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Speed Skating at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Oslo, Norway
Venue(s): Bislett Stadium, Oslo
Date Started: February 18, 1952
Date Finished: February 18, 1952

Gold: NOR Hjalmar Andersen
Silver: NED Wim van der Voort
Bronze: NOR Roald Aas

Summary

As in the 500 m, Hans Engnestangen's pre-war world record had been broken on the miracle rink of Medeo early in the year. After being tied by Boris Shilkov, it was beaten by almost a second by Valentin Chaikin. In the absence of the USSR's skaters, there was one clear favourite for the gold, [Wim van der Voort] of the Netherlands. He had won the 1,500 m at the 1951 World Championships and the 1951 and 1952 Europeans. In the international race at Hamar a week prior to the Olympics, he had also claimed the 1,500 m. Not competing in that race was his biggest opponent, Hjalmar Andersen. Andersen was the dominant all-round skater at that time, and had placed second behind Van der Voort during his distance victories. In fact, third place also seemed certain; at the same three championships, the bronze had been taken by Roald Aas, also from Norway.

Andersen was drawn in the first pair, which was considered to be unfavorable, giving Van der Voort the advantage of knowing the Norwegian's time. Cheered on loudly by Bislett, Andersen clocked 2.20,4 – not his best Bislett time, but ice conditions were not optimal. But track conditions deteriorated as it began to snow after a few more pairs. Van der Voort, skating in pair five, seemed not to mind the weather, opening in the same time as Andersen. His next two laps were somewhat slower, but the Dutchman was known for his strong final lap. As expected, he closed in on the leading time, but not by enough: 2.20,6.

As the snow continued to fall, the other medal hopefuls were unable to approach the leading times. Lassi Parkkinen (Finland) and Carl-Erik Asplund (Sweden), both stranded at seconds behind the top duo. As expected, the "best of the rest" was Roald Aas, who finished a second behind Van der Voort. The snow halted during an ice preparation following pair 13, but all the favorites had already skated at that point, except for Ivar Martinsen. But with 2.23,4, he tied for 8th, together with Ericsson of Sweden, who also started on a clear track.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Hjalmar Andersen 28 Norway NOR Gold 2:20.4 28 1:03 1:41
2 Wim van der Voort 28 Netherlands NED Silver 2:20.6 28 1:04 1:42
3 Roald Aas 23 Norway NOR Bronze 2:21.6 28 1:04 1:42
4 Carl-Erik Asplund 28 Sweden SWE 2:22.6 29 1:06 1:44
5 Kees Broekman 24 Netherlands NED 2:22.8 29 1:06 1:44
6 Lassi Parkkinen 34 Finland FIN 2:23.0 29 1:05 1:43
7 Kauko Salomaa 23 Finland FIN 2:23.3 28 1:05 1:43
8T Sigvard Ericsson 21 Sweden SWE 2:23.4 30 1:07 1:45
8T Ivar Martinsen 31 Norway NOR 2:23.4 28 1:05 1:43
10 Ferenc Lőrincz 19 Hungary HUN 2:23.7 29 1:05 1:43
11 Tsuneo Sato 26 Japan JPN 2:23.9 29 1:05 1:44
12T Gerard Maarse 22 Netherlands NED 2:24.3 29 1:06 1:44
12T Johnny Werket 27 United States USA 2:24.3 29 1:05 1:43
14 Norman Holwell 23 Great Britain GBR 2:24.5 30 1:06 1:44
15 Nic Stene 30 Norway NOR 2:24.8 28 1:05 1:44
16 Craig MacKay 24 Canada CAN 2:25.0 29 1:05 1:44
17 Ken Henry 23 United States USA 2:25.0 29 1:05 1:44
18 Pat McNamara 26 United States USA 2:25.5 30 1:07 1:46
19 Gunnar Ström 21 Sweden SWE 2:25.8 29 1:06 1:45
20 Franz Offenberger 20 Austria AUT 2:25.9 29 1:06 1:46
21 József Merényi 23 Hungary HUN 2:26.1 31 1:06 1:45
22 Arthur Mannsbarth 21 Austria AUT 2:26.6 30 1:08 1:47
23 Masanori Aoki 24 Japan JPN 2:26.9 31 1:07 1:46
24 Kalevi Laitinen 32 Finland FIN 2:27.1 29 1:06 1:45
25 Toivo Salonen 18 Finland FIN 2:27.4 30 1:06 1:45
26T Cockie van der Elst 23 Netherlands NED 2:27.6 30 1:08 1:47
26T John Wickström 24 Sweden SWE 2:27.6 29 1:07 1:47
28 Don McDermott 22 United States USA 2:28.8 29 1:07 1:48
29 Ralf Olin 26 Canada CAN 2:29.3 29 1:06 1:47
30 Colin Hickey 20 Australia AUS 2:30.4 30 1:08 1:49
31 Enrico Musolino 23 Italy ITA 2:30.7 29 1:07 1:47
32 Guido Citterio 20 Italy ITA 2:30.8 30 1:07 1:48
33 Sukenobu Kudo 24 Japan JPN 2:31.6 29 1:07 1:47
34 Kiyotaka Takabayashi 23 Japan JPN 2:32.0 32 1:10 1:49
35 Bill Jones 28 Great Britain GBR 2:32.2 28 1:10 1:50
36 Konrad Pecher 21 Austria AUT 2:34.8 30 1:09 1:51
37 Robert Laboubée 24 Belgium BEL 2:36.4 29 1:09 1:51
38 John Hearn 22 Great Britain GBR 2:40.1 39 1:19 2:00 fall
39 Jean Massez 26 Belgium BEL 2:43.8 32 1:12 1:56