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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