Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Palavela, Torino
Date Started: February 15, 2006
Date Finished: February 18, 2006
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.
|Bronze:||Apolo Anton Ohno|
The past three World Champions in this event had been [Li Jiajun] (China), [An Hyeon-Su] (South Korea) and [Apolo Anton Ohno] (United States). They had in fact all placed on the podium at the 2005 Worlds, when Ohno had beaten An and Li for the title. An, however, was slightly favored, as he had been the overall World Champion for the past three seasons, and he had already won the 1,500 m gold.
All three favorites made it through to the semi-finals, where they were all drawn in the same heat. An and Ohno did make it through, leaving Li out of contention. Both contenders had a team mate in the final, with [Rusty Smith] and [Lee Ho-Seok] also qualifying. [Li Ye] of China also raced, having been hindered in the semis. In the final, An followed his usual tactic of hanging in the back. With three laps to go, he sprinted forward, taking the lead. Ohno followed him, but was unable to pass the Korean. In the final lap, Lee then passed Ohno for second place. As in the 1,500 m, An and Lee again finished 1-2.
|1||Viktor An||20||South Korea||KOR||Gold||AF-1|
|2||Lee Ho-Seok||19||South Korea||KOR||Silver||AF-2|
|3||Apolo Anton Ohno||23||United States||USA||Bronze||AF-3|
|4||Rusty Smith||26||United States||USA||AF-4|
|17||Jon Eley||21||Great Britain||GBR||R1-3||13||1:29.147|
|19||Paul Stanley||22||Great Britain||GBR||R1-4||8||1:28.511|