| Event type

Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men

Date18 – 21 February 2018
LocationGangneung Oval, Gangneung Olympic Park, Coastal Cluster, Gangneung
Participants29 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination event.
Olympic Record 3:37.71 / Jan BlokhuijsenSven KramerKoen Verweij NED / 22 February 2014
StarterOle Hermann SørliNOR
RefereeDaniel CabelducSWE

Looking at past results, the Dutch pursuit team were top favorites to win this event. They had won every major title since 2012, including Olympic gold in 2014. On the other hand, the Dutch also had a history of “failing” at the Olympics (with bronzes in both 2006 and 2010) and they had not particularly impressed during the 2017/2018 season. In fact, they narrowly qualified for the event, having scored two 10th places in the World Cup season (and one win). Of the other contenders, the most remarkable was New Zealand. Peter Michael, Shane Dobbin and Reyon Kay had all transferred from inline skating, and in 2017, they had claimed a team pursuit silver at the World Championships. Other contenders included Norway, Canada and South Korea.

Four of the favorites indeed reached the semi-finals, with only Canada dropping out in the first round, be it by only a small margin. In the semis, the Koreans, who had clocked the fastest time, faced off with New Zealand. The Kiwis started out ahead, but the Koreans never trailed by much. The Koreans took command with just two laps to go and qualified for the final. In the other semi, the Norwegians were superior, improving the Olympic Record, while the Dutch, somewhat hampered by a material defect of Jan Blokhuijsen’s skate, were eliminated. They then easily dispatched the New Zealanders, who did not have a substitute racer, to win the bronze. The final was initially a close contest, with Korea and Norway exchanging the lead, before the Norwegians pulled away and earned their first victory in the event.

Håvard BøkkoSindre HenriksenSimen Spieler NilsenSverre Lunde Pedersen
2Republic of KoreaKORSilver
Lee Seung-HunJeong Jae-WonKim Min-SeokJu Hyeong-Jun (DNS)
Koen VerweijPatrick RoestSven KramerJan Blokhuijsen
4New ZealandNZL
Shane DobbinReyon KayPeter Michael
Shane WilliamsonShota NakamuraSeitaro IchinoheRyosuke Tsuchiya
Andrea GiovanniniRiccardo BugariNicola TumoleroMichele Malfatti (DNS)
Jordan BelchosTed-Jan BloemenBen DonnellyDenny Morrison
8United StatesUSA
Jonathan GarciaBrian HansenEmery LehmanJoey Mantia


Date18 February 2018 — 20:00
FormatWinner of each heat advance to semi-finals.
1Republic of KoreaKOR3:39.29Q
Lee Seung-HunJeong Jae-WonKim Min-Seok
Koen VerweijSven KramerJan Blokhuijsen
Sindre HenriksenSimen Spieler NilsenSverre Lunde Pedersen
4New ZealandNZL3:41.18Q
Shane DobbinReyon KayPeter Michael
Shane WilliamsonShota NakamuraSeitaro Ichinohe
Andrea GiovanniniRiccardo BugariNicola Tumolero
Jordan BelchosTed-Jan BloemenDenny Morrison
8United StatesUSA3:42.98
Brian HansenEmery LehmanJoey Mantia


Date21 February 2018 — 20:22
FormatWinner of each heat advance to final A.
Match #121 Feb 20:22Republic of KoreaKOR3:38.82 – 3:39.53New ZealandNZLQ
Match #221 Feb 20:28NorwayNOR3:37.08 – 3:38.46NetherlandsNEDQOR

Final Round

Date21 February 2018 — 21:13
Final D21 Feb 21:13CanadaCAN3:42.16 – 3:50.77United StatesUSA
Final C21 Feb 21:19JapanJPN3:41.62 – [3:41.05]ItalyITA
Final B21 Feb 22:11NetherlandsNED3:38.40 – 3:43.54New ZealandNZL
Final A21 Feb 22:17NorwayNOR3:37.32 – 3:38.52Republic of KoreaKOR