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

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]

Men's 1500 metres
at the XXII Olympic Winter Games
Men's 1500m, 2014 Winter Olympics, Podium.JPG
Podium
VenueAdler Arena Skating Center
Date15 February 2014
Competitors40 from 18 nations
Winning time1:45.00
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Zbigniew Bródka  Poland
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Koen Verweij  Netherlands
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Denny Morrison  Canada
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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]

QualificationEdit

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 scheduleEdit

All times are (UTC+4).

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

RecordsEdit

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

ResultsEdit

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

 
Silver medalist Koen Verweij
Rank Pair Lane Name Country Time Time Behind Notes
  17 O Zbigniew Bródka   Poland 1:45.006 TR
  20 I Koen Verweij   Netherlands 1:45.009 +0.003
  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
18 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

ReferencesEdit

  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." Archived 2013-10-06 at the Wayback Machine 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