| Event type

1,500 metres, Men

Date21 February 2006 — 16:00
LocationOval Lingotto, Torino
Participants41 from 14 countries
Olympic Record 1:43.95 WR / Derek Parra USA / 19 February 2002
StarterLuigi CasalITA
RefereeTore RamtonNOR

Favorites were a dime a dozen in the 1500 m. Over the past years, three different skaters had won the world title: Erben Wennemars, Shani Davis and Rune Stordal (who didn’t qualify for Torino). Two other skaters had won the season World Cups in the same years: Mark Tuitert (not qualified either) and Yevgeny Lalenkov. Adding to the list, 5,000 m champion Chad Hedrick had bettered the world record earlier in the season.

Ahead of these favorites, in the 17th pair, two outsiders started who had both won World Cup races in the first part of the season. Simon Kuipers had been ill since, and only qualified for the Games in a skate-off, while Enrico Fabris had won the team pursuit days before the competition. Kuipers comfortably led the Italian for most of the race, but Fabris showed an unusually small decline in his lap times (26.6-27.1-27.7) to catch the Dutchman in the last lap, clocking 1:45.97 to beat his own pre-Olympic track record. None of the remaining skaters could match Fabris’s steady race, although some came close. Shani Davis had a 1.3-second lead over the Italian, yet finished at 1:46.13. His compatriot Hedrick was not far behind, with 1:46.22. Fabris’s gold medal made him the most successful male skater at the Olympics, with two golds and a bronze.

117IEnrico FabrisITA1:45.97Gold
221OShani DavisUSA1:46.13Silver
320OChad HedrickUSA1:46.22Bronze
417OSimon KuipersNED1:46.58
518OErben WennemarsNED1:46.71
614OIvan SkobrevRUS1:46.91
716OPetter AndersenNOR1:47.15
815IMikael Flygind LarsenNOR1:47.28
915OJoey CheekUSA1:47.52
1014IEven WettenNOR1:47.78
1118IDenny MorrisonCAN1:48.04
=1211OKonrad NiedźwiedzkiPOL1:48.09
=1219OSteven ElmCAN1:48.09
148ILee Jong-UKOR1:48.11
157ISven KramerNED1:48.36
165OMun JunKOR1:48.38
174IArne DankersCAN1:48.42
183IIppolito SanfratelloITA1:48.44
1919IDerek ParraUSA1:48.54
2016IJan BosNED1:48.61
219IDmitry ShepelRUS1:48.74
226OStefano DonagrandiITA1:48.85
2320IYevgeny LalenkovRUS1:49.00
=2413ITeruhiro SugimoriJPN1:49.51
=2413ORisto RosendahlFIN1:49.51
262OStefan HeythausenGER1:49.58
277OJustin WarsylewiczCAN1:49.77
2812OLee Jin-UKOR1:49.85
292IMatteo AnesiITA1:49.88
301IGao XuefengCHN1:49.91
316ITobias SchneiderGER1:50.18
3221IAleksandr KibalkoRUS1:50.29
333OJohan RöjlerSWE1:50.50
3412IYusuke ImaiJPN1:50.56
3510OTakahiro UshiyamaJPN1:50.59
368ORobert LehmannGER1:51.04
375IJörg DallmannGER1:51.32
3810ITakaharu NakajimaJPN1:51.61
394OAleksey BelyayevKAZ1:52.20
409OLi ChangyuCHN1:53.32
DNF11IHåvard BøkkoNOR