Short track speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
Short track speed skating pictogram.svg
Venue Pacific Coliseum
Dates February 13
Competitors 36 from 16 nations
Winning time 2:17.611
Medalists
Gold medal    South Korea
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    United States
«2006 2014»
Short track speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Short track speed skating pictogram.svg
500 m   men   women
1000 m men women
1500 m men women
3000 m relay women
5000 m relay men

The men's 1500 metres in short track speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics took place February 13 at the Pacific Coliseum. Heats took place at 5:00 PM PST, while the semifinals took place at 6:18 PM PST and the final event one hour later at 7:18 PM PST.

Preview[edit]

Going into the competition, speculation about possible winners focused on the strong South Korean contingent and on American skater Apolo Ohno. The South Korean team dominated short track speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics, winning six gold, three silver, and two bronze medals in the eight events. Their team at the 2010 games also included a number of skaters who were reigning world champions.[1] Ohno received significant media attention both because of previous successes at the 2002 Winter Olympics and 2006 Games and because he was in a position to break two records, the most medals won by a short track speed skater, and the most medals won by any winter Olympian from the United States.[2]

Qualifying heats[edit]

Following the semifinal round, seven skaters qualified for the final medal round: Lee Jung-Su, Lee Ho-Suk and Sung Si-Bak of South Korea, Apolo Ohno and J. R. Celski of the United States, Liang Wenhao of China, and Olivier Jean of Canada. Jean actually placed seventh in his semifinal heat, but advanced to the medal race after judges ruled that he had been interfered with during the race.[3]

Final heat and results[edit]

Apolo Ohno, who became the most medaled short track speed skater in Olympic history after winning the silver in the men's 1500 m race in Vancouver.

The South Korean skaters and Ohno jostled for the lead during much of the race, switching the lead positions multiple times. Entering the final lap, the three South Koreans had passed Ohno and were in a position to sweep the medals in the event. However, at the entrance of the last corner on the final lap, Lee Ho-Suk made a last-minute daring inside pass on Sung Si-Bak, only to have his blade collide with Si-Bak to cause both skaters to fall and slam into the barriers. This allowed Ohno and his fellow American skater J. R. Celski to move into second and third positions behind the eventual winner, Lee Jung-Su. Lee Ho-Suk was later disqualified by judges for causing the crash, and Sung Si-Bak took fifth place.[4]

Following the race, gold medalist Lee Jung-Su told the media that he did not feel good about his win because of his teammates' misfortune. He credited his win to a decision to start the race in the front of the pack, which was not his usual technique. With his second place finish and his sixth medal, Ohno became the most medaled short track speed skater in Olympic history, and tied Bonnie Blair's record as the most medaled American winter Olympian. Celski, who was skating after recovering from an accident the previous fall in which a skate's blade had sliced into his leg, earned his first medal.[4]

Haralds Silovs became the first athlete in Olympic history to participate in both short track and long track (5000 m) speed skating, and the first to compete in two different disciplines on the same day. He competed in the 5000 m and then raced across town to the 1500 m event.[5][6][7][8][9]

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Name Country Time Notes
1 1 Olivier Jean Canada 2:14.279 Q
2 1 Lee Ho-Suk South Korea 2:14.324 Q
3 1 Liu Xianwei China 2:14.354 Q
4 1 Tyson Heung Germany 2:14.461
5 1 Blake Skjellerup New Zealand 2:14.730
6 1 Ruslan Zakharov Russia 2:14.929
1 2 Liang Wenhao China 2:16.152 Q
2 2 Charles Hamelin Canada 2:16.153 Q
3 2 Sebastian Praus Germany 2:17.058 Q
4 2 Nicolas Bean Italy 2:17.089
5 2 Jumpei Yoshizawa Japan 2:30.701 ADV
2 Jordan Malone United States DSQ
1 3 Lee Jung-Su South Korea 2:12.380 Q
2 3 J. R. Celski United States 2:12.460 Q
3 3 Nicola Rodigari Italy 2:12.609 Q
4 3 Benjamin Macé France 2:12.875
5 3 Yuzo Takamido Japan 2:15.402
6 3 Paul Herrmann Germany 2:16.782
1 4 Yuri Confortola Italy 2:14.584 Q
2 4 Sjinkie Knegt Netherlands 2:14.862 Q
3 4 Jack Whelbourne Great Britain 2:14.972 Q
4 4 Semion Elistratov Russia 2:15.455
5 4 Viktor Knoch Hungary 2:16.826
6 4 Song Weilong China 2:20.095
1 5 Apolo Anton Ohno United States 2:17.653 Q
2 5 Pieter Gysel Belgium 2:18.560 Q
3 5 Peter Darazs Hungary 2:18.827 Q
4 5 Jakub Jaworski Poland 2:19.163
5 5 Jean Charles Mattei France 2:33.989 ADV
5 Guillaume Bastille Canada DSQ
1 6 Sung Si-Bak South Korea 2:14.836 Q
2 6 Haralds Silovs Latvia 2:14.900 Q
3 6 Takahiro Fujimoto Japan 2:16.155 Q
4 6 Anthony Douglas Great Britain 2:16.622
5 6 Niels Kerstholt Netherlands 2:46.222 ADV
6 Maxime Chataignier France DSQ

