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Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): Speed Skating Oval, Squaw Valley, California
Date Started: February 25, 1960
Date Finished: February 25, 1960

Gold: URS Viktor Kosichkin
Silver: NOR Knut Johannesen
Bronze: NED Jan Pesman

Summary

The favorite was Norway’s Knut Johannesen who was had won the distance at the last three European Championships. A strong distance skater, he had been silver medalist in the 10,000 at Cortina. The world record was held by Boris Shilkov, who was the defending champion, but did not compete at Squaw Valley. At the World Championships, the 5,000 had been won at the recent 1960 meet by Soviet skater Valery Kotov and in 1959 by Dutch skater Jan Pesman, and both appeared for the race. A few days before the event, in a pre-Olympic meet in Squaw Valley, Pesman had won the distance with Johannesen second.

High winds hampered the race. The favorites were drawn late among the 37 starters, the first to go off Johannesen in the ninth pair. The leader at the time was his teammate, Torsten Seierstein, with 8:05.3. Johannesen was behind his pace almost throughout, but caught up on the final laps, and finished much more strongly, crossing in 8:00.8 to take the lead. Pesman was the next favorite up, in the 11th pair, alongside Soviet skater Viktor Kosichkin. Pesman skated well, and would eventually win the bronze medal, with a time of 8:05.1. But he was crushed by Kosichkin, who was not unknown, having placed second at the distance at the 1959 European Championships and third at the recent 1960 Worlds. He started behind Seierstein’s pace until 2,600 metres, but then reeled off metronymic 37-38 second laps to the end, winning easily with 7:51.3, over nine seconds ahead of Johannesen. A few days later, in the 10,000, Johannesen would win with Kosichkin second. Together they would fight several battles in the longer distances over the years, with Kosichkin winning the all-around at the 1961 European and 1962 World Championships.

