| Event type

1,000 metres, Men

Date17 – 20 February 2010
LocationPacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Participants32 from 18 countries
FormatPlacements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on placements in earlier rounds, and best time skated.
Olympic Record 1:26.739 / Hyeon-Su An KOR / 18 February 2006

South Korean skaters had won this event at the past four World Championships, with An Hyeon-Su winning in 2006 and 2007, and Lee Ho-Seok in 2008 and 2009. An was not competing in Vancouver, but Lee was. He was joined by two compatriots, Lee Jeong-Su, the 2006 World Junior Champion and Seong Si-Baek, who had dramatically crashed with Lee Ho-Seok in the final. But the Koreans would face tough competition from Apolo Anton Ohno and the Canadian Hamelin brothers, Charles and François .

In the first semi-final, the two Lees proceeded easily, while François Hamelin also made the final, following disqualification of J. R. Celski. The second semi-final heat saw a very close finish, with the first three finishing within 0.035 seconds - about a skate’s length. Ohno won the heat, followed by Charles Hamelin, who edged out Seong by just 0.006. In the final, the lead was initially taken by the two Canadian brothers, but they were soon surpassed by the two Koreans. Lee Ho-Seok was in front at the bell, but Lee Jeong-Su passed him on the inside on the back straight. Because of a wide final curve, Lee Ho-Seok was able to gain back a bit of ground in the final metres, but not enough to deny his compatriot victory. Behind the two Koreans, Ohno held off the Canadians to take the bronze.

A few months after Lee Jeong-Su’s two gold medals in Vancouver, he was convicted in a match-fixing scandal. Together with fellow Olympian Gwak Yun-Gi and their coach Jeon Jae-Mok, Lee was accused of having withdrawn during the March national team tryouts in favour of Gwak. The two skaters received an unusually severe punishment, as they were banished from competition until April 2013. Jeon was permanently expelled from coaching the national team.

PosNrSkaterNOCLast RacePositionsBest Time
1243Lee Jeong-SuKORAF-1Gold
2242Lee Ho-SeokKORAF-2Silver
3256Apolo Anton OhnoUSAAF-3Bronze
4205Charles HamelinCANAF-4
5206François HamelinCANAF-5
6209Han JialiangCHNBF-1
7244Seong Si-BaekKORBF-DQ3-1-11:24.245
8252J. R. CelskiUSASF-DQDQ-2-21:24.621
9232Yuri ConfortolaITAQF-30-3-11:24.788
10210Liang WenhaoCHNQF-30-3-21:25.060
11247Sjinkie KnegtNEDQF-30-3-21:25.449
12231Nicolas BeanITAQF-30-3-21:25.827
13226Tyson HeungGERQF-40-4-21:25.938
14245Haralds SilovsLATQF-40-4-21:25.951
15215Thibaut FauconnetFRAQF-40-4-21:26.213
16248Blake SkjellerupNZLQF-40-4-21:27.374
17234Nicola RodigariITAQF-DQ0-DQ-31:41.117
18220Jon EleyGBRR1-30-0-31:25.288
19202Pieter GyselBELR1-30-0-31:25.613
20237Yuzo TakamidoJPNR1-30-0-31:26.074
21230Viktor KnochHUNR1-30-0-31:26.279
22225Paul HerrmannGERR1-30-0-31:26.739
23231Travis JaynerUSAR1-30-0-31:26.870
24250Semyon YelistratovRUSR1-30-0-31:27.254
25212Ma YunfengCHNR1-40-0-41:25.814
26201Lachlan HayAUSR1-40-0-41:26.132
27236Takahiro FujimotoJPNR1-40-0-41:26.359
28239Aydar BekzhanovKAZR1-40-0-41:26.536
29251Ruslan ZakharovRUSR1-40-0-41:26.883
30221Tom IvesonGBRR1-40-0-41:27.841
31203Asen PandovBULR1-40-0-41:28.580
AC214Maxime ChataignierFRAR1-DQ0-0-DQDQ

Round One (17 February 2010 — 17:25)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to quarter-finals.

