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500 metres, Men

Date23 February 1988
StatusOlympic (non-medal)
LocationMax Bell Arena, Calgary
Participants32 from 10 countries

There were several favorites in this event, such as Peter van der Velde, who had become world champion just before the Games, and Tatsuyoshi Ishihara, who had won the 500 m at those Championships. Also highly rated was Italy’s Orazio Fagone, who had broken the world record in January’s European Championships. But of these three, only Ishihara made the final, where he was soundly beaten by Englishman Wilf O’Reilly, who also recorded the fastest time of the tournament. O’Reilly, who had a Jamaican father, was the first black Winter Olympic champion albeit in a demonstration sport.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCFPSPBest Time
1Wilf O'ReillyGBRA44.80
2Mario VincentCANA45.15
3Tatsuyoshi IshiharaJPNA45.37
4Robert DubreuilCANA45.38
5Michel DaignaultCANB45.10
6Orazio FagoneITAB46.35
7Kim Gi-HunKORB48.82
8Toshinobu KawaiJPNB49.12
9Louis GrenierCAN34745.78
10Charles VeldhovenNED34745.81
11Brian ArseneauUSA33445.76
12Yuichi AkasakaJPN33446.83
13Jaco MosNED44245.42
14Lee Jun-HoKOR44247.24
15Tsutomu KawasakiJPN42946.86
16Pat MooreUSA42949.20
17Marc BellaFRA52647.21
18Didier ClaeysBEL5181:15.69
19Thierry FagotFRA31346.01
20Hugo HerrnhofITA31346.08
21Richard SuytenNED31347.81
22Peter van der VeldeNED31349.61
23Andy GabelUSA31354.62
24Johnny KahAUS3131:00.31
25Ian EllisGBR481:04.45
26Dave BestemanUSA4847.37
27Stuart HorsepoolGBR4848.43
28Robert BlairGBR4848.92
29Bob PerettiITA4854.83
30Enrico PerettiITA481:08.04
ACMo Ji-SuKORDQ0
ACEmmanuel MichonFRADQ0

Round One (23 February 1988 — 10:00)

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Lee Jun-HoKOR47.27Q
2Yuichi AkasakaJPN53.51Q
3Andy GabelUSA54.62
4Bob PerettiITA54.83

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Louis GrenierCAN45.78Q
2Toshinobu KawaiJPN45.83Q
3Thierry FagotFRA46.01
4Robert BlairGBR48.92

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Charles VeldhovenNED45.81Q
2Tsutomu KawasakiJPN47.49Q
3Johnny KahAUS1:00.31
4Enrico PerettiITA1:08.04

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Wilf O'ReillyGBR46.66Q
2Pat MooreUSA49.20Q
3Robert DubreuilCAN1:24.01q
ACMo Ji-SuKORDQ

Heat Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Mario VincentCAN47.13Q
2Brian ArseneauUSA47.48Q
3Peter van der VeldeNED49.61
4Ian EllisGBR1:04.45

Heat Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Michel DaignaultCAN45.56Q
2Tatsuyoshi IshiharaJPN45.74Q
3Hugo HerrnhofITA46.08
4Dave BestemanUSA47.37

Heat Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Jaco MosNED45.42Q
2Kim Gi-HunKOR46.21Q
3Didier ClaeysBEL1:21.93q
ACEmmanuel MichonFRADQ

Heat Eight

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Orazio FagoneITA46.49Q
2Marc BellaFRA47.21Q
3Richard SuytenNED47.81
4Stuart HorsepoolGBR48.43

Quarter-Finals (23 February 1988)

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Wilf O'ReillyGBR45.17Q
2Mario VincentCAN45.29Q
3Brian ArseneauUSA45.76
4Tsutomu KawasakiJPN46.86

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Orazio FagoneITA46.29Q
2Robert DubreuilCAN46.58Q
3Yuichi AkasakaJPN46.83
4Lee Jun-HoKOR47.24
5Marc BellaFRA2:00.40

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Tatsuyoshi IshiharaJPN45.65Q
2Michel DaignaultCAN45.89Q
3Charles VeldhovenNED45.99
4Pat MooreUSA1:00.65

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Kim Gi-HunKOR45.92Q
2Toshinobu KawaiJPN45.94Q
3Louis GrenierCAN46.12
4Jaco MosNED1:08.93
5Didier ClaeysBEL1:15.69

Semi-Finals (23 February 1988)

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Tatsuyoshi IshiharaJPN45.00QA
2Mario VincentCAN45.06QA
3Kim Gi-HunKOR45.15QB
4Orazio FagoneITA1:08.80QB

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Wilf O'ReillyGBR46.39QA
2Robert DubreuilCAN47.06QA
3Toshinobu KawaiJPN53.14QB
4Michel DaignaultCAN1:08.52QB

Final Round (23 February 1988 — 13:00)

A Final

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Wilf O'ReillyGBR44.80
2Mario VincentCAN45.15
3Tatsuyoshi IshiharaJPN45.37
4Robert DubreuilCAN45.38

B Final

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTime
1Michel DaignaultCAN45.10
2Orazio FagoneITA46.35
3Kim Gi-HunKOR48.82
4Toshinobu KawaiJPN49.12