Toyota

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Toyota is a valued TOP Partner of the International Olympic Committee
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Toyota Motor Corporation has recently been appointed as a TOP partner of the IOCe through to 2024. Toyota has a long history of involvement with both the Olympics and Paralympics, and has been an Official Sponsor of the Australian Paralympic Committee since 2004.

In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, with sustainability as one of its key pillars, Toyota will work with the Organising Committees through to 2024 to provide sustainable mobility solutions for the Games to help with safer, more efficient mobility, including intelligent transport systems, urban traffic systems and vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems. The partnership will help deliver a mobility legacy in the host cities and countries.

As a TOP Partner, Toyota will support the organisers of future Olympic Games, the IOC and National Olympic Committees and their Olympic teams around the world.

Samsung

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Samsung are a valued Australian Olympic Team Partner for 2017-2020
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Samsung provides wireless telecommunications equipment to the Olympic Family to support the operations of staging the Olympic Games.

With its wireless telecommunications equipment, Samsung also helps Olympic athletes share their experiences with family and friends around the world. Samsung’s commitment to the Olympic Games is one of the company’s most significant efforts in promoting international goodwill. Samsung became a Worldwide Olympic Partner when it joined the TOP Programme in 1997 under the category of wireless telecommunications equipment.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in telecommunication technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 88,000 people in 89 offices across 46 countries. The company in the world’s third largest producer of mobile phones in quantity and the second largest producer of mobile phones in sales volume.

P&G

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About P&G in Australia & New Zealand: 

Four billion times a day, P&G brands touch and improve the lives of consumers around the globe. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands. Our brands include well-known brands like: Whisper®, Braun®, Duracell®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Iams®, Mach3®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Pringles®, Wella®. 

The Procter & Gamble Company / P&G (NYSE: PG) began operating in Australia and New Zealand in 1985. Today P&G Australia and New Zealand employs over 400 employees. The head office is based in Sydney, Australia with additional offices in Melbourne and Auckland, New Zealand.

About P&G and the Olympic Movement:

In July, 2010 – P&G and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a global partnership for the next five Olympic Games, beginning with London 2012 Olympic Games and extending through Sochi (2014), Rio (2016), and the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games. The breadth of P&G’s portfolio, which includes 22 brands generating $1 billion or more in annual sales, and the depth of P&G’s reach to four billion people worldwide, make this the most far-reaching Olympic partnership. The partnership unites the Purpose of the Olympic Movement, which is “To Improve Life Through Sport” with P&G’s Purpose to “Touch and Improve More Consumers’ Lives in More Parts of the World More Completely.” 
We are delighted to be a partner with the Australian Olympic Committee, using our voice to support the Olympic movement and Team Australia.

Erika Yamasaki to lead Australian Team at Samoa 2019

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Weightlifter Erika Yamasaki has been named Australian Flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games.

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SAMOA 2019: Weightlifter Erika Yamasaki has been named Australian Flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games.

The 30-year-old will lead members of the Australian team into Apia Park during Sunday night’s Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the 14-day competition involving 24 Pacific nations.

Yamasaki said she was “shocked” when Chef de Mission and three-time Olympian Ken Wallace rang her the day before departure to share the good news.

“It was very out of the blue, I wasn’t expecting anything like this to happen,” she said.

“Just to be selected is such an honour, because you’re the one person chosen to lead everyone out in front of the crowd.

“I’ve been part of many teams where I’ve seen a flagbearer announced and I’ve always thought it was the biggest honour to be chosen, so to actually be selected is a really proud achievement for me.”

Based in Ipswich, Queensland, Yamasaki was a gymnast before she was Talend ID’d for weightlifting in 2000. Six years later, the then 17-year-old won bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The Darwin-born athlete has donned the green and gold at numerous World, Oceania, National and State Championships over her 19-year career. She is also a Level 2 coach, International referee, and was awarded Life Membership to the Queensland Weightlifting Association in June 2019 for her contribution to the sport as an athlete and official.

Erika Yamasaki

Wallace said while Yamasaki has achieved greatness in the sport, it’s her optimism and positive attitude that made her a suitable flagbearer candidate.

“Erika has a long list of accolades to her name, but what I admire is that she is a humble but fierce competitor, who is well respected amongst her peers and wears her heart on her sleeve,” the Beijing 2008 Olympic champion said.

“Her experience in the Oceania region, especially competing in Australia's Pacific Games debut in Port Moresby, is an invaluable experience that the rest of the Australian Team can learn from.

