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Speed Skating at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Women's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck
Date Started: February 1, 1964
Date Finished: February 1, 1964

Gold: URS Lidiya Skoblikova
Silver: URS Irina Yegorova
Bronze: FIN Kaija Mustonen

Summary

The gold medal was conceded to Lidiya Skoblikova of the Soviet Union. She had won two gold medals at the 1960 Winter Olympics, in the 1,500 and 3,000, had won the 1963 World Championships and all four distances en route, and had already won the 500 and 1,500 in Innsbruck. She also held the world record of 1:31.8, set in Karuizawa, Japan in February 1963. The battle was for second place.

In the third pair, Irina Yegorova took an early lead with 1:34.3. Yegorova had finished second to Skoblikova in the 500 in Innsbruck, and was a top sprinter. Her time would hold up for the silver medal. But in the seventh pair, Skoblikova recorded 1:33.2, although she had been behind Yegorova's splits at both 200 and 600 metres. Nobody else was close to those two times, as Finland's Kaija Mustonen finished in 1:34.8 in the fifth pair. The next day, Skoblikova would finish her gold medal sweep by winning the 3,000 metres. For now, this was her fifth Olympic gold medal, counting two from Squaw Valley. Mustonen was somewhat of a surprise as, prior to 1964, she had never come close to the podium in any distance at a previous international tournament. But only the day before this race, she had won a silver medal in the 1,500 metres, giving her two Olympic medals in Innsbruck. She had also placed third in a pre-Olympic test 1,500 on 26 January, behind Skoblikova and Valentina Stenina. She would return in 1968 to win the gold medal in the 1,500 at Grenoble.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Lidiya Skoblikova 24 Soviet Union URS Gold 1:33.2 21 56 OR
2 Irina Yegorova 23 Soviet Union URS Silver 1:34.3 20 55
3 Kaija Mustonen 22 Finland FIN Bronze 1:34.8 21 57
4 Helga Haase 29 Germany GER 1:35.7 20 57
5 Valentina Stenina 29 Soviet Union URS 1:36.0 21 57
6 Gunilla Jacobsson 17 Sweden SWE 1:36.5 21 57
7 Jan Smith 18 United States USA 1:36.7 21 57
8 Kaija-Liisa Keskivitikka 18 Finland FIN 1:37.6 22 59
9 Inger Eriksson 21 Sweden SWE 1:37.8 20 58
10 Barb Lockhart 22 United States USA 1:38.6 21 59
11T Jeanne Ashworth 25 United States USA 1:38.7 21 57
11T Doreen Ryan 32 Canada CAN 1:38.7 21 58
13 Doreen McCannell 16 Canada CAN 1:39.4 21 59
14 Christina Lindblom-Scherling 23 Sweden SWE 1:39.5 22 58
15 Helena Pilejczyk 32 Poland POL 1:39.8 21 59
16 Ryoo Choon-Za 20 North Korea PRK 1:40.0 22 59
17 Willy de Beer 21 Netherlands NED 1:40.1 22 1:00
18 Kaneko Takahashi 21 Japan JPN 1:40.5 22 1:00
19 Françoise Lucas 24 France FRA 1:41.3 22 1:00
20 Yasuko Takano 20 Japan JPN 1:41.6 23 1:01
21 Adelajda Mroske 19 Poland POL 1:41.7 22 1:01
22 Elwira Seroczyńska 32 Poland POL 1:42.1 21 1:00
23 Erika Heinicke 24 Germany GER 1:43.2 22 1:01
24 Tsedenjavyn Lkhamjav 23 Mongolia MGL 1:43.5 22 1:01
25 Brigitte Reichert 17 Germany GER 1:44.9 22 1:02
26 Kim Hye-Suk 17 South Korea KOR 1:45.1 21 1:00
27 Jarmila Šťastná 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:45.8 22 1:02
AC Hatsue Nagakubo-Takamizawa 28 Japan JPN 21 DNF