Winter Olympics 2022 day five: speed skating and luge medals up for grabs – live! – The Guardian
Luge: Right, three of the 17 pairs have made their way down, going in reverse order of the times they banked in their first runs in this doubles competition. The drama will build until we spot the two German pairs to finish the event: the world champions in second – Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken – then the old boys in the lead looking to win this for a third time, Toby Arlt and Toby Wendl.
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Curling: On the way back to the sliding centre for the final run in the doubles luge, a swing around the grounds for some updated scores:
Canada 5 – Denmark 4 ROC 3 – USA 2 Norway 3 – Switzerland 2 Sweden 3 – China 1
And in the men’s Ice Hockey, Denmark have an early goal on the board against the Czech Republic in their Pool B opener.
Speed skating: The standard post-race review takes place and it confirms that it’s Dubois not Elistravor over the line in second place. But there’s no doubt about Hwang Daeheon, who is a fine champion. He was booted out of the semi of the 1000m in most controversial circumstances but bounced back in the 1500m to top the world and earn Korea their first gold of the Games. For Team GB, Farrell Treacy who hung with the pack throughout before finishing in ninth place – a fine effort in a sport that doesn’t currently enjoy national funding.
Gold for Korea!
A daring move from Hwang Dae-heon to take the lead with a couple of laps to go then holding off Elistratov and Dubois. Whaddarace!
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Speed skating: Confortola now Elistratov take turns leading the pack early – all eight skating in a close file, six laps to go. Treacy at the back of the pack. Janghyuk to the front then the Hungarians!
Speed skating: They’re away in the men’s 1500m final! A clean start. Watch for the Hungarian brothers – can Shaolin Sandor Liu get it done after losing gold in dramatic circumstances on Monday?
Speed skating: “It will be Piccadilly Circus in rush hour,” says BBC caller Simon Brotherton as the ten athletes are introduced to the ice. “For Farrell Treacy, this is the biggest race of his life.” Find a telly!
Speed skating: the start list for the men’s 1500m final, up shortly.
46 – Lee June-seo (KOR) 2 – Shaolin Sandor Liu (HUN) 1 – Shaoang Liu (HUN) 195 – Park Janghyuk (KOR) 52 – Hwang Daeheon (KOR) 3 – Semien Elistratov (ROC) 114 – Farrell Treacy (GBR) 15 – Adil Galiakhmetov (KAZ) 16 – Steven Dubois (CAN) 20 – Yuri Confortola (ITA)
Speed skating: Great second-semi in the women’s 3000m relay, Canada holding their nerve after leading most of the way and Korea snaffling the second qualification spot. The USA and ROC miss out.
Speed skating: A proud day for Farrell Treacy, reaching the ten-man final of the 1500m. Doubly impressive given he had Covid just a few weeks ago, which required ten days of isolation just when he was preparing for Beijing. At that point, it looked like he might have to pull out entirely but here he is, at the Olympics for the second time with a chance to do something special in 15 minutes from now.
Curling: around the grounds as we wait for more speed skating action, it’s the opening night of the men’s curling. Progress scores:
Canada 4 – Denmark 2 USA 1 – ROC 1 Norway 2 – Switzerland 2 Sweden 1 – China 0
Speed skating: The first of two semi-finals in the women’s 3000m relay, the Netherlands and China progressing to tomorrow’s final with Poland and Italy eliminated. Next up: Canada, Korea, Not Russia and the USA.
Luge: At the end of the first run in the doubles competition, it’s the two highly-fancied German pairs in gold and silver position. Wendl and Arlt, chasing their third victory in this event, were one of several teams to break the track record and take a breather some 0.045 seconds ahead of world champions Eggert and Benecken. The final runs will begin, in reverse order, just 40 minutes from now.
Figure skating: some drama elsewhere too, a positive doping result has led to the cancellation of the figure skating team event medal ceremony. Read all about it here, via Sean Ingle in Beijing.
The Winter Olympics medal ceremony for the figure skating team event was cancelled due to a Russian skater testing positive for a substance before the Games that was not performance enhancing, multiple sources have told the Guardian.
Speed skating: There will be ten racers on the ice for the 1500m final. That’s going to be total mayhem, about 30 minutes from now.
