| Event type

1,500 metres, Men

Date13 February 2018 — 20:00
LocationGangneung Oval, Gangneung Olympic Park, Coastal Cluster, Gangneung
Participants35 from 19 countries
StarterJan ZwierNED
RefereeDaniel CabelducSWE

Since 2013, Russian Denis Yuskov had dominated the 1,500 m at World Championships. Winning titles in 2013, 2015 and 2016, and being runner-up in 2017, he was the red hot favorite for the gold in PyeongChang. His performances earlier in the season had only confirmed this status, winning all four World Cups he contested. But as with many Russians, Yuskov was barred from competing at the 2018 Olympics due to his doping history. As a junior, he had been caught for marijuana usage in 2007, and had served a four-month ban. This left the role of favorite to Dutchman Kjeld Nuis. The World Champion of 2017 had not had a great season however, and had initially not even qualified for the Dutch World Cup team, although he later convincingly won the Dutch Olympic Trials. A host of others were considered for the medals, including 2014 runner-up Koen Verweij, Sverre Lunde Pedersen, Vincent de Haître and Joey Mantia.

A surprise qualifier at the Dutch Olympic Trials, Patrick Roest raced in the early pairs, setting a convincing 1:44.86. Nuis, however, comfortably bettered that mark 10 pairs later, recording 1:44.01 before stopping to wait for the final pairs. Kim Min-Seok and Haralds Silovs both attacked Roest’s mark, but fell short in the last lap. Kim, the defending Youth Olympic champion in the event and 5th at the 2017 Worlds, came closest with 1:44.93. The remaining favorites then all disappointed as Verweij (11th), Pedersen (9th), De Haître (21st) and Mantia (8th) never challenged for the medals.

114OKjeld NuisNED1:44.01Gold
24IPatrick RoestNED1:44.86Silver
315IKim Min-SeokKOR1:44.93Bronze
415OHaralds SilovsLAT1:45.25
514ITakuro OdaJPN1:45.44
610OBart SwingsBEL1:45.49
717ISindre HenriksenNOR1:45.64
818OJoey MantiaUSA1:45.86
918ISverre Lunde PedersenNOR1:46.12
108OShane WilliamsonJPN1:46.21
1116OKoen VerweijNED1:46.26
1211OZbigniew BródkaPOL1:46.31
1313ODenny MorrisonCAN1:46.36
149IPeter MichaelNZL1:46.39
1511IBrian HansenUSA1:46.44
1612IJan SzymańskiPOL1:46.48
175OJu Hyeong-JunKOR1:46.65
187OSergey TrofimovROC1:46.69
1910IShani DavisUSA1:46.74
2013IKonrad NiedźwiedzkiPOL1:47.07
2117OVincent de HaîtreCAN1:47.32
222OAlexis ContinFRA1:47.33
235IMathias VostéBEL1:47.34
243OShota NakamuraJPN1:47.38
259OLivio WengerSUI1:47.76
264OReyon KayNZL1:47.81
2712OAndrea GiovanniniITA1:47.82
287IFyodor MezentsevKAZ1:48.23
296IKonrád NagyHUN1:49.01
303IDenis KuzinKAZ1:49.14
318IBen DonnellyCAN1:49.68
326OAerchenghazi XiakainiCHN1:50.16
331IMarten LiivEST1:50.23
342IWilliam TaiTPE1:50.63
AC16IAllan Dahl JohanssonNORDNF