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Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck
Date Started: February 7, 1964
Date Finished: February 7, 1964

Gold: SWE Jonny Nilsson
Silver: NOR Fred Anton Maier
Bronze: NOR Knut Johannesen

Summary

The favorite was Sweden’s Jonny Nilsson. In February 1963, he had broken the supposedly unbreakable 15:46.6 world record of Knut Johannesen, set in winning the 1960 Winter Olympics gold medal. Johannesen was still formidable, having won the distance at the recent 1964 European Championships, and at the 1962 Europeans. But Nilsson had won the 10K at the 1962 and 1963 World Championships, and the 1963 European Championships. Nilsson was up in the first pair and he decided things early, posting 15:50.1, which would bring him the gold medal. When Johannesen, in the sixth pair, finishing in only 16:06.3, the battle for the gold appeared over. A few pairs later, Norwegian Fred Anton Maier, who had won a bronze medal two days before in the 5,000, came through with 16:06.0 which won him the silver medal, and pushed Johannesen back to the bronze. The first few pairs were contested without wind, but the wind was strong at the end of the event. The event was not without controversy. After Nilsson had skated, the Swedish referee, Sven Låftman, allowed ice preparation after each pair, but the machine used left the ice in very poor condition. The Norwegians complained about this but the Swedes said that Låftman was simply following the rules.

Nilsson would go on to win 10K races for several years, taking the distance at the 1965 European and World Championships, and the 1966 Europeans. He would set one more world record, but this one at 5,000 metres in 1965. Maier would repeat his silver medal in 1968 at Grenoble, and he would also win the distance in 1968 at the European and World Championships. But from 1966-68 he would also set the next four world records for the 10,000 m. Johannesen would win the 1964 World Championships a few weeks later, also winning the 5 and 10K at that meet, and he then retired. But his career had been a memorable one. At three Olympics he won five medals, two gold, two silver, and one bronze. He was all-around champion at the 1957 and 1964 World and the 1959-60 Europeans. A distance specialist, he won the 5,000 and 10,000 distances 11 times each at World and European Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1 Jonny Nilsson 20 Sweden SWE Gold 15:50.1 41 1:17 1:57 2:35 3:12 3:51 4:29 5:07 5:45 6:23 7:01 7:40 8:17 8:55 9:33 10:11 10:49 11:27 12:05 12:43 13:20 13:58 14:35 15:12
