Speed skating at the 1948 Winter Olympics – Men's 500 metres
|Men's 500 metres speed skating
at the V Olympic Winter Games
Pictogram for speed skating
|Venue||St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink|
|Date||31 January 1948|
|Competitors||42 from 15 nations|
|Speed skating at the
1948 Winter Olympics
Forty-two speed skaters from 15 nations competed.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1948 Winter Olympics.
|World Record||41.8(*)||Hans Engnestangen||Davos (SUI)||February 5, 1938|
|Olympic Record||43.4||Clas Thunberg||St. Moritz (SUI)||February 13, 1928|
|43.4||Bernt Evensen||St. Moritz (SUI)||February 13, 1928|
|43.4(**)||Jack Shea||Lake Placid (USA)||February 4, 1932|
|43.4||Ivar Ballangrud||Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER)||February 11, 1936|
(*) The record was set in a high altitude venue (more than 1000 metres above sea level) and on naturally frozen ice.
(**) This time was set in packstyle format, having all competitors skate at the same time.
Five speed skaters were faster than the standing Olympic record. Finn Helgesen set a time of 43.1 seconds.
- Official Olympic Report
- "Results of the 1948 Olympic Games 500 meters Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012.