Speed skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics – Men's 5000 metres
|Men's 5000 metres|
at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games
|Date||11 February 2018|
|Competitors||22 from 14 nations|
|Speed skating at the|
2018 Winter Olympics
The event was won by two-time defending champion Sven Kramer in an Olympic record time of 6:09:76. In doing so, he became the first man to win three gold medals in a speed skating event in three consecutive editions of the Olympics. Ted-Jan Bloemen won the silver medal, and Sverre Lunde Pedersen won the bronze medal. Bloemen and Pedersen skated in the same pair, posted the same time, and were separated by the photo finish data. Both won their first Olympic medal.
The field also included 2014 silver medalist Jan Blokhuijsen and 2010 silver medalist Lee Seung-hoon. In the 5th pair, Lee, skating against Bart Swings, posted the best time, with Swings being tentatively second. In the 8th pair, Blokhuijsen took on Peter Michael. Though trailing for most of the distance, Michael came out on top, posting the then-fastest time 0.08 seconds ahead of Lee. Blokhuijsen failed to maintain his initial pace and came home fourth. In the 9th pair, Bloemen and Pedersen crossed the finish line simultaneously, propelling them into the lead. The finish photo showed an 0.002 advantage for Bloemen, setting Pedersen back to second. In the 10th pair, Sven Kramer set a new Olympic record of 6:09:76, becoming Olympic champion in the process as the final pair of Nicola Tumolero and Moritz Geisreiter failed to challenge.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Ted-Jan Bloemen (CAN)||6:01.86||Salt Lake City, United States||10 December 2017|
|Olympic record||Sven Kramer (NED)||6:10.76||Sochi, Russia||8 February 2014|
|Track record||Sven Kramer (NED)||6:06.82||9 February 2017|
The following record was set during this competition.
|11 February||Pair 10||Sven Kramer||Netherlands||6:09.76||OR|
OR = Olympic record
|9||O||Sverre Lunde Pedersen||Norway||6:11.618||+1.85|
|4||8||O||Peter Michael||New Zealand||6:14.07||+4.31|
|5||5||I||Lee Seung-hoon||South Korea||6:14.15||+4.39|
|13||4||I||Simen Spieler Nilsen||Norway||6:18.39||+8.63|
|14||1||O||Nils van der Poel||Sweden||6:19.06||+9.30|
|15||4||O||Bob de Vries||Netherlands||6:22.26||+12.50|
|21||2||I||Emery Lehman||United States||6:31.16||+21.40|
OR = Olympic record, TR = track record