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Speed Skating at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Oslo, Norway
Venue(s): Bislett Stadium, Oslo
Date Started: February 17, 1952
Date Finished: February 17, 1952

Gold: NOR Hjalmar Andersen
Silver: NED Kees Broekman
Bronze: NOR Sverre Haugli

Summary

There was little doubt in anyone's mind that the 5,000 m gold medal would be earned by Hjalmar Andersen. European Champion in 1950, 1951 and 1952, and World Champion in 1950 and 1951 (the '52 title would follow after the Olympics), he had won the 5,000 m at each of these championships. In 1951, he had also broken the world record and lowered it to 8.07,3. In January 1952, that time had been bested by Nikolay Mamonov, who had used 8.03,7 at the Kazakh Championships held at Medeo. But that time would not be officially recognized as a world record until 1955, and Mamonov did not compete in Oslo either.

With a light freeze, the ice conditions in Bislett were excellent. Andersen, departing in the third pair against Wim van der Voort, started eagerly. In a clean race with slightly increasing lap times, Andersen set a time of 8.10,6 just seconds away from his own world record, but beating both the track and Olympic record. The gold medal seemed secured already for Andersen.

At the recent European Championships, Andersen had won the 5,000 m by some 13 seconds over Kees Broekman and Kornél Pajor. Pajor was not allowed to compete in Oslo, but Broekman was. Starting two pairs after Andersen, it was immediately clear that he would not threaten the leader. A steady race left Broekman exactly 11 seconds behind first place. Several other medal candidates were still to come after Broekman. At the pre-Olympic Hamar competition, Pentti Lammio had finished second behind Broekman, while Sverre Haugli was disqualified there; he had finished second behind Andersen at the Norwegian Championships. Haugli skated first, and was faster than the Dutch skater for much of the race. Their split times in the last part of the race were close, and Haugli only lost the silver medal in the last lap, finishing 8 tenths behind Broekman. Lammio then had a similarly fast start, but blew up in the remaining laps. Of the remaining skaters, Anton Huiskes (Netherlands) was the only one to beat 8.30, but he finished well clear of the medals. The silver medal won by his team mate Broekman was the first Dutch speed skating medal won at the Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k
1 Hjalmar Andersen 28 Norway NOR Gold 8:10.6 58 1:36 2:14 2:54 3:34 4:13 4:53 5:32 6:12 6:52 7:31 OR
2 Kees Broekman 24 Netherlands NED Silver 8:21.6 1:01 1:41 2:21 3:02 3:42 4:22 5:01 5:41 6:21 7:01 7:42
3 Sverre Haugli 26 Norway NOR Bronze 8:22.4 1:00 1:40 2:19 2:59 3:39 4:19 4:59 5:40 6:21 7:02 7:42
4 Anton Huiskes 23 Netherlands NED 8:28.5 1:02 1:42 2:22 3:02 3:43 4:24 5:04 5:45 6:26 7:07 7:48