“She embodies the Australian Olympic Team values and I trust that Erika will lead the Australian Pacific Games Team with honour and pride into the Opening Ceremony this Sunday night.”

Yamasaki was a member of the inaugural Australian Team to compete at the Pacific Games in 2015 where she made history capturing Australia’s first ever gold medal at the Games.

The Queenslander also made history as the first Australian female to clean and jerk double her body weight in 2015. She was in prime condition leading into the Olympic qualifying season for Rio 2016, but her campaign was prematurely cut short due to injury.

With Tokyo 2020 qualification points up for grabs in Samoa this week, she’s thrilled to be returning to her top form and have her achievements recognised.

“I’ve had a few bad years prior to this year, but things are just starting to pick up again,” the 30-year-old said.

“I thought I may be a bit over the hill - getting too old - and in weightlifting I’d reached a point where making small personal bests was becoming really difficult, but things are starting to get better and just last weekend I hit a new personal best in my Total.

“So to still be recognised, to still be selected in Teams and for people to still notice me in this capacity, it’s really special and I feel like I’m still deserving of being on a Team like this.”

The Samoan Games marks the 3rd time the island nation has hosted the event. The 16th edition of the Pacific Games will see 4000 athletes from 24 nations compete across 27 sports, of which 19 are Olympic sports.

The 2019 Pacific Games Opening Ceremony is on Sunday night, with competition kicking off Monday morning and running to July 20.

A live stream of the competition is available HERE. See the full Australian Team list and discover more about Samoa 2019 HERE.

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Australian Water Polo teams named for FINA World Championships in South Korea

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Water Polo Australia today named their Men’s and Women’s teams that will compete at the up coming FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

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WATER POLO: Water Polo Australia today named their Men’s and Women’s teams that will compete at the up coming FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

With just over a year to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the best teams will battle it out from 14-27 July 2019 in the last major international tournament ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

The Australian Men’s side, the Aussie Sharks, head into the World Champs in good form after a recent bronze medal at the FINA World League Final in Serbia combined with their silver medal at last year’s World Cup.

Dual Olympian Aaron Younger will once again Captain the Sharks and puts his side’s strong form down to years of hard work paying off.

“The team has been working on this for many years now… a lot of the boys have been around for a long time. Things are starting to work and click in the team,” said Younger.

“The team has good of momentum at the moment so hopefully we can use that momentum leading into the World Championships,” he said.

To set the tournament up well the Aussie Sharks will be looking to top their group but will come up against defending World Champions Croatia in the opening match. 

“A large part of our tournament will be in the first four games, obviously we’ve got the three group games and then either quarter final or the crossover game. We are looking to hit the ground running from the first game, try and top the group, try and get a win against Croatia and see how we go from there. Definitely looking to be at our peak in that first week,” he said.

Captain Rowie Webster (Melbourne) - Dual Olympian

Captaining the Women's side is dual Olympian Rowie Webster, who has welcomed two debutants to the experienced Aussie team.

“It’s great for us to have some of the girls making their World Championships debut as they bring a new dynamic to our squad,” said Webster.

“We weren’t satisfied with our fifth place at the World League Final. But in saying that we have also seen great progression in the last few months and we know as a team we're ready to build on that performance.

“There will be nowhere to hide from the outset with our first game against Italy in the pool stages and they are coming off a silver medal at the World League Final. But we’ve done our home work and we know if we can put in our best team performance we will be right in the fight.

“We know this is our last major tournament before the Olympics but as a team we’re really focused on taking it one game, one tournament at a time,” she said.

Follow the Australian teams #roadtoGwangju via social media @WaterpoloAus.

Catch the live stream on www.finatv.live 

Aussie Sharks Team 

Richard Campbell (NSW) UNSW/Wests
Joel Dennerley (NSW) UNSW/Wests
Blake Edwards (NSW) Drummoyne
Lachlan Edwards (NSW) Drummoyne
Andrew Ford (WA) UNSW/Wests
George Ford (WA) Mataro / UWA
Rhys Howden (QLD) QLD Thunder
Anthony Hrysanthos (NSW) Vouliagmeni / Sydney University
Joe Kayes (NSW) Pro Recco
Nathan Power (NSW) UNSW/Wests / Jadran ST
Tim Putt (WA) UWA / Primorie
Aidan Roach (NSW) Drummoyne
Aaron Younger (C) (WA) Fremantle / FTC

