| Event type

1,500 metres, Men

Date16 February 1984 — 09:15-11:20
LocationPista za brzo klizanje Zetra, Sarajevo
Participants40 from 20 countries
Olympic Record 1:55.44 / Eric Heiden USA / 21 February 1980
StarterRüdiger PapeGDR
RefereeGene SandvigUSA

As in most of the 1984 speed skating events, no definite favorite existed, as Eric Heiden’s retirement had left the speed skating world without a dominant skater. The opening pair was won by Norway’s Kai Arne Engelstad who was primarily a sprinter, but had some strength at 1,500 metres. In the second pairing, Soviet skater Sergey Khlebnikov, the 1982 World Sprints champion, finished in 1:58.83, almost two seconds better than Engelstad. The time would hold until Canada’s Gaétan Boucher started in the 10th pair. Boucher had already won the 1,000 only two days earlier, and he was almost ½-second better than Khlebnikov, finishing in 1:58.36. For Boucher it was his third medal of the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, as he had also won a bronze in the 500. Khlebnikov’s time held up for the silver, matching his silver from the 1,000. The bronze went to the Soviet Union’s Oleg Bozhyev, who was competing in his first international meet, but who would, in late March 1984, break the world record in Medeo with 1:53.26.

18OGaétan BoucherCAN1:58.36Gold
22OSergey KhlebnikovURS1:58.83Silver
35IOleg BozhevURS1:58.89Bronze
45OHans van HeldenFRA1:59.39
58IAndreas EhrigGDR1:59.41
614IAndreas DietelGDR1:59.73
74IHilbert van der DuimNED1:59.77
84OViktor ShasherinURS1:59.81
911OPertti NiittyläFIN2:00.01
106OFrits SchalijNED2:00.14
113OAndré HoffmannGDR2:00.23
=121IKai Arne EngelstadNOR2:00.59
=123IHein VergeerNED2:00.59
147ONick ThometzUSA2:00.77
159OWerner JägerAUT2:01.03
162IHans MagnussonSWE2:01.26
176IRolf Falk-LarssenNOR2:01.65
1810IClaes BengtssonSWE2:02.04
199IBjørn NylandNOR2:02.05
2010OMichael HadschieffAUT2:02.06
2112OErik HenriksenUSA2:02.20
2219ITibor KopaczROU2:02.38
2318ILee Yeong-HaKOR2:02.45
2411IJan JunellSWE2:02.55
251OWolfgang ScharfFRG2:02.64
2618OHansjörg BaltesFRG2:02.68
2719OAndreas LemckeFRG2:03.13
2817OChristian EmingerAUT2:03.18
297IKimihiro HamayaJPN2:03.72
3015INa Yun-SuKOR2:03.90
3117IIm Ri-BinPRK2:03.93
3216IBae Gi-TaeKOR2:04.18
3320OMark MitchellUSA2:04.26
3413IMike RichmondAUS2:04.62
3513OGiorgio PaganinITA2:04.97
3616OKim Hwang-HyunPRK2:06.80
3712IColin CoatesAUS2:08.13
3820ILi WeiCHN2:08.38
3914OBryan CarbisGBR2:13.25
4015OBehudin MerdovićYUG2:19.25