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Speed Skating at the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Rink at Rießersee, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Date Started: February 12, 1936
Date Finished: February 12, 1936

Gold: NOR Ivar Ballangrud
Silver: FIN Birger Wasenius
Bronze: FIN Antero Ojala

Summary

The clear favorite for this event was Ivar Ballangrud, the 1928 champion. He had bettered the World Record in January (8:17.2), and had convincingly won the 5000 m at the recent World Championships. However, there were a few dangerous competitors. Austria's Max Stiepl had beaten Ballangrud at the European Championships, clocking an impressive 8:20.7 along the way. Much was also expect of the US's Eddie Schroeder, Finland's Birger Wasenius. In his own team, Ballangrud could expect competition from Charles Mathiesen, with a season best of 8:20,2.

The early lead was taken by Antero Ojala, a 19-year-old unknown from Finland. Skating in good ice and weather conditions, none of the skaters could come close to his time, until Ballangrud took the ice. The Norwegian laid down a very "flat" race, and had the advantage of being able to skate towards his pairmate, Aleksander Mitt, who was nearly a lap behind at the finish. Ballangrud's finishing time was just 2 seconds above the World Record. Three races later, the runner-up of the World Championships, Wasenius, took the ice against Jan Langedijk, of the Netherlands. They would be the fastest pair of the race. Birger Wasenius kept close to Ballangrud's split times, but lost several seconds in the final laps, while Langedijk came equally close to Ojala's third place time, but ended up in fourth. None of the remaining skaters came close, and Ballangrud collected his third Olympic gold medal, his second in the 5000 m.