Aussie Stingers Team

Zoe Arancini (WA) Melville

Elle Armit (NSW) Drummoyne Devils

Isobel Bishop (NSW) Sydney Uni

Hannah Buckling (NSW) Sydney Uni

Keesja Gofers (NSW) Sydney Uni

Bronte Halligan (NSW) UCLA

Bronwen Knox (Qld) Qld Thunder

Lena Mihailovic (NSW) Ferencvrosi

Gabriella Palm (Qld) Qld Thunder

Amy Ridge (NSW) UNSW Wests

Maddy Steere (Vic) Michigan

Rowie Webster (C) (Vic) Balmain Tigers

Lea Yanitsas (NSW) UNSW Wests

 

FINA WORLD CHAMPS SCHEDULE

Sunday 14/07/19 - WOMEN 

Australia vs Italy

Time: 20:30 (local), 21:30 (AEST)

 

Monday 15/07/19 - MEN

Australia vs Croatia

Time: 12:30pm (local), 13:30 (AEST)

 

Tuesday 16/07/19 – WOMEN

Australia vs China

Time: 16:30 (local), 17:30 (AEST)

 

Wednesday 17/07/19 - MEN

Australia vs Kazakhstan

Time: 08:30 (local) 09:30 (AEST)

 

Thursday 18/07/19 – WOMEN

Australia vs Japan

Time: 11:10 (local) 12:10pm (AEST)

 

Friday 19/07/19 - MEN

Australia vs USA

Time: 19:10 (local), 20:10 (AEST)

 

Cross-over matches (TBC)

Women – Saturday 20 July 2019

Men – Sunday 21 July 2019

 

Water Polo Australia

 

Australian ticket sales for Tokyo 2020 to launch Wednesday, 10 July

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Australian Ticket Sales for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to Launch Wednesday, 10 July 9:00am AEST.

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TOKYO 2020:Australian Ticket Sales for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to Launch Wednesday, 10 July 9:00am AEST.

Last month, CoSport, the Official Olympic Hospitality Provider and proud Australian Olympic Team Partner, held a Ticket Request Process in which more than one million global users accessed CoSport.com to enter a ballot process, requesting tickets to their favourite Olympic events.

CoSport users whose ballots were successfully drawn were among the first Australians to buy Tokyo 2020 tickets.

In Australia, the most-requested Olympic events have been Athletics, Swimming, Basketball and Artistic Gymnastics, followed by the Opening Ceremony, which will take place on 24 July 2020 in Tokyo’s new National Stadium.

Two new Olympic sports debuting in Tokyo – Skateboarding and Sports Climbing - were also among the 20 most-requested of the Games’ 52 disciplines, as was Baseball which is being re-introduced after a 12-year absence.

Australia-based fans will have their next opportunity to purchase tickets on 10 July at 9:00am AEST, when CoSport will sell tickets on a first-come-, first-served basis, along with ticket-hotel combinations also offered in several configurations with accommodation, meals and expert guidance. Buyers should be sure to register a CoSport.com user account to access the sale by 10 July.

CoSport’s record-breaking news followed a Japan-based ticket lottery where the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee also recorded millions of users requesting tickets reserved for residents of the host country.

Japan’s strong demand for host country tickets will result in the vast majority of high-demand tickets being sold to Japanese residents, with Australia sharing in remainders split among more than 100 territories.

“Although Australia represents a very large market for Tokyo, the Olympic Games has the unique ability to level playing fields and spectator seats alike, with Australia just one player sharing in limited global ticket allocations,” said Robert F. Long, President of CoSport.

“CoSport continues to work hard to meet Australian public demand, maximise allocation and provide fair access throughout the ticketing process. As such, fans who did not obtain tickets during the Request Process shouldn’t lose hope, but take advantage of the Live Sales opportunity launching on 10 July,“ Mr Long concluded.

“The Tokyo Games will open in just over a year, and these Games will be one of the best ever. With our ticketing partner CoSport we are pleased to be able to offer the friends and family of Australian athletes the opportunity to purchase tickets,” said Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll.

“The unprecedented demand for tickets is a challenge for Australians looking to travel to Tokyo so we encourage fans to get in now for tickets and look for accommodation options.

“Together with CoSport, we are excited to extend the invitation to Australian fans for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Tokyo. The demand for tickets is unprecedented, but our athletes will be grateful for all the support they can receive on the ground in Tokyo,” Mr Carroll concluded.

