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Speed Skating at the 1928 Sankt Moritz Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Olympic Ice Stadium Badrutts Park, St. Moritz
Date Started: February 14, 1928
Date Finished: February 14, 1928

Gold: FIN Clas Thunberg
Silver: NOR Bernt Evensen
Bronze: NOR Ivar Ballangrud

Summary

There was little doubt that the Olympic 1500 m title would be retained by Clas Thunberg. He had clocked a 2:18.8 nine days earlier in Davos, and all of the other season best times were at least 1.8 seconds slower. In fact, Thunberg had not lost a 1500 m all season, winning this distance at the Finnish, European and World Championships. Behind him, the Norwegians were expected to divide the medals, with the Americans as outsiders.

The Americans opened, with Eddie Murphy (2:25.9) and Irving Jaffee (2:26.7) setting the pace. The third American, John O'Neil Farrell, was beaten by Roald Larsen of Norway, who also moved in front. Two more Norwegians followed, Olympic 5000 m champion Ivar Ballangrud and Wollert Nygren. The latter, a substitute for the sick Staksrud, had done well in Davos, but disappointed in St. Moritz. Not so for Ballangrud, who took the lead with a very decent 2:22.6. He didn't have to wait long to see what that time was worth. The very next race paired Thunberg and Bernt Evensen, the fastest of the Norwegians in the "metric mile". The two fought a great race, and were still level coming out of the final bend. Thunberg then emerged as the better sprinter, winning in 2:21.1, eight tenths ahead of Evensen.

The twelfth place of Charlie Gorman is somewhat contentious. He showed up late for the start, but was allowed to skate against Siem Heiden in the final pair, but out of competition. The Official Report mentions that "his time would be noted, but would not count". Yet, he is listed as 12th in several newspapers, while other 1928 sources do list him as out of competition.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Clas Thunberg 34 Finland FIN Gold 2:21.1
2 Bernt Evensen 22 Norway NOR Silver 2:21.9
3 Ivar Ballangrud 23 Norway NOR Bronze 2:22.6
4 Roald Larsen 30 Norway NOR 2:25.3
5 Eddie Murphy 23 United States USA 2:25.9
6 Valentine Bialas 25 United States USA 2:26.3
7 Irving Jaffee 21 United States USA 2:26.7
8 John O'Neil Farrell 21 United States USA 2:26.8
9 Gustaf Andersson 24 Sweden SWE 2:27.5
10 Zoltán Eötvös 36 Hungary HUN 2:27.9
11 Fritz Jungblut 20 Germany GER 2:28.2
12 Charlie Gorman 30 Canada CAN 2:28.4
13 Wollert Nygren 21 Norway NOR 2:28.7
14 Alberts Rumba 35 Latvia LAT 2:28.9
15 Toivo Ovaska 28 Finland FIN 2:29.3
16 Fritz Moser 27 Austria AUT 2:31.4
17 Ross Robinson 21 Canada CAN 2:32.3
18 Siem Heiden 22 Netherlands NED 2:33.1
19 Christfried Burmeister 29 Estonia EST 2:33.6
20 Aleksander Mitt 25 Estonia EST 2:35.0
21 Willy Logan 20 Canada CAN 2:35.6
22 Rudolf Riedl 20 Austria AUT 2:37.8
23 Arthur Vollstedt 36 Germany GER 2:39.9
24 Cyril Horn 23 Great Britain GBR 2:40.0
25 Kęstutis Bulota 31 Lithuania LTU 2:40.9
26 Charles Thaon 17 France FRA 2:44.2
27 Leonard Stewart Great Britain GBR 2:48.9
28 Fred Dix Great Britain GBR 2:49.6
29 Wim Kos 24 Netherlands NED 2:49.9
AC Bertel Backman 22 Finland FIN DNF