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Short Track Speed Skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

Short Track Speed Skating at the 2002 Winter Games: Next Winter Games


Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Salt Lake Ice Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Started: February 20, 2002
Date Finished: February 20, 2002
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: USA Apolo Anton Ohno
Silver: CHN Li Jiajun
Bronze: CAN Marc Gagnon


After the hilarious finish of the 1,000 m, the second final of the men's short track competitions again gave plenty to discuss. The field for the final contained most of the favorites: Japanese American teenager [Apolo Anton Ohno], four-time World Champion [Marc Gagnon] of Canada, [Kim Dong-Seong], the 1998 winner of the 1,000 m and four-fold European Champion [Fabio Carta] (Italy).

Halfway through the race, Kim kicked up the pace and took the lead. Ohno, meanwhile, remained in the back of the field for much of the race, emerging only with two laps to go. He first moved up to second place behind Kim. In the final lap, he then attempted to pass the South Korean on the inside. The two briefly touched, and Ohno waived his hands in the air signaling obstruction. Both continued to the finish line in full speed, the Korean seemingly taking the gold. But while Kim skated around with the Korean flag, it was announced that Kim was disqualified for cross-tracking, for obstructing Ohno who was trying to pass him. The call left Kim in disbelief on the ice, while Ohno ecstatically celebrated his victory with the crowd.

Disputed disqualifications are not uncommon in short track, and naturally one deciding the Olympic gold was hotly disputed. The referee's decision fell badly with South Koreans, and Ohno and the IOC received thousands of e-mails and letters, some even containing death threats. Ohno was assigned body guards because of this, and still needs protection when competing in South Korea, where short track speed skating is a major sport. The impact of the decision was visible during the 2002 Football World Cup, held in South Korea and Japan. When Ahn Jung-Hwan scored the equaliser in a match between South Korea and the US, he celebrated his goal by making skating moves, later explaining the reference to Kim's disqualification. Kim himself would bounce back in the best way possible. At the 2002 World Championships, after the Games, he won all four distances and the overall title - an unprecedented performance.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS BT
1 Apolo Anton Ohno 19 United States USA Gold
2 Li Jiajun 26 China CHN Silver
3 Marc Gagnon 26 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Fabio Carta 24 Italy ITA
5 Bruno Loscos 26 France FRA
6 Rusty Smith 22 United States USA
7 Guo Wei 18 China CHN
8 Cees Juffermans 19 Netherlands NED
9 Martin Johansson 28 Sweden SWE
10 Steven Bradbury 28 Australia AUS
11 Miroslav Boyadzhiev 22 Bulgaria BUL
12 Kim Dong-Seong 22 South Korea KOR 68 DQ
13 Viktor An 16 South Korea KOR 34 2:23.287
14 Nicola Rodigari 20 Italy ITA 26 2:19.067
15 André Hartwig 18 Germany GER 24 2:22.541
16 Gregory Durand 24 France FRA 18 2:20.496
17 Nicky Gooch 29 Great Britain GBR 18 2:25.903
18 Satoru Terao 26 Japan JPN 13 2:23.680
19 Matúš Užák 20 Slovakia SVK 8 2:22.557
20 Mark Jackson 21 New Zealand NZL 8 2:22.906
21 Pieter Gysel 21 Belgium BEL 8 2:24.161
22 Leon Flack 21 Great Britain GBR 8 2:25.832
23 Kornél Szántó 23 Hungary HUN 8 2:27.467
24 Balázs Knoch 22 Hungary HUN 8 2:40.617
25 Krystian Zdrojkowski 19 Poland POL 5 2:23.015
26 Vladimir Grigoryev 19 Ukraine UKR 5 2:25.316
27 Kiril Pandov 18 Bulgaria BUL 5 2:27.730
28 Mark McNee 20 Australia AUS 5 2:27.840
29 Naoya Tamura 22 Japan JPN 5 3:06.585
AC Jonathan Guilmette 23 Canada CAN DQ
AC Simon Van Vossel 22 Belgium BEL DQ