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Short Track Speed Skating at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Palavela, Torino
Date Started: February 12, 2006
Date Finished: February 12, 2006
Format: Placements 1-12 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on points earned in earlier rounds, and time in final round skated.

Gold: KOR Viktor An
Silver: KOR Lee Ho-Seok
Bronze: CHN Li Jiajun

Summary

The red-hot favorite in this event was [An Hyeon-Su]. After his compatriot [Kim Dong-Seong] had retired in 2002, An had become the dominant short track skater. He had won the overall title at the 2003, 2004 and 2005 World Championships, winning the 1,500 m on each occasion. With 2:10.639, the world record had also been in An's hands since 2003.

One of An's opponents, defending champion [Apolo Anton Ohno], was surprisingly eliminated in the semi-finals. The Koreans expressed regret over this, as they wanted to take revenge for Ohno's win in the event back in 1,500, when Kim Dong-Seong had been controversially disqualified in favor of Ohno. But the Koreans did not care much, as they easily won the competition. An won the race, while his compatriot [Lee Ho-Seok] finished second. Four-time Olympian [Li Jiajun] grabbed his fifth Olympic medal, placing third. Later in the Games, An and Lee would repeat their 1-2 finish in the 1,000 m.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PLR PTS BT
1 Viktor An 20 South Korea KOR Gold AF-1
2 Lee Ho-Seok 19 South Korea KOR Silver AF-2
3 Li Jiajun 30 China CHN Bronze AF-3
4 Charles Hamelin 21 Canada CAN AF-4
5 Viktor Knoch 16 Hungary HUN AF-5
6 Mathieu Turcotte 29 Canada CAN BF-1
7 Fabio Carta 28 Italy ITA BF-2
8 Apolo Anton Ohno 23 United States USA BF-3
9 Satoru Terao 30 Japan JPN BF-4
10 Niels Kerstholt 22 Netherlands NED BF-5
11 Péter Darázs 20 Hungary HUN BF-6
12 Alex Izykowski 22 United States USA SF-5 18 2:18.610
13 Jon Eley 21 Great Britain GBR SF-5 18 2:21.862
14 Nicola Rodigari 24 Italy ITA SF-6 24 2:18.615
15 Vyacheslav Kurginyan 19 Russia RUS SF-6 16 2:24.604
16 Cees Juffermans 24 Netherlands NED SF-DNF 21 2:27.696
17 Tyson Heung 26 Germany GER R1-4 8 2:20.075
18 Maxime Chataignier 17 France FRA R1-4 8 2:23.966
19 Hayato Sueyoshi 23 Japan JPN R1-4 8 2:25.280
20 Mark McNee 24 Australia AUS R1-4 8 2:29.356
21 Sebastian Praus 25 Germany GER R1-4 8 2:30.292
22 Dariusz Kulesza 18 Poland POL R1-5 5 2:24.118
23 Mikhail Razhin 21 Russia RUS R1-5 5 2:33.809
24 Jean-Charles Mattei 23 France FRA R1-5 5 2:43.543
AC Pieter Gysel 25 Belgium BEL DQ
AC Wim De Deyne 28 Belgium BEL DQ
AC Li Ye 22 China CHN DQ
AC Matúš Užák 24 Slovakia SVK DQ