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Speed Skating at the 1948 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 1, 1948
Date Finished: February 1, 1948

Gold: NOR Reidar Liaklev
Silver: NOR Odd Lundberg
Bronze: SWE Göthe Hedlund

Summary

The fastest 5,000 m time of the season had been by long distance specialist Reidar Liaklev . But at the Norwegian Championships, he had been beaten by eventual champion Odd Lundberg. But the Norwegians weren't the only favorites, with Sweden fielding World Record holder Åke Seyffarth and Göthe Hedlund, and Finland entering 1947 World Champion Lassi Parkkinen, who also won 5,000 at that occasion.

Weather conditions were far less favorable than a day earlier. Throughout the 20-pair competition the wind changed regularly, accompanied varyingly by snow and sun. The race, originally set for a 1030 start was rescheduled to 0845, a change that was not announced to all spectators. The first surprise of the race was the fall of 1936 1,500 m champion Charles Mathiesen, who was out of shape and retired. After Dutchmen Jan Langedijk and Kees Broekman both went below 8.40, Hedlund went off for a very fast start. He slowed considerably during the last laps, but lowered the top mark to 8.34,8.

The most interesting pair of the competition was that between Lundberg and Harry Jansson (Sweden). Like Hedlund, Jansson went off quick, with Lundberg trailing for most of the race. At three laps, the Norwegian took command and also built up a lead on Hedlund, finishing after 8.32,7. Jansson, who had been slower than Hedlund for the entire race came very close to beating his compatriot, finished quickly and missed out by only one tenth of a second. In the 14th pair, Seyffarth was hoped to join his compatriots in the top-3, but he failed. This was partially due to a brush with a photographer, who had stepped onto the ice. In the next heat, Reidar Liaklev skated a very steady race. Lapping his Swiss opponent Heinz Hugelshofer, he improved on Lundberg's mark with 8.29,4. The only contender left was Lassi Parkkinen, but his chances were ruined by heavy snowfall start right after Liaklev's pair. Hedlund's third place gave Sweden its first ever Olympic medal in speed skating.