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 4.6k
1 Viktor Kosichkin 21 Soviet Union URS Gold 7:51.3 20 57 1:35 2:13 2:52 3:29 4:05 4:42 5:20 5:58 6:35 7:12
2 Knut Johannesen 26 Norway NOR Silver 8:00.8 21 58 1:36 2:14 2:52 3:31 4:10 4:47 5:25 6:03 6:42 7:22
3 Jan Pesman 28 Netherlands NED Bronze 8:05.1 20 57 1:35 2:14 2:52 3:30 4:07 4:46 5:25 6:06 6:45 7:26
4 Torstein Seiersten 28 Norway NOR 8:05.3 20 55 1:32 2:10 2:48 3:27 4:06 4:44 5:23 6:02 6:43 7:24
5 Valery Kotov 20 Soviet Union URS 8:05.4 21 57 1:35 2:12 2:50 3:28 4:07 4:46 5:25 6:03 6:43 7:24
6 Oleg Goncharenko 28 Soviet Union URS 8:06.6 21 59 1:37 2:16 2:54 3:32 4:11 4:50 5:29 6:08 6:47 7:27
7T Ivar Nilsson 26 Sweden SWE 8:09.1 21 58 1:37 2:14 2:53 3:33 4:12 4:50 5:29 6:08 6:49 7:30
7T Keijo Tapiovaara 20 Finland FIN 8:09.1 21 58 1:36 2:13 2:51 3:30 4:09 4:47 5:25 6:05 6:46 7:28
9 André Kouprianoff 21 France FRA 8:10.4 20 55 1:33 2:11 2:50 3:30 4:09 4:49 5:29 6:09 6:49 7:30
10 Raymond Gilloz 28 France FRA 8:11.5 21 58 1:34 2:13 2:51 3:28 4:08 4:48 5:28 6:09 6:49 7:30
11 Terry Monaghan 26 Great Britain GBR 8:15.3 21 59 1:38 2:17 2:55 3:34 4:15 4:55 5:36 6:17 6:56 7:36
12 Kjell Bäckman 25 Sweden SWE 8:16.0 21 58 1:35 2:14 2:54 3:33 4:12 4:51 5:31 6:12 6:53 7:35
13 Olle Dahlberg 31 Sweden SWE 8:17.0 21 59 1:37 2:15 2:54 3:34 4:14 4:53 5:34 6:15 6:56 7:36
14 Arnold Uhrlass 28 United States USA 8:18.0 20 56 1:32 2:11 2:49 3:29 4:08 4:48 5:29 6:10 6:52 7:35
15 Juhani Järvinen 24 Finland FIN 8:19.2 20 56 1:33 2:10 2:50 3:32 4:13 4:54 5:36 6:17 6:59 7:39
16 Mario Gios 23 Italy ITA 8:20.3 21 58 1:36 2:15 2:54 3:34 4:15 4:55 5:36 6:16 6:59 7:40
17 Dick Hunt 24 United States USA 8:21.3 21 57 1:36 2:15 2:55 3:35 4:16 4:57 5:38 6:19 6:59 7:41
18 Hermann Strutz 21 Austria AUT 8:21.9 21 58 1:36 2:15 2:55 3:34 4:14 4:54 5:37 6:17 6:57 7:39
19 Jeen van den Berg 32 Netherlands NED 8:22.4 21 59 1:39 2:17 2:57 3:35 4:15 4:56 5:38 6:19 7:01 7:42
20 Kees Broekman 32 Netherlands NED 8:22.9 22 59 1:37 2:16 2:56 3:37 4:18 4:58 5:37 6:18 7:00 7:42
21 Leo Tynkkynen 25 Finland FIN 8:24.3 22 58 1:35 2:13 2:52 3:34 4:15 4:57 5:37 6:18 7:00 7:41
22 Helmut Kuhnert 23 Germany GER 8:25.1 21 59 1:37 2:15 2:53 3:33 4:13 4:53 5:35 6:19 7:00 7:41
23 Takeo Mizoo 22 Japan JPN 8:28.7 20 57 1:34 2:13 2:51 3:30 4:11 4:51 5:32 6:15 6:59 7:44
24 Shuji Kobayashi 20 Japan JPN 8:29.8 21 58 1:36 2:14 2:53 3:32 4:11 4:52 5:36 6:18 7:00 7:45
25 Roald Aas 31 Norway NOR 8:30.1 21 59 1:37 2:16 2:55 3:34 4:14 4:56 5:37 6:19 7:02 7:47
26 Renato De Riva 22 Italy ITA 8:32.4 21 58 1:35 2:14 2:52 3:33 4:12 4:54 5:36 6:18 7:01 7:46
27 Kurt Stille 25 Denmark DEN 8:33.0 21 57 1:36 2:16 2:57 3:37 4:18 5:00 5:41 6:23 7:04 7:50
28 Ralf Olin 34 Canada CAN 8:36.8 21 58 1:36 2:16 2:57 3:38 4:20 5:02 5:44 6:26 7:10 7:54
29 Franz Offenberger 28 Austria AUT 8:38.2 21 1:00 1:40 2:20 3:01 3:43 4:24 5:05 5:47 6:30 7:14 7:57
30 Floyd Bedbury 22 United States USA 8:39.6 22 1:01 1:40 2:19 2:59 3:40 4:21 5:03 5:45 6:27 7:12 7:56
31 Antonio Nitto 21 Italy ITA 8:40.4 21 59 1:37 2:16 2:57 3:39 4:21 5:02 5:46 6:28 7:11 7:56
32 Sepp Biebl 23 Germany GER 8:48.0 22 1:00 1:40 2:19 3:00 3:41 4:23 5:06 5:48 6:31 7:16 8:02
33 Terry Malkin 24 Great Britain GBR 8:56.1 22 1:01 1:41 2:21 3:01 3:42 4:25 5:03 5:53 6:38 7:22 8:08
34 Choi Yeong-Bae 21 South Korea KOR 8:57.8 22 59 1:37 2:17 2:59 3:42 4:25 5:09 5:56 6:41 7:28 8:13
35 Jang In-Won South Korea KOR 9:01.6 21 1:00 1:39 2:20 3:02 3:46 4:32 5:16 6:02 6:46 7:32 8:17
36 Heinz Wolfram 25 Germany GER 9:18.2 22 1:02 1:47 2:29 3:13 3:57 4:42 5:28 6:14 7:00 7:47 8:33
37 Larry Mason 24 Canada CAN 9:23.5 20 59 1:40 2:22 3:08 3:57 4:44 5:32 6:18 7:03 7:51 8:36