The Olympic Experience Experts, CoSport has spent decades bringing fans to the Games and has been preparing since 2015 in Tokyo, the world’s largest metropolitan area which expects another 1 million visitors for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Tickets will be available on CoSport.com.

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Taekwondo Team announced for Samoa 2019

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Following an intense selection event in Sydney, Australia’s Pacific Games Team has expanded to a total of 57 athletes with a 15-strong Taekwondo contingent named for Samoa 2019.

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SAMOA 2019: Following an intense selection event in Sydney, Australia’s Pacific Games Team has expanded to a total of 57 athletes with a 15-strong Taekwondo contingent named for Samoa 2019.

This follows the original 42 athletes from Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Rugby 7s, Sailing and Weightlifting, which were announced in June.

The Taekwondo team will be headlined by three-time Olympian Carmen Marton. She will be joined in Samoa by her fiance and dual Olympian Safwan Khalil, and her younger brother Jack Marton. Continuing the family affair is Safwan’s brother Ali, who is heading to the Games as the head coach.

Carmen, who won gold at the last edition of the Pacific Games, said she’s thrilled to be back on the Pacific Team.

“I had an amazing time at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea,” she said.

“The team spirit amongst the spectators, the volunteers and a big Australian Team with broader sports, is inspiring and motivating. I want to be part of that Team spirit and use it to fuel me home for the next 6 months!”

Carmen has represented her nation in the sport she loves for over 20 years, and is now working towards one last Olympic campaign at Tokyo 2020. She said she is making the most of every opportunity and winning gold in the qualification event for Samoa was no different.

“As I compete in my final Olympic cycle, I really am cherishing every competition I do,” she said.

“National team selections always bring on additional pressure and stress. I’ve had to stay strong and focused throughout some hard times this year, so winning this was a really special moment for me and my team.”

Celebrating her win alongside Safwan and Jack made the occasion even more momentous.

“All three of us were very focused on our competition day and fully aware of how important making this national team was.

“We understand the ruthlessness of our sport and how easily a fight can go your way or against you. It only takes one kick, or one referee decision.

“We were gracious in our wins on the mats, but back in the car on the drive home we screamed! By ‘we’, I mean me - while Jack and Saf were laughing out of happiness and relief.

“That is why I stayed in this sport for another cycle - not only to reach my full potential as an athlete, but also to share these special moments.”

Taekwondo Australia are sending a strong contingent to the 16th instalment of the Pacific Gammes as there are vital world ranking points up for grabs that contribute to Tokyo 2020 qualification.

Carmen’s brother Jack recently won gold at the 2019 Dutch Open and placed 5th at the 2019 World Championships.

Safwan Khalil and Reba Stewart also secured top-16 finishes at the recent World Champs in Manchester and both won bronze in their respective divisions at the Dutch Open.

The Marton siblings, Khalil and Thomas Afonczenko are all heading into the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games as the defending champions from the 2015 edition in Papua New Guinea.

Samoa 2019 runs 7 – 20 July, with the majority of sports based in the capital city, Apia.

See the full Australian Team for the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games HERE.

Australian Taekwondo Team for Samoa 2019
Women
Tamzin Christoffel 
Yasmina Hibic
Chelsea Hobday
Ruth Hock
Carmen Marton
Rebecca Murray
Serena Stevens
Reba Stewart

Men
Thomas Afonczenko
Damon Cavey
Safwan Khalil
Jack Marton
Alan Salek
Leon Sejranovic
Mackenzie Singleton

Georgia Thompson
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AOC welcomes Prime Minister's support for Olympic Games bid

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The AOC has welcomed comments from the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, supporting a potential bid for the 2032 Olympic Games in Queensland.

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The Prime Minister’s comments follow a meeting in Osaka with IOC President Thomas Bach and AOC President and IOC Member John Coates.

Mr Coates says the Prime Minister’s commitment to a united approach across all levels of government was a substantial boost to Brisbane’s prospects of mounting a compelling case to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“The Prime Minister made it very clear that he was enthused by what he heard at the meeting and that the Federal Government was ready to move forward.”

“Thomas Bach conveyed the new flexible approach the IOC has adopted to create a dialogue with potential Games’ hosts and for Games to be hosted in several cities or regions.

“There’s no question a Games could be held in Queensland that suits this model.

“We have significant existing sports infrastructure across multiple locations in South East Queensland - and preliminary group events for football, men and women, could be held in Townsville at the new football stadium being constructed there, with the agreement of the North Queensland Cowboys, for these Games in August.

