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Speed Skating at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Makomanai Speed Skating Rink, Sapporo
Date Started: February 6, 1972
Date Finished: February 6, 1972

Gold: NED Ard Schenk
Silver: NOR Roar Grønvold
Bronze: SWE Göran Claeson

Summary

Dutch skater Ard Schenk was trying to win all four races in Sapporo, but that had come a cropper in the 500 when he fell in his first few steps, but he was the heavy favorite in this race, having already had won one gold medal in Sapporo, winning the 5,000 two days earlier. Schenk had already set 15 world records in his career, and was World Champion in 1970-71 and European Champion in 1970 and 1972. The 1,500 was probably his best distance – he held the world record of 1:58.7, had won a silver medal at the 1968 Winter Olympics when he was still young, and was by 1972 rarely beaten in the event.

In the sixth pair, Norway’s Roar Grønvold and Sweden’s Göran Claeson moved into the 1-2 spots, finishing in 2:04.26 and 2:05.89 respectively. Grønvold had already won a silver in the 5,000 in Sapporo, and his time would earn him another silver, with Claeson holding on for the bronze. But then the king appeared two pairs later. Schenk started at a moderate pace, but was comfortably ahead at 1,100 metres and finished in 2:02.96 for his second gold medal in Sapporo.

Schenk would eventually win three gold medals in Sapporo, failing only in the 500, matching the feats of Clas Thunberg in 1924, Ivar Ballangrud in 1936, and Hjalmar Andersen in 1952. He turned professional after the 1972 Winter Olympics. In his career, Schenk set 18 world records, won eight major international tournaments, and his distance wins are too numerous to mention. Schenk was awarded the Oscar Mathisen Trophy in 1970, 1971, and 1972. He is considered one of the greatest speed skaters of all-time.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Ard Schenk 27 Netherlands NED Gold 2:02.96 26.75 57.95 1:29.91 OR
2 Roar Grønvold 25 Norway NOR Silver 2:04.26 26.19 57.77 1:30.67
3 Göran Claeson 26 Sweden SWE Bronze 2:05.89 27.06 58.08 1:32.05
4 Bjørn Tveter 27 Norway NOR 2:05.94 26.27 58.00 1:31.63
5 Jan Bols 27 Netherlands NED 2:06.58 26.86 59.30 1:32.40
6 Valery Lavrushkin 26 Soviet Union URS 2:07.16 27.23 59.46 1:32.50
7 Dan Carroll 22 United States USA 2:07.24 27.21 59.07 1:32.65
8 Kees Verkerk 29 Netherlands NED 2:07.43 27.06 59.26 1:34.14
9 Johnny Höglin 28 Sweden SWE 2:08.11 26.61 59.24 1:33.01
10 Kimmo Koskinen 23 Finland FIN 2:08.18 26.76 59.11 1:33.13
11 Svein-Erik Stiansen 29 Norway NOR 2:08.63 27.02 58.46 1:32.34
12 Gerd Zimmermann 29 West Germany FRG 2:08.95 27.53 1:00.27 1:34.13
13 Dag Fornæss 23 Norway NOR 2:09.52 27.19 59.65 1:33.73
14 Gary Jonland 19 United States USA 2:09.55 25.88 57.57 1:32.19
15 Göran Johansson 30 Sweden SWE 2:09.66 27.72 59.67 1:33.24
16 Johan Granath 21 Sweden SWE 2:10.21 26.1 58.7 1:32.9
17 Jouko Salakka 20 Finland FIN 2:10.22 27.29 1:00.19 1:34.44
18 Bruno Toniolli 28 Italy ITA 2:10.24 27.5 1:00.4 1:34.7
19 Eddy Verheijen 25 Netherlands NED 2:10.96 28.00 1:00.48 1:35.10
20 Mutsuhiko Maeda 24 Japan JPN 2:11.09 26.43 58.82 1:34.20
21 Valery Muratov 25 Soviet Union URS 2:11.83 26.44 58.37 1:33.00
22 Kiyomi Ito 22 Japan JPN 2:11.96 28.11 1:01.59 1:36.34
23 Bob Hodges 28 Canada CAN 2:12.13 27.6 1:00.6 1:35.6
24 Colin Coates 25 Australia AUS 2:12.14 27.5 1:00.8 1:35.8
25 Bill Lanigan 24 United States USA 2:12.31 27.63 1:00.78 1:36.26
26 Kevin Sirois 22 Canada CAN 2:13.99 28.1 1:01.9 1:37.4
27 Giancarlo Gloder 26 Italy ITA 2:14.07 27.7 1:01.7 1:37.5
28 Seppo Hänninen 28 Finland FIN 2:14.52 27.0 1:01.3 1:36.8
29 David Hampton 24 Great Britain GBR 2:14.60 28.33 1:02.17 1:37.42
30 Clark King 22 United States USA 2:14.83 27.6 1:01.4 1:37.0
31 Otmar Braunecker 28 Austria AUT 2:14.88 27.5 1:01.4 1:36.9
32 Herbert Schwarz 18 West Germany FRG 2:15.42 28.0 1:02.2 1:38.3
33 Richard Tourne 21 France FRA 2:16.37 28.7 1:03.0 1:39.1
34 Leo Linkovesi 24 Finland FIN 2:16.86 26.3 1:00.0 1:36.7
35 Jeong Chung-Gu 22 South Korea KOR 2:17.36 27.44 1:00.27 1:36.92
36 Andy Barron 20 Canada CAN 2:17.71 29.9 1:04.7 1:40.3
37 John Blewitt 26 Great Britain GBR 2:18.96 28.9 1:04.4 1:41.3
38 Luvsanlkhagvyn Dashnyam 31 Mongolia MGL 2:20.42 28.13 1:02.37 1:39.78
39 Jim Lynch 23 Australia AUS 2:26.69 29.6 1:06.9 1:45.5