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5,000 metres Relay, Men

Date17 – 26 February 2010
StatusOlympic
LocationPacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Participants37 from 8 countries
FormatPlacements 1-8 based on final and B final.
Olympic Record 6:43.376 / Republic of Korea KOR / 25 February 2006

Since this event’s inaugural competition in 1992, Canada and South Korea have dominated it. Both had won two titles each, adding two silvers (Canada) and one silver (Korea). Both teams were again expected to medal in Vancouver. But both Canada and South Korea had been absent from the podium at the most recent World Championships (Canada didn’t even enter), leaving the title to the United States. At the 2009 World Team Championships, South Korea and Canada had placed 1-2, showing that they were the two nations to beat in men’s short track relay. Both teams made their way through the semi-finals with little trouble. The South Koreans comfortably beat the United States and France (which proceeded after interference from the Italians), while the Canadians placed second behind China, but well before the third team.

The final, even more crowded than usual with five teams, was a close one. Although the French were unable to keep up with the pace, the other four teams remained together. Canada had grabbed the lead thanks to Charles Hamelin, who had won a gold in the 500 m earlier on the evening. On the final stint, François-Louis Tremblay - who had been third in that same 500 m final - opened up a small gap with the Chinese, enough to grab the gold medal for the host nation. Behind Tremblay, Han Jialiang of China seemed to secure the silver until he stumbled in the final metres, leaving South Korea to take the silver ahead of the United States. In the latter team, Apolo Anton Ohno grabbed his eight Olympic medal, a record for short track speed skaters.

PosNrTeamNOCLast RacePositionsBest Time
1CanadaCANAF-1Gold
François-Louis TremblayCharles HamelinFrançois HamelinGuillaume BastilleOlivier Jean
2Republic of KoreaKORAF-2Silver
Lee Ho-SeokKim Seong-IlGwak Yun-GiLee Jeong-SuSeong Si-Baek
3United StatesUSAAF-3Bronze
Apolo Anton OhnoJ. R. CelskiJordan MaloneSimon ChoTravis Jayner
4People's Republic of ChinaCHNAF-4
Han JialiangLiu XianweiMa YunfengSong WeilongLiang Wenhao (DNS)
5FranceFRAAF-5
Maxime ChataignierJean-Charles MatteiBenjamin MacéJeremy MassonThibaut Fauconnet
6Great BritainGBRBF-1
Jon EleyAnthony DouglasJack WhelbournePaul WorthTom Iveson
7GermanyGERBF-2
Sebastian PrausTyson HeungPaul HerrmannRobert SeifertRobert Becker (DNS)
ACItalyITASF-DQDQ
Nicola RodigariYuri ConfortolaClaudio RinaldiNicolas BeanRoberto Serra (DNS)

Semi-Finals (17 February 2010 — 18:32)

Heat One (18:32)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
11Republic of KoreaKOR6:43.845Q
Kim Seong-IlGwak Yun-GiLee Ho-SeokSeong Si-Baek
23United StatesUSA6:46.369Q
J. R. CelskiSimon ChoTravis JaynerApolo Anton Ohno
34FranceFRA6:51.071ADV
Maxime ChataignierThibaut FauconnetBenjamin MacéJean-Charles Mattei
AC2ItalyITADQ
Nicolas BeanYuri ConfortolaClaudio RinaldiNicola Rodigari

Heat Two (18:43)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
13People's Republic of ChinaCHN6:43.601Q
Han JialiangLiu XianweiMa YunfengSong Weilong
22CanadaCAN6:43.610Q
Guillaume BastilleCharles HamelinOlivier JeanFrançois-Louis Tremblay
31GermanyGER6:47.289QB
Paul HerrmannTyson HeungSebastian PrausRobert Seifert
44Great BritainGBR6:50.618QB
Anthony DouglasJon EleyTom IvesonJack Whelbourne

Final Round (26 February 2010 — 19:51)

B Final (19:51)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
12Great BritainGBR6:50.045
Anthony DouglasJon EleyJack WhelbournePaul Worth
21GermanyGER6:50.119
Paul HerrmannTyson HeungSebastian PrausRobert Seifert

A Final (20:03)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
12CanadaCAN6:44.224
Charles HamelinFrançois HamelinOlivier JeanFrançois-Louis Tremblay
23Republic of KoreaKOR6:44.446
Gwak Yun-GiLee Ho-SeokLee Jeong-SuSeong Si-Baek
34United StatesUSA6:44.498
J. R. CelskiTravis JaynerJordan MaloneApolo Anton Ohno
41People's Republic of ChinaCHN6:44.630
Han JialiangLiu XianweiMa YunfengSong Weilong
55FranceFRA6:51.566
Maxime ChataignierThibaut FauconnetJeremy MassonJean-Charles Mattei