“Cairns is the other large regional city which should be investigated to host preliminary group events, in either basketball or volleyball, which require six-thousand seat capacities for preliminaries.

“However, President Bach warned against spreading events too far, being mindful of comments from the athlete Members of the IOC, who are concerned about the loss of the magic for athletes from all 206 National Olympic Committees, coming together,” Mr Coates said.

There needs to be sufficient accommodation for not only the teams but also technical officials, media and spectators, as well as additional broadcasting costs having to be considered.

“That said, the Prime Minister made it clear that a Queensland Games would fit well into the Federal Government’s ten-year infrastructure planning. I have consistently maintained that we need to fix the transport infrastructure or connectivity, linking the venues from Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast for the Games to work for the athletes.

“The additional changes to the IOC Charter also allow for the Games’ host to be determined sooner than the previous requirement of seven years prior to the Games.

Mr Coates said next steps would be the formation of the Leadership Group, the completion of an economic feasibility study by the Queensland Government and finalisation of the competition venue masterplan.

“This very positive meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison follows Mr Bach’s meetings with Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk and the Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner in May.

“There is no doubt they’ve all understood President Bach’s message that the Games will pay for themselves, based on the IOC’s contribution of at least $AUD2.5 billion, ticket sales revenue and national sponsorships and licensing.

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Speed Skating

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Australia and Olympic Speed Skating

Speed skater Kenneth Kennedy was the first Australian Winter Olympian when he competed at Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games in 1936. He competed in the 500m, 1500m and 5000m, placing 29th, 33rd and 33rd respectively.

In 1952, the brilliant reign of the colourful character Colin Hickey began. He sold newspapers to save enough money to buy his first pair of skates and took a ship to Norway at the age of 18 to train in the speed skating hub. He represented Australia at three consecutive Games; Oslo 1952, Cortina D’Ampezzo 1956 and Squaw Valley 1960. In 1956 he achieved Australia’s best Olympic result in the 500m and 1500m, placing seventh in both events.

Australia’s best performance came from Colin Coates, a speed skater who had received training from Hickey. At Innsbruck 1976, he finished sixth in the 10,000m. He also finished eighth in the 1500m, 10th in the 5000m, 11th in the 1000m and 23rd in the 500m. He was then 29, competing in his third Olympics. He went on to represent Australia a record six times by Calgary 1988, capping a 20 year Olympic career with his fastest 10,000 metres ever.

Sophie Muir made history at Vancouver 2010 as Australia’s first female speed skater. Muir was an inline skater and switched to the ice at the age of 25 and produced huge results to be selected for Vancouver just over a year later. Muir contested the 500m and 1000m finishing 29th and 30th respectively.

Daniel Grieg was Australia’s sole speed skater at Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018. Grieg had a character building Olympic debut in 2014 after he suffered every skater's worst nightmare when he fell in the opening seconds of his first 500m race - his pet event that he won a World Championship medal in just weeks before the Games – resulting in a 39th place finish. However he turned his performance around with a great 1000m race to finish 22nd.

After a string of injuries post Sochi, which threatened to end his career, Greig bounced back for PyeongChang to improve on his 500m result by 18 places and equal his personal best result for the 100m.The Victorian skater based in the Netherlands claimed 21st in the 500m and again finished 22nd in the 1000m

Olympic History

Long track speed skating, known colloquially as “speed skating” made its debut on the Olympic program at the first Games at Chamonix 1924 and has remained on the program ever since. All the early events, the 500m, 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m were for men. Women’s events were added to the program at the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley.

At the first Games there was also an event called the “omnium” which did not involve a competition, but rather awarded a title to the skater with the best overall results in the four events. This event was dropped after the Chamonix Games. A men’s 1000m was added at Innsbruck 1976.

Sport Format

With the addition of the Mass Start event at PyeongChang 2018, Speed skating consists of 14 events, which is the most number of events per sport at the Winter Olympic Games. They are the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m and Mass-Start for both men and women, 10,000m for men, 3000m for women and team pursuit for men and women.

Speed skating is held on a 400m oval rink with skaters racing in lanes and in pairs. Their times are recorded and the best times over the distance win the medals. The pairs racing features a crossover each lap in which racers change lanes, hence eliminating the advantage of drawing an inside berth. As you would expect, strict rules oversee these crossovers to ensure there is no interference. Turns are also common areas for interference. A skater who is interfered with during the race receives the option to skate the distance again.

All events are skated once, with the exception of the men's and women's 500 metres, which are skated twice. The final result in the 500m is based on the total time of two races.