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Speed Skating at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Events:

Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck
Date Started: February 5, 1964
Date Finished: February 5, 1964

Gold: NOR Knut Johannesen
Silver: NOR Per Ivar Moe
Bronze: NOR Fred Anton Maier

Summary

The gold and silver medalists from 1960 were back, [Viktor Kosichkin] and [Knut Johannesen], and they were still considered formidable. Johannesen had won the distance at the recent 1964 European Championships, while Kosichkin was the 1962 World All-Around Champion and won the distance, and the all-around, at the 1961 Europeans. The world record holder was Sweden’s [Jonny Nilsson], with 7:34.3 set in February 1963 at Karuizawa, Japan, and he was also considered a threat as he had won the 1963 World Championships, and won the 5K in the process.

In the third pair, lightly considered Austrian [Hermann Strutz] broke the Olympic record with 7:48.3 to take the early lead. In the next pair, Kosichkin recorded 7:45.8 to move ahead. The fifth pair had Norway’s [Per Ivar Moe], who came across in 7:38.6, the second fastest time ever recorded. Jonny Nilsson was up in the seventh pair but his 7:48.4 would earn him only sixth place. In the 14th pair Johannesen was well behind Moe’s pace at 3,000 metres but came on strongly to finish in 7:48.7 – or that was the time flashed on the scoreboard. But a few seconds later, it was changed to Johannesen’s official time of 7:38.4, which earned him the gold medal. The Norwegian medal sweep was the first ever in men’s Olympic speed skating, and only the second at that time, following a Soviet sweep in the women’s 500 metres only six days before. On Austrian television, Strutz was initially announced as the silver medalist. After the error was corrected a viewer from Vienna sent a valuable gold coin to the television station, who presented it to Strutz as consolation.

