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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.

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