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5,000 metres Relay, Men

Date24 – 26 February 1994
StatusOlympic
LocationOL-Amfi, Hamar
Participants33 from 8 countries
FormatPlacements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on points earned in earlier rounds, and time in final round skated.

One of the major favourites for the relay gold in Hamar was eliminated 11 months before the Games. The sole qualifying event for the Olympics was the relay at the World Championships, with the top eight teams qualifying. A fall of star skater Kim Gi-Hun meant South Korea missed the final eight, while Great Britain (silver medallist at the 1992 World Championships) was also eliminated. 1993 World Champion became New Zealand, which set a new World Record in the process. But all of the other nations also stood a chance of winning a medal, excepting perhaps the home team, Norway.

In the end, it was Italy, the United States, Canada and Australia qualifying for the final. Italy was the fastest team in the heats, and the strongest squad in the final. Their top man was 500 m World Record holder Mirko Vuillermin, who was poised to make up for his narrow defeat in the 500 m. Departing about halfway, the Italians opened up a 1 to 2 second gap that they never gave up. Behind them, the Americans took the silver, with Eric Flaim among them. He had earlier won a silver medal as a long track speed skater (in 1988), and became the first person to win Olympic medals in both sports. The Australian team, in third, won their country’s first ever Olympic medal at the Winter Games.

In 1997, two members of the golden Italian team would be involved in motorcycle accidents. Within a month, first Orazio Fagone suffered the amputation of his right leg, and then Vuillermin was severely injured. Vuillermin recovered, but never returned to the sport, while Fagone is wheelchair-bound, but later picked up ice sledge hockey and competed in that sport in the 2006 Paralympics.

PosNrTeamNOCPointsBest Time
1ItalyITAGold
Maurizio CarninoOrazio FagoneHugo HerrnhofMirko VuillerminDiego Cattani (DNS)
2United StatesUSASilver
Randy BartzJohn CoyleEric FlaimAndy GabelTony Goskowicz (DNS)
3AustraliaAUSBronze
Steven BradburyKieran HansenAndrew MurthaRichard NizielskiJohnny Kah (DNS)
4CanadaCAN
Frédéric BlackburnDerrick CampbellMarc GagnonStephen GoughDenis Mouraux (DNS)
5JapanJPN
Yuichi AkasakaTatsuyoshi IshiharaSatoru TeraoJun UematsuHideto Imai (DNS)
6NorwayNOR
Bjørnar ElgetunGisle ElvebakkenTore KlevstuenMorten StauboØystein Carlsen
7People's Republic of ChinaCHN2DQ
Li JiajunLi LianliYang HeZhang HongboKong Xin (DNS)
8New ZealandNZL1DQ
Mike McMillenAndrew NicholsonChris NicholsonTony SmithMatthew Biggs (DNS)

Semi-Finals (24 February 1994 — ca. 21:30)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

PosLaneTeamNOCTimePoints
1ItalyITA7:13.345QOR
Maurizio CarninoOrazio FagoneHugo HerrnhofMirko Vuillermin
2United StatesUSA7:18.583Q
Randy BartzJohn CoyleEric FlaimAndy Gabel
3People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:19.662QB
Li JiajunLi LianliYang HeZhang Hongbo
4NorwayNOR7:25.731QB
Øystein CarlsenBjørnar ElgetunGisle ElvebakkenMorten Staubo

Heat Two

PosLaneTeamNOCTimePoints
1CanadaCAN7:13.765Q
Frédéric BlackburnDerrick CampbellMarc GagnonStephen Gough
2AustraliaAUS7:14.413Q
Steven BradburyKieran HansenAndrew MurthaRichard Nizielski
3JapanJPN7:15.852QB
Yuichi AkasakaTatsuyoshi IshiharaSatoru TeraoJun Uematsu
4New ZealandNZL7:21.581QB
Mike McMillenAndrew NicholsonChris NicholsonTony Smith

Final Round (26 February 1994 — ca. 21:45)

B Final (ca. 22:00)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
1JapanJPN7:19.11
Yuichi AkasakaTatsuyoshi IshiharaSatoru TeraoJun Uematsu
2NorwayNOR7:24.29
Bjørnar ElgetunGisle ElvebakkenTore KlevstuenMorten Staubo
ACPeople's Republic of ChinaCHNDQ
Li JiajunLi LianliYang HeZhang Hongbo
ACNew ZealandNZLDQ
Mike McMillenAndrew NicholsonChris NicholsonTony Smith

A Final (ca. 21:45)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
1ItalyITA7:11.74OR
Maurizio CarninoOrazio FagoneHugo HerrnhofMirko Vuillermin
2United StatesUSA7:13.37
Randy BartzJohn CoyleEric FlaimAndy Gabel
3AustraliaAUS7:13.68
Steven BradburyKieran HansenAndrew MurthaRichard Nizielski
4CanadaCAN7:20.40
Frédéric BlackburnDerrick CampbellMarc GagnonStephen Gough