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5,000 metres Relay, Men

Date13 – 23 February 2002
StatusOlympic
LocationSalt Lake Ice Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Participants36 from 8 countries
FormatPlacements 1-8 based on final and B final.

The semi-finals of the event saw South Korea, always one of the title favorites, eliminated. Min Ryong crashed out of the race with Rusty Smith and was disqualified for that, although it appeared that Smith’s elbow had caused the Korean to fall. Outside of the South Koreans, all the favorites made the final, which featured Canada, China, the United States and Italy.

The race was somewhat of an anti-climax, though. Except for the Canadians, all the teams saw one of their skaters fall, making it easy for the North Americans to defend their title. The Canadians had a five-second gap over the Italians that placed second, had eight seconds on the Chinese, and even lapped the Americans that finished last in the final. For Canada, it was a successful night of short track, as team members Marc Gagnon and Jonathan Guilmette had placed 1-2 in the 500 m final earlier in the evening.

PosNrTeamNOCPointsBest Time
1CanadaCANGold
Jonathan GuilmetteMarc GagnonFrançois-Louis TremblayMathieu TurcotteÉric Bédard
2ItalyITASilver
Nicola FranceschinaNicola RodigariFabio CartaMaurizio CarninoMichele Antonioli
3People's Republic of ChinaCHNBronze
Li JiajunFeng KaiGuo WeiLi YeAn Yulong
4United StatesUSA
Ron BiondoApolo Anton OhnoRusty SmithDan WeinsteinJ. P. Kepka (DNS)
5JapanJPN
Takafumi NishitaniSatoru TeraoYugo ShinoharaTakehiro KoderaNaoya Tamura
6AustraliaAUS
Steven BradburyAlex McEwanAndrew McNeeStephen LeeMark McNee (DNS)
7BelgiumBEL86:56.389
Pieter GyselSimon Van VosselWard JanssensWim De Deyne
ACRepublic of KoreaKORDQ
Kim Dong-SeongMin RyongLee Seung-JaeOh Se-JongHyeon-Su An (DNS)

Semi-Finals (13 February 2002 — 20:02)

Heat One

PosLaneTeamNOCTimePoints
1CanadaCAN6:45.45534QOR
Éric BédardMarc GagnonFrançois-Louis TremblayMathieu Turcotte
2People's Republic of ChinaCHN6:46.62521Q
Li JiajunFeng KaiGuo WeiAn Yulong
3JapanJPN6:50.92513QB
Takafumi NishitaniSatoru TeraoNaoya TamuraTakehiro Kodera
4BelgiumBEL6:56.3898QB
Pieter GyselSimon Van VosselWard JanssensWim De Deyne

Heat Two

PosLaneTeamNOCTimePoints
1United StatesUSA7:09.78834Q
Ron BiondoApolo Anton OhnoRusty SmithDan Weinstein
2ItalyITA7:10.78721Q
Nicola FranceschinaNicola RodigariFabio CartaMichele Antonioli
3AustraliaAUS7:19.17713QB
Steven BradburyAlex McEwanAndrew McNeeStephen Lee
ACRepublic of KoreaKORDQ
Kim Dong-SeongMin RyongLee Seung-JaeOh Se-Jong

Final Round (23 February 2002 — 20:29)

B Final

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
1JapanJPN7:19.893
Takafumi NishitaniSatoru TeraoYugo ShinoharaTakehiro Kodera
2AustraliaAUS7:45.271
Steven BradburyAlex McEwanAndrew McNeeStephen Lee
ACBelgiumBELDQ
Pieter GyselSimon Van VosselWard JanssensWim De Deyne

A Final (20:29)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
1CanadaCAN6:51.579
Jonathan GuilmetteMarc GagnonFrançois-Louis TremblayMathieu Turcotte
2ItalyITA6:56.327
Nicola FranceschinaNicola RodigariFabio CartaMaurizio Carnino
3People's Republic of ChinaCHN6:59.633
Li JiajunFeng KaiGuo WeiLi Ye
4United StatesUSA7:03.926
Ron BiondoApolo Anton OhnoRusty SmithDan Weinstein