| Event type

1,500 metres, Men

Date18 February 1952 — 17:00
LocationBislett Stadion, Oslo
Participants39 from 13 countries
Olympic Record 2:17.6 / Sverre Farstad NOR / 2 February 1948
StarterRolv HellumNOR
RefereeWalter LangSUI

As in the 500 m, Hans Engnestangen’s pre-war world record had been broken on the miracle rink of Medeo early in the year. After being tied by Boris Shilkov, it was beaten by almost a second by Valentin Chaikin. In the absence of the USSR’s skaters, there was one clear favourite for the gold, Wim van der Voort of the Netherlands. He had won the 1,500 m at the 1951 World Championships and the 1951 and 1952 Europeans. In the international race at Hamar a week prior to the Olympics, he had also claimed the 1,500 m. Not competing in that race was his biggest opponent, Hjalmar Andersen. Andersen was the dominant all-round skater at that time, and had placed second behind Van der Voort during his distance victories. In fact, third place also seemed certain; at the same three championships, the bronze had been taken by Roald Aas, also from Norway.

Andersen was drawn in the first pair, which was considered to be unfavorable, giving Van der Voort the advantage of knowing the Norwegian’s time. Cheered on loudly by Bislett, Andersen clocked 2.20,4 – not his best Bislett time, but ice conditions were not optimal. But track conditions deteriorated as it began to snow after a few more pairs. Van der Voort, skating in pair five, seemed not to mind the weather, opening in the same time as Andersen. His next two laps were somewhat slower, but the Dutchman was known for his strong final lap. As expected, he closed in on the leading time, but not by enough: 2.20,6.

As the snow continued to fall, the other medal hopefuls were unable to approach the leading times. Lassi Parkkinen (Finland) and Carl-Erik Asplund (Sweden), both stranded at seconds behind the top duo. As expected, the “best of the rest” was Roald Aas, who finished a second behind Van der Voort. The snow halted during an ice preparation following pair 13, but all the favorites had already skated at that point, except for Ivar Martinsen. But with 2.23,4, he tied for 8th, together with Ericsson of Sweden, who also started on a clear track.

11IHjalmar AndersenNOR2:20.4Gold
25IWim van der VoortNED2:20.6Silver
39ORoald AasNOR2:21.6Bronze
411OCarl-Erik AsplundSWE2:22.6
58OKees BroekmanNED2:22.8
610ILassi ParkkinenFIN2:23.0
73OKauko SalomaaFIN2:23.3
=815OSigvard EricssonSWE2:23.4
=816OIvar MartinsenNOR2:23.4
104IFerenc LőrinczHUN2:23.7
115OTsuneo SatoJPN2:23.9
=1218IGerard MaarseNED2:24.3
=122OJohnny WerketUSA2:24.3
1413ONorman HolwellGBR2:24.5
1517INic SteneNOR2:24.8
167ICraig MacKayCAN2:25.0
177OKen HenryUSA2:25.0
1815IPat McNamaraUSA2:25.5
194OGunnar StrömSWE2:25.8
202IFranz OffenbergerAUT2:25.9
216OJózsef MerényiHUN2:26.1
228IArthur MannsbarthAUT2:26.6
236IMasanori AokiJPN2:26.9
2417OKalevi LaitinenFIN2:27.1
2513IToivo SalonenFIN2:27.4
=2612ICockie van der ElstNED2:27.6
=2620John WickströmSWE2:27.6
2819ODon McDermottUSA2:28.8
2914IRalf OlinCAN2:29.3
3018OColin HickeyAUS2:30.4
3116IEnrico MusolinoITA2:30.7
3210OGuido CitterioITA2:30.8
3319ISukenobu KudoJPN2:31.6
3412OKiyotaka TakabayashiJPN2:32.0
359IBill JonesGBR2:32.2
3614OKonrad PecherAUT2:34.8
373IRobert LaboubéeBEL2:36.4
381OJohn HearnGBR2:40.1fall
3911IJean MassezBEL2:43.8