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Speed Skating at the 1924 Chamonix Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Chamonix, France
Venue(s): Ice Stadium, Chamonix
Date Started: January 27, 1924
Date Finished: January 27, 1924

Gold: FIN Clas Thunberg
Silver: NOR Roald Larsen
Bronze: NOR Sigurd Moen

Summary

Judging by the times skated in the 1924 season, the Finns were the major favorites for the 1500 m gold. The fastest non-Finn, Harald Strøm, had been more than six seconds slower than Clas Thunberg. With Thunberg's form from the first day of Olympic speed skating (bronze in the 500 m and gold in the 5000 m), there was little doubt that he would win the "metric mile" as well.

Thunberg was the first of the favorites to hit the ice, with no serious times posted at that moment. His opponent was Roald Larsen, who had the same time as Thunberg in the 500 m and shared the bronze. They would produce the fastest race of the competition, Thunberg winning in 2:20.8. Next up was Norwegian Sigurd Moen, who would later be an eternal 4th place at international championships. He did make the Olympic podium, even if his time was nearly five seconds slower than Thunberg's and more than 3 seconds slower than Larsen's. Of the remaining medal contenders, Asser Wallenius fell, while 500 m champion Jewtraw blew himself up with a quick start. A fast race between Julius Skutnabb (FIN) and Oskar Olsen (NOR) was only sufficient for 4th and 5th.

Silver medallist Roald Larsen would later turn out to be the "man of the year" in speed skating. He won the "treble", emerging victorious in the World, European and Norwegian championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 7c 1.1k
1 Clas Thunberg 30 Finland FIN Gold 2:20.8 1:04 1:41 OR
2 Roald Larsen 26 Norway NOR Silver 2:22.0
3 Sigurd Moen 26 Norway NOR Bronze 2:25.6
4 Julius Skutnabb 34 Finland FIN 2:26.6
5 Harald Strøm 26 Norway NOR 2:29.0
6 Oskar Olsen 26 Norway NOR 2:29.2
7 Harry Kaskey 21 United States USA 2:29.8
8T Charley Jewtraw 23 United States USA 2:31.6
8T Joe Moore 23 United States USA 2:31.6
10 Alberts Rumba 31 Latvia LAT 2:32.0
11 Charlie Gorman 26 Canada CAN 2:35.4
12 Bill Steinmetz 24 United States USA 2:36.0
13 Axel Blomqvist 29 Sweden SWE 2:36.4
14 Léon Quaglia France FRA 2:37.0
15 Leon Jucewicz 21 Poland POL 2:42.6
16 André Gegout 19 France FRA 2:54.4 OR
17 Gaston Van Hazebroeck Belgium BEL 2:54.8
18 Georges de Wilde 23 France FRA 2:55.0
19 Louis De Ridder 21 Belgium BEL 3:01.8
20 Philippe Van Volckxsom Belgium BEL 3:14.6
21 Marcel Moens 31 Belgium BEL 3:16.8
AC Asser Wallenius 21 Finland FIN DNF/fall