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Speed Skating at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Lingotto Oval, Torino
Date Started: February 21, 2006
Date Finished: February 21, 2006

Gold: ITA Enrico Fabris
Silver: USA Shani Davis
Bronze: USA Chad Hedrick

Summary

Favorites were a dime a dozen in the 1500 m. Over the past years, three different skaters had won the world title: Erben Wennemars, Shani Davis and Rune Stordal (who didn’t qualify for Torino). Two other skaters had won the season World Cups in the same years: Mark Tuitert (not qualified either) and Yevgeny Lalenkov. Adding to the list, 5,000 m champion Chad Hedrick had bettered the world record earlier in the season.

Ahead of these favorites, in the 17th pair, two outsiders started who had both won World Cup races in the first part of the season. Simon Kuipers had been ill since, and only qualified for the Games in a skate-off, while Enrico Fabris had won the team pursuit days before the competition. Kuipers comfortably led the Italian for most of the race, but Fabris showed an unusually small decline in his lap times (26.6-27.1-27.7) to catch the Dutchman in the last lap, clocking 1:45.97 to beat his own pre-Olympic track record. None of the remaining skaters could match Fabris’s steady race, although some came close. Shani Davis had a 1.3-second lead over the Italian, yet finished at 1:46.13. His compatriot Hedrick was not far behind, with 1:46.22. Fabris’s gold medal made him the most successful male skater at the Olympics, with two golds and a bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Enrico Fabris 24 Italy ITA Gold 1:45.97 24.42 51.10 1:18.24
2 Shani Davis 23 United States USA Silver 1:46.13 23.62 49.59 1:16.96
3 Chad Hedrick 28 United States USA Bronze 1:46.22 23.97 49.94 1:17.50
4 Simon Kuipers 23 Netherlands NED 1:46.58 23.75 50.10 1:17.80
5 Erben Wennemars 30 Netherlands NED 1:46.71 23.26 49.47 1:17.01
6 Ivan Skobrev 23 Russia RUS 1:46.91 24.16 50.78 1:18.34
7 Petter Andersen 32 Norway NOR 1:47.15 23.67 49.91 1:17.57
8 Mikael Flygind Larsen 23 Norway NOR 1:47.28 24.07 50.42 1:18.04
9 Joey Cheek 26 United States USA 1:47.52 22.89 48.96 1:16.85
10 Even Wetten 23 Norway NOR 1:47.78 23.69 50.14 1:17.89
11 Denny Morrison 20 Canada CAN 1:48.04 24.18 50.28 1:17.84
12T Konrad Niedźwiedzki 21 Poland POL 1:48.09 24.00 50.77 1:18.66
12T Steven Elm 30 Canada CAN 1:48.09 24.19 50.74 1:18.71
14 Lee Jong-U 20 South Korea KOR 1:48.11 24.70 51.13 1:18.77
15 Sven Kramer 19 Netherlands NED 1:48.36 24.63 51.68 1:19.48
16 Mun Jun 23 South Korea KOR 1:48.38 23.86 50.40 1:18.79
17 Arne Dankers 25 Canada CAN 1:48.42 25.30 52.12 1:19.58
18 Ippolito Sanfratello 32 Italy ITA 1:48.44 24.47 51.27 1:19.21
19 Derek Parra 35 United States USA 1:48.54 24.27 50.79 1:18.57
20 Jan Bos 30 Netherlands NED 1:48.61 24.06 50.77 1:18.51
21 Dmitry Shepel 27 Russia RUS 1:48.74 24.28 51.48 1:19.54
22 Stefano Donagrandi 29 Italy ITA 1:48.85 24.70 51.44 1:19.47
23 Yevgeny Lalenkov 24 Russia RUS 1:49.00 23.59 49.80 1:17.92
24T Teruhiro Sugimori 23 Japan JPN 1:49.51 24.26 50.83 1:19.03
24T Risto Rosendahl 26 Finland FIN 1:49.51 24.08 51.07 1:19.52
26 Stefan Heythausen 24 Germany GER 1:49.58 24.58 51.72 1:20.06
27 Justin Warsylewicz 20 Canada CAN 1:49.77 24.73 51.81 1:20.07
28 Lee Jin-U 19 South Korea KOR 1:49.85 24.15 50.50 1:19.63
29 Matteo Anesi 21 Italy ITA 1:49.88 24.49 51.66 1:20.00
30 Gao Xuefeng 25 China CHN 1:49.91 24.69 51.38 1:19.54
31 Tobias Schneider 24 Germany GER 1:50.18 24.84 52.00 1:20.19
32 Aleksandr Kibalko 32 Russia RUS 1:50.29 24.02 50.78 1:19.28
33 Johan Röjler 24 Sweden SWE 1:50.50 24.54 51.94 1:20.49
34 Yusuke Imai 28 Japan JPN 1:50.56 23.46 49.76 1:18.28
35 Takahiro Ushiyama 24 Japan JPN 1:50.59 24.12 51.25 1:19.93
36 Robert Lehmann 22 Germany GER 1:51.04 24.70 52.29 1:21.21
37 Jörg Dallmann 26 Germany GER 1:51.32 24.89 52.64 1:21.26
38 Takaharu Nakajima 23 Japan JPN 1:51.61 23.61 50.02 1:18.82
39 Aleksey Belyayev 20 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:52.20 24.93 52.31 1:21.15
40 Li Changyu 22 China CHN 1:53.32 24.57 51.81 1:21.30
AC Håvard Bøkko 19 Norway NOR 24.18 DNF