Speed skating at the 1972 Winter Olympics – Women's 500 metres

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Women's 500 metres
at the XI Olympic Winter Games
Vera Krasnova, Anne Henning, Lyudmila Titova 1972.jpg
Left-right: Krasnova, Henning, Titova
VenueMakomanai Open Stadium
DatesFebruary 10
Competitors29 from 12 nations
Winning time43.33
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Anne Henning  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Vera Krasnova  Soviet Union
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lyudmila Titova  Soviet Union
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The women's 500 metres in speed skating at the 1972 Winter Olympics took place on 10 February, at the Makomanai Open Stadium.[1][2]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:[3][4]

World record  Anne Henning (USA) 42.5 Davos, Switzerland 7 January 1972
Olympic record  Lidia Skoblikova (URS) 45.0 Innsbruck, Austria 30 January 1964

The following new Olympic and World records was set during the competition.

Date Athlete Country Time OR WR
10 February Monika Pflug  West Germany 44.75 OR
10 February Lyudmila Titova  Soviet Union 44.45 OR
10 February Anne Henning  United States 43.33 OR

Results[edit]

[1]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Anne Henning  United States 43.33 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Vera Krasnova  Soviet Union 44.01
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lyudmila Titova  Soviet Union 44.45
4 Sheila Young  United States 44.53
5 Monika Pflug  West Germany 44.75
6 Atje Keulen-Deelstra  Netherlands 44.89
7 Kay Lunda  United States 44.95
8 Alla Butova  Soviet Union 45.17
9 Sachiko Saito  Japan 45.35
10 Ellie van den Brom  Netherlands 45.62
11 Sigrid Sundby-Dybedahl  Norway 45.70
12 Paula Dufter  West Germany 45.77
13 Ruth Schleiermacher  East Germany 45.78
14 Cathy Priestner  Canada 45.79
15 Ann-Sofie Järnström  Sweden 45.83
16 Arja Kantola  Finland 46.12
17 Kirsti Biermann  Norway 46.18
18 Ylva Hedlund  Sweden 46.24
19 Lisbeth Korsmo-Berg  Norway 46.33
20 Trijnie Rep  Netherlands 46.60
21 Ryoko Onozawa  Japan 46.70
22 Choi Jung-hui  South Korea 46.74
23 Sylvia Filipsson  Sweden 46.78
24 Tuula Vilkas  Finland 46.85
25 Donna McCannell  Canada 47.30
26 Lee Gyeong-hui  South Korea 47.45
27 Monika Stützle  West Germany 48.15
28 Tak In-suk  North Korea 55.80
- Sylvia Burka  Canada DQ

During her run, Henning had to stop to avoid a collision with Sylvia Burka at the crossover point. She won the race and the gold medal with a time of 43.70. Officials allowed her another run after the competition, where she broke the Olympic record.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The XI Olympic Winter Games Sapporo 1972" (PDF). Organizing Committee for the XIth Olympic Winter Games. LA84 Foundation. 1972. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Speed Skating at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games: Women's 500 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  3. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  4. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - Olympic Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  5. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 598. ISBN 0140066322.