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Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond
Date Started: February 20, 2010
Date Finished: February 20, 2010

Gold: NED Mark Tuitert
Silver: USA Shani Davis
Bronze: NOR Håvard Bøkko

Summary

American Shani Davis was the man to beat in this event, especially after his 1,000 m victory. A silver medallist in 1,500 m four years earlier, Davis had since won the 2007 and 2009 world titles, as well as the 1,500 m World Cup of 2008 and 2009. In March 2009, he had become the first man to break 1:42 in the event, subsequently lowering the world record to 1:41.04 early in the 2009/2010 season. Coming into the Olympic race, the only "blemish" on his record was the loss to fellow American Chad Hedrick in the Calgary World Cup earlier in the season.

The first skater to approach the track record, set by Davis at the 2009 World Championships, was Ivan Skobrev, bronze medallist in the 5,000 m. In his breakthrough season, the Russian outpaced home favorite Denny Morrison to cross the line after 1:46.42. But that mark didn't even survive the next pair, which featured Mark Tuitert and Håvard Bøkko. Several years back, Tuitert had won two 1,500 m World Cup titles (2004/2005) and the 2004 European Championship, but he had struggled since. Bøkko had been the most consistent performer behind Davis on the World Circuit, taking 2nd place in the first two races. The duel was a fast race, with both Tuitert and Bøkko both going well under Skobrev's splits. The two took the leading positions, Tuitert with 1:45.57, Bøkko with 1:46.13.

In the final pair, Davis took off with a pace just slightly off Tuitert's. But Davis, usually known for his faster closing laps, now lost ground to the Dutchman in the final 800 m. He was even close to losing his 0.6-second lead over Bøkko in the last lap, but held on take to the silver medal by just 0.03.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Mark Tuitert 29 Netherlands NED Gold 1:45.57 23.52 49.34 1:16.48
2 Shani Davis 27 United States USA Silver 1:46.10 23.70 49.52 1:16.82
3 Håvard Bøkko 23 Norway NOR Bronze 1:46.13 23.91 50.10 1:17.44
4 Ivan Skobrev 27 Russia RUS 1:46.42 24.23 51.11 1:18.64
5 Mo Tae-Beom 20 South Korea KOR 1:46.47 23.75 49.95 1:17.07
6 Chad Hedrick 32 United States USA 1:46.69 23.76 49.88 1:17.40
7 Simon Kuipers 27 Netherlands NED 1:46.76 23.49 49.77 1:17.59
8 Mikael Flygind Larsen 27 Norway NOR 1:46.77 23.82 49.97 1:17.56
9 Denny Morrison 24 Canada CAN 1:46.93 23.86 49.95 1:17.34
10 Enrico Fabris 28 Italy ITA 1:47.02 24.35 51.29 1:18.71
11 Yevgeny Lalenkov 28 Russia RUS 1:47.06 23.56 49.97 1:17.57
12 Matteo Anesi 25 Italy ITA 1:47.34 23.77 50.14 1:17.91
13 Sven Kramer 23 Netherlands NED 1:47.40 24.07 50.44 1:18.37
14 Mathieu Giroux 24 Canada CAN 1:47.62 24.13 50.73 1:18.58
15 Trevor Marsicano 20 United States USA 1:47.84 24.17 50.61 1:17.97
16 Stefan Groothuis 28 Netherlands NED 1:48.03 23.70 49.86 1:17.43
17 Konrad Niedźwiedzki 25 Poland POL 1:48.15 23.87 50.66 1:18.72
18 Brian Hansen 19 United States USA 1:48.45 24.35 51.00 1:18.91
19 Lucas Makowsky 22 Canada CAN 1:48.61 24.13 50.91 1:18.87
20 Christoffer Rukke 21 Norway NOR 1:48.62 23.95 50.45 1:18.38
21 Aleksey Yesin 22 Russia RUS 1:48.65 24.01 50.83 1:18.71
22 Lee Jong-U 24 South Korea KOR 1:49.00 24.08 50.58 1:18.91
23 Denis Kuzin 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:49.05 24.34 51.07 1:19.24
24 Joel Eriksson 25 Sweden SWE 1:49.08 24.15 51.04 1:19.06
25 Daniel Friberg 23 Sweden SWE 1:49.13 24.39 51.55 1:19.71
26 Teruhiro Sugimori 27 Japan JPN 1:49.19 23.98 50.43 1:18.49
27 Zbigniew Bródka 25 Poland POL 1:49.45 24.00 50.81 1:19.15
28 Johan Röjler 28 Sweden SWE 1:49.50 24.28 51.30 1:19.59
29 Fredrik van der Horst 20 Norway NOR 1:49.58 24.61 52.16 1:20.45
30 Shingo Doi 26 Japan JPN 1:49.77 23.61 50.67 1:19.30
31 Ha Hong-Seon 18 South Korea KOR 1:49.93 24.39 50.92 1:19.27
32 Samuel Schwarz 26 Germany GER 1:50.07 23.68 50.64 1:19.42
33 Pascal Briand 33 France FRA 1:50.71 24.32 51.46 1:20.43
34 Gao Xuefeng 29 China CHN 1:50.78 24.61 51.97 1:20.46
35 Sun Longjiang 17 China CHN 1:51.30 24.31 51.73 1:20.58
36 Aleksandr Lebedev 22 Russia RUS 1:52.09 24.30 52.02 1:20.93
37 Kyle Parrott 24 Canada CAN 1:52.67 24.28 51.92 1:21.08