List of speed skating records

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This list of speed skating records is an overview of the current speed skating records in its various events ratified by the International Skating Union.

World record progression

World records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Name Country Result Date Place Average speed
500 meters Progression Jeremy Wotherspoon  Canada 34.03 9 November 2007 Salt Lake City 52.89 km/h (32.86 mph)
500 meters × 2 Jeremy Wotherspoon  Canada 1:08.17 9–11 November 2007 Salt Lake City 52.81 km/h (32.81 mph)
1000 meters Progression Shani Davis  United States 1:06.42 7 March 2009 Salt Lake City 54.20 km/h (33.68 mph)
1500 meters Progression Shani Davis  United States 1:41.04 11 December 2009 Salt Lake City 53.44 km/h (33.21 mph)
3000 meters Progression Eskil Ervik  Norway 3:37.28* 5 November 2005 Calgary 49.71 km/h (30.89 mph)
5000 meters Progression Sven Kramer  Netherlands 6:03.32 17 November 2007 Calgary 49.54 km/h (30.78 mph)
10000 meters Progression Sven Kramer  Netherlands 12:41.69 10 March 2007 Salt Lake City 47.26 km/h (29.37 mph)
Team pursuit
(8 laps) Progression
Sven Kramer
Koen Verweij
Jan Blokhuijsen
 Netherlands 3:35.60 16 November 2013 Salt Lake City 51.73 km/h (32.14 mph)
**
Sprint combination Michel Mulder  Netherlands 136.790 points 26–27 January 2013 Salt Lake City
Small combination Erben Wennemars  Netherlands 146.365 points 13 August 2005 Calgary
Big combination Shani Davis  United States 145.742 points 18–19 March 2006 Calgary
  • * During the course of a 5000 m race on 17 November 2013 in Salt Lake City, Russian skater Denis Yuskov recorded a 3000 m split time at 3:36.40. Yuskov also recorded a 3000 m time of 3:34.37 during a training race held on 2 November 2013. However, neither of these times count as the world record. The former because it was a split time, and not an official 3000 m race, the latter because it was ridden in a so-called 'quartet-start' (four riders on the track at the same time as opposed to the usual two) which means the time is ineligible to be counted as a world record under Article 221(2)(i) of the rules of the International Skating Union.

For comparison, the fastest known 400 m lap was skated by Jeremy Wotherspoon on 10 November 2007 in Salt Lake City during a 1000 m race in 24.32 seconds with an average speed of 59.21 km/h (36.79 mph).

Women[edit]

Event Name Country Result Date Place Average speed
500 meters Progression Lee Sang-hwa  South Korea 36.36 16 November 2013 Salt Lake City 49.50 km/h (30.76 mph)
500 meters × 2 Lee Sang-hwa  South Korea 1:12.93 15–16 November 2013 Salt Lake City 49.36 km/h (30.67 mph)
1000 meters Progression Brittany Bowe  United States 1:12.58 17 November 2013 Salt Lake City 49.60 km/h (30.82 mph)
1500 meters Progression Cindy Klassen  Canada 1:51.79 20 November 2005 Salt Lake City 48.30 km/h (30.01 mph)
3000 meters Progression Cindy Klassen  Canada 3:53.34 18 March 2006 Calgary 46.28 km/h (28.76 mph)
5000 meters Progression Martina Sáblíková  Czech Republic 6:42.66 18 February 2011 Salt Lake City 44.70 km/h (27.78 mph)
10000 meters [WB] Progression Martina Sáblíková  Czech Republic 13:48.33 15 March 2007 Calgary 43.46 km/h (27.00 mph)
Team pursuit
(6 laps)
Kristina Groves
Christine Nesbitt
Brittany Schussler
 Canada 2:55.79 6 December 2009 Calgary 47.60 km/h (29.58 mph)
**
Sprint combination Heather Richardson  United States 147.735 points 19–20 January 2013 Calgary
Mini combination Cindy Klassen  Canada 155.576 points 15–17 March 2001 Calgary
Small combination Cindy Klassen  Canada 154.580 points 18–19 March 2006 Calgary
100 meters *[1] Jenny Wolf  Germany 10.21 7 March 2009 Salt Lake City

For comparison, the fastest known 400 m lap was skated by Lee Sang-hwa during her 500 m world record race in 26.27 seconds with an average speed of 54.81 km/h (34.06 mph).