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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 Knut Johannesen 30 Norway NOR Gold 7:38.4 21 57 1:32 2:09 2:45 3:21 3:57 4:34 5:10 5:47 6:24 7:01 OR
2 Per Ivar Moe 19 Norway NOR Silver 7:38.6 21 55 1:30 2:06 2:42 3:18 3:55 4:31 5:09 5:46 6:24 7:01 OR
3 Fred Anton Maier 25 Norway NOR Bronze 7:42.0 21 56 1:32 2:08 2:44 3:21 3:58 4:34 5:11 5:48 6:26 7:04
4 Viktor Kosichkin 25 Soviet Union URS 7:45.8 21 58 1:34 2:11 2:47 3:24 4:01 4:37 5:15 5:52 6:29 7:08 OR
5 Hermann Strutz 25 Austria AUT 7:48.3 21 57 1:34 2:11 2:48 3:24 4:04 4:39 5:16 5:54 6:32 7:10 OR
6 Jonny Nilsson 20 Sweden SWE 7:48.4 21 58 1:35 2:12 2:50 3:27 4:04 4:41 5:18 5:55 6:32 7:10
7 Ivar Nilsson 30 Sweden SWE 7:49.0 20 56 1:32 2:09 2:46 3:23 4:01 4:38 5:16 5:54 6:32 7:10
8 Rudi Liebrechts 23 Netherlands NED 7:50.9 21 58 1:36 2:13 2:51 3:29 4:06 4:44 5:21 5:58 6:36 7:13
9 Kees Verkerk 21 Netherlands NED 7:51.1 21 56 1:32 2:09 2:46 3:23 4:01 4:39 5:17 5:56 6:34 7:13
10 Muzakhid Khabibulin 30 Soviet Union URS 7:52.3 21 57 1:33 2:10 2:47 3:24 4:02 4:40 5:18 5:56 6:35 7:13
11 Günter Traub 24 Germany GER 7:53.9 20 56 1:32 2:09 2:46 3:23 4:01 4:39 5:17 5:56 6:35 7:15
12 Kurt Stille 29 Denmark DEN 7:56.1 20 56 1:33 2:10 2:47 3:25 4:02 4:40 5:18 5:57 6:36 7:16
13 Gerd Zimmermann 21 Germany GER 7:56.8 22 59 1:37 2:15 2:53 3:31 4:09 4:47 5:25 6:03 6:41 7:19
14 Renato De Riva 26 Italy ITA 7:57.5 21 57 1:33 2:10 2:47 3:25 4:02 4:40 5:18 5:58 6:37 7:17
15 Kalervo Hietala 25 Finland FIN 7:58.8 21 57 1:33 2:10 2:47 3:26 4:04 4:42 5:21 6:01 6:40 7:20
16 Terry Malkin 28 Great Britain GBR 7:59.4 21 57 1:33 2:10 2:47 3:25 4:03 4:41 5:20 5:59 6:39 7:19
17 Choi Yeong-Bae 25 South Korea KOR 8:03.4 22 58 1:34 2:12 2:49 3:27 4:06 4:45 5:24 6:03 6:43 7:23
18 Jouko Launonen 24 Finland FIN 8:03.5 20 56 1:33 2:10 2:48 3:26 4:04 4:44 5:23 6:03 6:43 7:23
19 Örjan Sandler 23 Sweden SWE 8:05.3 21 57 1:33 2:11 2:48 3:26 4:04 4:43 5:23 6:03 6:43 7:24
20 Dick Hunt 28 United States USA 8:09.7 21 57 1:33 2:10 2:49 3:28 4:08 4:48 5:28 6:09 6:49 7:30
21 Toivo Salonen 30 Finland FIN 8:10.2 21 1:00 1:39 2:17 2:56 3:35 4:15 4:54 5:33 6:13 6:52 7:31
22 Tony Bullen 32 Great Britain GBR 8:12.4 22 1:01 1:39 2:18 2:57 3:36 4:15 4:54 5:34 6:13 6:53 7:33
23 Satoshi Shinpo 22 Japan JPN 8:12.5 22 1:01 1:39 2:17 2:55 3:32 4:11 4:49 5:28 6:09 6:50 7:31
24 Toyofumi Aruga 21 Japan JPN 8:15.9 24 1:01 1:39 2:17 2:56 3:36 4:15 4:55 5:35 6:14 6:55 7:35
25 Ralf Olin 38 Canada CAN 8:18.2 22 1:01 1:39 2:17 2:56 3:35 4:14 4:54 5:35 6:15 6:56 7:37
26T György Ivánkai 26 Hungary HUN 8:19.4 22 1:00 1:38 2:17 2:56 3:35 4:13 4:53 5:33 6:14 6:56 7:38
26T Yoshihiro Kawano 20 Japan JPN 8:19.4 22 59 1:37 2:16 2:54 3:34 4:13 4:53 5:34 6:16 6:57 7:38
28 Bak Sung-Wun 23 North Korea PRK 8:20.2 20 58 1:36 2:14 2:52 3:32 4:12 4:53 5:34 6:14 6:56 7:39
29 Wayne LeBombard 19 United States USA 8:21.3 20 58 1:36 2:16 2:56 3:36 4:16 4:56 5:37 6:18 6:59 7:40
30 Kim Choon-Bong 22 North Korea PRK 8:22.9 21 57 1:34 2:12 2:50 3:29 4:09 4:49 5:30 6:11 6:54 7:37
31 Luvsansharavyn Tsend 23 Mongolia MGL 8:23.9 23 1:00 1:39 2:18 2:58 3:38 4:17 4:58 5:38 6:18 6:59 7:41
32 Ruedi Uster 22 Switzerland SUI 8:24.8 21 59 1:38 2:17 2:56 3:36 4:16 4:57 5:39 6:20 7:02 7:44
33 Oldřich Teplý 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 8:25.6 21 1:00 1:40 2:19 2:59 3:39 4:20 5:00 5:40 6:21 7:02 7:44
34 Peter Nottet 19 Netherlands NED 8:26.1 21 59 1:37 2:15 2:54 3:34 4:14 4:55 5:37 6:19 7:01 7:44
35 Gerald Koning 30 Canada CAN 8:26.9 21 59 1:38 2:18 2:58 3:38 4:19 5:00 5:42 6:23 7:05 7:46
36 Choi Nam-Yeon 21 South Korea KOR 8:28.0 24 1:03 1:42 2:21 3:00 3:41 4:21 5:01 5:42 6:23 7:05 7:46
37 Reinhold Seeböck 20 Austria AUT 8:29.6 22 1:00 1:40 2:20 3:00 3:40 4:21 5:02 5:43 6:24 7:06 7:48
38 Stan Fail 27 United States USA 8:31.9 21 58 1:37 2:17 2:57 3:38 4:20 5:01 5:43 6:25 7:08 7:50
39 Jürgen Schmidt 22 Germany GER 8:36.6 22 1:01 1:41 2:20 3:01 3:42 4:23 5:05 5:47 6:29 7:12 7:55
40 Peter Büttner 27 Switzerland SUI 8:45.5 22 1:00 1:40 2:21 3:03 3:45 4:27 5:09 5:51 6:34 7:17 8:01
41 Mihály Martos 18 Hungary HUN 8:47.1 23 1:04 1:45 2:27 3:08 3:50 4:32 5:14 5:57 6:39 7:21 8:04
42 Gerhard Strutz 20 Austria AUT 8:50.4 23 1:02 1:41 2:21 3:03 3:45 4:28 5:11 5:54 6:38 7:22 8:06