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Short Track Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Date Started: February 13, 2010
Date Finished: February 13, 2010
Format: Placements 1-12 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on placements in earlier rounds, and best time skated.

Gold: KOR Lee Jeong-Su
Silver: USA Apolo Anton Ohno
Bronze: USA J. R. Celski

Summary

As is common in short track speed skating, the South Koreans were favored in this event. With Lee Ho-Seok, they entered the reigning world champion in the event. He was joined by two team mates, Seong Si-Baek and Lee Jeong-Su. The three Koreans demonstrated their might in the semi-finals, as they all won their respective heats. They were joined in the final by Apolo Anton Ohno (USA), the 2002 champion, Liang Wenhao (China), Olivier Jean (Canada), who qualified after being interfered with in the semi-finals, and J. R. Celski (USA).

With three men in the final, the Koreans were determined to make it a clean sweep. Their plan appeared to work perfectly, as they were occupying the first three places going into the final lap. While Lee Jeong-Su was leading, Lee Ho-Seok attempted to pass his two team mates on the inside of final curve. But he went too fast, and crashed out of the curve, dragging Seong along with him. Instead of three Koreans on the podium, only Lee Jeong-Su was left, who did take the gold. Behind him, Ohno and Celski took medals for the United States.

For Ohno, it was his sixth Olympic medal, the highest total for any short track skater, and also the highest for any American Winter Olympian (although Bonnie Blair, who he passed, had won more gold medals). Celski's bronze medal was also remarkable. During the US Olympic Trials, he had crashed badly, severely cutting his thigh with his skate, which required some sixty stiches, and it seemed uncertain if he would skate again. With the help of Dr. Eric Heiden, Celski recovered in time for the Vancouver Olympics.

A notable participant in the B-final was Latvia's Haralds Silovs. The 1,500 m European Champion for 2008 and 2009, he had competed in the 5,000 m on the long track earlier in the day, becoming the first Olympian to combine both speed skating variants at the same Games - and on the same day.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PLR P BT
1 Lee Jeong-Su 20 South Korea KOR Gold AF-1
2 Apolo Anton Ohno 27 United States USA Silver AF-2
3 J. R. Celski 19 United States USA Bronze AF-3
4 Olivier Jean 25 Canada CAN AF-4
5 Seong Si-Baek 22 South Korea KOR AF-5
6 Liang Wenhao 17 China CHN AF-6
7 Charles Hamelin 25 Canada CAN BF-1
8 Nicola Rodigari 28 Italy ITA BF-2
9 Pieter Gysel 29 Belgium BEL BF-3
10 Haralds Silovs 23 Latvia LAT BF-4
11 Sebastian Praus 29 Germany GER BF-5
12 Lee Ho-Seok 23 South Korea KOR BF-DQ 1-2 2:14.324
13 Yuri Confortola 23 Italy ITA AF-DQ 3-1 2:13.645
14 Sjinkie Knegt 20 Netherlands NED SF-5 5-2 2:13.870
15 Liu Xianwei 22 China CHN SF-5 5-2 2:14.354
16 Jack Whelbourne 18 Great Britain GBR SF-5 5-3 2:14.972
17 Takahiro Fujimoto 24 Japan JPN SF-6 6-3 2:15.984
18 Jumpei Yoshizawa 24 Japan JPN SF-6 6-5 2:15.129
19 Péter Darázs 24 Hungary HUN SF-7 7-3 2:18.349
20 Niels Kerstholt 26 Netherlands NED SF-7 7-5 2:16.352
21 Jean-Charles Mattei 27 France FRA SF-7 7-5 2:33.989
22 Benjamin Macé 20 France FRA R1-4 0-4 2:12.875
23 Tyson Heung 30 Germany GER R1-4 0-4 2:14.461
24 Semyon Yelistratov 19 Russia RUS R1-4 0-4 2:15.455
25 Anthony Douglas 24 Great Britain GBR R1-4 0-4 2:16.622
26 Nicolas Bean 22 Italy ITA R1-4 0-4 2:17.089
27 Jakub Jaworski 23 Poland POL R1-4 0-4 2:19.163
28 Blake Skjellerup 24 New Zealand NZL R1-5 0-5 2:14.730
29 Yuzo Takamido 22 Japan JPN R1-5 0-5 2:15.402
30 Viktor Knoch 20 Hungary HUN R1-5 0-5 2:16.826
31 Ruslan Zakharov 22 Russia RUS R1-6 0-6 2:14.929
32 Paul Herrmann 24 Germany GER R1-6 0-6 2:16.782
33 Song Weilong 20 China CHN R1-6 0-6 2:20.095
AC Jordan Malone 25 United States USA DQ
AC Guillaume Bastille 24 Canada CAN DQ
AC Maxime Chataignier 21 France FRA DQ