5 Wim van der Voort 28 Netherlands NED 8:30.6 59 1:39 2:19 3:00 3:41 4:22 5:04 5:46 6:28 7:09 7:50
6 Carl-Erik Asplund 28 Sweden SWE 8:30.7 59 1:39 2:21 3:01 3:42 4:23 5:05 5:46 6:27 7:08 7:50
7 Pentti Lammio 32 Finland FIN 8:31.9 1:00 1:39 2:18 2:59 3:39 4:20 5:02 5:44 6:26 7:08 7:50
8 Arthur Mannsbarth 21 Austria AUT 8:36.3 1:03 1:45 2:26 3:07 3:48 4:29 5:11 5:53 6:34 7:15 7:56
9 Wiggo Hanssen 28 Norway NOR 8:37.2 1:00 1:41 2:23 3:03 3:44 4:26 5:08 5:50 6:32 7:14 7:56
10 Yoshiyasu Gomi 18 Japan JPN 8:38.6 1:00 1:40 2:20 3:01 3:43 4:25 5:07 5:49 6:32 7:14 7:57
11 Göthe Hedlund 33 Sweden SWE 8:39.2 1:00 1:40 2:21 3:02 3:43 4:25 5:07 5:49 6:31 7:14 7:56
12 Matti Tuomi 26 Finland FIN 8:40.0 1:03 1:42 2:22 3:02 3:43 4:24 5:05 5:46 6:29 7:12 7:56
13 Kauko Salomaa 23 Finland FIN 8:40.1 1:01 1:41 2:21 3:01 3:42 4:24 5:05 5:47 6:31 7:14 7:57
14 Sigvard Ericsson 21 Sweden SWE 8:40.8 1:03 1:44 2:23 3:04 3:46 4:27 5:09 5:51 6:34 7:16 7:59
15 Kazuhiko Sugawara 24 Japan JPN 8:44.4 1:02 1:43 2:24 3:05 3:46 4:28 5:11 5:53 6:36 7:19 8:02
16 Norman Holwell 23 Great Britain GBR 8:44.5 1:02 1:43 2:25 3:07 3:49 4:30 5:13 5:55 6:38 7:20 8:03
17 John Hearn 22 Great Britain GBR 8:47.0 1:03 1:44 2:25 3:08 3:51 4:33 5:16 5:59 6:43 7:26 8:07
18 John Wickström 24 Sweden SWE 8:47.2 1:03 1:43 2:25 3:06 3:47 4:29 5:11 5:54 6:37 7:21 8:04
19 Egbert van 't Oever 24 Netherlands NED 8:47.6 1:03 1:44 2:26 3:08 3:49 4:31 5:13 5:56 6:39 7:23 8:05
20 Yngvar Karlsen 31 Norway NOR 8:48.2 59 1:40 2:22 3:02 3:45 4:27 5:09 5:53 6:36 7:20 8:04
21 Ferenc Lőrincz 19 Hungary HUN 8:51.2 1:03 1:44 2:24 3:08 3:51 4:33 5:16 5:58 6:42 7:25 8:09
22 Kalevi Laitinen 32 Finland FIN 8:52.4 1:03 1:44 2:25 3:07 3:49 4:31 5:15 5:57 6:42 7:25 8:09
23 Craig MacKay 24 Canada CAN 8:52.5 1:01 1:42 2:24 3:06 3:49 4:32 5:15 6:00 6:44 7:27 8:11
24 Pat McNamara 26 United States USA 8:53.4 1:02 1:43 2:26 3:08 3:51 4:34 5:17 5:59 6:43 7:27 8:10
25 Ralf Olin 26 Canada CAN 8:54.2 1:02 1:42 2:25 3:07 3:51 4:33 5:16 6:00 6:43 7:27 8:11
26 József Merényi 23 Hungary HUN 8:56.6 1:04 1:44 2:26 3:07 3:49 4:32 5:15 6:00 6:44 7:28 8:12
27 Theo Meding 20 Germany GER 8:57.4 1:03 1:45 2:27 3:10 3:53 4:36 5:20 6:03 6:46 7:31 8:15
28 Colin Hickey 20 Australia AUS 8:57.6 1:04 1:44 2:27 3:10 3:53 4:37 5:20 6:03 6:47 7:31 8:15
29 Ken Henry 23 United States USA 8:59.9 1:04 1:46 2:29 3:12 3:54 4:37 5:20 6:04 6:49 7:33 8:17
30 Franz Offenberger 20 Austria AUT 9:03.0 1:05 1:49 2:30 3:14 3:57 4:41 5:23 6:07 6:51 7:36 8:20
31 Bill Jones 28 Great Britain GBR 9:03.7 1:05 1:48 2:31 3:15 3:58 4:42 5:24 6:08 6:52 7:37 8:21
32 Konrad Pecher 21 Austria AUT 9:04.9 1:01 1:42 2:24 3:07 3:50 4:35 5:19 6:04 6:48 7:34 8:20
33 Chuck Burke 21 United States USA 9:06.4 1:03 1:44 2:27 3:09 3:53 4:36 5:22 6:07 6:52 7:37 8:23
34 Al Broadhurst 24 United States USA 9:09.2 1:07 1:50 2:32 3:16 4:00 4:45 5:29 6:13 6:57 7:42 8:27
35 Pierre Huylebroeck 29 Belgium BEL 9:34.4 1:06 1:50 2:35 3:22 4:08 4:54 5:40 6:27 7:14 8:02 8:48