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1,500 metres, Men

Date 6 February 1964 — 13:15
StatusOlympic
LocationEisschnellaufbahn im Olympiaeisstadion, Innsbruck
Participants54 from 20 countries
Olympic Record 2:08.6 WR / Yury Mikhaylov URS / 30 January 1956
2:08.6 WR / Yevgeny Grishin URS / 30 January 1956
StarterGustav SlanecAUT
RefereeSven LåftmanSWE

The event had no clear favorite, but only a few weeks before the Olympics, at the 1964 European Championships, Soviet skater Ants Antson had won the distance. The world record was held by Finland’s Juhani Järvinen, but he had not won a major international at this distance since the 1959 European Championships. One interesting skater not present was Luo Zhihuan, a Chinese skater who had won the distance at the 1963 World Championships. But China was not an IOC member nation, and would not compete at the Winter Olympics until 1980.

A huge field of 54 skaters started. The event was heavily influenced by strong winds. The competition was extremely close with the top nine finishers all going thru 700 metres in 1:00 or 1:01, and thru 1,100 metres in 1:34 to 1:36. Thus the final lap decided the placements. The early leader was Soviet skater Eduard Matusevich, who finished in 2:12.2 in the fifth pair. Järvinen was in the next pair but barely missed that time with 2:12.4. Antson went off in the eighth pair and finished in 2:10.3, a time that would bring him the gold medal. Dutchman Kees Verkerk started late, in the 21st pair, and matched Antson’s splits thru 1,100 metres, but finished slightly slower, in 2:10.6, and earned the silver medal. In 1992, when Estonia returned to the Olympic Games as an independent nation, Ants Antson was chosen to carry the Estonian flag at the Albertville Winter Olympic opening ceremony.

PosPairSkaterNOCTime
18OAnts AntsonURS2:10.3Gold
221IKees VerkerkNED2:10.6Silver
318OVilly HaugenNOR2:11.2Bronze
419OJouko LaunonenFIN2:11.9
524ILev ZaytsevURS2:12.1
=69OIvar EriksenNOR2:12.2
=65IEduard MatusevichURS2:12.2
86IJuhani JärvinenFIN2:12.4
927IMagne ThomassenNOR2:12.5
101IRudi LiebrechtsNED2:12.8
=1120OYevgeny GrishinURS2:13.3
=1119ITerry MalkinGBR2:13.3
1323IArd SchenkNED2:13.4
1422IRi Sung-RyoolPRK2:13.9
1514ODick HuntUSA2:14.4
161ONils AanessNOR2:14.6
178IGünter TraubGER2:15.3
185OÖrjan SandlerSWE2:15.4
=194IJouko JokinenFIN2:15.6
=1911IIvar NilssonSWE2:15.6
212IRenato De RivaITA2:15.7
2212IAndré KouprianoffFRA2:15.8
2325OSeppo HänninenFIN2:16.0
2420IManne LavåsSWE2:16.2
2515IBuddy CampbellUSA2:16.4
=2625IHerbert HöflGER2:16.8
=2624OEddie Rudolph, Jr.USA2:16.8
2823OBo OllanderSWE2:17.1
2917IGerd ZimmermannGER2:17.3
303OKurt StilleDEN2:17.4
3126OKeiichi SuzukiJPN2:17.5
3210OOldřich TeplýTCH2:17.9
337OHermann StrutzAUT2:18.0
3415OSatoshi ShinpoJPN2:18.5
3521OElio LocatelliITA2:19.0
366OKim Zin-HookPRK2:19.4
3716ORalf OlinCAN2:19.7
3813IGyörgy IvánkaiHUN2:19.9
397IJürgen SchmidtGER2:20.0
4010IChoi Yeong-BaeKOR2:20.3
4113OToyofumi ArugaJPN2:20.7
4212OFloyd BedburyUSA2:21.3
4314IRaymond FonvieilleFRA2:22.6
444ORuedi UsterSUI2:23.4
4526ITony BullenGBR2:23.7
462OLuvsanlkhagvyn DashnyamMGL2:23.9
473IGerald KoningCAN2:24.0
489IPeter ToyflAUT2:24.2
4911OThomas DawsonGBR2:26.4
5017OMihály MartosHUN2:26.8
5122OJosef ReisingerAUT2:27.8
5227OChoi Nam-YeonKOR2:30.2
5318IJean-Pierre GuéronSUI2:32.3
AC16IErich KorbelAUT2:21.8DQ