Speed skating at the 1972 Winter Olympics

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Speed skating
at the XI Olympic Winter Games
Speed skating pictogram.svg
Pictogram for speed skating
Venue Makomanai Open Stadium
Dates February 4-12
No. of events 8
Competitors 118 from 18 nations
← 1968
1976 →
1972 Soviet Union 4 kopeks stamp. Olympic Winter Games Sapporo.

Speed skating at the 1972 Winter Olympics, was held from 5 February to 14 February. Eight events were contested at Makomanai Open Stadium in Sapporo, Japan.[1] This was the first Olympics at which electronic times were recorded to the hundredeth of a second.

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Netherlands (NED) 4 3 2 9
2  United States (USA) 2 1 1 4
3  West Germany (FRG) 2 0 0 2
4  Norway (NOR) 0 2 2 4
5  Soviet Union (URS) 0 1 2 3
6  Sweden (SWE) 0 1 1 2
Total 8 8 8 24

The Netherlands toppd the medal table, with four golds and nine overall, led by Ard Schenk's three gold medals.

Schenk led the individual medal table, winning each of the three longer distance events. The most successful female skater was the Netherlands's Stien Kaiser, who won one gold and one silver medal.

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Erhard Keller
 West Germany
39.44
(OR)
Hasse Börjes
 Sweden
39.69 Valery Muratov
 Soviet Union
39.80
1500 metres
details
Ard Schenk
 Netherlands
2:02.96
(OR)
Roar Grønvold
 Norway
2:04.26 Göran Claeson
 Sweden
2:05.89
5000 metres
details
Ard Schenk
 Netherlands
7:23.61 Roar Grønvold
 Norway
7:28.18 Sten Stensen
 Norway
7:33.39
10000 metres
details
Ard Schenk
 Netherlands
15:01.35
(OR)
Kees Verkerk
 Netherlands
15:04.70 Sten Stensen
 Norway
15:07.08

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Anne Henning
 United States
43.33
(OR)
Vera Krasnova
 Soviet Union
44.01 Lyudmila Titova
 Soviet Union
44.45
1000 metres
details
Monika Pflug
 West Germany
1:31.40
(OR)
Atje Keulen-Deelstra
 Netherlands
1:31.61 Anne Henning
 United States
1:31.62
1500 metres
details
Dianne Holum
 United States
2:20.85
(OR)
Stien Kaiser
 Netherlands
2:21.05 Atje Keulen-Deelstra
 Netherlands
2:22.05
3000 metres
details
Stien Kaiser
 Netherlands
4:52.14
(OR)
Dianne Holum
 United States
4:58.67 Atje Keulen-Deelstra
 Netherlands
4:59.91

Records[edit]

Seven of the eight events had new Olympic records set, with only the men's 5000 metres record remaining unbroken.[2][3]

Event Date Team Time OR WR
Men's 500 metres 5 February  Erhard Keller (FRG) 39.44 OR
Men's 1500 metres 6 February  Ard Schenk (NED) 2:02.96 OR
Men's 10000 metres 7 February  Ard Schenk (NED) 15:01.35 OR
Women's 500 metres 10 February  Anne Henning (USA) 43.33 OR
Women's 1000 metres 11 February  Monika Pflug (FRG) 1:31.40 OR
Women's 1500 metres 9 February  Dianne Holum (USA) 2:20.85 OR
Women's 3000 metres 12 February  Stien Kaiser (NED) 4:52.14 OR

Participating NOCs[edit]

Eighteen nations competed in the speed skating events at Sapporo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The XI Olympic Winter Games Sapporo 1972" (PDF). Organizing Committee for the XIth Olympic Winter Games. LA84 Foundation. 1972. 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 1972 Olympics - Speed Skating