Not held in other editions
| Event type

Mass Start, Men

Date24 February 2018
LocationGangneung Oval, Gangneung Olympic Park, Coastal Cluster, Gangneung
Participants24 from 18 countries
FormatPoints for sprints, 5-3-1 for three intermediate sprints, and 60-40-20 for final sprint, with places determined by points.
StarterJan ZwierNED
RefereeDaniel CabelducSWE

There were many favorites for the first Olympic mass start title. The reigning world champion was Joey Mantia, bringing his skills from the sport of inline skating. His predecessor was Lee Seung-Hun, leader in the World Cup standings and 2010 Olympic champion in the 10,000 m as well as the home favorite. The list of medal contenders was long, though, and included among others Andreas Giovannini, Livio Wenger, Bart Swings, Peter Michael, Alexis Contin and Koen Verweij.

Most of the contenders survived the tactical semi-finals, although the elimination of 5,000 m bronze medallist Sverre Lunde Pedersen was a surprise. In the final, Wenger and Victor Hald Thorup staged an attack after 6 laps, gaining some 75 m on the pack. Skating in service of Lee, Chung Jae-Won caught the attackers. With three laps to go, 4-time Olympic champion Sven Kramer launched an attack, with the intent of either personal gain or launching his team mate Verweij. Kramer was caught by small group, led by Swings but including Lee and Verweij. The Korean was by far the strongest in the resulting sprint, to the delight of the home crowd. Swings placed second to win Belgium’s first Winter Olympic medal in 20 years, while Verweij held on for the bronze.

1Lee Seung-HunKORGold
2Bart SwingsBELSilver
3Koen VerweijNEDBronze
4Livio WengerSUI
5Viktor Hald ThorupDEN
6Linus HeideggerAUT
7Vitali MikhailauBLR
8Jeong Jae-WonKOR
9Joey MantiaUSA
10Alexis ContinFRA
11Shane WilliamsonJPN
12Andrea GiovanniniITA
13Stefan Due SchmidtDEN
14Olivier JeanCAN
15Peter MichaelNZL
16Sven KramerNED
9 h1 r1/2Haralds SilovsLAT
9 h2 r1/2Sverre Lunde PedersenNOR
10 h1 r1/2Brian HansenUSA
10 h2 r1/2Konrad NiedźwiedzkiPOL
11 h1 r1/2Fyodor MezentsevKAZ
11 h2 r1/2Ryosuke TsuchiyaJPN
12 h1 r1/2Reyon KayNZL
12 h2 r1/2Wang HongliCHN

Semi-Finals (24 February 2018 — 20:45)

Top finishers in each heat advance to final round.

Heat 1 (20:45)

17Linus HeideggerAUT16608:20.46Q
22Andrea GiovanniniITA16418:24.41Q
310Shane WilliamsonJPN16208:25.44Q
48Viktor Hald ThorupDEN1658:34.06Q
59Koen VerweijNED1658:44.90Q
61Lee Seung-HunKOR1658:45.37Q
75Olivier JeanCAN1648:42.31Q
84Alexis ContinFRA1638:28.70Q
96Haralds SilovsLAT1638:28.93
1011Brian HansenUSA1618:34.47
1112Fyodor MezentsevKAZ1608:43.26
123Reyon KayNZL1609:17.99

Heat 2 (21:00)

15Peter MichaelNZL16607:55.10Q
29Stefan Due SchmidtDEN16407:55.22Q
312Vitali MikhailauBLR16207:55.25Q
47Sven KramerNED1668:24.51Q
52Bart SwingsBEL1658:13.57Q
64Jeong Jae-WonKOR1658:17.02Q
71Livio WengerSUI1658:17.17Q
83Joey MantiaUSA1638:00.54Q
910Sverre Lunde PedersenNOR1627:58.65
1011Konrad NiedźwiedzkiPOL1618:24.73
118Ryosuke TsuchiyaJPN1607:55.77
126Wang HongliCHN1608:00.97

Final Round (24 February 2018 — 22:00)

111Lee Seung-HunKOR16607:43.97
210Bart SwingsBEL16407:44.08
39Koen VerweijNED16207:44.24
414Livio WengerSUI16118:13.08
57Viktor Hald ThorupDEN1687:57.10
61Linus HeideggerAUT1667:52.38
76Vitali MikhailauBLR1617:53.38
812Jeong Jae-WonKOR1618:32.71
916Joey MantiaUSA1607:45.21
1015Alexis ContinFRA1607:45.64
115Shane WilliamsonJPN1607:46.19
123Andrea GiovanniniITA1607:46.83
134Stefan Due SchmidtDEN1607:47.53
1413Olivier JeanCAN1607:49.30
152Peter MichaelNZL1607:49.33
168Sven KramerNED1608:13.95