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 Reidar Liaklev 30 Norway NOR Gold 8:29.4 1:03 1:43 2:22 3:01 3:41 4:22 5:03 5:44 6:25 7:06 7:48
2 Odd Lundberg 30 Norway NOR Silver 8:32.7 1:05 1:46 2:27 3:08 3:48 4:28 5:09 5:49 6:30 7:10 7:51
3 Göthe Hedlund 29 Sweden SWE Bronze 8:34.8 58 1:35 2:14 2:55 3:36 4:17 5:01 5:42 6:24 7:08 7:52
4 Harry Jansson 31 Sweden SWE 8:34.9 1:02 1:42 2:20 3:03 3:43 4:24 5:05 5:47 6:29 7:10 7:52
5 Jan Langedijk 37 Netherlands NED 8:36.2 59 1:39 2:19 3:01 3:42 4:24 5:07 5:48 6:30 7:12 7:54
6 Kees Broekman 20 Netherlands NED 8:37.3 59 1:38 2:18 2:59 3:40 4:23 5:06 5:48 6:30 7:13 7:55
7 Åke Seyffarth 28 Sweden SWE 8:37.9 1:01 1:41 2:22 3:03 3:45 4:26 5:08 5:49 6:31 7:14 7:56
8 Pentti Lammio 28 Finland FIN 8:40.7 1:02 1:42 2:23 3:03 3:45 4:27 5:09 5:52 6:34 7:16 7:58
9 Lassi Parkkinen 30 Finland FIN 8:45.0 1:05 1:46 2:28 3:09 3:50 4:33 5:15 5:57 6:39 7:22 8:04
10 Kornél Pajor 24 Hungary HUN 8:45.2 1:00 1:39 2:18 3:02 3:45 4:28 5:09 5:51 6:35 7:19 8:03
11 Johnny Cronshey 21 Great Britain GBR 8:45.6 1:05 1:46 2:28 3:10 3:51 4:31 5:14 5:56 6:37 7:20 8:00
12 Anton Huiskes 19 Netherlands NED 8:46.4 1:01 1:40 2:21 3:03 3:45 4:27 5:10 5:53 6:36 7:20 8:04
13 Iván Ruttkay 21 Hungary HUN 8:46.9 1:00 1:37 2:16 2:58 3:39 4:21 5:07 5:50 6:34 7:19 8:04
14 Craig MacKay 20 Canada CAN 8:47.2 59 1:38 2:19 3:01 3:44 4:28 5:12 5:57 6:41 7:22 8:05
15 Kalevi Laitinen 28 Finland FIN 8:53.0 1:02 1:42 2:24 3:06 3:48 4:30 5:12 5:55 6:39 7:23 8:08
16 Rune Hammarström 27 Sweden SWE 8:53.8 1:02 1:43 2:25 3:08 3:50 4:33 5:17 6:00 6:43 7:28 8:11
17 Ray Blum 28 United States USA 8:54.4 1:03 1:45 2:27 3:10 3:53 4:36 5:20 6:04 6:49 7:33 8:14
18 Ken Henry 19 United States USA 8:56.0 59 1:38 2:19 3:01 3:44 4:27 5:11 5:54 6:38 7:24 8:10
19 Henry Howes 19 Great Britain GBR 8:56.6 1:02 1:42 2:23 3:05 3:47 4:30 5:14 5:58 6:43 7:28 8:12
20 Aad de Koning 19 Netherlands NED 8:57.6 1:03 1:45 2:26 3:09 3:51 4:34 5:17 6:00 6:45 7:29 8:13
21 Sonny Rupprecht 22 United States USA 8:58.4 1:04 1:45 2:28 3:10 3:51 4:33 5:17 6:01 6:44 7:29 8:14
22 Vladimír Kolář 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 8:58.9 1:00 1:41 2:24 3:08 3:51 4:36 5:20 6:04 6:49 7:32 8:17
23 Henry Hebbe 32 Norway NOR 9:03.0 1:04 1:45 2:27 3:10 3:52 4:35 5:17 6:01 6:46 7:31 8:17
24 Max Stiepl 33 Austria AUT 9:05.0 1:03 1:45 2:27 3:09 3:51 4:35 5:19 6:04 6:49 7:33 8:18
25 Lee Hyo-Chang 25 South Korea KOR 9:05.4 1:01 1:41 2:22 3:05 3:48 4:32 5:15 6:00 6:46 7:31 8:19
26 Antero Ojala 31 Finland FIN 9:06.2 1:03 1:45 2:26 3:08 3:50 4:33 5:17 6:02 6:47 7:33 8:19
27 Buddy Solem 21 United States USA 9:10.4 1:03 1:45 2:27 3:09 3:51 4:35 5:19 6:04 6:49 7:37 8:14
28 Thomas Ross 20 Great Britain GBR 9:18.3 1:02 1:45 2:27 3:11 3:55 4:40 5:27 6:14 7:01 7:48 8:35
29 Ákos Elekfy 24 Hungary HUN 9:18.6 1:04 1:45 2:27 3:11 3:55 4:40 5:25 6:10 6:56 7:43 8:32
30 Pierre Huylebroeck 25 Belgium BEL 9:20.3 1:06 1:50 2:31 3:19 4:03 4:48 5:33 6:18 7:03 7:48 8:35
31 Guido Caroli 20 Italy ITA 9:21.3 1:05 1:47 2:32 3:18 4:04 4:50 5:36 6:23 7:09 7:54 8:38
32 Dennis Blundell 26 Great Britain GBR 9:22.2 1:04 1:47 2:31 3:16 4:01 4:47 5:32 6:18 7:05 7:51 8:38
33 Heinz Hügelshofer 28 Switzerland SUI 9:28.6 1:07 1:49 2:32 3:18 4:02 4:48 5:35 6:22 7:08 7:54 8:42
34 Sepp Rogger 32 Switzerland SUI 9:29.3 1:05 1:49 2:36 3:22 4:07 4:53 5:40 6:27 7:15 8:00 8:45
35 Gedeon Ladányi 34 Hungary HUN 9:30.2 1:07 1:51 2:35 3:21 4:06 4:52 5:38 6:22 7:10 7:57 8:43
36 Enrico Musolino 19 Italy ITA 9:32.3 1:05 1:48 2:32 3:16 4:02 4:49 5:36 6:24 7:11 7:58 8:45
37 Fernando Alloni 22 Italy ITA 9:36.3 1:05 1:49 2:34 3:19 4:05 4:51 5:37 6:24 7:12 8:00 8:48
38 Lee Jong-Guk 26 South Korea KOR 9:36.7 1:01 1:40 2:23 3:07 3:51 4:37 5:24 6:10 6:58 7:48 8:40
39 Alfred Altenburger 24 Switzerland SUI 9:40.6 1:08 1:53 2:40 3:26 4:13 4:59 5:46 6:33 7:19 8:08 8:56
AC Charles Mathiesen 36 Norway NOR 1:00 1:39 2:18 3:02 3:45 4:29 5:13 DNF