After South Korea dominated the Ladies' relay final, the Men’s race was more closely fought, with multiple lead changes throughout the 5000-metre A Final but ultimately the same outcome.
Canada, with Charles Hamelin their talisman, held the early lead, followed by Japan and Korea. As the race progressed Korea and Canada alternated at the head of the pack before the former pulled ahead for good with just under six laps remaining – leaving the hosts to battle it out with the Netherlands and Japan for the remaining podium positions.
“The crowd buoyed us in the relay,” Hamelin said of the packed house at Maurice-Richard Arena, after his team came in second, two-tenths behind the gold medalists.
“The Koreans skated such a strong race that I knew it would be tough to get the gold. I really wanted to solidify second place.”