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1,500 metres, Men

Date26 February 1960
StatusOlympic
LocationSpeed Skating Oval, Squaw Valley, California
Participants48 from 16 countries
StarterDick McCarterUSA
RefereeSven LåftmanSWE

Several skaters were highly considered in this event, although there was no clear favorite. The co-defending champion, Yevgeny Grishin, was back and was a top sprinter. The other 1956 champion, Yury Mikhaylov, did not compete in Squaw Valley. The world record holder with 2:06.2 was Finnish skater Juhani Järvinen, who had set the record in March 1959 in a pre-Olympic meet in Squaw Valley. He had won the distance at the 1959 European Championships, and was second at the 1959 World Championships. At the recent 1960 World and European Championships, the distance had been won by Boris Stenin and Knut Johannesen, respectively, although Johannesen was normally considered better at the longer distances.

The day of the race was clear but with very high winds, as in the 5,000 the day before, which hampered the skaters and slowed down the times a bit. A large field of 48 skaters answered the gun. Among the favorites, Stenin was off first, in the sixth pair. He started well and was the first skater to pass 700 metres in under a minute, and finished in 2:11.5 to take the lead. The time held up until the ninth pair when Norway’s Roald Aas finished in 2:10.4. Aas was well off Stenin’s pace even thru 1,100 metres, but finished very strongly. Aas skated alongside Järvinen, who was behind Aas throughout and could not match his final lap, finishing in 2:13.1, which would place him tied for fifth. Grishin started in the 13th pair, and set the fastest pace. His splits were 26 seconds, 58 seconds, and 1:32, all the fastest of the event, but he could not match Aas’s finish, and he crossed the line in 2:10.4. The times would hold up with Grishin and Aas tieing for first, with Stenin third. Amazingly, the event had co-champions as it had in 1956.

Aas was not new to the podium at the Olympics as he had been the bronze medalist in this event in 1952 at Oslo. He had had a solid international career since 1951, finishing third in all-around at the 1957 and 1960 European Championships and the 1958 World Championships. He retired after this, his greatest triumph. Grishin had been competing internationally since 1954. Among the greatest sprinters ever, he was almost never beaten at 500 metres, and in the 1,500, had won the distance at the 1955 and 1957 Europeans, in addition to his two Olympic golds. He continued to race after Squaw Valley, though less frequently after 1963, but would appear at the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics, winning a silver in the 500 in 1964.

PosPairSkaterNOCTime
=19ORoald AasNOR2:10.4Gold
=113IYevgeny GrishinURS2:10.4Gold
36OBoris SteninURS2:11.5Bronze
45OJouko JokinenFIN2:12.0
=511IPer-Olof BrogrenSWE2:13.1
=59IJuhani JärvinenFIN2:13.1
711OToivo SalonenFIN2:13.1
814IAndré KouprianoffFRA2:13.3
98IHelmut KuhnertGER2:13.6
1019IRaymond GillozFRA2:14.2
1116OKnut JohannesenNOR2:14.5
1217OGennady VoroninURS2:14.7
135IKurt StilleDEN2:15.8
1413OColin HickeyAUS2:16.1
=1517IWim de GraaffNED2:16.5
=156IGunnar SjölinSWE2:16.5
178ODick HuntUSA2:17.7
=184OOlle DahlbergSWE2:18.3
=181IManfred SchülerGER2:18.3
2019OMario GiosITA2:18.6
213IFumio NagakuboJPN2:18.7
2214OFloyd BedburyUSA2:18.9
2323OKeijo TapiovaaraFIN2:19.2
247IHermann StrutzAUT2:19.4
252OAntonio NittoITA2:19.6
2612OTerry MonaghanGBR2:19.9
2710ORenato De RivaITA2:20.6
2822OBo KarenusSWE2:21.1
=2910IYoshitaki HoriJPN2:21.7
=2921IKeith MeyerUSA2:21.7
=3115IHarald NordenGER2:22.1
=3122ILev ZaytsevURS2:22.1
331OTakeo MizooJPN2:22.6
3420IShuji KobayashiJPN2:23.0
353OEddie Rudolph, Jr.USA2:23.1
3612IRalf OlinCAN2:23.5
372IRoy TuttyAUS2:23.8
3824IGünther TilchGER2:24.8
3918IHroar ElvenesNOR2:24.9
4020OTerry MalkinGBR2:25.0
414IJang YeongKOR2:25.3
4221OChoi Yeong-BaeKOR2:26.7
437OJohnny SandsCAN2:28.4
4416IJang In-WonKOR2:30.7
4523ILarry MasonCAN2:35.3
AC15ONils AanessNORDNF
AC24OHenk van der GriftNEDDNF
AC18OFranz OffenbergerAUTDNF