Speed skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the XXII Olympic Winter Games
Men's 1500m, 2014 Winter Olympics, Podium.JPG
Podium
Venue Adler Arena Skating Center
Date 15 February 2014
Competitors 40 from 18 nations
Winning time 1:45.00
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Zbigniew Bródka  Poland
2nd, silver medalist(s) Koen Verweij  Netherlands
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Denny Morrison  Canada
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The men's 1500 metres speed skating competition of the 2014 Winter Olympics was held at Adler Arena Skating Center on 15 February 2014.[1]

The 2010 Olympic champion, Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands, sought to defend his title; he bettered the track record, but eventually finished fifth. Poland's Zbigniew Bródka won the gold medal, the Netherlands' Koen Verweij took silver, and Canada's Denny Morrison took the bronze. After Verweij's race in the last pair of the event, it took about half a minute before it was announced that Bródka had beaten Verweij's time by 3 thousandths of a second, which is 4.1 cm, given the finishing speed of Verweij being 49.4 km/h. Measurements in thousandths were only introduced in speed skating after the 2010 Olympics, so this was the closest win in Olympic speed skating history.[2][3] Two comparably narrow victories had previously been recorded at the Olympics overall. At the 1998 Winter Olympics, Silke Kraushaar beat her teammate Barbara Niedernhuber by 0.002 seconds in the Women's luge event,[2] while at the 1972 Summer Olympics Karl Gunnar Larsson beat Tim McKee by 0.002 seconds in the 400 meters individual swimming medley. The latter narrow win in effect brought about a change so that no swimming competition henceforward would have to be decided by a margin less than a hundredth of a second.[4]

The gold medal awarded in this event featured a Chelyabinsk meteor fragment to commemorate the first anniversary of this meteor strike.[5]

Qualification[edit]

A total of forty speed skaters could qualify for this distance, with a maximum of four skaters per country. The top 20 of the men's 1500 metres World Cup standings after World Cup 4 in Berlin secured a spot for their country. Then the additional 20 spots were awarded based on a time ranking of all times skated in the World Cup. A reserve list was also made.[6]

Competition schedule[edit]

All times are (UTC+4).

Date Time Event
15 February 17:30 Men's 1500m

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Shani Davis (USA) 1:41.04 Salt Lake City, United States 11 December 2009
Olympic record  Derek Parra (USA) 1:43.95 Salt Lake City, United States 19 February 2002

At the 2013 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships the track record was set by Denis Yuskov at 1:46,32. At the 2013–14 Russian Single Distance Championships Yuskov improved this track record skating 1:45.85.[7]

The following records were set during this competition.

Date Round Athlete Country Time Record
15 February Pair 17 Zbigniew Bródka  Poland 1:45.00 TR
15 February Pair 15 Denny Morrison  Canada 1:45.22 TR
15 February Pair 13 Mark Tuitert  Netherlands 1:45.42 TR

TR = track record

Results[edit]

The races were started at 17:30.[8]

Silver medalist Koen Verweij
Rank Pair Lane Name Country Time Time Behind Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 17 O Zbigniew Bródka  Poland 1:45.006 TR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 20 I Koen Verweij  Netherlands 1:45.009 +0.003
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 15 O Denny Morrison  Canada 1:45.22 +0.22 TR
4 19 I Denis Yuskov  Russia 1:45.37 +0.37
5 13 O Mark Tuitert  Netherlands 1:45.42 +0.42 TR
6 15 I Håvard Bøkko  Norway 1:45.48 +0.48
7 16 I Brian Hansen  United States 1:45.59 +0.59
8 19 O Sverre Lunde Pedersen  Norway 1:45.66 +0.66
9 18 O Denis Kuzin  Kazakhstan 1:45.69 +0.69
10 14 O Bart Swings  Belgium 1:45.95 +0.95
11 17 I Shani Davis  United States 1:45.98 +0.98
12 7 O Stefan Groothuis  Netherlands 1:46.08 +1.08
13 2 I Jan Blokhuijsen  Netherlands 1:46.50 +1.50
14 13 I Haralds Silovs  Latvia 1:46.79 +1.79
15 12 I Jan Szymański  Poland 1:46.86 +1.86
16 16 O Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen  Norway 1:47.27 +2.27
17 2 O Mirko Giacomo Nenzi  Italy 1:47.48 +2.48
DSQ 14 I Ivan Skobrev  Russia 1:47.62 +2.62
19 12 O Mathieu Giroux  Canada 1:47.65 +2.65
20 18 I Konrad Niedźwiedzki  Poland 1:47.77 +2.77
21 4 O Tian Guojun  China 1:47.95 +2.95
22 20 O Joey Mantia  United States 1:48.01 +3.01
23 11 I Patrick Beckert  Germany 1:48.08 +3.08
24 11 O Aleksey Yesin  Russia 1:48.10 +3.10
25 9 I Aleksey Suvorov  Russia 1:48.11 +3.11
26 8 I Konrád Nagy  Hungary 1:48.12 +3.12
27 8 O Robert Lehmann  Germany 1:48.24 +3.24
28 3 O Lucas Makowsky  Canada 1:48.51 +3.51
29 4 I Joo Hyong-jun  South Korea 1:48.59 +3.59
30 10 O Dmitry Babenko  Kazakhstan 1:48.67 +3.67
31 3 I Taro Kondo  Japan 1:49.31 +4.31
32 10 I Benjamin Macé  France 1:49.34 +4.34
33 1 O Vincent De Haître  Canada 1:49.42 +4.42
34 7 I Aleksandr Zhigin  Kazakhstan 1:49.48 +4.48
35 5 O Fyodor Mezentsev  Kazakhstan 1:49.70 +4.70
36 5 I Simen Spieler Nilsen  Norway 1:49.88 +4.88
37 9 O Jonathan Kuck  United States 1:50.19 +5.19
38 1 I David Andersson  Sweden 1:50.30 +5.29
39 6 O Matteo Anesi  Italy 1:50.59 +5.59
40 6 I Ewen Fernandez  France 1:52.70 +7.70

TR = track record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Speed Skating Schedule and Results – Men's 1500 m". SOOC. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Frank Thomas, Dead heats or not - Olympic timing differs by sport, Europe Online Magazine, 16 Feb 2014
  3. ^ At both the 1956 and 1960 Winter Olympics two skaters shared the gold medal at this same distance when they clocked a time within one tenth of a second of each other.
  4. ^ "Munich 1972." Swedish Olympic Committee, 2008. Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  5. ^ Augustine, Bernie (25 July 2013). "Select gold medals at Sochi Olympics will include meteorite fragments to commemorate Russian meteor strike". New York Daily News. NYDailyNews.com. 
  6. ^ Qualification of NOC event quota places for the Olympic Winter Games 2014 based on Special Olympic Qualification Classification (SOQC) as of December 9, 2013 Archived January 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Visitenkarte der Eisbahn: Adler Arene Sotschi". speedskatingnews. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Final Results