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Speed Skating at the 1976 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 13, 1976
Date Finished: February 13, 1976

Gold: NOR Jan Egil Storholt
Silver: URS Yury Kondakov
Bronze: NED Hans van Helden

Summary

The world record holder was Ard Schenk, the 1972 champion, but he had turned professional after Sapporo, had retired in 1974, and was not in Innsbruck. In his absence there was really no favorite as the event was wide open. But the competition came down to two pairs, the second and the fourth. The second pair had two top skaters, American Dan Carroll, who had been second in the 1,500 at the 1975 World Championships, and Dutch skater Hans van Helden, who had won the distance at the 1974 Worlds. They were about equal at 300 metres but Van Helden pulled away on the second lap, and bettered Carroll, 2:00.87 to 2:02.26. The fourth pairing matched Norwegian [Jan Egil Storholt], winner of the distance at the 1975 Europeans, and Soviet [Yury Kondakov], who had been third all-around at the 1975 World Championships. At 700 m they were both behind Van Helden’s pace, but caught up on the third lap. Storholt finished in 1:59.38, with Kondakov close behind in 1:59.97. They would win the gold and silver medals with van Helden taking bronze, and Carroll finishing fifth. For Storholt, the gold medal was a nice birthday present. Van Helden added the bronze to the bronze he had won two days earlier in the 5,000.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Jan Egil Storholt 26 Norway NOR Gold 1:59.38 25.96 56.33 1:27.11 OR
2 Yury Kondakov 24 Soviet Union URS Silver 1:59.97 25.68 56.36 1:27.38
3 Hans van Helden 27 Netherlands NED Bronze 2:00.87 25.59 55.99 1:27.87 OR
4 Sergey Ryabev 24 Soviet Union URS 2:02.15 25.42 55.27 1:27.45
5 Dan Carroll 26 United States USA 2:02.26 25.58 56.55 1:28.63
6 Piet Kleine 24 Netherlands NED 2:02.28 25.89 56.09 1:28.26
7 Eric Heiden 17 United States USA 2:02.40 25.31 56.17 1:28.11
8 Colin Coates 29 Australia AUS 2:03.34 25.93 56.63 1:29.42
9 Klaus Wunderlich 24 East Germany GDR 2:03.41 25.71 56.34 1:29.12
10 Olavi Köppä 24 Finland FIN 2:03.69 25.96 56.72 1:29.00
11 Kay Arne Stenshjemmet 22 Norway NOR 2:03.75 25.18 55.97 1:28.79
12 Herbert Schwarz 22 West Germany FRG 2:03.76 25.67 57.45 1:31.79
13 Sergey Marchuk 23 Soviet Union URS 2:04.45 25.76 57.15 1:29.56
14 Gaétan Boucher 17 Canada CAN 2:04.63 25.06 55.86 1:29.04
15 Terje Andersen 23 Norway NOR 2:04.65 25.37 56.63 1:29.64
16 Dan Johansson 25 Sweden SWE 2:04.73 25.95 56.98 1:30.12
17 Lennart Carlsson 24 Sweden SWE 2:04.76 25.45 56.59 1:29.37
18 Lee Yeong-Ha 19 South Korea KOR 2:05.25 26.48 58.09 1:31.45
19 Bruno Toniolli 32 Italy ITA 2:05.66 26.76 58.48 1:31.72
20 Richard Tourne 25 France FRA 2:06.43 26.36 58.35 1:31.43
21 Masahiko Yamamoto 19 Japan JPN 2:06.67 25.98 58.22 1:29.96
22 Mats Wallberg 26 Sweden SWE 2:08.72 24.83 55.73 1:29.89
23 Mike Woods 23 United States USA 2:08.77 26.60 58.04 1:32.93
24 Geoff Sandys 24 Great Britain GBR 2:09.17 27.21 59.61 1:33.53
25 Floriano Martello 24 Italy ITA 2:09.68 26.67 59.44 1:33.81
26 Ludwig Kronfuß 25 Austria AUT 2:11.17 26.69 59.75 1:34.82
27 Franz Krienbühl 46 Switzerland SUI 2:12.52 26.85 59.41 1:34.84
28 Gilbert Van Eesbeeck 23 Belgium BEL 2:12.74 27.72 1:00.48 1:36.38
29 Berend Schabus 18 Austria AUT 2:15.41 26.75 1:00.07 1:36.62
30 Giovanni Panciera 21 Italy ITA 2:33.52 26.70 59.72 1:48.69 fall