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Men's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Lingotto Oval, Torino
Date Started: February 18, 2006
Date Finished: February 18, 2006

Gold: USA Shani Davis
Silver: USA Joey Cheek
Bronze: NED Erben Wennemars

Summary

Although not the first black skater to compete in the Olympics, Shani Davis was expected to do much better than his 1984 predecessor, Errol Fraser. Davis had won the 2005 World Allround Championships, and in 2004 he had won the 1500 m world title as well. His 2005/2006 record in the 1,000 m was superb, making him the top favorite for the gold. He had taken part in six of nine World Cup races, and won them all (taking the rest off to try and qualify for the US Olympic short track team). In passing, Davis also bettered the world record, which dated from the 2002 Olympics and set it at 1:07.03. The only question mark was his performance at the recent World Sprint Championships, where he had “only” placed 6th and 3rd in the 1000 ms. Races there were won by two-time Olympic runner-up Jan Bos and 2001 World Champion Jeremy Wotherspoon. Other contenders were World Sprint Champion and 500 m winner Joey Cheek and 2003 and 2004 World Champion Erben Wennemars.

Davis was the first of the favorites to skate, with 5,000 m champion Chad Hedrick leading at that moment. Skating behind Wotherspoon for the first lap and a half, Davis unleashed his usual fast final lap, to finish in 1:08.89. Davis’s relatively slow start left room for Cheek and former world record holder Lee Gyu-Hyeok, as both went neck-on-neck for the first 600 m. But neither could match Davis’s closing 26.6 lap, and finished at 1:09.16 and 1:09.37. The remaining pair featured two Dutchmen, Bos and Wennemars. The two went off more conservatively, but met with the same fate as Cheek, losing time in the final lap. Eventually, Wennemars edged ahead of Bos and narrowly took the bronze medal ahead of Lee. Cheek announced he would donate his silver medal bonus ($15,000) to the “Right to Play” charity, which he had also done with his 500 m bonus.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Shani Davis 23 United States USA Gold 1:08.89 16.96 42.29
2 Joey Cheek 26 United States USA Silver 1:09.16 16.29 41.55
3 Erben Wennemars 30 Netherlands NED Bronze 1:09.32 16.66 42.21
4 Lee Gyu-Hyeok 27 South Korea KOR 1:09.37 16.29 41.55
5 Jan Bos 30 Netherlands NED 1:09.42 16.53 41.95
6 Chad Hedrick 28 United States USA 1:09.45 17.07 42.60
7 Yevgeny Lalenkov 24 Russia RUS 1:09.46 16.90 42.47
8 Stefan Groothuis 24 Netherlands NED 1:09.57 16.67 41.91
9 Casey FitzRandolph 31 United States USA 1:09.59 16.58 41.91
10 Dmitry Dorofeyev 29 Russia RUS 1:09.74 16.33 41.88
11 Jeremy Wotherspoon 29 Canada CAN 1:09.76 16.59 42.05
12 Beorn Nijenhuis 21 Netherlands NED 1:09.85 16.77 42.24
13 Konrad Niedźwiedzki 21 Poland POL 1:09.95 16.94 42.99
14 Mikael Flygind Larsen 23 Norway NOR 1:10.13 17.16 42.87
15 Aleksey Proshin 31 Russia RUS 1:10.14 16.58 42.27
16 François-Olivier Roberge 20 Canada CAN 1:10.20 17.17 43.11
17 Choi Jae-Bong 25 South Korea KOR 1:10.23 16.70 42.50
18 Petter Andersen 32 Norway NOR 1:10.38 16.90 42.69
19 Denny Morrison 20 Canada CAN 1:10.44 17.13 43.13
20 Yusuke Imai 28 Japan JPN 1:10.48 16.91 42.85
21 Aleksandr Kibalko 32 Russia RUS 1:10.50 17.07 43.04
22 Lee Gang-Seok 20 South Korea KOR 1:10.52 16.39 42.33
23 Even Wetten 23 Norway NOR 1:10.57 16.66 42.53
24 Mun Jun 23 South Korea KOR 1:10.66 16.87 42.84
25 Janne Hänninen 30 Finland FIN 1:10.83 16.64 42.56
26 Mika Poutala 22 Finland FIN 1:11.03 16.67 42.31
27 Takaharu Nakajima 23 Japan JPN 1:11.10 17.16 43.01
28 Takahiro Ushiyama 24 Japan JPN 1:11.21 16.86 43.23
29 Steven Elm 30 Canada CAN 1:11.36 17.38 43.66
30 Maurizio Carnino 30 Italy ITA 1:11.44 16.83 43.01
31 Pekka Koskela 23 Finland FIN 1:11.45 16.72 42.95
32 Keiichiro Nagashima 23 Japan JPN 1:11.78 16.66 42.54
33 An Weijiang 22 China CHN 1:11.80 16.60 42.92
34 Yu Fengtong 21 China CHN 1:11.90 16.53 42.87
35 Zhang Zhongqi 23 China CHN 1:12.29 16.81 43.20
36 Aleksandr Zhigin 19 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:12.36 17.08 43.62
37 Risto Rosendahl 26 Finland FIN 1:12.60 18.06 44.42
38 Lu Zhuo 25 China CHN 1:12.69 16.80 43.10
AC Maciej Ustynowicz 22 Poland POL [16.78] DQ
AC Eric Zachrisson 25 Sweden SWE [1:11.17] [16.80] [42.66] DQ
AC Ermanno Ioriatti 30 Italy ITA [1:45.84] [16.57] [42.18] DQ