Speed skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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Speed skating
at the X Olympic Winter Games
Speed skating pictogram.svg
Pictogram for speed skating
Venue L'Anneau de Vitesse
Dates February 4–12
No. of events 8
Competitors 129 from 19 nations
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1972 →

Speed skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics, was held from 4 February to 12 February. Eight events were contested at L'Anneau de Vitesse in Grenoble, France.[1]

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Netherlands (NED) 3 3 3 9
2  Norway (NOR) 1 3 0 4
3  Soviet Union (URS) 1 1 0 2
3  Finland (FIN) 1 1 0 2
5  Sweden (SWE) 1 0 1 1
6  West Germany (FRG) 1 0 0 1
7  United States (USA) 0 4 1 5
Total 8 12 5 25

The Netherlands topped the medal table, with nine medals, three of each type. Three tied events meant that only five bronze medals were awarded. The gold medal won by Erhard Keller was the first medal in speedskating for West Germany as a separate country.

Five athletes shared the top of the individual medal table, with one gold and one silver each: Kees Verkerk and Carry Geijssen of the Netherlands, Finland's Kaija Mustonen, the Soviet unions Lyudmila Titova and Norway's Fred Anton Maier.

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Erhard Keller
 West Germany
40.3 Terry McDermott
 United States
Magne Thomassen
 Norway
40.5
1500 metres
details
Kees Verkerk
 Netherlands
2:03.4
(OR)
Ivar Eriksen
 Norway
Ard Schenk
 Netherlands
2:05.0
5000 metres
details
Fred Anton Maier
 Norway
7:22.4
(WR)
Kees Verkerk
 Netherlands
7:23.2 Peter Nottet
 Netherlands
7:25.5
10000 metres
details
Johnny Höglin
 Sweden
15:23.6
(OR)
Fred Anton Maier
 Norway
15:23.9 Örjan Sandler
 Sweden
15:31.8

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Lyudmila Titova
 Soviet Union
46.1 Jenny Fish
 United States
Dianne Holum
 United States
Mary Meyers
 United States
46.3
1000 metres
details
Carry Geijssen
 Netherlands
1:32.6
(OR)
Lyudmila Titova
 Soviet Union
1:32.9 Dianne Holum
 United States
1:33.4
1500 metres
details
Kaija Mustonen
 Finland
2:22.4
(OR)
Carry Geijssen
 Netherlands
2:22.7 Stien Kaiser
 Netherlands
2:24.5
3000 metres
details
Ans Schut
 Netherlands
4:56.2
(OR)
Kaija Mustonen
 Finland
5:01.0 Stien Kaiser
 Netherlands
5:01.3

Records[edit]

One world record and six Olympic records were set at Grenoble. The only Olympic records not broken were in the two shortest events, the men's and women's 500 metres.[2][3]

Event Date Team Time OR WR
Men's 1500 metres 16 February  Kees Verkerk (NED) 2:03.4 OR
Men's 5000 metres 15 February  Fred Anton Maier (NOR) 7:22.4 OR WR
Men's 10000 metres 17 February  Johnny Höglin (SWE) 15:23.6 OR
Women's 1000 metres 11 February  Carry Geijssen (NED) 1:32.6 OR
Women's 1500 metres 10 February  Kaija Mustonen (USA) 2:22.4 OR
Women's 3000 metres 12 February  Ans Schut (NED) 4:56.2 OR

Participating NOCs[edit]

Nineteen nations competed in the speed skating events at Grenoble. East and West Germany made their debuts as separate teams.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rapport Officiel Xes Jeux Olympiques D'Hiver 1968 Grenoble" (PDF). Comité d'organisation des Xemes jeux olympiques d'hiver. LA84 Foundation. 1968. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - Olympic Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 

Sports-Reference 1968 Olympics - Speed Skating