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5,000 metres Relay, Men

Date13 – 21 February 2014
LocationDvorets Zimnego Sporta Aisberg, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Participants35 from 8 countries
FormatPlacements 1-8 based on final and B final.
Olympic Record 6:43.376 / Hyeon-Su AnLee Ho-SeokSeo Ho-JinSong Seok-Wu KOR / 25 February 2006

Based on the World Cup results earlier in the season, defending champions Canada and the United States were favored to win this event, but it was almost the case that neither team advanced to the final. In the first semi-final the United States and Korea had established a lead, but a slip by Lee Ho-Seok took out both the Koreans and the US’ Eddy Alvarez This left the Netherlands - bronze medallists at the 2013 Worlds - and outsiders Kazakhstan to proceed comfortably to the final, although the United States were advanced to the final after the Koreans were disqualified. The second semi-final was no less dramatic when François Hamelin (CAN) slipped and crashed out of the race. Whilst the Canadian team continued they were well outside the pace. This left an intriguing race for the two final places with China leading for most of the race before being overtaken by a strong skate by Viktor An for Russia in the closing stages. China finished ahead of Italy to advance to the final.

The final started off in dramatic fashion when both China and the Netherlands fell on the first lap. This left for a strange race with Russia and the United States battling it out for the gold medal, Kazakhstan being some distance behind the two leading teams, but trying to hold off China and the Netherlands who had both re-joined the race. Some 10 laps to go saw the United States make their move for the gold medal, but they were unable to hold the lead. Meanwhile Kazakhstan had just about been overhauled by the other two nations, who would fight out the bronze medal. In the race for gold, Victor An took over on the final leg and the result never seemed in doubt, leading the Russians to the gold medal in a new Olympic record time of 6:42.100, ahead of the United States, with China pulling ahead to take the bronze medal. As part of the winning team Viktor An joined Apolo Anton Ohno (USA) in winning 8 Olympic medals, although 6 of An’s were gold medals as compared with Ohno’s 2.

PosNrTeamNOCLast RacePositionsBest Time
1Russian FederationRUSAF-11-16:42.100Gold
Viktor AnSemyon YelistratovVladimir GrigoryevRuslan ZakharovDmitry Migunov (DNS)
2United StatesUSAAF-22-46:42.371Silver
Eddy AlvarezJ. R. CelskiChris CrevelingJordan MaloneKyle Carr (DNS)
3People's Republic of ChinaCHNAF-33-26:48.341Bronze
Chen DequanHan TianyuShi JingnanWu DajingLiang Wenhao (DNS)
Daan BreeuwsmaNiels KerstholtSjinkie KnegtFreek van der WartChristiaan Bökkerink (DNS)
Abzal AzhgaliyevAydar BekzhanovDenis NikishaNurbergen ZhumagaziyevAslan Daumov (DNS)
Charle CournoyerMichael GildayCharles HamelinFrançois HamelinOlivier Jean
7Republic of KoreaKORBF-22-36:43.921
Kim Yun-JaeLee Han-BinLee Ho-SeokPark Se-YeongSin Da-Un
Yuri ConfortolaTommaso DottiAnthony LobelloDavide ViscardiNicola Rodigari

Semi-Finals (13 February 2014 — 15:31)

Heat One (15:31)

Daan BreeuwsmaNiels KerstholtSjinkie KnegtFreek van der Wart
Abzal AzhgaliyevAydar BekzhanovDenis NikishaNurbergen Zhumagaziyev
32Republic of KoreaKOR6:48.206QB
Lee Han-BinLee Ho-SeokPark Se-YeongSin Da-Un
43United StatesUSA6:50.292ADV
Eddy AlvarezJ. R. CelskiChris CrevelingJordan Malone

Heat Two (15:41)

13Russian FederationRUS6:44.331Q
Viktor AnSemyon YelistratovVladimir GrigoryevRuslan Zakharov
22People's Republic of ChinaCHN6:44.521Q
Chen DequanHan TianyuShi JingnanWu Dajing
Yuri ConfortolaTommaso DottiAnthony LobelloNicola Rodigari
Michael GildayCharles HamelinFrançois HamelinOlivier Jean

Final Round (21 February 2014 — 22:18)

B Final (22:18)

Charle CournoyerMichael GildayCharles HamelinOlivier Jean
23Republic of KoreaKOR6:43.921
Kim Yun-JaeLee Han-BinPark Se-YeongSin Da-Un
Yuri ConfortolaTommaso DottiAnthony LobelloDavide Viscardi

A Final (22:28)

11Russian FederationRUS6:42.100OR
Viktor AnSemyon YelistratovVladimir GrigoryevRuslan Zakharov
25United StatesUSA6:42.371
Eddy AlvarezJ. R. CelskiChris CrevelingJordan Malone
32People's Republic of ChinaCHN6:48.341
Chen DequanHan TianyuShi JingnanWu Dajing
Daan BreeuwsmaNiels KerstholtSjinkie KnegtFreek van der Wart
Abzal AzhgaliyevAydar BekzhanovDenis NikishaNurbergen Zhumagaziyev