 (32)
28Lu ZhuoCHN72.3536.39 (30)35.96 (27)
29Vincent LabrieCAN72.4336.31 (29)36.12 (=29)
30Brock MironCAN72.5436.42 (32)36.12 (=29)
31Maurizio CarninoITA72.6736.24 (28)36.43 (33)
32Artur WaśPOL73.0436.43 (33)36.61 (35)
33Li YuCHN73.1336.57 (34)36.56 (34)
34Aleksandr ZhiginKAZ73.8036.88 (35)36.92 (36)
35Beorn NijenhuisNED84.5548.84 (36)35.71 (19)
36Maciej UstynowiczPOL88.0136.09 (26)51.92 (37)
37Gwon Sun-CheonKOR94.7958.66 (37)36.13 (31)