  • * unofficial world best
  • ** The average speed for the team pursuit races was calculated using a distance of 3098,88 meters for the men's race and 2324,16 meters for the women's race.[2] The skaters only utilise the inner lane and the lap distance is accordingly less than the 400 meters of a regular lap skated with one inner curve and one outer curve.

Sea level world bests[edit]

Salt Lake City and Calgary, where currently all world records were made, are at relatively high altitude. Since speed skating is easier at high altitudes,[3] skating statisticians keeps separate lists for skating at (or close to) sea level, where times in Salt Lake City and Calgary are ignored.

Men[edit]

Event Name Country Result Date Place Ref
500 meters Michel Mulder
Jeremy Wotherspoon
 Netherlands
 CAN
34.31 29 December 2013
26 January 2008
Heerenveen
Hamar
[4]
[5]
500 meters × 2 Michel Mulder  Netherlands 1:09.312 10 February 2014 Sochi [6]
1000 meters Shani Davis  USA 1.08.33 26 November 2006 Milwaukee [5]
1500 meters Shani Davis  USA 1.44.27 21 November 2009 Hamar [5]
3000 meters Wouter Olde Heuvel  Netherlands 3.39.36 26 November 2011 Astana [5]
5000 meters Sven Kramer  Netherlands 6:09.74 7 February 2009 Hamar [5]
10000 meters Jorrit Bergsma  Netherlands 12:44.45 18 February 2014 Sochi [5]

Women[edit]

Event Name Country Result Date Place Ref
500 meters Lee Sang-hwa  South Korea 37.27 29 November 2013 Astana
500 meters × 2 Lee Sang-hwa  South Korea 1:14.70 11 February 2014 Sochi [7]
1000 meters Heather Richardson  USA 1:14.00 3 November 2012 Milwaukee [5]
1500 meters Ireen Wüst  Netherlands 1:53.31 30 December 2013 Heerenveen [4]
3000 meters Ireen Wüst  Netherlands 3:58.68 9 March 2013 Heerenveen [5]
5000 meters Martina Sablikova  Czech Republic 6:49.31 11 February 2007 Heerenveen [5]

Olympic records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Name Country Result Date Venue Avg. speed Ref
500 meters Casey FitzRandolph  United States 34.42 11 February 2002 Salt Lake City 52.37 km/h
500 meters × 2 Casey FitzRandolph  United States 1:09.23 11 February 2002 Salt Lake City
1000 meters Gerard van Velde  Netherlands 1:07.18 16 February 2002 Salt Lake City 53.59 km/h
1500 meters Derek Parra  United States 1:43.95 19 February 2002 Salt Lake City 51.95 km/h
5000 meters Sven Kramer  Netherlands 6:10.76 8 February 2014 Sochi 48.55 km/h
10000 meters Jorrit Bergsma  Netherlands 12:44.45 18 February 2014 Sochi 47.09 km/h
Team pursuit
(8 laps)
Jan Blokhuijsen
Sven Kramer
Koen Verweij
 Netherlands 3:37.71 22 February 2014 Sochi 52.91 km/h

Women[edit]

Event Name Country Result Date Venue Avg. speed Ref
500 meters Lee Sang-hwa  South Korea 37.28 11 February 2014 Sochi [7]
500 meters × 2 Lee Sang-hwa  South Korea 1:14.70 11 February 2014 Sochi [7]
1000 meters Christine Witty  United States 1:13.83 17 February 2002 Salt Lake City 48.76 km/h
1500 meters Jorien Ter Mors  Netherlands 1:53.51 16 February 2014 Sochi 47.44 km/h [8]
3000 meters Claudia Pechstein  Germany 3:57.70 10 February 2002 Salt Lake City 45.44 km/h
5000 meters Claudia Pechstein  Germany 6:46.91 23 February 2002 Salt Lake City 44.24 km/h
Team pursuit
(6 laps)
Marrit Leenstra
Jorien Ter Mors
Ireen Wust
 Netherlands 2:58.05 22 February 2014 Sochi 48.42 km/h

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wolf verliert letzten Weltrekord" (in German). www.sport1.de. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ploegenachtervolging (schaatsen)". 
  3. ^ Gorski, Chris (10 February 2014). "Why Speed Skaters Perform Better At Higher Elevation". Inside Science. American Institute of Physics. 
  4. ^ a b "Wüst läuft Flachlandweltrekord" (in German). www.sport1.de. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i schaatsstatistieken.nl
  6. ^ "Mens' 500 m Race Results". www.sochi2014.com. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Ladies' 500 m Race Results". www.sochi2014.com. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ladies' 1500 m Race Results". www.sochi2014.com. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 

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