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Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men

Date21 – 22 February 2014
StatusOlympic
LocationAdler-Arena, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Participants27 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination event.
Olympic Record 3:39.95 / Netherlands NED / 27 February 2010
StarterYoshihiro KitazawaJPN
RefereeDan ImmerfallUSA

Since the team pursuit gained World Championship status in 2005, the Dutch had won all but one edition (the US claimed gold in 2011). At the Olympics, however, the Netherlands had failed to move past the semi-finals, winning bronze in both 2006 and 2010. For Sochi, they had made the team pursuit a priority, dedicating training time to the event and assigning a specific pursuit coach. Earlier in the season, the Dutch had won all three races, and their individual performances in Sochi seemed to predict another victory. All other seven competing nations seemed capable of medalling, with the sole exception of France, especially as its strongest rider, Alexis Contin, was suffering from hyperthyroidism.

The Dutch dismissal of France in the quarter-finals was not surprising, but the fact that the US and Russia were soundly beaten by Canada and Korea respectively, was unexpected. Poland was the fourth semi-finalist, eliminating Norway. The Poles then faced the Netherlands in the semi-finals, and essentially threw in the towel, recording the slowest time of the field save France. The Koreans, led by Lee Seung-Hun, overcame the defending Olympic champions Canada to meet the Netherlands in the final. In that race, Korea kept equal pace with the Dutch for the first 3 laps, before being overwhelmed. The Dutch team didn’t slow down and broke the Olympic Record in 3:37.71. The Dutch victory had a minor blemish. Reserve skater Jorrit Bergsma, Olympic champion in the 10,000 m, withdrew from the team shortly before the final, apparently disappointed about not being allowed to race and earn a medal.

In the bronze medal final, Poland trailed Canada for most of the race. Canadian sprinter Denny Morrison faded near the end, allowing Poland to take the bronze. The Canadians later commented on Poland lacking a )go for gold) mentality and profiting by being less fatigued in the B final.

PosTeamNOC
1NetherlandsNEDGold
Jan BlokhuijsenSven KramerKoen VerweijJorrit Bergsma (DNS)
2Republic of KoreaKORSilver
Ju Hyeong-JunKim Cheol-MinLee Seung-HunMo Tae-Beom (DNS)
3PolandPOLBronze
Zbigniew BródkaKonrad NiedźwiedzkiJan SzymańskiSebastian Druszkiewicz (DNS)
4CanadaCAN
Mathieu GirouxLucas MakowskyDenny MorrisonVincent de Haître (DNS)
5NorwayNOR
Håvard BøkkoSverre Lunde PedersenSimen Spieler NilsenHåvard Holmefjord Lorentzen
6Russian FederationRUS1
Aleksandr RumyantsevAleksey YesinDenis YuskovIvan Skobrev
7United StatesUSA
Brian HansenJonathan KuckJoey MantiaShani Davis
8FranceFRA
Alexis ContinEwen FernandezBenjamin Macé

Quarter-Finals (21 February 2014 — 17:30)

Winner of each heat advance to semi-finals.

Heat 1 Mathieu GirouxLucas MakowskyDenny MorrisonCAN C3:43.30 – 3:46.82FUSA Shani DavisBrian HansenJonathan Kuck
29.76 55.60 1:22.19 1:49.37 2:17.19 2:45.29 3:14.1530.73 57.09 1:23.69 1:50.97 2:19.00 2:47.60 3:16.29
Heat 2 Ju Hyeong-JunKim Cheol-MinLee Seung-HunKOR F3:40.84 – 3:44.22CRUS Aleksandr RumyantsevIvan SkobrevDenis Yuskov
30.77 57.10 1:23.66 1:50.56 2:17.60 2:45.04 3:12.7230.67 57.24 1:24.44 1:52.07 2:19.70 2:47.84 3:15.71
Heat 3 Zbigniew BródkaKonrad NiedźwiedzkiJan SzymańskiPOL C3:42.78 – 3:43.19FNOR Håvard BøkkoHåvard Holmefjord LorentzenSverre Lunde Pedersen
31.16 58.21 1:25.60 1:52.70 2:19.75 2:47.30 3:14.9430.94 58.14 1:24.87 1:51.67 2:19.27 2:47.52 3:15.09
Heat 4 Jan BlokhuijsenSven KramerKoen VerweijNED F3:44.48 – 3:53.17CFRA Alexis ContinEwen FernandezBenjamin Macé
30.90 58.21 1:26.16 1:53.19 2:20.31 2:48.16 3:16.4032.07 1:00.12 1:28.43 1:56.66 2:25.54 2:54.63 3:23.68

Semi-Finals (21 February 2014 — 19:12)

Winner of each heat advance to final A.

Heat 1 Ju Hyeong-JunKim Cheol-MinLee Seung-HunKOR C3:42.32 – 3:45.28FCAN Mathieu GirouxLucas MakowskyDenny Morrison
31.28 58.10 1:25.01 1:52.15 2:19.19 2:46.69 3:14.5130.53 57.00 1:24.26 1:52.17 2:20.01 2:47.62 3:16.07
Heat 2 Jan BlokhuijsenSven KramerKoen VerweijNED C3:40.79 – 3:52.08FPOL Zbigniew BródkaKonrad NiedźwiedzkiJan Szymański
30.39 56.75 1:23.68 1:50.53 2:17.77 2:45.28 3:13.0232.18 59.72 1:27.38 1:55.15 2:24.01 2:53.50 3:22.63

Final Round (22 February 2014 — 17:51)

Final D Brian HansenJonathan KuckJoey MantiaUSA F3:46.50 – 3:51.76CFRA Alexis ContinEwen FernandezBenjamin Macé
31.20 57.87 1:25.30 1:53.05 2:20.60 2:48.94 3:17.8031.89 59.69 1:27.73 1:55.80 2:24.54 2:53.25 3:22.16
Final C Håvard BøkkoSverre Lunde PedersenSimen Spieler NilsenNOR F3:44.91 – 3:49.85CRUS Aleksandr RumyantsevAleksey YesinDenis Yuskov
31.02 57.82 1:24.56 1:52.03 2:20.05 2:47.86 3:15.8032.18 59.91 1:27.90 1:55.85 2:23.97 2:52.24 3:20.86
Final B Zbigniew BródkaKonrad NiedźwiedzkiJan SzymańskiPOL C3:41.94 – 3:44.27FCAN Mathieu GirouxLucas MakowskyDenny Morrison
30.98 57.89 1:25.28 1:52.14 2:19.12 2:46.44 3:13.9030.32 56.47 1:23.05 1:49.97 2:17.27 2:45.38 3:14.24
Final A Jan BlokhuijsenSven KramerKoen VerweijNED F3:37.71 – 3:40.85CKOR Ju Hyeong-JunKim Cheol-MinLee Seung-Hun
30.49 56.61 1:23.32 1:49.59 2:15.99 2:43.04 3:10.5530.47 56.72 1:23.27 1:49.97 2:16.94 2:44.54 3:12.65