| Event type

1,500 metres, Men

Date20 February 1988 — 17:00
LocationOlympic Oval, Calgary
Participants40 from 20 countries
Olympic Record 1:55.44 / Eric Heiden USA / 21 February 1980

After their performances in the 1,000 m, Nikolay Gulyayev (gold) and Igor Zhelezovsky were considered the favorites for the 1,500 m title. Both skaters had recently held the world record in the event, Gulyayev bettering it to 1:52.70 at the 1987 World Championships and Zhelezovsky lowering it to 1:52.50 at the December 1987 World Cup on the Olympic rink in Calgary. Gulyayev had also won one World Cup during the season, in Innsbruck. But the leader in the 1,500 m World Cup standings was André Hoffmann, who had not been very successful until the start of the season, when he won the first two World Cups. Also performing well in recent races were Eric Flaim and Michael Hadschieff, who had placed fourth and sixth in the Olympic 1,000 m.

The competition started with Flaim breaking the world record, taking off 0.38 seconds and setting it at 1:52.12. But while that time was easily faster than Gulyayev, the record lasted only for a few minutes. André Hoffmann started much faster than the American, leading by half a second at the bell. Hoffmann faded somewhat in the final lap, but an advantage of 0.06 seconds remained: 1:52.06. This time proved too fast to beat, even for Hadschieff (1:52.31) and Zhelezovsky (1:52.63).

For Hoffmann, his Olympic title would remain his most important feat. Eric Flaim, by contrast, would close out the season by becoming World Allround Champion. In 1994, he would win a second Olympic silver medal, this time in short track speed skating, becoming the first Olympian to medal in these two sports. Michael Hadschieff’s bronze medal was the first for Austria in speed skating since the 1936 Winter Games.

13OAndré HoffmannGDR1:52.06GoldWR
21OEric FlaimUSA1:52.12SilverWR
34OMichael HadschieffAUT1:52.31Bronze
46IIhar ZhaliasouskiURS1:52.63
52IToru AoyanagiJPN1:52.85
63IAleksandr KlimovURS1:52.97
72ONikolay GulyayevURS1:53.04
88OPeter AdebergGDR1:53.57
915IGaétan BoucherCAN1:54.18
105IJean PichetteCAN1:54.63
1114OMark GreenwaldUSA1:54.64
1216IMike RichmondAUS1:54.95
1311IClaes BengtssonSWE1:55.16
1412IDanny KahAUS1:55.19
1510IDave SilkUSA1:55.26
166OMunehisa KuroiwaJPN1:55.42
1712OIm Ri-BinPRK1:55.55
1816OBen LamarcheCAN1:55.59
1920IHans van HeldenFRA1:55.61
2018IJohn BaskfieldUSA1:55.88
215ORolf Falk-LarssenNOR1:55.94
2220OYoshiyuki ShimizuJPN1:55.98
2314IGregor JelonekCAN1:56.37
2413OHans MagnussonSWE1:56.44
258IPertti NiittyläFIN1:56.48
264IHwang Ik-HwanKOR1:56.50
271IHein VergeerNED1:56.63
2819OHozumi MoriyamaJPN1:56.84
2917IKim Gwan-GyuKOR1:56.85
309IHansjörg BaltesFRG1:57.08
3110OLiu YanfeiCHN1:57.38
3218OPhillip TahmindjisAUS1:57.63
339OFrode SyvertsenNOR1:58.37
3419IJiří KynclTCH1:58.44
357IAndrey BobrovURS1:58.971
3617OJerzy DominikPOL1:59.03
3713IJulian GreenGBR1:59.41
3811OCraig McNicollGBR2:01.89
3915OBehudin MerdovićYUG2:06.11
DNF7OJoakim KarlbergSWEfall