| Event type

500 metres, Men

Date10 February 2014
LocationAdler-Arena, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Participants40 from 16 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
StarterJouko VesterlundFIN
RefereeDan ImmerfallUSA

Predicting the winner of the Olympic 500 m was not an easy job. Looking at the World Cup season, wins had been recorded by the Dutch twins Ronald Mulder and Michel Mulder, the defending Olympic and world champion Mo Tae-Beom, Japanese skaters Keiichiro Nagashima and Joji Kato, while there had been surprise victories from Artyom Kuznetsov, Tucker Fredricks and Gilmore Junio.

While earlier skaters raced around the 35-second mark in the first heat, Jan Smeekens was the first to set a serious mark. His 34.59 in the 15th pair would prove the fastest time in the first race. It was most closely approached by Michel Mulder, the 2013 and 2014 World Sprint Champion, who lost just 0.04. Nagashima (34.79) and Mo (34.84) were further back, but still in contention, as were Kato and Ronald Mulder (both with 34.96).

In the 17th pair of the second heat, Ronald Mulder turned up the heat by finishing in 34.49, threatening his two leading compatriots with a time just 0.07 above the 2002 Olympic Record. Twin brother Michel couldn’t match that time, but with a displayed time of 34.71, he was fast enough to be ranked first, while Mo and Kato fell behind the Dutch brothers. Smeekens needed a finishing time of 34.72 to earn the gold - and despite a wide last turn, that is exactly what he skated. Assuming he had won, he began celebrating, but right at that time a correction of Mulder’s time came in. Probably due to a failing leg responder, his time was corrected by an unusual 0.04 margin, moving Mulder from 2nd to 1st within half a lap of Smeekens finishing. In the ensuing confusion, the referees reviewed their races in thousands of seconds, even though this is normally only done in case of ties. In the final ranking, therefore, Mulder was put at 69.312 and Smeekens at 69.324 - the smallest difference ever in the two-race event at the Olympics. The Dutch, who had never won a 500 m gold medal, now swept the event, their second medal sweep in just three days.

PosCompetitorNOCTimeRace #1Race #2
1Michel MulderNED69.31234.63 (2)34.678 (2)Gold
2Jan SmeekensNED69.32434.59 (1)34.725 (3)Silver
3Ronald MulderNED69.4634.969 (6)34.49 (1)Bronze
4Mo Tae-BeomKOR69.6934.84 (4)34.85 (5)
5Joji KatoJPN69.7434.966 (5)34.77 (4)
6Keiichiro NagashimaJPN70.0434.79 (3)35.250 (16)
7Roman KrechKAZ70.04835.04 (9)35.002 (6)
8Nico IhleGER70.1034.99 (7)35.11 (9)
9Artur WaśPOL70.2135.01 (8)35.19 (12)
10Gilmore JunioCAN70.2535.15 (11)35.09 (7)
11Jamie GreggCAN70.2735.17 (13)35.10 (8)
12Espen Aarnes HvammenNOR70.4235.20 (16)35.21 (13)
13Denis KovalRUS70.4435.192 (14)35.248 (15)
14William DuttonCAN70.44835.278 (=18)35.170 (11)
15Yuya OikawaJPN70.4635.24 (17)35.22 (14)
16Aleksey YesinRUS70.5035.09 (10)35.41 (20)
17Pekka KoskelaFIN70.6135.193 (15)35.41 (19)
18Lee Gyu-HyeokKOR70.6535.16 (12)35.48 (24)
19Artyom KuznetsovRUS70.6635.51 (28)35.14 (10)1
20Yuji KamijoJPN70.85135.37 (21)35.476 (23)
21Kim Jun-HoKOR70.85735.43 (25)35.425 (22)
22Lee Gang-SeokKOR70.8735.45 (26)35.421 (21)
23Dmitry LobkovRUS70.8835.50 (27)35.37 (18)
24Shani DavisUSA70.9835.390 (22)35.59 (28)
25Muncef OuardiCAN70.99735.395 (23)35.602 (29)
26Tucker FredricksUSA70.99935.278 (=18)35.721 (37)
27Mitch WhitmoreUSA71.0635.34 (20)35.716 (36)
28Mirko NenziITA71.0735.56 (29)35.51 (25)
29Mika PoutalaFIN71.1435.58 (30)35.56 (27)
30Mu ZhongshengCHN71.2535.59 (31)35.65 (32)
31David BosaITA71.2835.63 (32)35.64 (31)
32Håvard Holmefjord LorentzenNOR71.3035.78 (37)35.52 (26)
33Sung Ching-YangTPE71.3635.732 (35)35.63 (30)
34Samuel SchwarzGER71.3735.69 (34)35.68 (34)
35Bai QiumingCHN71.4535.738 (36)35.714 (35)
36Artur NogalPOL71.4935.83 (38)35.66 (33)
37Haralds SilovsLAT72.4436.12 (39)36.32 (38)
38Stefan GroothuisNED92.2435.42 (24)56.81 (39)
39Daniel GreigAUS115.841:20.55 (40)35.29 (17)
DNFBrian HansenUSA35.64 (33)– (DNS)