Ants Antson in 1966
11 November 1938 |
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
Ants Antson trained at the Kalev Voluntary Sports Society. Coached by former World, Olympic, and European Champion Boris Shilkov, Antson had his best year in 1964, when he became European Allround Champion, became Olympic Champion on the 1500 m at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, and set a new world record on the 3000 m. For his achievements that year, he received the Oscar Mathisen Award.
The two gold medals Antson won in 1964 turned out to be his only international medals, although he did win some national medals at the Soviet Allround Championships – gold in 1967, silver in 1965 and 1968, and bronze in 1966. He participated in the 1500 m at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, but despite skating a new personal record, he finished only twelfth.
He retired shortly after the 1968 Games and worked as a sports official, first in the Soviet Estonian Committee for Physical Culture and Sports, and later with the Estonian Olympic Committee. At the 1992 Winter Olympics he became the first flag bearer for Estonia after it became independent from the Soviet Union.
An overview of medals won by Antson at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:
|Championships||Gold medal||Silver medal||Bronze medal|
|Winter Olympics||1964 (1500 m)||–||–|
|3000 m||4.27,3||February 11, 1964||Oslo|
To put these personal records in perspective, the WR column lists the official world records on the dates that Antson skated his personal records.
|500 m||40.7||16 January 1968||Medeo||39.5|
|1500 m||2:07.2||16 February 1968||Grenoble||2:02.5|
|3000 m||4:27.3||11 February 1964||Oslo||4:27.6|
|5000 m||7:34.8||16 January 1968||Medeo||7:26.2|
|10000 m||15:57.7||18 January 1964||Oslo||15:33.0|
|Big combination||177,198||17 January 1968||Medeo||176.982|
Antson has an Adelskalender score of 176.465 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a fourth place.
- Ants Antson at SpeedSkatingStats.com
- Personal records from Jakub Majerski's Speedskating Database
- Evert Stenlund's Adelskalender pages
- Results of Soviet Championships at SpeedSkating.ru
- Legends of Soviet Sport (in Russian)
|Oscar Mathisen Award
Per Ivar Moe
|Estonian Sportspersonality of the Year