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.
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.
|1||Viktor An||20||South Korea||KOR||Gold||AF-1|
|2||Lee Ho-Seok||19||South Korea||KOR||Silver||AF-2|
|8||Apolo Anton Ohno||23||United States||USA||BF-3|
|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|
|AC||Wim De Deyne||28||Belgium||BEL||DQ|