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Short Track Speed Skating at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Men's 1,000 metres

Short Track Speed Skating at the 1992 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): Olympic Ice Hall, Albertville
Date Started: February 18, 1992
Date Finished: February 20, 1992
Format: Placements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on points earned in earlier rounds, and time in final round skated.

Gold: KOR Kim Gi-Hun
Silver: CAN Frédéric Blackburn
Bronze: KOR Lee Jun-Ho

Summary

The first Olympic short track event was expected to be a fight between the South Koreans - with 1990 World Champion Lee Jun-Ho and two time runner-up Kim Gi-Hun - and the reigning World Champion, Britain's Wilf O'Reilly. All three favourites had seen earlier success at the Olympics. When short track was demonstrated in Calgary, O'Reilly had won the 500 and 1000 m, Kim had won the 1500 m and Lee the 3000 m.

The favourites all survived until the semi-finals. In the first heat, O'Reilly fell and finished last, while Lee and Mike McMillen both broke the World Record to qualify for the final. They were joined there by Kim and Canada's Frédéric Blackburn. The two Koreans decided to make it a fast race, and went all out from the start. Blackburn and McMillen managed to cling on. Kim finished the race unchallenged in another World Record, while Blackburn passed Lee just in time for the silver medal. Kim became South Korea's first ever Winter Olympic Champion, two days after the nation had gained its first ever Winter Olympic medal in speed skating.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS BT
1 Kim Gi-Hun 24 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Frédéric Blackburn 19 Canada CAN Silver
3 Lee Jun-Ho 26 South Korea KOR Bronze
4 Mike McMillen 27 New Zealand NZL
5 Wilf O'Reilly 27 Great Britain GBR
6 Geert Blanchart 25 Belgium BEL
7 Mark Lackie 24 Canada CAN
8 Michel Daignault 25 Canada CAN
9 Matt Jasper 19 Great Britain GBR 7 1:34.69
10 Mark Velzeboer 23 Netherlands NED 5 1:33.86
11 Dmitry Yershov 21 Unified Team EUN 5 1:34.02
12 Hugo Herrnhof 27 Italy ITA 5 1:34.85
13 Li Lianli 17 China CHN 4 1:33.90
14 Alain De Ruyter 22 Belgium BEL 4 1:34.60
15 Tatsuyoshi Ishihara 27 Japan JPN 4 1:34.86
16 Tsutomu Kawasaki 22 Japan JPN 4 1:35.66
17 Chris Nicholson 24 New Zealand NZL 2 1:33.45
18 Marc Bella 30 France FRA 2 1:34.22
19 Andrew Murtha 26 Australia AUS 2 1:34.71
20 Song Jae-Geun 17 South Korea KOR 2 1:37.86
21 Richard Nizielski 23 Australia AUS 2 1:38.80
22 Gisle Elvebakken 21 Norway NOR 2 1:41.50
23 Toshinobu Kawai 24 Japan JPN 2 1:42.28
24 Orazio Fagone 23 Italy ITA 1 1:34.91
25 Tibor Kun Bálint 19 Hungary HUN 1 1:36.86
26 Nicky Gooch 19 Great Britain GBR 1 2:24.43
AC Andy Gabel 27 United States USA DQ
AC Li Won-Ho 19 North Korea PRK DQ