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Cross Country Skiing at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Women's 10 kilometres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Cross Country Skiing Stadium, Seefeld
Date Started: February 1, 1964
Date Finished: February 1, 1964

Gold: URS Klavdiya Boyarskikh
Silver: URS Yevdokiya Mekshilo
Bronze: URS Mariya Gusakova

Summary

Alevtina Kolchina was highly favored to win her first Olympic gold medal in her third Olympic appearance. She had won three gold medals in the 1962 World Championships in Zakopane, and had also been victorious at Holmenkollen in 1961, 1962 and 1963 in the 10 km race.

At the halfway point Klavdiya Boyarskikh, a 24-year-old schoolteacher from Sverdlovsk, had a scant lead, only two seconds ahead of another Soviet skier, Yevdokiya Mekshilo. Kolchina was in third place, 15 seconds behind the leader, and Maria Gusakova, second after Kolchina in the 10 km race in World Championships 1962, followed in fourth place. The event developed into a very close race between Boyarskikh and Mekshilo, with Boyarskikh able to cling to the lead and win by 2.3 seconds. Kolchina faded in the last part of the track and dropped down to seventh place, and Gusakova with the fastest finish of the day advanced to bronze medal position. The best non-Soviet skier was Britt Strandberg, the only skier from the victorious Swedish relay team of 1960 competing in 1964, in fourth place, only 8.4 seconds outside the bronze medal.

For the first time female skiers from outside Europe competed in the Olympics, but the four skiers from People’s Republic of Korea and Mongolia ended in the last four placings in the final rankings.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R
1 Klavdiya Boyarskikh 24 Soviet Union URS Gold 40:24.3 21:54.7 1
2 Yevdokiya Mekshilo 32 Soviet Union URS Silver 40:26.6 21:56.9 2
3 Mariya Gusakova 32 Soviet Union URS Bronze 40:46.6 22:25.0 4
4 Britt Strandberg 29 Sweden SWE 40:54.0 22:27.7 6
5 Toini Pöysti 30 Finland FIN 41:17.4 22:25.5 5
6 Senja Pusula 22 Finland FIN 41:17.8 22:50.8 9
7 Alevtina Kolchina 33 Soviet Union URS 41:26.2 22:09.7 3
8 Toini Gustafsson 26 Sweden SWE 41:41.1 22:33.9 7
9 Eeva Ruoppa 31 Finland FIN 41:58.1 22:51.8 10
10 Mirja Lehtonen 21 Finland FIN 42:06.9 22:38.9 8
11 Barbro Martinsson 28 Sweden SWE 42:36.1 23:32.0 11
12 Ingrid Wigernæs 35 Norway NOR 43:38.0 24:11.3 14
13 Christine Nestler 23 Germany GER 43:38.2 23:53.4 13
14 Renate Dannhauer-Borges 24 Germany GER 43:52.7 23:49.9 12
15 Rita Czech-Blasl 29 Germany GER 44:07.8 24:16.1 16
16 Elfriede Spiegelhauer-Uhlig 29 Germany GER 44:08.8 24:15.1 15
17 Gun Ädel 25 Sweden SWE 44:18.9 24:16.6 18
18 Stefania Biegun 28 Poland POL 44:45.0 24:16.5 17
19 Éva Balázs 21 Hungary HUN 46:04.7 24:57.1 19
20 Nadezhda Vasileva 26 Bulgaria BUL 46:10.8 25:09.7 21
21 Eva Paulusová-Benešová 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 46:31.2 25:06.0 20
22 Roza Dimova 27 Bulgaria BUL 46:53.1 25:44.9 24
23 Czesława Stopka 26 Poland POL 46:57.1 25:55.0 26
24 Teresa Trzebunia 29 Poland POL 47:20.3 25:41.2 23
25 Heiderun Ludwig 23 Austria AUT 47:27.6 25:53.1 25
26 Krastana Stoeva 23 Bulgaria BUL 47:39.2 25:24.0 22
27 Jarmila Škodová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 47:40.3 26:04.9 28
28 Nadezhda Mikhaylova 29 Bulgaria BUL 47:45.2 26:15.8 30
29 Eva Břízová 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 47:56.0 25:59.6 27
30 Mária Tarnai 22 Hungary HUN 48:18.9 26:24.4 31
31 Babben Enger-Damon 24 Norway NOR 48:43.8 26:10.2 29
32 Kim Bong-Za 20 North Korea PRK 52:18.6 28:46.1 33
33 Ri Han-Soon 18 North Korea PRK 53:21.8 28:51.8 34
34 Jigjeegiin Javzandulam 19 Mongolia MGL 54:47.6 28:45.5 32
35 Dorjgotovyn Pürevloov 19 Mongolia MGL 55:03.6 29:50.6 35