Semifinals[edit]

Rank Heat Name Country Time Notes
1 1 Lee Jung-Su South Korea 2:10.949 OR, QA
2 1 Apolo Ohno United States 2:11.072 QA
3 1 Charles Hamelin Canada 2:11.225 QB
4 1 Nicola Rodigari Italy 2:11.402 QB
5 1 Sjinkie Knegt Netherlands 2:13.870
6 1 Jumpei Yoshizawa Japan 2:15.129
7 1 Peter Darazs Hungary 2:18.349
1 2 Lee Ho-Suk South Korea 2:14.833 QA
2 2 Liang Wenhao China 2:15.453 QA
3 2 Sebastian Praus Germany 2:16.240 QB
4 2 Pieter Gysel Belgium 2:16.249 QB
5 2 Jack Whelbourne Great Britain 2:17.156
6 2 Olivier Jean Canada 2:32.358 ADV
7 2 Jean Charles Mattei France 2:36.291
1 3 Sung Si-Bak South Korea 2:13.585 QA
2 3 J. R. Celski United States 2:13.606 QA
3 3 Yuri Confortola Italy 2:13.645 QB
4 3 Haralds Silovs Latvia 2:14.009 QB
5 3 Liu Xianwei China 2:14.500
6 3 Takahiro Fujimoto Japan 2:15.984
7 3 Niels Kerstholt Netherlands 2:16.352

Finals[edit]

Final B (classification round)[edit]

Rank Name Country Time Notes
7 Charles Hamelin Canada 2:18.243
8 Nicola Rodigari Italy 2:18.422
9 Pieter Gysel Belgium 2:18.773
10 Haralds Silovs Latvia 2:19.435
11 Sebastian Praus Germany 2:20.374
Yuri Confortola Italy DSQ

Final A (medal round)[edit]

Rank Name Country Time Notes
1st Lee Jung-Su South Korea 2:17.611
2nd Apolo Anton Ohno United States 2:17.976
3rd J. R. Celski United States 2:18.053
4 Olivier Jean Canada 2:18.806
5 Sung Si-Bak South Korea 2:45.010
6 Liang Wenhao China 2:48.192
Lee Ho-Suk South Korea DSQ

References[edit]

General[edit]

  1. ^ "Short Track Speed Skating: South Korea aim to tighten golden stranglehold". Agence France-Presse (Vancouver 2010). 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Short Track Speed Skating: Ohno on track for history books". Agence France-Presse (Vancouver 2010). 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  3. ^ "Men's 1500 m - Semifinals". Short Track. Vancouver 2010. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Short Track Speed Skating: Korea's Lee wins 1,500m short-track gold". Agence France-Presse (Vancouver 2010). 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  5. ^ Toronto Star, "Latvia's quick-change artist makes Olympic history", 14 February 2010 (accessed 18 February 2010).
  6. ^ Washington Post, "Latvian speedskater is 1st to do double duty", Beth Harris, 13 February 2010 (accessed 18 February 2010).
  7. ^ New York Times, "From Long Track to Short Track, an Unprecedented Journey", Karen Crouse, 13 February 2010 (accessed 18 February 2010.)
  8. ^ CTV Olympics, "Latvian skater makes Olympic history", Agence France Press, 14 February 2010 (accessed 18 February 2010) Archived 9 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ New York Times, "Crosstown Ride to a Speedskating First", Associated Press, 30 January 2010 (accessed 18 February 2010).