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Speed Skating at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck
Date Started: February 6, 1964
Date Finished: February 6, 1964

Gold: URS Ants Antson
Silver: NED Kees Verkerk
Bronze: NOR Villy Haugen

Summary

The event had no clear favorite, but only a few weeks before the Olympics, at the 1964 European Championships, Soviet skater Ants Antson had won the distance. The world record was held by Finland’s Juhani Järvinen, but he had not won a major international at this distance since the 1959 European Championships. One interesting skater not present was Luo Zhihuan, a Chinese skater who had won the distance at the 1963 World Championships. But China was not an IOC member nation, and would not compete at the Winter Olympics until 1980.

A huge field of 54 skaters started. The event was heavily influenced by strong winds. The competition was extremely close with the top nine finishers all going thru 700 metres in 1:00 or 1:01, and thru 1,100 metres in 1:34 to 1:36. Thus the final lap decided the placements. The early leader was Soviet skater Eduard Matusevich, who finished in 2:12.2 in the fifth pair. Järvinen was in the next pair but barely missed that time with 2:12.4. Antson went off in the eighth pair and finished in 2:10.3, a time that would bring him the gold medal. Dutchman [Kees Verkerk] started late, in the 21st pair, and matched Antson’s splits thru 1,100 metres, but finished slightly slower, in 2:10.6, and earned the silver medal. In 1992, when Estonia returned to the Olympic Games as an independent nation, Ants Antson was chosen to carry the Estonian flag at the Albertville Winter Olympic opening ceremony.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Ants Antson 25 Soviet Union URS Gold 2:10.3 28 1:01 1:35
2 Kees Verkerk 21 Netherlands NED Silver 2:10.6 28 1:01 1:35
3 Villy Haugen 19 Norway NOR Bronze 2:11.2 27 1:00 1:35
4 Jouko Launonen 24 Finland FIN 2:11.9 28 1:01 1:35
5 Lev Zaytsev 26 Soviet Union URS 2:12.1 27 1:00 1:34
6T Ivar Eriksen 21 Norway NOR 2:12.2 27 1:01 1:36
6T Eduard Matusevich 26 Soviet Union URS 2:12.2 28 1:01 1:36
8 Juhani Järvinen 28 Finland FIN 2:12.4 28 1:00 1:35
9 Magne Thomassen 22 Norway NOR 2:12.5 27 1:01 1:36
10 Rudi Liebrechts 23 Netherlands NED 2:12.8 28 1:02 1:36
11T Yevgeny Grishin 32 Soviet Union URS 2:13.3 26 1:00 1:36
11T Terry Malkin 28 Great Britain GBR 2:13.3 28 1:02 1:36
13 Ard Schenk 19 Netherlands NED 2:13.4 27 1:01 1:37
14 Ri Sung-Ryool 21 North Korea PRK 2:13.9 27 1:00 1:36
15 Dick Hunt 28 United States USA 2:14.4 28 1:02 1:38
16 Nils Aaness 27 Norway NOR 2:14.6 28 1:02 1:37
17 Günter Traub 24 Germany GER 2:15.3 28 1:02 1:38
18 Örjan Sandler 23 Sweden SWE 2:15.4 28 1:03 1:38
19T Jouko Jokinen 27 Finland FIN 2:15.6 28 1:02 1:38
19T Ivar Nilsson 30 Sweden SWE 2:15.6 28 1:03 1:39
21 Renato De Riva 26 Italy ITA 2:15.7 28 1:02 1:38
22 André Kouprianoff 25 France FRA 2:15.8 28 1:02 1:38
23 Seppo Hänninen 20 Finland FIN 2:16.0 27 1:01 1:38
24 Manne Lavås 19 Sweden SWE 2:16.2 27 1:02 1:38
25 Buddy Campbell 20 United States USA 2:16.4 27 1:01 1:38
26T Herbert Höfl 22 Germany GER 2:16.8 28 1:02 1:38
26T Eddie Rudolph, Jr. 22 United States USA 2:16.8 27 1:01 1:38
28 Bo Ollander 20 Sweden SWE 2:17.1 27 1:02 1:39
29 Gerd Zimmermann 21 Germany GER 2:17.3 29 1:04 1:40
30 Kurt Stille 29 Denmark DEN 2:17.4 28 1:04 1:40
31 Keiichi Suzuki 21 Japan JPN 2:17.5 28 1:02 1:38
32 Oldřich Teplý 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:17.9 28 1:04 1:40
33 Hermann Strutz 25 Austria AUT 2:18.0 29 1:05 1:41
34 Satoshi Shinpo 22 Japan JPN 2:18.5 28 1:03 1:39
35 Elio Locatelli 20 Italy ITA 2:19.0 28 1:02 1:39
36 Kim Zin-Hook 23 North Korea PRK 2:19.4 27 1:01 1:39
37 Ralf Olin 38 Canada CAN 2:19.7 29 1:04 1:41
38 György Ivánkai 26 Hungary HUN 2:19.9 29 1:05 1:42
39 Jürgen Schmidt 22 Germany GER 2:20.0 29 1:05 1:41
40 Choi Yeong-Bae 25 South Korea KOR 2:20.3 29 1:05 1:42
41 Toyofumi Aruga 21 Japan JPN 2:20.7 30 1:06 1:43
42 Floyd Bedbury 26 United States USA 2:21.3 28 1:02 1:40
43 Raymond Fonvieille 21 France FRA 2:22.6 28 1:04 1:42
44 Ruedi Uster 22 Switzerland SUI 2:23.4 29 1:05 1:43
45 Tony Bullen 32 Great Britain GBR 2:23.7 31 1:07 1:44
46 Luvsanlkhagvyn Dashnyam 23 Mongolia MGL 2:23.9 28 1:03 1:42
47 Gerald Koning 30 Canada CAN 2:24.0 29 1:06 1:44
48 Peter Toyfl 22 Austria AUT 2:24.2 29 1:05 1:43
49 Thomas Dawson 21 Great Britain GBR 2:26.4 29 1:07 1:46
50 Mihály Martos 18 Hungary HUN 2:26.8 30 1:07 1:47
51 Josef Reisinger 23 Austria AUT 2:27.8 30 1:08 1:47
52 Choi Nam-Yeon 21 South Korea KOR 2:30.2 31 1:09 1:49
53 Jean-Pierre Guéron 19 Switzerland SUI 2:32.3 29 1:07 1:48
AC Erich Korbel 22 Austria AUT [2:21.8] DQ