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Speed Skating at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): Ice Rink for Speed Skating Zetra, Sarajevo
Date Started: February 16, 1984
Date Finished: February 16, 1984

Gold: CAN Gaétan Boucher
Silver: URS Sergey Khlebnikov
Bronze: URS Oleg Bozhev

Summary

As in most of the 1984 speed skating events, no definite favorite existed, as [Eric Heiden]’s retirement had left the speed skating world without a dominant skater. The opening pair was won by Norway’s [Kai Arne Engelstad] who was primarily a sprinter, but had some strength at 1,500 metres. In the second pairing, Soviet skater [Sergey Khlebnikov], the 1982 World Sprints champion, finished in 1:58.83, almost two seconds better than Engelstad. The time would hold until Canada’s [Gaétan Boucher] started in the 10th pair. Boucher had already won the 1,000 only two days earlier, and he was almost ½-second better than Khlebnikov, finishing in 1:58.36. For Boucher it was his third medal of the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, as he had also won a bronze in the 500. Khlebnikov’s time held up for the silver, matching his silver from the 1,000. The bronze went to the Soviet Union’s [Oleg Bozhyev], who was competing in his first international meet, but who would, in late March 1984, break the world record in Medeo with 1:53.26.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Gaétan Boucher 25 Canada CAN Gold 1:58.36 24.50 53.60 1:24.72
2 Sergey Khlebnikov 28 Soviet Union URS Silver 1:58.83 24.79 54.60 1:25.70
3 Oleg Bozhev 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze 1:58.89 25.05 54.68 1:25.81
4 Hans van Helden 35 France FRA 1:59.39 25.98 56.01 1:27.17
5 Andreas Ehrig 24 East Germany GDR 1:59.41 25.19 54.77 1:26.02
6 Andreas Dietel 24 East Germany GDR 1:59.73 25.15 55.07 1:26.47
7 Hilbert van der Duim 26 Netherlands NED 1:59.77 25.23 55.25 1:26.57
8 Viktor Shasherin 21 Soviet Union URS 1:59.81 25.11 54.91 1:26.32
9 Pertti Niittylä 28 Finland FIN 2:00.01 26.18 56.75 1:28.01
10 Frits Schalij 26 Netherlands NED 2:00.14 25.51 55.43 1:27.04
11 André Hoffmann 22 East Germany GDR 2:00.23 24.94 54.87 1:26.74
12T Kai Arne Engelstad 29 Norway NOR 2:00.59 25.13 55.11 1:26.77
12T Hein Vergeer 22 Netherlands NED 2:00.59 25.55 55.64 1:27.28
14 Nick Thometz 20 United States USA 2:00.77 25.77 56.40 1:27.76
15 Werner Jäger 24 Austria AUT 2:01.03 26.23 56.90 1:28.44
16 Hans Magnusson 23 Sweden SWE 2:01.26 25.81 56.26 1:27.98
17 Rolf Falk-Larssen 23 Norway NOR 2:01.65 25.50 55.84 1:27.78
18 Claes Bengtsson 24 Sweden SWE 2:02.04 25.79 56.13 1:28.08
19 Bjørn Nyland 21 Norway NOR 2:02.05 25.67 56.07 1:27.87
20 Michael Hadschieff 20 Austria AUT 2:02.06 26.07 56.62 1:28.86
21 Erik Henriksen 25 United States USA 2:02.20 25.41 55.37 1:27.58
22 Tibor Kopacz 21 Romania ROU 2:02.38 25.77 56.41 1:28.69
23 Lee Yeong-Ha 27 South Korea KOR 2:02.45 25.57 56.43 1:28.89
24 Jan Junell 27 Sweden SWE 2:02.55 26.23 56.86 1:28.77
25 Wolfgang Scharf 24 West Germany FRG 2:02.64 26.36 57.25 1:29.58
26 Hansjörg Baltes 19 West Germany FRG 2:02.68 26.97 57.29 1:29.37
27 Andreas Lemcke 24 West Germany FRG 2:03.13 26.15 56.76 1:29.23
28 Christian Eminger 19 Austria AUT 2:03.18 26.62 57.47 1:29.89
29 Kimihiro Hamaya 20 Japan JPN 2:03.72 25.99 56.61 1:28.61
30 Na Yun-Su 21 South Korea KOR 2:03.90 26.15 57.53 1:30.10
31 Im Ri-Bin 15 North Korea PRK 2:03.93 26.82 58.01 1:30.25
32 Bae Gi-Tae 18 South Korea KOR 2:04.18 25.97 57.00 1:29.63
33 Mark Mitchell 22 United States USA 2:04.26 26.17 57.42 1:30.44
34 Mike Richmond 23 Australia AUS 2:04.62 25.96 57.10 1:30.24
35 Giorgio Paganin 21 Italy ITA 2:04.97 26.47 57.70 1:30.54
36 Kim Hwang-Hyun 16 North Korea PRK 2:06.80 26.51 57.55 1:31.01
37 Colin Coates 37 Australia AUS 2:08.13 27.24 58.97 1:32.65
38 Li Wei 22 China CHN 2:08.38 26.51 58.84 1:32.79
39 Bryan Carbis 22 Great Britain GBR 2:13.25 27.46 1:00.95 1:36.35
40 Behudin Merdović 22 Yugoslavia YUG 2:19.25 28.76 1:03.24 1:40.31