CALGARY, Alberta — East Germany's Andre Hoffmann broke Eric Flaim's five-minute-old world record and won the men's 1,500-meter race Saturday night, but Flaim's silver gave the United States its first Olympic speed skating medal since 1980.
Flaim, 20 of Pembroke, Mass., who dedicated his performance to teammate Dan Jansen and his family, skated in the opening pair. After a false start, he set a world and Olympic record of 1 minute 52.12 seconds.
Hoffmann, skating in the third pair, got off a 24.43-second split in the first 300 meters and went on to finish in 1:52.06. The 26-year-old Hoffmann finished 11th in the 1,500 at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, in 1984.
Michael Hadschieff of Austria won the bronze medal in 1:52.31.
The previous world record was 1:52.50 set in Calgary last December by Igor Zhelezovsky of the Soviet Union. On Saturday, Zhelezovsky tired in the final 100 meters and finished fourth in 1:52.63.