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.
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.
|1||Kim Gi-Hun||24||South Korea||KOR||Gold|
|3||Lee Jun-Ho||26||South Korea||KOR||Bronze|
|4||Mike McMillen||27||New Zealand||NZL|
|5||Wilf O'Reilly||27||Great Britain||GBR|
|9||Matt Jasper||19||Great Britain||GBR||7||1:34.69|
|11||Dmitry Yershov||21||Unified Team||EUN||5||1:34.02|
|14||Alain De Ruyter||22||Belgium||BEL||4||1:34.60|
|17||Chris Nicholson||24||New Zealand||NZL||2||1:33.45|
|20||Song Jae-Geun||17||South Korea||KOR||2||1:37.86|
|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|