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Speed Skating at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): Olympic Oval, Albertville
Date Started: February 16, 1992
Date Finished: February 16, 1992

Gold: NOR Johann Olav Koss
Silver: NOR Ådne Søndrål
Bronze: NED Leo Visser

Summary

Dutch skaters had won all international 1,500 m races earlier in the season. Youngster Falko Zandstra had won two World Cup races and the distance at the European Championships, where he had taken the overall title. The third World Cup of the season had been won by another Dutchman, Rintje Ritsma. The third man on the team was Leo Visser, who had dominated the 1989 speed skating season. He had retired to focus on his pilot studies, but had returned to complete his prize cabinet with an Olympic gold medal, having narrowly lost the 5,000 m gold in 1988. Behind the Dutch, Norwegian skaters Johann Olav Koss and Ådne Søndrål had also posted consistent top results. But Koss, the 1990 and 1991 World Allround Champion, had recently suffered health problems. A little over a week before the Olympic 1,500 m, he had been in hospital for an inflamed pancreas. His participation in the 5,000 m (seventh) had been considered near miraculous.

The start of the race was delayed due to poor conditions, but even then ice conditions were poor. Falko Zandstra, first of the favorites to ride, had an unimpressive last lap, and his 1:56.96 was not considered medal-worthy. After an ice preparation, this was proven by Leo Visser, who skated 1:54.90 in a solid race. As Ritsma stayed well behind with 1:55.70, Visser's hopes for a medal grew. Johann Olav Koss then copied Visser's lap times in heat 8, and a slightly faster last lap brought him home in 1:54.81. As Visser headed off the track in disappointment, a second Norwegian also beat his time. Søndrål, too, recorded the same splits, but only just missed out on the gold with 1:54.85. While Koss celebrated his remarkable victory, Visser closed out his skating career by throwing his skates into the audience.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Johann Olav Koss 23 Norway NOR Gold 1:54.81 25.00 54.07 1:24.08
2 Ådne Søndrål 20 Norway NOR Silver 1:54.85 24.84 54.06 1:24.06
3 Leo Visser 26 Netherlands NED Bronze 1:54.90 25.13 53.92 1:23.87
4 Rintje Ritsma 21 Netherlands NED 1:55.70 25.10 54.47 1:24.57
5 Bart Veldkamp 24 Netherlands NED 1:56.33 25.56 55.01 1:25.25
6 Olaf Zinke 25 Germany GER 1:56.74 25.06 54.43 1:24.38
7 Falko Zandstra 20 Netherlands NED 1:56.96 25.14 54.12 1:24.64
8 Geir Karlstad 28 Norway NOR 1:56.98 25.75 54.97 1:25.40
9 Yukinori Miyabe 23 Japan JPN 1:56.99 25.34 54.16 1:24.37
10 Igor Zhelezovsky 28 Unified Team EUN 1:57.24 24.47 53.58 1:24.22
11 Roberto Sighel 24 Italy ITA 1:57.32 25.30 54.94 1:25.78
12 Toru Aoyanagi 23 Japan JPN 1:57.36 24.81 53.75 1:24.56
13 Markus Tröger 25 Germany GER 1:57.42 25.63 54.82 1:25.47
14 Michael Hadschieff 28 Austria AUT 1:57.43 25.03 54.66 1:25.62
15 Peter Adeberg 23 Germany GER 1:57.54 24.91 53.77 1:24.78
16T Paweł Jaroszek 20 Poland POL 1:57.80 25.23 54.56 1:25.27
16T Yuriy Shulha 26 Unified Team EUN 1:57.80 25.19 54.30 1:24.71
18 Liu Yanfei 24 China CHN 1:58.44 25.60 54.53 1:25.49
19 Brian Wanek 24 United States USA 1:58.50 25.51 55.12 1:26.10
20 Guy Thibault 27 Canada CAN 1:58.87 24.09 52.56 1:23.86
21 Bo König 26 Sweden SWE 1:58.94 24.94 54.24 1:25.36
22 Konstantin Kalistratov 24 Unified Team EUN 1:59.02 24.97 55.00 1:26.11
23 Danny Kah 24 Australia AUS 1:59.33 26.04 55.37 1:26.33
24T Roland Brunner 21 Austria AUT 1:59.60 25.06 54.88 1:26.15
24T Eric Flaim 24 United States USA 1:59.60 25.10 54.70 1:25.95
26 Joakim Karlberg 27 Sweden SWE 2:00.01 25.65 55.46 1:27.05
27 Choi In-Chol 18 North Korea PRK 2:00.36 25.95 56.03 1:27.42
28 Kazuhiro Sato 24 Japan JPN 2:00.51 25.92 56.06 1:27.63
29 Steinar Johansen 19 Norway NOR 2:00.79 25.13 54.85 1:27.02
30 Alessandro De Taddei 20 Italy ITA 2:00.86 25.33 55.68 1:27.52
31 Aleksandr Klimov 26 Unified Team EUN 2:00.94 24.78 54.22 1:25.67
32 Chris Shelley 28 United States USA 2:01.11 25.80 55.54 1:26.97
33 Zsolt Baló 20 Romania ROU 2:01.33 25.74 56.42 1:28.31
34 Jonas Schön 22 Sweden SWE 2:01.53 26.66 57.04 1:28.78
35 Nate Mills 21 United States USA 2:01.54 25.32 55.12 1:26.76
36 Neal Marshall 22 Canada CAN 2:01.62 26.06 56.31 1:28.23
37 Craig McNicoll 20 Great Britain GBR 2:02.06 25.94 55.62 1:27.39
38 Phillip Tahmindjis 24 Australia AUS 2:02.08 25.97 55.79 1:27.65
39 O Yong-Seok 22 South Korea KOR 2:02.17 25.60 55.32 1:27.38
40 Kevin Scott 22 Canada CAN 2:03.18 25.22 54.90 1:27.55
41 Thierry Lamberton 25 France FRA 2:04.04 25.65 56.00 1:28.75
42 Csaba Madarász 23 Hungary HUN 2:05.00 25.79 56.21 1:29.25
43 Altangadasyn Sodnomdarjaa 24 Mongolia MGL 2:05.43 25.85 56.62 1:29.71
44 Keiji Shirahata 18 Japan JPN 2:05.47 26.23 57.17 1:30.22
45 Bajro Čenanović 23 Yugoslavia YUG 2:12.09 27.89 1:00.70 1:35.57
AC Pat Kelly 29 Canada CAN DNF/fall