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500 metres, Men

Date12 February 2022 — 16:53
StatusOlympic
LocationNational Speed Skating Oval, Olympic Green, Beijing
Participants30 from 15 countries
RefereeHanjo HeidemanNED
StarterRoland SteenbeckGER

China was hoping to get their first male speed skating gold through Gao Tingyu. The 2018 bronze medalist had clocked three sub-34-second races in the season, and set an unofficial world record at the Tomaszów-Mazowiecki World Cup, opening in 9.32 seconds. Gao, however, had plenty of contenders to fight off. Reigning World Champion Laurent Dubreuil was also leading the World Cup standings, and two of Japan’s entries – Wataru Morishige and Tatsuya Shinhama – had also won races earlier in the season. Missing from the field was world record holder Pavel Kulizhnikov. The three-time World Champion had had a poor season and did not qualify for the strong ROC team.

As he had not raced in all World Cup races, Gao was the first of the favorites to start, and he immediately set a tough target for the others. Following a 9.42 opening, he bested the Olympic Record with 34.32. In the tenth pair, 2018 silver medalist Cha Min-Gyu recorded the best full lap of the field (24.75), which landed him at 34.39, second behind. After him, many the outsiders for a medal fell short – Michalski (35.52), Arefyev (34.56), Murakami (34.57). Only in the penultimate pair did Morishige come close to the leading times, 34.49, guaranteeing Gao a medal. The final race between Dubreuil and Shinhama then saw the Canadian controversially false start. Replays showed no signs of a false start, while earlier Gao had not been completely still. Possibly affected, Shinhama then stumbled in the first metres, throwing away his shot at a medal. Dubreuil did continue at full pace, but with 34.52 just fell out of the podium.

With Gao’s gold, Cha’s silver and Morishige’s bronze medal, all the medalists were from Asia, the second time this had occurred, the first time being in Vancouver 2010.

PosPairCompetitorNOCTime
17IGao TingyuCHN34.32GoldOR
210OCha Min-GyuKOR34.39Silver
314OWataru MorishigeJPN34.49Bronze
415ILaurent DubreuilCAN34.522
512OPiotr MichalskiPOL34.524
611IKim Jun-HoKOR34.54
713OArtyom ArefyevROC34.56
813IYuma MurakamiJPN34.57
914IViktor MushtakovROC34.60
109IRuslan MurashovROC34.63
117ODamian ŻurekPOL34.734
128OMerijn ScheperkampNED34.736
135OJordan StolzUSA34.85
149OKai VerbijNED34.87
1511OHåvard Holmefjord LorentzenNOR34.921
1610IMarek KaniaPOL34.928
175IBjørn MagnussenNOR34.96
183IThomas KrolNED35.06
193OJeffrey RosanelliITA35.08
2015OTatsuya ShinhamaJPN35.12
=214IGilmore JunioCAN35.162
=218IYang TaoCHN35.162
234ODavid BosaITA35.168
246IMarten LiivEST35.26
252OCornelius KerstenGBR35.36
266OJoel DufterGER35.37
271OAustin KlebaUSA35.40
282IIvan ArzhanikovKAZ35.82
291IAntoine Gélinas-BeaulieuCAN35.84
3012IIhnat HalavatsiukBLR37.05