Heat One (17:25)

12Charles HamelinCAN1:25.256Q
23Sjinkie KnegtNED1:25.449Q
34Jon EleyGBR1:25.588
41Ma YunfengCHN1:25.814

Heat Two (17:29)

11François HamelinCAN1:25.714Q
23Tyson HeungGER1:25.938Q
32Viktor KnochHUN1:26.279
44Aydar BekzhanovKAZ1:26.536

Heat Three (17:33)

13Seong Si-BaekKOR1:24.245QOR
21Blake SkjellerupNZL1:27.875Q
34Nicola RodigariITA1:41.117ADV
AC2Maxime ChataignierFRADQ

Heat Four (17:37)

12Han JialiangCHN1:26.479Q
23Nicolas BeanITA1:26.781Q
34Travis JaynerUSA1:26.870
41Tom IvesonGBR1:27.841

Heat Five (17:41)

14Yuri ConfortolaITA1:27.073Q
23Thibaut FauconnetFRA1:27.080Q
31Semyon YelistratovRUS1:27.254
42Asen PandovBUL1:28.580

Heat Six (17:45)

11Apolo Anton OhnoUSA1:25.940Q
23Liang WenhaoCHN1:26.249Q
34Paul HerrmannGER1:26.739
42Ruslan ZakharovRUS1:26.883

Heat Seven (17:49)

14Lee Jeong-SuKOR1:24.962Q
22J. R. CelskiUSA1:25.113Q
33Pieter GyselBEL1:25.613
41Takahiro FujimotoJPN1:26.359

Heat Eight (17:53)

13Lee Ho-SeokKOR1:25.925Q
22Haralds SilovsLAT1:25.951Q
34Yuzo TakamidoJPN1:26.074
41Lachlan HayAUS1:26.132

Quarter-Finals (20 February 2010 — 18:29)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to semi-finals.

Heat One (18:29)

11Charles HamelinCAN1:25.300Q
23Apolo Anton OhnoUSA1:25.502Q
34Nicolas BeanITA1:25.827
42Tyson HeungGER1:26.098

Heat Two (18:33)

11Lee Jeong-SuKOR1:25.822Q
23Han JialiangCHN1:25.856Q
32Sjinkie KnegtNED1:26.176
44Thibaut FauconnetFRA1:26.213
AC5Nicola RodigariITADQ

Heat Three (18:37)

11Seong Si-BaekKOR1:24.570Q
22J. R. CelskiUSA1:24.621Q
33Yuri ConfortolaITA1:24.788
44Blake SkjellerupNZL1:27.374

Heat Four (18:41)

12Lee Ho-SeokKOR1:24.980Q
21François HamelinCAN1:25.037Q
34Liang WenhaoCHN1:25.060
43Haralds SilovsLAT1:50.292

Semi-Finals (20 February 2010 — 19:28)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One (19:28)

12Lee Ho-SeokKOR1:25.347Q
24Lee Jeong-SuKOR1:25.560Q
33François HamelinCAN1:45.324ADV
AC1J. R. CelskiUSADQ

Heat Two (19:32)

13Apolo Anton OhnoUSA1:25.033Q
22Charles HamelinCAN1:25.062Q
31Seong Si-BaekKOR1:25.068QB
44Han JialiangCHN1:25.462QB

Final Round (20 February 2010 — 20:05)

B Final (20:05)

12Han JialiangCHN1:32.023
AC1Seong Si-BaekKORDQ

A Final (20:10)

14Lee Jeong-SuKOR1:23.747OR
23Lee Ho-SeokKOR1:23.801
31Apolo Anton OhnoUSA1:24.128
42Charles HamelinCAN1:24.329
55François HamelinCAN1:25.206