Speed skating at the 1956 Winter Olympics – Men's 5000 metres
1956 Winter Olympics
The 5000 metres speed skating event was part of the speed skating at the 1956 Winter Olympics programme. The competition was held on naturally frozen ice on the Lake Misurina. It was held on Sunday, January 29, 1956 started at 11 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m..
Forty-six speed skaters from 17 nations competed.
|Boris Shilkov (URS)||Sigge Ericsson (SWE)||Oleg Goncharenko (URS)|
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1956 Winter Olympics.
|World Record||7:45.6(*)||Boris Shilkov||Medeo (URS)||January 9, 1955|
|Olympic Record||8:10.6(**)||Hjalmar Andersen||Oslo (NOR)||February 17, 1952|
(*) The record was set in a high altitude venue (more than 1000 metres above sea level) and on naturally frozen ice.
(**) The record was set on naturally frozen ice.
At first Helmut Kuhnert who skated in the first pair set a new Olympic record with 8:04.3 minutes. In the third pair Wim de Graaff bettered the Olympic record with 8:00.2 minutes. Finally Boris Shilkov set a new Olympic record with 7:48.7 minutes on the way to win the fourth heat and the gold medal.
- Official Olympic Report
- "Results of the 1956 Olympic Games 5000 meters Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012.