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Speed Skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Adler-Arena, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Date Started: February 15, 2014
Date Finished: February 15, 2014

Gold: POL Zbigniew Bródka
Silver: NED Koen Verweij
Bronze: CAN Denny Morrison

Summary

As in the 500 m, there were no lack of favorites in this race, as, looking at the season's World Cup winners, there were four main contenders\: Dutch skater Koen Verweij, two-time Olympic 1,000 m Champion Shani Davis, 2013 World Champion Denis Yuskov of Russia and US inline skating convert Joey Mantia. A full list would be hard to replicate, but we'll mention 2012 World Champion and 1,000 m silver medallist Denny Morrison, 2011 World Champion Håvard Bøkko, defending Olympic champion Mark Tuitert, 2013 World Cup winner Zbigniew Bródka and 1,000 m winner Stefan Groothuis.

The race got serious in pair 13, when defending champion Tuitert put 1:45.42 on the clock, a major attempt to defend his title. It was beaten two pairs later, as Morrison bettered it to 1:45.22, leaving Bøkko behind him. Pair 17 saw Davis take the ice against Bródka. With all eyes on the American, it was the Pole who won that pair. Eager to beat his pairmate, he recorded a typical race that saw him lose 1 second of pace with every full lap, but his 1:45.00 was a new track record. The time remained unassailed until the last pair, which pitted Verweij and Mantia against each other. Mantia was quickly out of contention, but not Verweij. Having started a little slower than Bródka, he closed in on the Pole in his last lap, which would be the fastest closing lap, save for 4th place finisher Yuskov. At the finish line, the clock again stopped at 1:45.00 - a tie for first. Verweij and Bródka looked at the scoreboard in doubt to wait for the verdict on the thousandths of seconds. After nervewrecking moments for both, Verweij was recorded at 1:45.009, exactly 0.003 slower than Bródka. The latter celebrated his country's first ever Olympic gold in the sport, earned by the smallest ever margin between gold and silver in Olympic speed skating.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Zbigniew Bródka 29 Poland POL Gold 1:45.00 23.57 49.22 1:16.42
2 Koen Verweij 23 Netherlands NED Silver 1:45.00 23.73 49.59 1:16.54
3 Denny Morrison 28 Canada CAN Bronze 1:45.22 23.49 48.92 1:15.92
4 Denis Yuskov 24 Russia RUS 1:45.37 24.05 50.23 1:17.09
5 Mark Tuitert 33 Netherlands NED 1:45.42 23.52 49.34 1:16.53
6 Håvard Bøkko 27 Norway NOR 1:45.48 23.58 49.73 1:16.91
7 Brian Hansen 23 United States USA 1:45.59 23.61 49.89 1:17.04
8 Sverre Lunde Pedersen 21 Norway NOR 1:45.66 23.89 50.42 1:17.49
9 Denis Kuzin 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:45.69 23.88 49.48 1:16.55
10 Bart Swings 22 Belgium BEL 1:45.95 24.26 50.44 1:17.53
11 Shani Davis 31 United States USA 1:45.98 23.55 49.30 1:16.56
12 Stefan Groothuis 32 Netherlands NED 1:46.08 23.23 48.78 1:16.11
13 Jan Blokhuijsen 24 Netherlands NED 1:46.50 24.12 50.74 1:18.27
14 Haralds Silovs 27 Latvia LAT 1:46.79 23.85 49.99 1:17.57
15 Jan Szymanski 24 Poland POL 1:46.86 24.08 50.51 1:17.82
16 Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen 21 Norway NOR 1:47.27 23.72 49.55 1:17.15
17 Mirko Nenzi 24 Italy ITA 1:47.48 23.24 49.98 1:17.71
18 Ivan Skobrev 30 Russia RUS 1:47.62 24.34 51.15 1:18.83
19 Mathieu Giroux 28 Canada CAN 1:47.65 24.38 50.85 1:18.45
20 Konrad Niedźwiedzki 29 Poland POL 1:47.77 24.05 50.47 1:18.31
21 Tian Guojun 23 China CHN 1:47.95 23.98 50.25 1:18.24
22 Joey Mantia 27 United States USA 1:48.01 23.57 49.84 1:17.91
23 Patrick Beckert 23 Germany GER 1:48.08 24.96 52.02 1:19.88
24 Aleksey Yesin 26 Russia RUS 1:48.10 23.95 50.24 1:17.95
25 Aleksey Suvorov 22 Russia RUS 1:48.11 24.40 51.10 1:18.41
26 Konrád Nagy 21 Hungary HUN 1:48.12 24.35 50.64 1:18.18
27 Robert Lehmann 30 Germany GER 1:48.24 24.26 51.16 1:19.19
28 Lucas Makowsky 26 Canada CAN 1:48.51 24.01 50.50 1:18.53
29 Ju Hyeong-Jun 22 South Korea KOR 1:48.59 24.04 50.21 1:17.88
30 Dmitry Babenko 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:48.67 24.73 51.88 1:19.97
31 Taro Kondo 19 Japan JPN 1:49.31 24.07 50.46 1:18.52
32 Benjamin Macé 24 France FRA 1:49.34 24.09 50.59 1:18.88
33 Vincent de Haître 19 Canada CAN 1:49.42 24.47 51.27 1:19.15
34 Aleksandr Zhigin 27 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:49.48 24.29 50.91 1:18.97
35 Fyodor Mezentsev 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:49.70 23.64 50.42 1:18.65
36 Simen Spieler Nilsen 20 Norway NOR 1:49.88 24.07 51.18 1:19.88
37 Jonathan Kuck 23 United States USA 1:50.19 25.44 52.76 1:20.82
38 David Andersson 19 Sweden SWE 1:50.29 24.25 51.57 1:20.12
39 Matteo Anesi 29 Italy ITA 1:50.59 24.17 51.30 1:20.06
40 Ewen Fernandez 24 France FRA 1:52.70 24.74 52.08 1:21.37