Speed skating at the 1932 Winter Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

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5000 metres
at the III Olympic Winter Games
Speed skating pictogram.svg
Pictogram for Speed skating
Venue James B. Sheffield Olympic Skating Rink
Dates February 4
Competitors 18 from 6 nations
Winning time 9:40.8
1st, gold medalist(s) Irving Jaffee  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Eddie Murphy  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Willy Logan  Canada
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Speed skating
at the
1932 Winter Olympics
Speed skating pictogram.svg
500 m men (women)
1000 m (women)
1500 m men (women)
5000 m men
10,000 m men

The 5000 metres speed skating event was part of the speed skating at the 1932 Winter Olympics programme. The competition was held on Thursday, February 4, 1932.

Eighteen speed skaters from six nations competed.

Like all other speed skating events at this Olympics the competition was held for the only time in packstyle format, having all competitors skate at the same time. This was the common style in North America and gave the runners from the United States and Canada a major advantage over the European rivals.


Gold Silver Bronze
Irving Jaffee
 United States
Eddie Murphy
 United States
Willy Logan


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1932 Winter Olympics.

World Record 8:21.6(*) Norway Ivar Ballangrud Davos (SUI) January 11, 1930
Olympic Record 8:39.0 Finland Clas Thunberg Chamonix (FRA) January 26, 1924

(*) The record was set in a high altitude venue (more than 1000 metres above sea level) and on naturally frozen ice.


First round[edit]

Heat 1

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Irving Jaffee (USA) 9:52.0 Q
2  Eddie Murphy (USA) Q
3  Ivar Ballangrud (NOR) Q
4  Harry Smyth (CAN) Q
5  Ossi Blomqvist (FIN)
 Alexander Hurd (CAN) DNF
 Shozo Ishihara (JPN) DNF
 Michael Staksrud (NOR) DNF
 Tomeju Uruma (JPN) DNF

Heat 2

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Bernt Evensen (NOR) 10:01.4 Q
2  Herbert Taylor (USA) Q
3  Willy Logan (CAN) Q
4  Frank Stack (CAN) Q
5  Erling Lindboe (NOR)
6  Carl Springer (USA)
 Yasuo Kawamura (JPN) DNF
 Tokuo Kitani (JPN) DNF
 Ingvar Lindberg (SWE) DNF


Place Name Time
1  Irving Jaffee (USA) 9:40.8
2  Eddie Murphy (USA) 2 m behind
3  Willy Logan (CAN) 4 m behind
4  Herbert Taylor (USA)
5  Ivar Ballangrud (NOR)
6  Bernt Evensen (NOR)
7  Frank Stack (CAN)
8  Harry Smyth (CAN)