| Event type

1,500 metres, Men

Date13 February 1976 — 10:00
LocationEisschnellaufbahn im Olympiaeisstadion, Innsbruck
Participants30 from 18 countries
Olympic Record 2:02.96 / Ard Schenk NED / 6 February 1972
StarterGerhard SpinkaAUT
RefereeViktor KapitonovURS

The world record holder was Ard Schenk, the 1972 champion, but he had turned professional after Sapporo, had retired in 1974, and was not in Innsbruck. In his absence there was really no favorite as the event was wide open. But the competition came down to two pairs, the second and the fourth. The second pair had two top skaters, American Dan Carroll, who had been second in the 1,500 at the 1975 World Championships, and Dutch skater Hans van Helden, who had won the distance at the 1974 Worlds. They were about equal at 300 metres but Van Helden pulled away on the second lap, and bettered Carroll, 2:00.87 to 2:02.26. The fourth pairing matched Norwegian Jan Egil Storholt, winner of the distance at the 1975 Europeans, and Soviet Yury Kondakov, who had been third all-around at the 1975 World Championships. At 700 m they were both behind Van Helden’s pace, but caught up on the third lap. Storholt finished in 1:59.38, with Kondakov close behind in 1:59.97. They would win the gold and silver medals with van Helden taking bronze, and Carroll finishing fifth. For Storholt, the gold medal was a nice birthday present. Van Helden added the bronze to the bronze he had won two days earlier in the 5,000.

14IJan Egil StorholtNOR1:59.38GoldOR
24OYury KondakovURS1:59.97Silver
32IHans van HeldenNED2:00.87BronzeOR
411ISergey RyabevURS2:02.15
52ODan CarrollUSA2:02.26
612IPiet KleineNED2:02.28
79IEric HeidenUSA2:02.40
87OColin CoatesAUS2:03.34
98OKlaus WunderlichGDR2:03.41
107IOlavi KöppäFIN2:03.69
1113IKay Arne StenshjemmetNOR2:03.75
126OHerbert SchwarzFRG2:03.76
1314OSergey MarchukURS2:04.45
143OGaétan BoucherCAN2:04.63
1514ITerje AndersenNOR2:04.65
168IDan JohanssonSWE2:04.73
1710ILennart CarlssonSWE2:04.76
181OLee Yeong-HaKOR2:05.25
195IBruno ToniolliITA2:05.66
203IRichard TourneFRA2:06.43
216IMasahiko YamamotoJPN2:06.67
2215IMats WallbergSWE2:08.72
2315OMike WoodsUSA2:08.77
245OGeoff SandysGBR2:09.17
2510OFloriano MartelloITA2:09.68
269OLudwig KronfußAUT2:11.17
2712OFranz KrienbühlSUI2:12.52
2811OGilbert Van EesbeeckBEL2:12.74
291IBerend SchabusAUT2:15.41
3013OGiovanni PancieraITA2:33.52fall