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Speed Skating at the 1928 Sankt Moritz Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Olympic Ice Stadium Badrutts Park, St. Moritz
Date Started: February 13, 1928
Date Finished: February 13, 1928

Gold: NOR Ivar Ballangrud
Silver: FIN Julius Skutnabb
Bronze: NOR Bernt Evensen

Summary

The 5000 m was heavily influenced by the weather. As the race progressed, wind and snow grew stronger, and ice conditions deteriorated. This placed the skaters who had been drawn late in the competition at a disadvantage. The first favorite to hit the ice was Ivar Ballangrud. The 24-year-old Norwegian was the 1926 World Champion, and had won the 5 km race at the World Championships in Davos just a week ago. He took great advantage of the weather conditions in his race, skating a steady race and lapping his Lithuanian opponent. His time of 8:50.5 was a far cry from the times skated in Davos, where Ballangrud had approached the World Record (which stood at 8:26.5).

Bernt Evensen took off faster than Ballangrud, and had the fastest time until two-thirds of the race, when he faded and finished ten seconds behind his countryman. His time was approached by the best American distance skater, Irving Jaffee of New York. He gained on Evensen every lap, but ended up 0.2 seconds short. 38-year-old Finnish veteran Julius Skutnabb had a similar build up, but won two seconds on the Norwegian in the final lap, moving into silver medal position.