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 31 Norway NOR Gold 8:19.6 59 1:37 2:16 2:57 3:37 4:17 4:57 5:38 6:19 6:59 7:39 OR
2 Birger Wasenius 24 Finland FIN Silver 8:23.3 1:01 1:41 2:20 3:00 3:39 4:20 5:00 5:40 6:20 7:02 7:43
3 Antero Ojala 19 Finland FIN Bronze 8:30.1 1:02 1:41 2:21 3:01 3:41 4:22 5:03 5:43 6:24 7:07 7:48 OR
4 Jan Langedijk 25 Netherlands NED 8:32.0 1:00 1:40 2:20 3:00 3:41 4:22 5:03 5:45 6:27 7:09 7:51
5 Max Stiepl 21 Austria AUT 8:35.0 1:02 1:43 2:24 3:05 3:45 4:26 5:08 5:49 6:30 7:12 7:53
6 Ossi Blomqvist 27 Finland FIN 8:36.6 1:04 1:43 2:23 3:04 3:44 4:26 5:08 5:49 6:30 7:12 7:55
7 Charles Mathiesen 24 Norway NOR 8:36.9 1:00 1:39 2:19 2:59 3:40 4:22 5:03 5:46 6:28 7:11 7:54
8 Karl Wazulek 21 Austria AUT 8:38.4 1:01 1:40 2:19 2:59 3:40 4:22 5:04 5:47 6:30 7:13 7:56
9 Michael Staksrud 27 Norway NOR 8:38.5 1:03 1:44 2:25 3:06 3:46 4:27 5:09 5:50 6:32 7:14 7:56
10 Dolf van der Scheer 26 Netherlands NED 8:43.3 1:02 1:42 2:22 3:03 3:44 4:25 5:07 5:50 6:33 7:16 8:00
11 Robert Petersen 21 United States USA 8:46.5 1:02 1:42 2:22 3:03 3:45 4:26 5:09 5:53 6:37 7:20 8:05
12 Jan Kalbarczyk 25 Poland POL 8:47.7 1:01 1:42 2:22 3:04 3:46 4:28 5:11 5:54 6:38 7:21 8:05
13T Roelof Koops 26 Netherlands NED 8:48.5 1:03 1:43 2:23 3:04 3:46 4:28 5:11 5:54 6:38 7:22 8:06
13T Heinz Sames 24 Germany GER 8:48.5 1:04 1:43 2:25 3:06 3:48 4:30 5:14 5:57 6:41 7:24 8:07
15 Eddie Schroeder 25 United States USA 8:49.1 1:03 1:45 2:26 3:07 3:50 4:32 5:14 5:56 6:38 7:22 8:05
16 Lou Dijkstra 26 Netherlands NED 8:51.5 1:02 1:42 2:23 3:04 3:45 4:27 5:10 5:53 6:37 7:22 8:07
17 László Hídvéghy 25 Hungary HUN 8:53.2 1:02 1:42 2:24 3:05 3:48 4:31 5:14 5:58 6:42 7:26 8:10
18 Alfons Bērziņš 19 Latvia LAT 8:53.4 1:01 1:41 2:23 3:05 3:49 4:32 5:15 5:59 6:44 7:27 8:11
19 Willy Löwinger 19 Austria AUT 8:53.9 1:06 1:46 2:27 3:09 3:52 4:36 5:18 6:02 6:45 7:29 8:12
20 Edvard Wangberg 22 Norway NOR 8:54.7 1:01 1:41 2:23 3:05 3:47 4:29 5:13 5:57 6:42 7:27 8:12
21 Seien Kin 22 Japan JPN 8:55.9 1:02 1:45 2:26 3:08 3:50 4:33 5:15 5:58 6:41 7:25 8:13
22T Åke Ekman 23 Finland FIN 9:00.4 1:04 1:45 2:26 3:08 3:50 4:33 5:17 6:01 6:45 7:30 8:15
22T Aleksander Mitt 32 Estonia EST 9:00.4 1:04 1:45 2:26 3:08 3:51 4:34 5:19 6:04 6:47 7:32 8:16
24 Karl Prochaska 21 Austria AUT 9:02.6 1:07 1:48 2:30 3:12 3:54 4:37 5:21 6:04 6:49 7:33 8:18
25 Tommy White 20 Canada CAN 9:04.5 1:04 1:47 2:29 3:14 3:58 4:43 5:27 6:11 6:54 7:38 8:22
26 Axel Johansson 25 Sweden SWE 9:06.4 1:05 1:46 2:28 3:10 3:53 4:38 5:23 6:07 6:53 7:38 8:25
27T Yushoku Cho 22 Japan JPN 9:08.7 1:04 1:45 2:26 3:09 3:52 4:37 5:21 6:06 6:52 7:38 8:23
27T Seitoku Ri 24 Japan JPN 9:08.7 1:01 1:41 2:24 3:07 3:51 4:36 5:21 6:06 6:52 7:38 8:23
29 Arvids Lejnieks Latvia LAT 9:11.9 1:04 1:46 2:28 3:11 3:55 4:40 5:25 6:09 6:55 7:39 8:27
30 Jānis Andriksons 23 Latvia LAT 9:15.0 1:02 1:45 2:28 3:12 3:57 4:42 5:27 6:11 6:56 7:43 8:30
31 Kunio Nando 19 Japan JPN 9:20.1 1:03 1:44 2:27 3:10 3:55 4:40 5:26 6:12 6:59 7:46 8:34
32 Jaromír Turnovský 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 9:25.8 1:05 1:48 2:32 3:17 4:02 4:47 5:31 6:17 7:03 7:51 8:39
33 Ken Kennedy 22 Australia AUS 9:48.9 1:02 1:43 2:27 3:13 4:00 4:48 5:37 6:27 7:17 8:08 8:58
34 Oldřich Hanč 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 10:03.0 1:11 1:47 2:43 3:36 4:27 5:13 6:01 6:50 7:39 8:25 9:14
35 James Graeffe 24 Belgium BEL 10:52.6 1:14 2:03 2:53 3:45 4:40 5:33 6:27 7:18 8:14 9:10 10:04
AC Charles de Ligne 40 Belgium BEL [11:32.7] [1:26] [2:18] [3:14] [4:10] [5:06] [6:02] DQ
AC Willi Sandner 24 Germany GER 1:02 1:42 2:23 3:04 3:45 DNF