Speed skating: They’re away cleanly, Charles Hamelin (CAN) leading them out, Farrell Treacy (GBR) taking his turn before Adil Galiakhemetov (KAZ) and eventually Shaolang Liu (HUN) settle in at the front with four laps to go. Dual gold-medallist Ren Ziwei (CHN) has work to do with a lap to go but takes third with Park Janghyuk (KOR) getting the second automatic qualification spot behind winner Shaoang. And from all that? The TV referee has his clipboard out again. Treacy, who finished fifth, could be the beneficiary of the review here? He is! Ren Ziwei is rubbed out and Treacy is into third! Team GB will have a racer in the Olympic Final. Goodness me!
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Speed skating: They are still going through the tape of second-semi two: has Sjinkie Knegt (NED), who finished third and could still yet qualify for the final, put in an illegal arm block? It’s a long wait – and yes, Knegt is rubbed out. Steven Dubois (CAN) is given the golden ticket to the final as the next man over the line. Love this sport. Team GB’s Farrell Treacy is coming up in the third and final race.
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Speed skating: This second-semi is stacked. Semion Elistratov (ROC) makes his move early but Hwang Daeheong (KOR) takes the lead back with seven laps to go. Action everywhere; six of the seven racers remain in contention. That same pair are first and second as they take the bell – can they hold on? They do. Beautifully played.
Speed skating: Away in the first of three semis in the men’s 1500m short-track! And it’s clinical from Lee Juneseo (KOR) and Shaolin Sandor Lui (HUN). Oh wait, here comes the TV ref! He was the man who denied Shaolin gold in the 1000m after the fact… but no such intervention here; they have both booked their berth in the final.
Luge: Two Two Tobys, Wendl and Arl – the double-champions – now 34-years-old having been doing this together for over 20 years. And they’re away safely and quickly, ahead by a whisker at the first check point. Can they keep it up? They can! Another track record; they’re into the lead by 0.045 of a second ahead of Eggert and Benecken. A reminder that the doubles is two runs only with the second starting as soon as the first round is complete – a quick game is a good game.
Luge: And it’s brilliant from Eggert and Benecken (GER) at the first time of asking, breaking the track record in the second run of the entire competition. Wendl and Arlt are set to slide fifth. Game on.
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Luge: As we wait for the semi-finals of the men’s 1500m, over to the sliding centre for the first of two runs in the doubles to determine the Olympic champions over the next couple of hours with Germans Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt going for three gold medals in a row. But they’ll have to see of fellow Germans Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken, who have been the in-form pair over the last two years.
Speed skating: Hanne Desmet (BEL), who made the final of the 500m, is through to the semis of the 1000m with fellow youngster Courtney Sarault of Canada. Some drama in the seventh heat with the TV referee called on again, which resulted in Alyson Charles (CAN) advancing for the second time this week after hitting the deck, joining Natalia Maliszewska (POL) and Ekaterina Efremonkova (ROC). To complete the heats, Kirsten Santos (USA) and Petra Jaszapati (HUN) through without concern. “All the big names are still there except Boutin,” the assessment of the TV expert.
Snowboarding: That Kim Boutin fall isn’t quite on the same scale as Lindsey Jacobellis in 2006, but what a story that has been today, finally claiming gold at age 36 in the Snowboard Cross. Sean Ingle details a tremendous tale of persistence and, at last, redemption.
This time there was no grab of the snowboard, no showboating for the cameras. Just the greatest redemption story in Winter Olympics history. For 16 years Lindsey Jacobellis has been known as the snowboarder who led the 2006 Olympic board cross final and then decided to take a premature celebratory grab. It was an act of reverse alchemy that caused her to stumble and slip and turned gold into silver. It is a mistake that has haunted her ever since.
Curling: Let’s get a quick look at the Norwegian strides between speed skating heats. Oh. Disappointing: trousers for their competition-opener against the Swiss are… navy blue. Play on.
Speed skating: Here comes Arianna Fontana (ITA) who won the 500m and has ten Olympic medals across her wonderful career. And she’s through – easily. What a glorious athlete. Kim Boutin’s turn, the Canadian craving a first gold medal after plenty of silver and bronze… BUT SHE FALLS OVER AT THE FINAL CORNER! She was in the lead by a couple of metres and, from nowhere, GONE. Gosh, she is, understandably, absolutely gutted sitting on the ice. Blimey.
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Speed skating: The Olympic Record goes again! What a start to the women’s 1000m. It’s Suzanne Schulting (NED) this time, who won gold in this event at Pyeongchang and claimed silver in the 500m on Monday, lowering the mark.
