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Speed Skating at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): Speed Skating Oval, Squaw Valley, California
Date Started: February 24, 1960
Date Finished: February 24, 1960

Gold: URS Yevgeny Grishin
Silver: USA Bill Disney
Bronze: URS Rafael Grach

Summary

The event was conceded to Soviet sprinter Yevgeny Grishin who had not lost a 500 since 1956, and had only been beaten twice at the distance internationally, placing second at the 1956 World Championships, and fifth at the 1955 Worlds. Grishin was the defending champion and the world record holder, twice setting the record in 1956 at Misurina. He was actually a solid all-around skater, having won the 1956 European Championship and placing third at the Worlds in 1954 and 1956, but had not skated at the Worlds in 1958-59. The early leader in the race was Norway’s Alv Gjestvang, posting 40.8 in the second pair. His time was beaten in the fifth pair by American Bill Disney, who finished in 40.3. That time held up until the 15th pair, in which Grishin skated. He was looking to win easily, and it appeared he would break the 40-second barrier, but he stumbled badly on the homestretch, costing him perhaps a full second. But his dominance was such that he still won, finishing in 40.2 for his second consecutive gold medal in the event. In the next pair, his teammate, Rafael Grach, posted 40.4 to win the bronze medal. Grishin had shared the 1,500 gold in 1956 and a few days later, would also defend his gold medal in that event, remarkably again sharing the gold in a tie for first place. Grishin would compete thru 1964, retiring after winning a silver medal in the 500 at Innsbruck. In 1963 at Medeo, he broke the world record twice, posting 39.6 on 27 January to break the 40-second barrier, a time he bettered with 39.5 the next day.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 1c
1 Yevgeny Grishin 28 Soviet Union URS Gold 40.2 9.7 =OR
2 Bill Disney 27 United States USA Silver 40.3
3 Rafael Grach 27 Soviet Union URS Bronze 40.4
4 Hans Wilhelmsson 23 Sweden SWE 40.5
5 Gennady Voronin 25 Soviet Union URS 40.7
6 Alv Gjestvang 22 Norway NOR 40.8
7T Terry McDermott 19 United States USA 40.9
7T Toivo Salonen 26 Finland FIN 40.9
9 Fumio Nagakubo 22 Japan JPN 41.1
10T Henk van der Grift 24 Netherlands NED 41.2
10T Yury Malyshev 26 Soviet Union URS 41.2
10T Eddie Rudolph, Jr. 18 United States USA 41.2
13 Colin Hickey 28 Australia AUS 41.3
14 Hroar Elvenes 27 Norway NOR 41.4
15 André Kouprianoff 21 France FRA 41.5
16T Yoshitaki Hori 26 Japan JPN 41.8
16T Juhani Järvinen 24 Finland FIN 41.8
18 Raymond Gilloz 28 France FRA 42.0
19 Leo Tynkkynen 25 Finland FIN 42.1
20T Knut Johannesen 26 Norway NOR 42.3
20T Helmut Kuhnert 23 Germany GER 42.3
20T Herbert Söllner 24 Germany GER 42.3
20T Günther Tilch 22 Germany GER 42.3
24T Nils Aaness 24 Norway NOR 42.5
24T Manfred Schüler 24 Germany GER 42.5
26 Per-Olof Brogren 20 Sweden SWE 42.7
27 Johnny Sands 26 Canada CAN 42.8
28 Wim de Graaff 28 Netherlands NED 42.9
29 Franz Offenberger 28 Austria AUT 43.0
30T Olle Dahlberg 31 Sweden SWE 43.1
30T Ralf Olin 34 Canada CAN 43.1
32 Mario Gios 23 Italy ITA 43.3
33T Jan Pesman 28 Netherlands NED 43.4
33T Gunnar Sjölin 35 Sweden SWE 43.4
35 Roy Tutty 29 Australia AUS 43.5
36T Takeo Mizoo 22 Japan JPN 43.7
36T Antonio Nitto 21 Italy ITA 43.7
38 Terry Monaghan 26 Great Britain GBR 44.0
39 Renato De Riva 22 Italy ITA 44.1
40 Hermann Strutz 21 Austria AUT 44.4
41 Larry Mason 24 Canada CAN 44.7
42 Jouko Jokinen 23 Finland FIN 45.1
43 Shinkichi Takemura 28 Japan JPN 45.9
44 Jang Yeong 26 South Korea KOR 50.0
AC Bill Carow 35 United States USA DNF
AC Terry Malkin 24 Great Britain GBR DNF