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Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): M-Wave, Nagano
Date Started: February 12, 1998
Date Finished: February 12, 1998

Gold: NOR Ådne Søndrål
Silver: NED Ids Postma
Bronze: NED Rintje Ritsma

Summary

The season had barely started, when the first time below 1:50 was reported from Erben Wennemars, though the time was not recognized as a world record. The first official sub-1:50 record was set in a Berlin World Cup by Ids Postma, only to be bettered by Kevin Overland later the same day. At the Dutch Olympic Trials, Rintje Ritsma again lowered it, to 1:48.88. Other favorites included the other Dutch skaters (Bos and Hersman (who replaced Wennemars after his injury in the 500 m) and [Ådne Søndrål], Olympic silver medalist back in 1992, and runner-up at the two most recent World Championships.

The first to approach 1:50 was American KC Boutiette, who had converted from inline skating and had competed at the 1994 Games as a substitute for Dan Jansen in this event. His time of 1:50.04 held out until the last three pairs, with Jan Bos beating it first with 1:49.75. Next up were Postma and Søndrål, who fought out an exciting duel. Postma got off to a better start, but the Norwegian caught up, and at 1,100 m, the two were exactly equal. With Postma having the final inner curve, he seemed to have the advantage and beat Søndrål. But Postma stumbled slightly, and Søndrål had a very powerful last lap. He broke the world record by more than a second (1:47.87), with Postma also finishing well below the old mark. Only Ritsma, runner-up in 1994 and Overland were remaining, and Ritsma’s splits matched those of the two leaders. However, like Postma, he was unable to keep up with Søndrål’s pace in the final lap, and had to settle for a bronze. Søndrål’s world record wouldn’t last long, as the Norwegian broke it himself by nearly 1.5 seconds at the World Single Distance Championships in Calgary later that year.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Ådne Søndrål 26 Norway NOR Gold 1:47.87 24.00 51.16 1:19.08 WR
2 Ids Postma 24 Netherlands NED Silver 1:48.13 23.85 50.96 1:19.08
3 Rintje Ritsma 27 Netherlands NED Bronze 1:48.52 24.36 51.16 1:19.19
4 Jan Bos 22 Netherlands NED 1:49.75 24.09 51.39 1:19.74 OR
5 KC Boutiette 27 United States USA 1:50.04 24.36 51.79 1:20.13 OR
6 Martin Hersman 23 Netherlands NED 1:50.31 24.46 51.84 1:20.27
7 Hiroyuki Noake 23 Japan JPN 1:50.49 24.13 51.60 1:20.28 OR
8 Toru Aoyanagi 29 Japan JPN 1:50.68 23.93 50.98 1:19.93
9 Christian Breuer 21 Germany GER 1:50.96 23.97 51.22 1:20.09 OR
10 Andrey Anufriyenko 27 Russia RUS 1:50.99 24.51 52.15 1:20.72
11 Vadim Sayutin 27 Russia RUS 1:51.31 24.90 52.72 1:21.46
12 Choi Jae-Bong 17 South Korea KOR 1:51.47 25.03 52.87 1:21.55
13 Peter Adeberg 29 Germany GER 1:51.50 24.14 51.46 1:20.19
14 Dmitry Shepel 19 Russia RUS 1:51.64 24.32 51.94 1:20.94
15 Cheon Ju-Hyeon 20 South Korea KOR 1:51.65 24.17 51.55 1:20.29
16 Yusuke Imai 20 Japan JPN 1:51.70 24.12 51.22 1:20.19
17 Bart Veldkamp 30 Belgium BEL 1:51.73 25.42 53.64 1:22.38
18 Marnix ten Kortenaar 27 Austria AUT 1:51.94 25.22 53.08 1:21.77
19 Sergey Tsybenko 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:52.03 24.77 52.36 1:21.45
20 Kevin Overland 23 Canada CAN 1:52.07 24.21 51.53 1:20.17
21 Keiji Shirahata 24 Japan JPN 1:52.23 24.70 52.83 1:21.84
22 Aleksandr Kibalko 24 Russia RUS 1:52.27 24.16 52.01 1:21.26
23 Davide Carta 25 Italy ITA 1:52.44 24.27 52.13 1:21.43
24 Ermanno Ioriatti 22 Italy ITA 1:52.45 24.12 51.91 1:21.30
25 Steven Elm 22 Canada CAN 1:52.70 24.96 52.89 1:22.28
26 Kevin Marshall 25 Canada CAN 1:52.77 25.06 53.17 1:22.11
27 Radik Bikchentayev 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:52.87 25.00 53.43 1:22.66
28 Steinar Johansen 25 Norway NOR 1:52.88 25.38 53.68 1:22.73
29 Brigt Rykkje 22 Norway NOR 1:52.91 25.43 53.82 1:23.01
30 Neal Marshall 28 Canada CAN 1:52.93 24.46 51.99 1:21.37
31 Casey FitzRandolph 23 United States USA 1:53.26 24.20 51.82 1:21.14
32 Cory Carpenter 21 United States USA 1:53.50 24.75 52.50 1:21.70
33 Frank Dittrich 30 Germany GER 1:53.64 25.72 54.63 1:24.02
34 Paweł Zygmunt 25 Poland POL 1:53.73 24.67 53.04 1:22.86
35 Dave Tamburrino 25 United States USA 1:54.19 24.83 53.13 1:22.80
36 Wan Chunbo 25 China CHN 1:54.64 24.77 53.21 1:23.03
37 Cédric Kuentz 24 France FRA 1:54.78 25.12 53.62 1:23.41
38 René Taubenrauch 24 Germany GER 1:54.91 26.01 54.66 1:24.47
39 Jeong Jin-Uk 19 South Korea KOR 1:55.02 24.60 52.79 1:22.94
40 Andrew Nicholson 27 New Zealand NZL 1:55.06 25.11 53.62 1:23.54
41 Sergey Kaznacheyev 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:55.22 25.46 54.18 1:24.04
42 Zsolt Baló 26 Hungary HUN 1:55.52 25.23 54.45 1:24.36
43 Feng Qingbo 23 China CHN 1:56.45 25.63 55.10 1:25.19
44 Dezideriu Horvath 27 Romania ROU 1:57.35 25.96 55.11 1:25.50