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Speed Skating at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck
Date Started: January 31, 1964
Date Finished: January 31, 1964

Gold: URS Lidiya Skoblikova
Silver: FIN Kaija Mustonen
Bronze: URS Berta Kolokoltseva

Summary

Prior to the 1963-64 season, it was felt that only one woman could challenge Lidiya Skoblikova in the longer distances and that woman was her teammate, Inga Voronina. Voronina had won the 1,500 at the 1962 World Championships, and the 3,000 at the 1961 and 1962 Worlds, and held the world record of 2:19.0, set at Medeo in 1962. But she was not in Innsbruck, not being chosen for the Soviet team due to a stomach ailment. In her absence, the gold was conceded to Skoblikova, who had won the 1963 World Championships, and won all four distances on her way to the title. She had already won the 500 in Innsbruck.

In the second pair, Soviet skater Berta Kolokoltseva finished in 2:27.1 to take the lead. That would lead until the seventh pair when Finland's Kaija Mustonen finished in 2:25.5. That was somewhat surprising as, prior to 1964, Mustonen had never made the podium at any distance in a major international tournament, although she had finished third in a pre-Olympic test 1,500 on 26 January, behind Skoblikova and Valentina Stenina. Skoblikova started in the 10th pair. She was equal to Kolokoltseva and Mustonen thru 700 metres, but was two seconds ahead at 1,100 metres, and won by almost three seconds, finishing in 2:22.6. This was Skoblikova's fourth Olympic gold medal, after two in 1960 at Squaw Valley. Mustonen's silver medal was unexpected but she would return the next day to win a bronze in the 1,000, and four years later, in Grenoble, she returned to win the gold medal in this event. As to Kolokoltseva, well, this was it. As far as is known, she never competed again outside the Soviet Union.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Lidiya Skoblikova 24 Soviet Union URS Gold 2:22.6 30 1:07 1:44 OR
2 Kaija Mustonen 22 Finland FIN Silver 2:25.5 30 1:07 1:46
3 Berta Kolokoltseva 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze 2:27.1 30 1:07 1:47
4 Kim Song-Soon 23 North Korea PRK 2:27.7 30 1:07 1:47
5 Helga Haase 29 Germany GER 2:28.6 30 1:08 1:47
6 Christina Lindblom-Scherling 23 Sweden SWE 2:29.4 30 1:08 1:47
7 Valentina Stenina 29 Soviet Union URS 2:29.9 30 1:08 1:48
8 Kaija-Liisa Keskivitikka 18 Finland FIN 2:30.0 31 1:09 1:49
9 Han Pil-Hwa 22 North Korea PRK 2:30.1 30 1:08 1:48
10 Hatsue Nagakubo-Takamizawa 28 Japan JPN 2:30.9 30 1:09 1:49
11 Gunilla Jacobsson 17 Sweden SWE 2:31.9 30 1:08 1:49
12 Inger Eriksson 21 Sweden SWE 2:32.0 29 1:07 1:49
13 Doreen McCannell 16 Canada CAN 2:32.7 30 1:09 1:50
14 Yasuko Takano 20 Japan JPN 2:33.1 32 1:10 1:51
15 Judy Morstein 20 United States USA 2:33.3 30 1:08 1:50
16T Willy de Beer 21 Netherlands NED 2:34.0 32 1:10 1:51
16T Doreen Ryan 32 Canada CAN 2:34.0 31 1:10 1:52
18 Kaneko Takahashi 21 Japan JPN 2:34.6 31 1:10 1:51
19 Mary Lawler 19 United States USA 2:34.9 30 1:08 1:50
20 Kornélia Ihász 26 Hungary HUN 2:35.1 32 1:11 1:52
21 Inge Lieckfeldt 22 Germany GER 2:36.2 33 1:13 1:54
22T Françoise Lucas 24 France FRA 2:36.4 32 1:11 1:53
22T Adelajda Mroske 19 Poland POL 2:36.4 32 1:12 1:54
24 Jan Smith 18 United States USA 2:37.8 30 1:09 1:52
25 Helena Pilejczyk 32 Poland POL 2:38.3 31 1:12 1:54
26 Elwira Seroczyńska 32 Poland POL 2:39.3 30 1:10 1:53
27 Kim Gwi-Jin 18 South Korea KOR 2:39.7 32 1:13 1:55
28 Erika Heinicke 24 Germany GER 2:40.4 32 1:13 1:55
29 Jarmila Šťastná 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:42.9 32 1:14 1:58
30 An Sen-Za 18 North Korea PRK 2:44.7 32 1:12 1:53