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Speed Skating at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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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.

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