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Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Oval, Calgary
Date Started: February 20, 1988
Date Finished: February 20, 1988

Gold: GDR André Hoffmann
Silver: USA Eric Flaim
Bronze: AUT Michael Hadschieff

Summary

After their performances in the 1,000 m, Nikolay Gulyayev (gold) and Igor Zhelezovsky were considered the favorites for the 1,500 m title. Both skaters had recently held the world record in the event, Gulyayev bettering it to 1:52.70 at the 1987 World Championships and Zhelezovsky lowering it to 1:52.50 at the December 1987 World Cup on the Olympic rink in Calgary. Gulyayev had also won one World Cup during the season, in Innsbruck. But the leader in the 1,500 m World Cup standings was André Hoffmann, who had not been very successful until the start of the season, when he won the first two World Cups. Also performing well in recent races were Eric Flaim and Michael Hadschieff, who had placed fourth and sixth in the Olympic 1,000 m.

The competition started with Flaim breaking the world record, taking off 0.38 seconds and setting it at 1:52.12. But while that time was easily faster than Gulyayev, the record lasted only for a few minutes. André Hoffmann started much faster than the American, leading by half a second at the bell. Hoffmann faded somewhat in the final lap, but an advantage of 0.06 seconds remained: 1:52.06. This time proved too fast to beat, even for Hadschieff (1:52.31) and Zhelezovsky (1:52.63).

For Hoffmann, his Olympic title would remain his most important feat. Eric Flaim, by contrast, would close out the season by becoming World Allround Champion. In 1994, he would win a second Olympic silver medal, this time in short track speed skating, becoming the first Olympian to medal in these two sports. Michael Hadschieff's bronze medal was the first for Austria in speed skating since the 1936 Winter Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 André Hoffmann 26 East Germany GDR Gold 1:52.06 24.43 52.63 1:21.68 WR
2 Eric Flaim 20 United States USA Silver 1:52.12 24.59 53.15 1:22.13 WR
3 Michael Hadschieff 24 Austria AUT Bronze 1:52.31 24.71 53.07 1:22.38
4 Igor Zhelezovsky 24 Soviet Union URS 1:52.63 24.27 53.11 1:22.52
5 Toru Aoyanagi 19 Japan JPN 1:52.85 24.74 53.43 1:22.61
6 Aleksandr Klimov 22 Soviet Union URS 1:52.97 24.69 53.05 1:21.90
7 Nikolay Gulyayev 22 Soviet Union URS 1:53.04 24.48 52.77 1:22.14
8 Peter Adeberg 19 East Germany GDR 1:53.57 24.78 53.08 1:22.81
9 Gaétan Boucher 29 Canada CAN 1:54.18 24.27 52.49 1:21.85
10 Jean Pichette 24 Canada CAN 1:54.63 25.01 53.00 1:22.71
11 Mark Greenwald 19 United States USA 1:54.64 25.66 53.70 1:23.67
12 Mike Richmond 27 Australia AUS 1:54.95 24.81 52.92 1:22.88
13 Claes Bengtsson 28 Sweden SWE 1:55.16 25.27 53.88 1:23.57
14 Danny Kah 20 Australia AUS 1:55.19 25.84 54.71 1:24.29
15 Dave Silk 22 United States USA 1:55.26 25.45 54.51 1:24.42
16 Munehisa Kuroiwa 21 Japan JPN 1:55.42 24.46 53.01 1:23.42
17 Im Ri-Bin 19 North Korea PRK 1:55.55 25.72 54.95 1:24.88
18 Ben Lamarche 21 Canada CAN 1:55.59 24.84 53.99 1:24.24
19 Hans van Helden 39 France FRA 1:55.61 26.18 55.02 1:24.83
20 John Baskfield 22 United States USA 1:55.88 25.22 54.30 1:23.96
21 Rolf Falk-Larssen 27 Norway NOR 1:55.94 25.15 54.15 1:24.63
22 Yoshiyuki Shimizu 18 Japan JPN 1:55.98 24.95 53.69 1:24.59
23 Gregor Jelonek 19 Canada CAN 1:56.37 24.55 52.99 1:23.17
24 Hans Magnusson 27 Sweden SWE 1:56.44 25.19 54.33 1:24.74
25 Pertti Niittylä 32 Finland FIN 1:56.48 25.80 55.38 1:25.45
26 Hwang Ik-Hwan 22 South Korea KOR 1:56.50 25.02 53.57 1:23.63
27 Hein Vergeer 26 Netherlands NED 1:56.63 25.05 54.19 1:24.47
28 Hozumi Moriyama 20 Japan JPN 1:56.84 24.43 53.00 1:23.69
29 Kim Gwan-Gyu 20 South Korea KOR 1:56.85 25.11 54.44 1:24.95
30 Hansjörg Baltes 23 West Germany FRG 1:57.08 26.52 55.62 1:25.69
31 Liu Yanfei 20 China CHN 1:57.38 26.14 55.35 1:25.64
32 Phillip Tahmindjis 20 Australia AUS 1:57.63 25.56 54.61 1:25.24
33 Frode Syvertsen 25 Norway NOR 1:58.37 25.74 55.05 1:25.59
34 Jiří Kyncl 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:58.44 26.68 56.72 1:27.41
35 Andrey Bobrov 23 Soviet Union URS 1:58.97 26.63 57.02 1:27.67
36 Jerzy Dominik 23 Poland POL 1:59.03 25.11 54.22 1:25.99
37 Julian Green 22 Great Britain GBR 1:59.41 26.07 55.99 1:27.13
38 Craig McNicoll 16 Great Britain GBR 2:01.89 26.60 57.09 1:28.86
39 Behudin Merdović 26 Yugoslavia YUG 2:06.11 26.84 58.16 1:31.03
AC Joakim Karlberg 23 Sweden SWE 25.65 54.64 1:24.76 DNF/fall