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5,000 metres Relay, Men

Date19 – 21 February 1998
StatusOlympic
LocationWhite Ring, Nagano
Participants34 from 8 countries
FormatPlacements 1-8 based on final and B final.

Based on results from 1997, South Korea was the team to beat in this event, having won the relay competition at both the World Championships and World Team Championships. On both occasions, the Canadians had been runners-up, with the Italians making the final in both competitions as well. All three of these teams qualified for the Nagano final as well, supplemented by the Chinese, who had already won two individual medals in competition at that point.

The Italians took the lead for the first half of the race, before being overtaken by Canada. Soon after, defending champions Italy fell behind due to a fall, and they were never again in contention. At three-quarters, another fall influenced the race. This time it was Chinese skater Li Jiajun, taking one of the South Koreans with him. This gave Canada an easy lead that they would not let go. The Koreans were quick to resume the race and had closed most of the gap with the leaders, but were still seven tenths short at the finish. The B final was won by Japan, who broke the Olympic record, beating the winning time of the real final by 5 seconds.

PosNrTeamNOCPointsBest Time
1CanadaCANGold
Éric BédardDerrick CampbellFrançois DroletMarc GagnonJonathan Guilmette (DNS)
2Republic of KoreaKORSilver
Chae Ji-HunLee Jun-HwanLee Ho-EungKim Dong-SeongKim Sun-Tae (DNS)
3People's Republic of ChinaCHNBronze
Li JiajunFeng KaiYuan YeAn YulongWang Xuefeng (DNS)
4ItalyITA
Michele AntonioliMaurizio CarninoFabio CartaDiego CattaniNicola Franceschina
5JapanJPN
Satoru TeraoNaoya TamuraTakehiro KoderaYugo ShinoharaTakafumi Nishitani (DNS)
6United StatesUSA
Andy GabelTommy O'HareRusty SmithEric FlaimScott Koons (DNS)
7Great BritainGBR
Dave AllardiceNicky GoochMatt JasperMatthew RoweRobert Mitchell
8AustraliaAUS
Steven BradburyRichard GoerlitzKieran HansenRichard NizielskiAndrew McNee (DNS)

Semi-Finals (19 February 1998)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One (21:05)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimePoints
11CanadaCAN7:05.766QOR
Éric BédardDerrick CampbellFrançois DroletMarc Gagnon
22People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:05.797Q
Li JiajunFeng KaiYuan YeAn Yulong
34Great BritainGBR7:11.955QB
Nicky GoochMatt JasperRobert MitchellMatthew Rowe
43JapanJPN7:17.223QB
Satoru TeraoNaoya TamuraTakehiro KoderaYugo Shinohara

Heat Two (21:25)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimePoints
11Republic of KoreaKOR7:07.457Q
Chae Ji-HunLee Jun-HwanLee Ho-EungKim Dong-Seong
22ItalyITA7:07.770Q
Michele AntonioliMaurizio CarninoFabio CartaNicola Franceschina
34AustraliaAUS7:11.691QB
Steven BradburyRichard GoerlitzKieran HansenRichard Nizielski
43United StatesUSA7:16.724QB
Andy GabelTommy O'HareRusty SmithEric Flaim

Final Round (21 February 1998 — 21:50)

B Final (21:30)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
14JapanJPN7:01.660OR
Satoru TeraoNaoya TamuraTakehiro KoderaYugo Shinohara
23United StatesUSA7:02.014
Andy GabelTommy O'HareRusty SmithEric Flaim
32Great BritainGBR7:06.462
Dave AllardiceNicky GoochMatt JasperMatthew Rowe
41AustraliaAUS7:15.907
Steven BradburyRichard GoerlitzKieran HansenRichard Nizielski

A Final (21:50)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
11CanadaCAN7:06.075
Éric BédardDerrick CampbellFrançois DroletMarc Gagnon
22Republic of KoreaKOR7:06.776
Chae Ji-HunLee Jun-HwanLee Ho-EungKim Dong-Seong
33People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:11.559
Li JiajunFeng KaiYuan YeAn Yulong
44ItalyITA7:15.212
Michele AntonioliMaurizio CarninoFabio CartaDiego Cattani