By then, weather conditions had become really tough. Norwegian Armand Carlsen came within half a second of the bronze medal, and would likely have medalled had it not been for the snow. Other favorites finished further back, including two 5000 m medalists from the recent World Championships, Michael Staksrud (NOR) and Clas Thunberg (FIN). Thunberg's luck was especially bad, considering that he had originally been drawn in the third race. Because his pairmate, the Canadian Gorman, didn't show up, he was moved to the end of the competition to race Arthur Vollstedt.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1 Ivar Ballangrud 23 Norway NOR Gold 8:50.5 1:03.3 1:45.0 2:25.4 3:08.0 3:50.1 4:33.0 5:16.2 5:59.3 6:41.2 7:24.2 8:08.0
2 Julius Skutnabb 38 Finland FIN Silver 8:59.1 1:04.0 1:46.0 2:28.5 3:11.0 3:54.0 4:37.0 5:20.5 6:04.0 6:48.0 7:32.0 8:15.5
3 Bernt Evensen 22 Norway NOR Bronze 9:01.1 1:01.0 1:41.0 2:22.0 3:04.4 3:47.2 4:30.2 5:15.0 5:59.3 6:45.0 7:32.0 8:18.0
4 Irving Jaffee 21 United States USA 9:01.3 1:04.4 1:47.0 2:29.0 3:12.2 3:55.0 4:38.7 5:22.0 6:06.2 6:50.0 7:34.8 8:19.4
5 Armand Carlsen 22 Norway NOR 9:01.5 1:04.0 1:45.0 2:27.0 3:10.0 3:53.0 4:36.0 5:21.0 6:05.0 6:48.0 7:33.0 8:18.0
6 Valentine Bialas 25 United States USA 9:06.3 1:02.5 1:43.2 2:27.8 3:11.6 3:55.0 4:39.0 5:23.7 6:08.0 6:52.8 7:38.0 8:22.7
7 Michael Staksrud 19 Norway NOR 9:07.3 1:03.0 1:44.5 2:26.5 3:08.5 3:54.0 4:37.5 5:23.0 6:08.0 6:53.0 7:38.0 8:24.5
8 Otto Polacsek 23 Austria AUT 9:08.9 1:04.0 1:46.5 2:29.0 3:12.5 3:56.0 4:41.0 5:25.0 6:10.0 6:55.0 7:40.0 8:25.0
9 Gustaf Andersson 24 Sweden SWE 9:09.7 1:07.0 1:49.0 2:31.0 3:14.5 3:57.0 4:41.5 5:26.0 6:11.5 6:55.5 7:41.0 8:26.0
10 Ossi Blomqvist 19 Finland FIN 9:09.9 1:04.0 1:43.5 2:23.0 3:05.0 3:46.5 4:32.0 5:18.0 6:03.5 6:49.5 7:36.0 8:22.0
11 Siem Heiden 22 Netherlands NED 9:10.0 1:11.0 1:54.0 2:36.0 3:20.2 4:03.6 4:45.8 5:29.0 6:12.8 6:57.0 7:41.6 8:26.0
12 Clas Thunberg 34 Finland FIN 9:11.8 1:05.5 1:46.5 2:29.0 3:12.0 3:55.0 4:38.0 5:24.0 6:09.0 6:54.0 7:40.0 8:23.0
13 Bertel Backman 22 Finland FIN 9:14.0 1:09.0 1:51.0 2:34.0 3:16.5 4:00.0 4:44.0 5:29.0 6:13.0 6:57.5 7:24.0 8:29.0
14 Eddie Murphy 23 United States USA 9:19.5 1:06.2 1:48.2 2:32.2 3:16.0 4:00.2 4:45.0 5:31.0 6:16.3 7:03.2 7:48.3 8:34.0
15 Alberts Rumba 35 Latvia LAT 9:19.7 1:04.6 1:46.1 2:28.4 3:11.0 3:54.6 4:38.0 5:23.0 6:08.2 6:55.0 7:42.2 8:30.8
16 Fritz Jungblut 20 Germany GER 9:26.7 1:03.2 1:44.8 2:27.0 3:12.4 3:56.0 4:42.0 5:29.0 6:17.2 7:05.0 7:53.0 8:41.3
17 John O'Neil Farrell 21 United States USA 9:29.2 1:09.5 1:49.0 2:38.0 3:22.0 4:06.0 4:52.0 5:37.0 6:22.0 7:09.0 7:55.5 8:42.8
18 Léon Quaglia France FRA 9:33.3 1:07.0 1:56.0 2:34.2 3:19.0 4:04.2 4:50.2 5:37.0 6:24.2 7:12.0 7:59.0 8:46.0
19 Wim Kos 24 Netherlands NED 9:34.2 1:07.0 1:50.0 2:35.0 3:20.0 4:05.0 4:51.0 5:38.0 6:26.5 7:13.0 8:00.5 8:47.5
20 Zoltán Eötvös 36 Hungary HUN 9:34.4 1:05.0 1:48.0 2:32.1 3:17.3 4:03.0 4:48.4 5:35.1 6:23.3 7:10.0 7:58.4 8:47.0
21 Aleksander Mitt 25 Estonia EST 9:35.2 1:05.0 1:48.1 2:32.0 3:17.0 4:02.4 4:49.0 5:35.4 6:23.3 7:11.2 7:59.1 8:47.1
22 Ross Robinson 21 Canada CAN 9:38.9 1:07.0 1:51.3 2:35.4 3:20.3 4:06.0 4:52.0 5:38.4 6:26.2 7:15.0 8:04.0 8:52.2
23 Cyril Horn 23 Great Britain GBR 9:45.0 1:10.2 1:54.2 2:39.0 3:25.0 4:11.2 4:58.5 5:45.3 6:34.0 7:21.2 8:10.0 8:58.2
24 Christfried Burmeister 29 Estonia EST 9:46.2 1:07.5 1:50.5 2:34.0 3:19.0 4:05.5 4:53.0 5:42.0 6:31.0 7:20.0 8:10.0 8:58.0
25 Kęstutis Bulota 31 Lithuania LTU 9:49.8 1:07.0 1:53.0 2:37.0 3:25.0 4:11.5 4:59.0 5:46.0 6:32.0 7:22.0 8:10.0 8:59.5
26 Rudolf Riedl 20 Austria AUT 9:53.5 1:04.0 1:46.0 2:32.0 3:18.0 4:07.0 4:55.0 5:44.0 6:33.0 7:24.5 8:14.5 9:05.0
27 Fritz Moser 27 Austria AUT 9:57.8 1:07.0 1:50.2 2:36.0 3:24.0 4:12.0 5:01.0 5:52.0 6:43.0 7:33.0 8:26.0 9:12.0
28 Arthur Vollstedt 36 Germany GER 9:58.5 1:06.0 1:50.1 2:36.8 3:25.0 4:14.2 5:04.0 5:54.0 6:43.8 7:33.0 8:20.0 9:11.0
29 Willy Logan 20 Canada CAN 10:10.3 1:07.0 1:50.0 2:36.0 3:23.8 4:13.0 5:04.0 5:56.0 6:48.0 7:40.0 8:31.0 9:22.0
30 Charles Thaon 17 France FRA 10:18.8 1:14.0 2:02.0 2:50.8 3:40.4 4:30.8 5:22.0 6:13.8 7:05.6 7:56.5 8:43.0 9:33.0
31 Leonard Stewart Great Britain GBR 10:40.0 1:14.5 2:03.0 2:47.0 3:43.0 4:34.0 5:27.0 6:20.0 7:15.0 8:05.0 8:55.0 9:48.0
32 Fred Dix Great Britain GBR 10:55.6 1:13.0 2:02.0 2:52.5 3:43.0 4:34.0 5:26.0 6:20.5 7:15.5 8:11.0 9:05.0 10:05.0
AC Erhard Mayke 32 Germany GER 1:06.0 1:45.0 2:33.2 3:20.0 4:06.0 4:54.0 5:43.0 6:32.0 7:21.4 8:10.0 DNF