2 Fred Anton Maier 25 Norway NOR Silver 16:06.0 40 1:18 1:55 2:33 3:12 3:50 4:27 5:06 5:44 6:23 7:01 7:40 8:18 8:57 9:36 10:15 10:54 11:33 12:12 12:52 13:32 14:11 14:50 15:28
3 Knut Johannesen 30 Norway NOR Bronze 16:06.3 41 1:19 1:57 2:35 3:13 3:51 4:29 5:07 5:45 6:23 7:01 7:39 8:17 8:55 9:33 10:12 10:51 11:30 12:09 12:49 13:28 14:08 14:47 15:27
4 Rudi Liebrechts 23 Netherlands NED 16:08.6 41 1:19 1:58 2:36 3:14 3:52 4:30 5:09 5:48 6:27 7:06 7:44 8:23 9:01 9:40 10:18 10:56 11:35 12:14 12:53 13:33 14:12 14:51 15:30
5 Ants Antson 25 Soviet Union URS 16:08.7 42 1:22 2:01 2:39 3:17 3:56 4:34 5:13 5:52 6:30 7:09 7:48 8:26 9:05 9:44 10:22 11:01 11:40 12:18 12:57 13:35 14:14 14:52 15:31
6 Viktor Kosichkin 25 Soviet Union URS 16:19.3 40 1:17 1:54 2:31 3:09 3:47 4:25 5:03 5:42 6:20 7:00 7:40 8:20 9:00 9:39 10:19 10:59 11:39 12:19 12:58 13:38 14:18 14:58 15:39
7 Gerd Zimmermann 21 Germany GER 16:22.5 41 1:20 2:00 2:39 3:18 3:57 4:36 5:16 5:55 6:34 7:13 7:53 8:32 9:11 9:50 10:29 11:09 11:48 12:27 13:06 13:46 14:25 15:04 15:43
8 Terry Malkin 28 Great Britain GBR 16:35.2 42 1:20 1:59 2:38 3:18 3:57 4:36 5:15 5:54 6:34 7:13 7:53 8:33 9:12 9:52 10:32 11:13 11:53 12:33 13:13 13:53 14:33 15:14 15:55
9 Kurt Stille 29 Denmark DEN 16:38.3 41 1:20 1:59 2:39 3:18 3:57 4:35 5:15 5:55 6:35 7:15 7:55 8:35 9:14 9:54 10:34 11:14 11:54 12:35 13:15 13:56 14:36 15:17 15:57
10 Ivar Nilsson 30 Sweden SWE 16:40.3 41 1:19 1:58 2:36 3:15 3:55 4:35 5:15 5:56 6:36 7:16 7:56 8:37 9:17 9:57 10:38 11:18 11:58 12:39 13:19 14:00 14:41 15:21 16:01
11 Hermann Strutz 25 Austria AUT 16:42.6 42 1:22 2:03 2:42 3:22 4:01 4:41 5:21 6:01 6:41 7:22 8:01 8:41 9:21 10:02 10:42 11:21 12:01 12:41 13:21 14:01 14:41 15:22 16:02
12 Igor Ostashov 26 Soviet Union URS 16:45.5 40 1:18 1:56 2:33 3:12 3:51 4:29 5:09 5:49 6:29 7:10 7:51 8:32 9:13 9:54 10:35 11:17 11:58 12:40 13:21 14:03 14:44 15:24 16:05
13 Per Ivar Moe 19 Norway NOR 16:47.1 42 1:20 1:59 2:39 3:17 3:56 4:35 5:13 5:53 6:33 7:13 7:54 8:35 9:15 9:57 10:37 11:17 11:58 12:39 13:20 14:01 14:42 15:23 16:05
14 Jouko Launonen 24 Finland FIN 16:49.8 41 1:20 1:59 2:38 3:17 3:56 4:35 5:15 5:55 6:36 7:17 7:58 8:39 9:20 10:00 10:41 11:23 12:03 12:44 13:25 14:07 14:49 15:31 16:10
15 Ralf Olin 38 Canada CAN 16:53.3 42 1:21 2:00 2:39 3:18 3:57 4:37 5:18 5:59 6:39 7:20 8:01 8:42 9:23 10:03 10:44 11:25 12:06 12:47 13:28 14:09 14:49 15:31 16:12
16 Kees Verkerk 21 Netherlands NED 16:53.4 41 1:19 1:56 2:34 3:13 3:52 4:31 5:11 5:52 6:34 7:15 7:56 8:37 9:18 10:00 10:42 11:25 12:06 12:47 13:29 14:11 14:53 15:33 16:13
17 Örjan Sandler 23 Sweden SWE 16:56.9 41 1:20 2:00 2:40 3:19 4:00 4:40 5:21 6:02 6:42 7:23 8:05 8:46 9:27 10:08 10:49 11:30 12:11 12:52 13:33 14:15 14:55 15:36 16:17
