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1,500 metres, Men

Date27 January 1924 — 12:00
StatusOlympic
LocationStade Olympique, Chamonix
Participants22 from 9 countries
StarterHans ValärSUI
RefereeHans Oscar HammerstadNOR
Attendance1,456

Judging by the times skated in the 1924 season, the Finns were the major favorites for the 1500 m gold. The fastest non-Finn, Harald Strøm, had been more than six seconds slower than Clas Thunberg. With Thunberg’s form from the first day of Olympic speed skating (bronze in the 500 m and gold in the 5000 m), there was little doubt that he would win the “metric mile” as well.

Thunberg was the first of the favorites to hit the ice, with no serious times posted at that moment. His opponent was Roald Larsen, who had the same time as Thunberg in the 500 m and shared the bronze. They would produce the fastest race of the competition, Thunberg winning in 2:20.8. Next up was Norwegian Sigurd Moen, who would later be an eternal 4th place at international championships. He did make the Olympic podium, even if his time was nearly five seconds slower than Thunberg’s and more than 3 seconds slower than Larsen’s. Of the remaining medal contenders, Asser Wallenius fell, while 500 m champion Jewtraw blew himself up with a quick start. A fast race between Julius Skutnabb (FIN) and Harald Strøm (NOR) was only sufficient for 4th and 5th.

Silver medallist Roald Larsen would later turn out to be the “man of the year” in speed skating. He won the “treble”, emerging victorious in the World, European and Norwegian championships.

PosPairSkaterNOCTime
14OClas ThunbergFIN2:20.8ORGold
24IRoald LarsenNOR2:22.0Silver
38OSigurd MoenNOR2:25.6Bronze
412IJulius SkutnabbFIN2:26.6
512OHarald StrømNOR2:29.0
611IOskar OlsenNOR2:29.2
716IHarry KaskeyUSA2:29.81
=811OCharley JewtrawUSA2:31.6
=813IJoe MooreUSA2:31.6
1010IAlberts RumbaLAT2:32.0
1113OCharlie GormanCAN2:35.4
128IBill SteinmetzUSA2:36.0
139IAxel BlomqvistSWE2:36.4
1410OLéon QuagliaFRA2:37.0
1515OLeon JucewiczPOL2:42.62
161IAndré GegoutFRA2:54.4OR
172IGaston Van HazebroeckBEL2:54.8
182OGeorges de WildeFRA2:55.0
191OLouis De RidderBEL3:01.8
2015IPhilippe Van VolckxsomBEL3:14.63
2116OMarcel MoensBEL3:16.84
AC9OAsser WalleniusFINDNFfall
DNS14IAlbert HasslerFRA
DNS5IFred DixGBR
DNS3OCyril HornGBR
DNS6OTom SuttonGBR
DNS7OEric BlomgrenSWE