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Cross Country Skiing at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Women's 5 kilometres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Cross Country Skiing Stadium, Seefeld
Date Started: February 5, 1964
Date Finished: February 5, 1964

Gold: URS Klavdiya Boyarskikh
Silver: FIN Mirja Lehtonen
Bronze: URS Alevtina Kolchina

Summary

The 5 km cross country race for women was a new event on the Olympic program, first introduced at the World Championships 1962, and as expected ending in a clean sweep for the Soviets with Alevtina Kolchina as World champion.

After the Soviet domination in the 10 km race four days earlier, the 5 km race was expected to be another triumphant day for the Soviets. When the intermediate times after 2.5 km were announced in the Seefeld Cross Country Stadium, it was met with surprise. In the lead was a 22-year-old skier from Finland, Senja Pusula, 3.1 seconds ahead of another first time Olympian, Sweden’s Toini Gustafsson. But it was very close. Less than two seconds behind Gustafsson followed the newly crowned Olympic Champion Klavdiya Boyarskikh, another Nordic surprise, the 21-year-old Finn Mirja Lehtonen, and two more Soviet skiers, Yevdokiya Mekshilo and Kolchina.

Pusula faded in the last part of the race and dropped down to ninth place at the finish, but her teammate Lehtonen was the big surprise of the day. Starting one and a half minute earlier than Boyarskikh, she continued her pace, and Boyarskikh had to struggle hard at the final part of the race to beat the young Finn by a scant margin of 2.4 seconds. Kolchina was able to advance from her sixth position halfway and secured her only individual Olympic medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R
1 Klavdiya Boyarskikh 24 Soviet Union URS Gold 17:50.5 8:25.8 3
2 Mirja Lehtonen 21 Finland FIN Silver 17:52.9 8:26.7 4
3 Alevtina Kolchina 33 Soviet Union URS Bronze 18:08.4 8:26.9 6
4 Yevdokiya Mekshilo 32 Soviet Union URS 18:16.7 8:26.8 5
5 Toini Pöysti 30 Finland FIN 18:25.5 8:36.7 10
6 Toini Gustafsson 26 Sweden SWE 18:25.7 8:25.0 2
7 Barbro Martinsson 28 Sweden SWE 18:26.4 8:33.8 8
8 Eeva Ruoppa 31 Finland FIN 18:29.8 8:35.7 9
9 Senja Pusula 22 Finland FIN 18:45.7 8:21.9 1
10 Rita Achkina 25 Soviet Union URS 18:51.1 8:33.6 7
11 Britt Strandberg 29 Sweden SWE 19:07.5 8:53.8 15
12 Rita Czech-Blasl 29 Germany GER 19:09.1 8:55.8 =16
13 Krastana Stoeva 23 Bulgaria BUL 19:11.2 8:49.8 14
14 Stefania Biegun 28 Poland POL 19:16.0 8:37.8 11
15T Renate Dannhauer-Borges 24 Germany GER 19:17.0 8:39.9 12
15T Ingrid Wigernæs 35 Norway NOR 19:17.0 8:55.8 =16
17 Christine Nestler 23 Germany GER 19:21.4 8:46.0 13
18 Babben Enger-Damon 24 Norway NOR 19:26.5 9:00.1 19
19 Elfriede Spiegelhauer-Uhlig 29 Germany GER 19:52.3 8:57.2 18
20 Heiderun Ludwig 23 Austria AUT 20:11.3 9:07.0 20
21 Nadezhda Vasileva 26 Bulgaria BUL 20:24.2 9:30.8 26
22 Eva Paulusová-Benešová 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 20:24.7 9:19.8 21
23 Teresa Trzebunia 29 Poland POL 20:25.8 9:20.0 22
24 Czesława Stopka 26 Poland POL 20:34.4 9:26.9 24
25 Jarmila Škodová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 20:46.1 9:27.9 25
26 Eva Břízová 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 20:48.2 9:24.8 23
27 Weronika Budny 22 Poland POL 21:07.1 9:31.8 27
28 Nadezhda Mikhaylova 29 Bulgaria BUL 21:18.9 9:39.7 28
29 Katalin Hemrik 22 Hungary HUN 21:26.7 9:42.0 29
30 Jigjeegiin Javzandulam 19 Mongolia MGL 22:57.5 10:29.0 30
31 Dorjgotovyn Pürevloov 19 Mongolia MGL 24:55.8 10:56.7 31
32 Gun Ädel 25 Sweden SWE 26:09.0 14:21.0 32