| Event type

1,500 metres, Men

Date20 February 2010 — 16:15
LocationRichmond Olympic Oval, Richmond
Participants37 from 14 countries
Olympic Record 1:43.95 WR / Derek Parra USA / 19 February 2002
StarterÅke FalkSWE
RefereeHannu KoivuFIN

American Shani Davis was the man to beat in this event, especially after his 1,000 m victory. A silver medallist in 1,500 m four years earlier, Davis had since won the 2007 and 2009 world titles, as well as the 1,500 m World Cup of 2008 and 2009. In March 2009, he had become the first man to break 1:42 in the event, subsequently lowering the world record to 1:41.04 early in the 2009/2010 season. Coming into the Olympic race, the only “blemish” on his record was the loss to fellow American Chad Hedrick in the Calgary World Cup earlier in the season.

The first skater to approach the track record, set by Davis at the 2009 World Championships, was Ivan Skobrev, bronze medallist in the 5,000 m. In his breakthrough season, the Russian outpaced home favorite Denny Morrison to cross the line after 1:46.42. But that mark didn’t even survive the next pair, which featured Mark Tuitert and Håvard Bøkko. Several years back, Tuitert had won two 1,500 m World Cup titles (2004/2005) and the 2004 European Championship, but he had struggled since. Bøkko had been the most consistent performer behind Davis on the World Circuit, taking 2nd place in the first two races. The duel was a fast race, with both Tuitert and Bøkko both going well under Skobrev’s splits. The two took the leading positions, Tuitert with 1:45.57, Bøkko with 1:46.13.

In the final pair, Davis took off with a pace just slightly off Tuitert’s. But Davis, usually known for his faster closing laps, now lost ground to the Dutchman in the final 800 m. He was even close to losing his 0.6-second lead over Bøkko in the last lap, but held on take to the silver medal by just 0.03.

117OMark TuitertNED1:45.57Gold
219IShani DavisUSA1:46.10Silver
317IHåvard BøkkoNOR1:46.13Bronze
416IIvan SkobrevRUS1:46.42
514OMo Tae-BeomKOR1:46.47
618OChad HedrickUSA1:46.69
710OSimon KuipersNED1:46.76
812OMikael Flygind LarsenNOR1:46.77
916ODenny MorrisonCAN1:46.93
1015IEnrico FabrisITA1:47.02
1113IYevgeny LalenkovRUS1:47.06
1213OMatteo AnesiITA1:47.34
138OSven KramerNED1:47.40
1415OMathieu GirouxCAN1:47.62
1514ITrevor MarsicanoUSA1:47.84
1618IStefan GroothuisNED1:48.03
1712IKonrad NiedźwiedzkiPOL1:48.15
189IBrian HansenUSA1:48.45
1919OLucas MakowskyCAN1:48.61
207OChristoffer Fagerli RukkeNOR1:48.62
218IAleksey YesinRUS1:48.65
224OLee Jong-UKOR1:49.00
2311ODenis KuzinKAZ1:49.05
249OJoel ErikssonSWE1:49.08
252IDaniel FribergSWE1:49.13
2610ITeruhiro SugimoriJPN1:49.19
2711IZbigniew BródkaPOL1:49.45
287IJohan RöjlerSWE1:49.50
293OFredrik van der HorstNOR1:49.58
306OShingo DoiJPN1:49.77
312OHa Hong-SeonKOR1:49.93
323ISamuel SchwarzGER1:50.07
334IPascal BriandFRA1:50.71
346IGao XuefengCHN1:50.78
355OSun LongjiangCHN1:51.30
361IAleksandr LebedevRUS1:52.09
375IKyle ParrottCAN1:52.67