Speed skating: I neglected to mention that before the business end of the men’s 1500m, we have the heats of the women’s 1000m. Team GB’s Kat Thomson is in the first group to go but doesn’t finish in the top two, so she’s out. Choi Minjeong though, the Korean who won two gold medals in her home Games four years ago, has burned up the track with an Olympic Record to start the competition!
Speed skating: 21 racers have qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 1500m on the short-track, split into three heats of seven. They will be back for that shortly after they’ve cleaned up the ice.
Gold for Germany in the Nordic Combined Gundersen!
Vinzenz Geiger is an Olympic champion for the third time! He had 86 seconds to make up after the ski-jump but powered to the finish line to win the race and the gold by just under a second. Jørgen Graabak (NOR) wins silver and Lukas Greiderer (AUT) the bronze. “This was impressive a finish as we’ve seen,” the TV caller says of Geiger’s powerful surge after taking Graabak in the final stretch.
And with that, Germany jump to second on the overall medal tally.
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Speed skating: Ren Ziwei, who already has two gold medals this week from the controversial 1000m and the 2000m mixed relay, leads them around in the sixth and final quarterfinal – nicely done. And a great result for Team GB with Farrell Tracey through in the third qualifying position, competing in his second Olympic Games.
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Speed skating: Sjinkie Knegt (NED), who won silver in this event at Pyeongchang and has the world record to his name – and survived serious burns to his leg an awful fire at home in 2019 – is through safely after a less eventful fifth quarterfinal. A big chance later.
Speed skating: Showing all the experience of a three-time Olympic champion to stay out of trouble around a fall, Charles Hamelin (CAN) is into the semis with a pacy 2:11. There’s a review required after two skaters hit the deck but it doesn’t change the result with the first three over the line safely into the penultimate round.
Speed skating: Class from Korean superstar Hwang Daeheon in the third quarterfinal, taking the lead as the bell rang and cruising to victory over Semen Elistratov (ROC). The the former world champion also qualifies for the semi-final in an hour from now.
Speed skating: The TV referee has nine cameras to review to make their decisions, as is so often the case on the short-track. And the Italian Pietro Sighel has copped a penalty for an arm block in quarter final two, so he’s gone from second to eliminated – tough sport.
Nordic combined: A reminder that this is a 10km time trial on skis after the athletes completed their jumps yesterday. The first 11 (of 44) are away in the first of four groups to take to the circuit.
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Speed skating: The first quarterfinal for the men’s 1500m and the Olympic Record has gone! A big statement from Shaolin Sandor Liu (HUN) who lost the gold in the 1000m on protest two days ago.
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Cheers, Tom. What a top evening session we have ahead of us with three gold medals up for grabs between now and the close of play on this first Wednesday of these XXIV Olympic Winter Games.
It’s 7pm in the Beijing, which signals the start of the individual Gundersen. This is a brilliant event, combining ski-jumping and 10km of hard graft against the clock. Japan’s Ryota Yamamoto leads the way after his jumps with four German and Austrians within a minute, after distance is converted to seconds on the cross-country course. The silver medal winner from 2018, Akito Watabe, starts 76 seconds behind in 9th position – well within striking distance.
At the Capital Indoor Stadium, the bedlam of short-track speed skating returns with the men’s 1500m moving from the quarter-finals to the medal race over the next couple of hours. Defending champion Lim Hyo-jun is there again but under a different flag, moving from the South Korea team to the Chinese team. Dutchman Sjinkie Knegt, who was runner up in Pyeongchang and has since claimed the world record, is another we’ll have our eyes on.
Last night at the National Sliding Centre we saw a tremendous piece of Olympic history with Natalie Geisenberger victorious for the third Games in a row. In the doubles, which begins in just over an hour, her fellow Germans Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt have the chance to do the same and win this event three times on the trot. However, they’ll need to see off another German pair, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken, who won bronze four years ago – they come into the competition leading the World Cup rankings in 2021.
Through the night we’ll also drop in and out of the curling, where the men’s round robin begins; Norway’s crazy pants (believe me, this is a thing) is likely to dominate the attention there. Meanwhile, at the National Indoor Stadium, Pool B of the men’s Ice Hockey kicks off with the Czech Republic up against the Denmark.
And after all that, we’ll go to bed very satisfied little Olympic-obsessives, right? Join me for the fun – drop me a note or a tweet.
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