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Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah
Date Started: February 19, 2002
Date Finished: February 19, 2002

Gold: USA Derek Parra
Silver: NED Jochem Uytdehaage
Bronze: NOR Ådne Søndrål

Summary

There were countless potential medalists in this event. Among them were the gold and silver medalists of 1998, Ådne Søndrål and Ids Postma, who had divided the four World Championships held since the Nagano Games between them, the Norwegian winning in 1998 and 2001, and the Dutchman in 1999 and 2000. In the running season, World Cup races had also been won by Dustin Molicki, Derek Parra and Petter Andersen. The latter had shared his victory with Jakko Jan Leeuwangh, who didn't even make the Dutch team, as had Martin Hersman and Erben Wennemars, also World Cup medalists earlier in the season.

Not among those favorites was Jochem Uytdehaage, whose selection at the Dutch Olympic Trials had been somewhat controversial due to his lack of previous achievements at the distance. But with an Olympic gold medal from the 5,000 m in the pocket, the Dutchman skated the best 1,500 m of his life. With the best final lap of the competition, he broke Lee Gyu-Hyeok's world record and lowered it to 1:44.57. Of the pre-race favorites, only one man was able to beat this time. Having finished second behind Uytdehaage in the 5,000 m, Derek Parra now took home the gold. A former inline skating World Champion, he had switched to speed skating in 1996 for a chance to compete in the Olympics. Having been an alternate in 1998, his results slowly improved, winning his first international prize at the 2001 World Single Distance Champions; a silver medal in the 1,500 m. He confirmed his status in that event by winning a World Cup race in November 2001, his only international win prior to his Olympic title.

The duel for the bronze was an interesting one, between Søndrål and Joey Cheek. Primarily a sprinter, Cheek had taken off incredibly fast, leading Parra's splits by four tenths at the bell, and Søndrål by a full 1.75 seconds. As Cheek struggled on the final lap, Søndrål made up for the difference, beating the American by just 0.08 at the finish line.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Derek Parra 31 United States USA Gold 1:43.95 23.57 49.06 1:15.54 WR
2 Jochem Uytdehaage 25 Netherlands NED Silver 1:44.57 23.83 49.88 1:16.94 WR
3 Ådne Søndrål 30 Norway NOR Bronze 1:45.26 23.70 49.73 1:16.85
4 Joey Cheek 22 United States USA 1:45.34 23.10 48.36 1:15.10
5 Ids Postma 28 Netherlands NED 1:45.41 23.67 50.36 1:17.56
6 Nick Pearson 22 United States USA 1:45.51 23.71 49.55 1:16.65 OR
7 Jan Bos 26 Netherlands NED 1:45.63 23.47 49.68 1:16.95
8 Lee Gyu-Hyeok 23 South Korea KOR 1:45.82 23.22 49.09 1:16.75
9 Rintje Ritsma 31 Netherlands NED 1:45.86 23.68 49.99 1:17.17
10 Yevgeny Lalenkov 20 Russia RUS 1:45.97 23.66 49.87 1:17.28
11 Dmitry Shepel 23 Russia RUS 1:45.98 23.88 49.84 1:16.98 OR
12 Dustin Molicki 26 Canada CAN 1:46.00 23.66 49.93 1:17.31
13 Janne Hänninen 26 Finland FIN 1:46.04 23.16 49.35 1:16.53
14 J. P. Shilling 30 United States USA 1:46.29 23.73 49.83 1:17.06
15 Hiroyuki Noake 27 Japan JPN 1:46.38 23.31 49.34 1:16.76
16 Sergey Tsybenko 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:46.40 23.90 50.24 1:17.74
17 Kevin Marshall 29 Canada CAN 1:46.75 24.02 50.45 1:17.82
18 Steven Elm 26 Canada CAN 1:46.99 24.43 50.88 1:18.12
19 Radik Bikchentayev 29 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:47.04 24.04 50.68 1:18.39
20 Petter Andersen 28 Norway NOR 1:47.21 23.68 50.16 1:17.66
21 Choi Jae-Bong 21 South Korea KOR 1:47.26 23.65 50.24 1:18.05
22 Aleksandr Kibalko 28 Russia RUS 1:47.63 23.91 50.64 1:18.39
23 Takaharu Nakajima 19 Japan JPN 1:47.64 23.13 48.97 1:16.98
24 Stefano Donagrandi 25 Italy ITA 1:47.72 24.51 51.27 1:18.71
25 Keiji Shirahata 28 Japan JPN 1:47.78 24.37 51.63 1:19.32
26 Enrico Fabris 20 Italy ITA 1:47.83 24.66 51.80 1:19.37
27 Vesa Rosendahl 26 Finland FIN 1:48.02 24.07 51.08 1:18.87
28 Philippe Marois 21 Canada CAN 1:48.13 24.80 51.59 1:19.08
29 Cédric Kuentz 28 France FRA 1:48.20 24.49 51.19 1:19.10
30 Zsolt Baló 30 Hungary HUN 1:48.27 24.20 51.16 1:18.98
31 Roberto Sighel 34 Italy ITA 1:48.40 24.01 50.82 1:19.10
32 Risto Rosendahl 22 Finland FIN 1:48.57 24.42 51.52 1:19.36
33 Mun Jun 19 South Korea KOR 1:48.58 23.84 50.86 1:19.38
34 Yusuke Imai 24 Japan JPN 1:48.76 23.55 49.68 1:17.51
35 Eskil Ervik 27 Norway NOR 1:49.24 24.71 51.61 1:19.65
36 Nikolay Uliyanin 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:49.42 24.27 51.55 1:19.78
37 Vadim Sayutin 31 Russia RUS 1:49.45 24.47 51.55 1:19.98
38 Johan Röjler 20 Sweden SWE 1:49.50 24.73 52.10 1:20.28
39 Vladimir Kostin 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:49.57 24.31 51.47 1:19.94
40 Igor Makovetsky 17 Belarus BLR 1:50.15 24.52 51.72 1:20.17
41 Jan Friesinger 21 Germany GER 1:50.26 24.01 51.05 1:19.46
42 Yeo Sang-Yeop 17 South Korea KOR 1:50.70 23.88 50.72 1:19.81
43T Andriy Fomin 24 Ukraine UKR 1:51.02 24.15 51.69 1:20.65
43T Frank Dittrich 34 Germany GER 1:51.02 25.52 53.80 1:22.28
45 Ma Yongbin 20 China CHN 1:51.81 24.84 52.82 1:21.72
46 Liu Guangbin 22 China CHN 1:52.01 25.35 53.17 1:21.84
47 Aleksey Khatylyov 18 Belarus BLR 1:52.87 24.54 52.87 1:21.93
AC Christian Breuer 25 Germany GER 23.54 DNF/fall