When the racers finished, it seemed that Jan Smeekens had won the gold. When the official times were adjusted, it was determined that Michel Mulder had won by 1/100th of a second. An eye blink is 1/10th of a second, ten times slower than Mulder's margin of victory.
Mulder won with a time of 1 minute and 9.31 seconds, and Smeekens finished with 1 minute 9.32 seconds. The podium sweep put the Netherlands at the top of the medal count and tied with Norway with seven medals.