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Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Olympic Hall, Hamar
Date Started: February 16, 1994
Date Finished: February 16, 1994

Gold: NOR Johann Olav Koss
Silver: NED Rintje Ritsma
Bronze: NED Falko Zandstra

Summary

After his dominant win in the 5000 m, Johann Olav Koss was heavily favored to win the 1,500 m as well. Koss was the defending champion, and he had won the pre-Olympic World Cup on the Hamar rink back in December. But he faced stiff competition from both his own country and the Netherlands. Koss' team mate Ådne Søndrål, had won two World Cup races earlier in the season, and had finished second behind Koss in the Albertville Games. Of the Dutch skaters, Falko Zandstra and Rintje Ritsma had the best chances. Zandstra had won the Davos World Cup, while Ritsma had won the distance at the European Championships in January in Hamar. Ritsma had then bettered the world record - which still dated from the 1988 Olympics - to 1:51.60.

Koss was the first of these favorites to race. Skating a final lap that was unheard of (29.38), he managed to beat Ritsma's world best mark by 0.31 seconds, setting it at 1:51.29. Next up was Søndrål. While a sprinter, he couldn't match Koss's splits early on, and never came close to his compatriot's time, despite setting a personal best of 1:53.13. In the next pair, it was Zandstra. At the bell, the Dutch World Allround Champion was about equal with Koss, but his final lap was over a second slower than the Norwegian's. Ritsma, going in pair six, met with the same fate. Leading by two tenths at 1,100 m, he lost a lot in the last 400 m, ending up with 1:51.99, slightly outside his own former world record. At the victory press conference, Johann Olav Koss announced he would donate his victory reward to the victims of the war in Bosnia, and especially Sarajevo, the host of the 1984 Winter Olympics that had been ravaged by war.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Johann Olav Koss 25 Norway NOR Gold 1:51.29 24.85 53.06 1:21.91 OR
2 Rintje Ritsma 23 Netherlands NED Silver 1:51.99 24.65 52.60 1:21.71
3 Falko Zandstra 22 Netherlands NED Bronze 1:52.38 24.71 52.78 1:21.89
4 Ådne Søndrål 22 Norway NOR 1:53.13 24.71 53.35 1:22.83
5 Andrey Anufriyenko 23 Russia RUS 1:53.16 24.75 53.47 1:22.77
6 Peter Adeberg 25 Germany GER 1:53.50 24.77 53.01 1:22.45
7 Neal Marshall 24 Canada CAN 1:53.56 24.65 53.22 1:22.79
8 Martin Hersman 19 Netherlands NED 1:53.59 24.87 53.21 1:22.75
9 Jeroen Straathof 21 Netherlands NED 1:53.70 24.99 53.40 1:22.91
10 Yuriy Shulha 28 Ukraine UKR 1:54.28 24.98 53.24 1:22.90
11 Paweł Jaroszek 22 Poland POL 1:54.49 24.95 53.30 1:22.94
12 Roberto Sighel 26 Italy ITA 1:54.51 24.88 53.65 1:23.47
13 Olaf Zinke 27 Germany GER 1:54.66 25.07 53.51 1:22.81
14 Kjell Storelid 23 Norway NOR 1:54.69 25.97 55.04 1:24.59
15 Toru Aoyanagi 25 Japan JPN 1:54.85 24.81 54.11 1:23.84
16 Oleg Pavlov 27 Russia RUS 1:54.90 24.49 53.01 1:22.75
17 Michael Hadschieff 30 Austria AUT 1:55.09 25.33 54.08 1:24.02
18 Steinar Johansen 21 Norway NOR 1:55.21 24.95 53.74 1:23.90
19 Thomas Kumm 25 Germany GER 1:55.35 25.17 53.99 1:23.94
20 Michael Spielmann 24 Germany GER 1:55.36 25.20 53.98 1:23.38
21 Yukinori Miyabe 25 Japan JPN 1:55.56 25.57 53.88 1:23.43
22T Roland Brunner 23 Austria AUT 1:55.78 24.83 53.56 1:23.41
22T Dave Tamburrino 21 United States USA 1:55.78 25.23 54.29 1:24.33
24 Pat Kelly 31 Canada CAN 1:55.81 24.59 53.10 1:23.31
25 Danny Kah 26 Australia AUS 1:56.04 25.59 54.53 1:24.58
26 Zsolt Baló 22 Romania ROU 1:56.44 25.03 54.04 1:24.24
27 Toshihiko Itokawa 19 Japan JPN 1:56.67 25.79 55.34 1:25.55
28 Kevin Scott 24 Canada CAN 1:56.68 24.60 52.78 1:23.15
29 Radik Bikchentayev 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:56.73 24.92 54.02 1:24.62
30 Vadim Sayutin 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:57.03 25.46 54.54 1:24.99
31 Dezideriu Horvath 23 Romania ROU 1:57.07 25.49 54.72 1:25.23
32 Brian Wanek 26 United States USA 1:57.09 25.26 54.27 1:24.92
33 Sergey Tsybenko 20 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:57.43 24.91 53.81 1:24.65
34 Davide Carta 21 Italy ITA 1:57.46 24.90 54.42 1:25.49
35 Vitaly Novichenko 18 Belarus BLR 1:57.50 26.37 55.76 1:25.93
36 Phillip Tahmindjis 26 Australia AUS 1:57.59 25.51 54.97 1:25.66
37 Nate Mills 23 United States USA 1:58.43 26.23 55.24 1:25.55
38 Pat Bouchard 20 Canada CAN 1:59.83 25.11 54.16 1:25.34
39 KC Boutiette 23 United States USA 2:00.59 25.45 55.11 1:26.86
40 Paweł Zygmunt 21 Poland POL 2:05.21 24.66 53.26 1:23.30 fall
41 Lee Jae-Sik 21 South Korea KOR 2:20.60 24.78 54.46 1:25.83 fall
AC Alessandro De Taddei 22 Italy ITA 24.88 DNF/fall
AC Liu Yanfei 26 China CHN 25.33 54.15 DNF/fall
AC Artur Szafrański 22 Poland POL 25.43 54.27 DNF/fall