Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): White Ring, Nagano
Date Started: February 17, 1998
Date Finished: February 17, 1998
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.
South Koreans had won the previous two editions of this event, and another South Korean was expected to win in Nagano. At the 1997 World Championships, held at the Olympic venue, then junior Kim Dong-Seong had claimed the title, winning the 1,000 m in the process. But that race had seen a disputed disqualification of his chief opponent, Marc Gagnon of Canada. Gagnon had later lowered the world record to 1:28.230, proving his capabilities in the event.
But Gagnon failed to make the semi-finals, being disqualified for obstructing Lee Jun-Hwan in their quarter-final heat. The semi-finals then saw the 1994 500 m champion, Chae Ji-Hun also out due to disqualification. Kim, however, did make the final, along with Li Jiajun of China, 33-year-old "veteran" Andy Gabel (USA) and Éric Bédard (Canada). In the final, Li was in the lead most of the way, ,Kim snuck up from behind on the final curve to edge his blade over the line first.
|1||Kim Dong-Seong||17||South Korea||KOR||Gold|
|4||Andy Gabel||33||United States||USA|
|7||Lee Jun-Hwan||20||South Korea||KOR|
|8||Matt Jasper||25||Great Britain||GBR|
|10||Chae Ji-Hun||23||South Korea||KOR||8||DQ|
|13||Rusty Smith||18||United States||USA||6||1:39.775|
|22||Nicky Gooch||25||Great Britain||GBR||2||1:33.638|
|23||Han Sang-Guk||19||North Korea||PRK||2||1:34.220|
|25||Scott Koons||21||United States||USA||1||1:31.110|
|26||Yun Chol||23||North Korea||PRK||1||1:33.133|