18 Renato De Riva 26 Italy ITA 16:57.5 41 1:21 2:02 2:43 3:23 4:03 4:43 5:23 6:04 6:44 7:24 8:04 8:44 9:24 10:05 10:46 11:26 12:08 12:50 13:32 14:13 14:54 15:35 16:16
19 Günter Traub 24 Germany GER 16:58.4 40 1:19 1:58 2:37 3:17 3:58 4:39 5:19 6:01 6:43 7:24 8:05 8:45 9:26 10:06 10:46 11:27 12:09 12:50 13:31 14:13 14:54 15:37 16:17
20 Juhani Järvinen 28 Finland FIN 17:05.0 41 1:19 1:58 2:38 3:17 3:57 4:37 5:18 5:59 6:39 7:20 8:01 8:42 9:23 10:05 10:47 11:29 12:11 12:54 13:36 14:19 15:01 15:42 16:24
21 Jürgen Traub 20 Germany GER 17:08.9 42 1:22 2:02 2:41 3:21 4:01 4:41 5:22 6:03 6:44 7:25 8:08 8:50 9:31 10:13 10:54 11:35 12:17 12:59 13:41 14:24 15:05 15:46 16:27
22 Toyofumi Aruga 21 Japan JPN 17:09.9 44 1:24 2:05 2:46 3:26 4:07 4:47 5:28 6:09 6:49 7:30 8:11 8:52 9:33 10:14 10:56 11:37 12:20 13:01 13:43 14:24 15:05 15:47 16:29
23 Kim Choon-Bong 22 North Korea PRK 17:10.8 43 1:24 2:04 2:44 3:24 4:05 4:45 5:27 6:07 6:48 7:29 8:11 8:53 9:33 10:15 10:57 11:38 12:21 13:02 13:43 14:23 15:04 15:46 16:28
24 Satoshi Shinpo 22 Japan JPN 17:11.3 43 1:22 2:00 2:40 3:19 4:00 4:40 5:21 6:03 6:44 7:25 8:06 8:46 9:27 10:07 10:48 11:30 12:13 12:55 13:39 14:21 15:04 15:47 16:30
25 Luvsansharavyn Tsend 23 Mongolia MGL 17:12.4 45 1:25 2:05 2:44 3:25 4:04 4:45 5:26 6:07 6:48 7:29 8:11 8:53 9:35 10:17 10:59 11:41 12:22 13:04 13:46 14:26 15:07 15:49 16:30
26 Kalervo Hietala 25 Finland FIN 17:12.9 42 1:22 2:03 2:43 3:24 4:04 4:45 5:25 6:06 6:47 7:29 8:10 8:52 9:33 10:14 10:56 11:38 12:19 13:01 13:43 14:25 15:07 15:50 16:32
27 André Kouprianoff 25 France FRA 17:17.4 43 1:24 2:05 2:46 3:27 4:07 4:48 5:29 6:10 6:51 7:32 8:14 8:54 9:35 10:17 10:59 11:42 12:25 13:07 13:49 14:31 15:13 15:55 16:37
28 Tony Bullen 32 Great Britain GBR 17:19.8 43 1:23 2:04 2:44 3:25 4:06 4:46 5:27 6:09 6:50 7:32 8:13 8:55 9:37 10:18 11:00 11:42 12:24 13:06 13:49 14:32 15:15 15:58 16:39
29 Ruedi Uster 22 Switzerland SUI 17:23.4 41 1:17 1:59 2:40 3:21 4:02 4:44 5:25 6:07 6:48 7:30 8:12 8:55 9:36 10:17 10:59 11:42 12:25 13:08 13:50 14:33 15:16 15:58 16:41
30 Wayne LeBombard 19 United States USA 17:30.6 41 1:22 2:03 2:44 3:25 4:07 4:48 5:31 6:13 6:56 7:37 8:20 9:02 9:45 10:27 11:10 11:53 12:35 13:18 14:00 14:42 15:25 16:07 16:50
31 Choi Yeong-Bae 25 South Korea KOR 17:31.3 44 1:23 2:03 2:43 3:24 4:05 4:45 5:26 6:07 6:49 7:30 8:13 8:56 9:38 10:20 11:02 11:45 12:28 13:12 13:58 14:43 15:24 16:05 16:47
32 Yoshihiro Kawano 20 Japan JPN 17:39.0 42 1:22 2:02 2:43 3:23 4:03 4:45 5:26 6:06 6:48 7:29 8:12 8:54 9:37 10:19 11:02 11:44 12:27 13:12 13:57 14:40 15:24 16:09 16:54
33 György Ivánkai 26 Hungary HUN 17:47.3 46 1:28 2:10 2:51 3:33 4:15 4:56 5:38 6:21 7:03 7:45 8:27 9:09 9:52 10:34 11:17 12:00 12:42 13:25 14:09 14:53 15:36 16:20 17:04