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Speed Skating at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Women's 500 metres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck
Date Started: January 30, 1964
Date Finished: January 30, 1964

Gold: URS Lidiya Skoblikova
Silver: URS Irina Yegorova
Bronze: URS Tatyana Sidorova

Summary

This was the first women's event in 1964, as it always was in this era, and the only one for which there seemed to be any suspense as to the winner. In the longer distance events, the gold medals were conceded to Lidiya Skoblikova, the 1963 World Champion. She had won gold medals at the 1960 Winter Olympics in the 1,500 and 3,000, and at the 1963 Worlds, had won all four distances. But the short nature of the 500 left it more open to upsets than the longer races. The world record holder was another Soviet, Inga Voronina, but she had failed to make the Soviet team due to a stomach ailment.

After the pair had false started. Irina Yegorova of the Soviet Union started in the first pair and posted an Olympic record 45.4. There were 28 starters and 14 pairs, and Yegorova's mark lasted for a long time, as Skoblikova was not scheduled until the 13th pair. Skoblikova started in 11.5 to Yegorova's 11.4, but her strength then brought her around in 45.0, the second fastest time ever, winning her the gold medal. The Soviets swept the medals with Tatyana Sidorova finishing in 44.5. This was the first ever medal sweep in Olympic speed skating, although the Norwegian men would match it six days later in the 5,000 m. Yegorova was a top sprinter, who had won a pre-Olympic test on 26 January, defeating Skoblikova in the process. She had been second in the 500 at the 1963 World Championships, and would win it at the 1964 and 1966 Worlds. Skoblikova was on her way, winning her third Olympic gold medal, and would sweep all four distances in Innsbruck. A few weeks later she would win the 1964 World Championships, and would win all four distances there as well, tying Yegorova for first in the 500.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 1c
1 Lidiya Skoblikova 24 Soviet Union URS Gold 45.0 11.5 OR
2 Irina Yegorova 23 Soviet Union URS Silver 45.4 11.4 OR
3 Tatyana Sidorova 27 Soviet Union URS Bronze 45.5
4T Jeanne Ashworth 25 United States USA 46.2
4T Jan Smith 18 United States USA 46.2
6 Gunilla Jacobsson 17 Sweden SWE 46.5
7 Mary Lawler 19 United States USA 46.6
8 Helga Haase 29 Germany GER 47.2
9 Inger Eriksson 21 Sweden SWE 47.3
10 Doreen Ryan 32 Canada CAN 47.7
11 Christina Lindblom-Scherling 23 Sweden SWE 47.8
12 Hatsue Nagakubo-Takamizawa 28 Japan JPN 47.9
13T Doreen McCannell 16 Canada CAN 48.0
13T Kaija Mustonen 22 Finland FIN 48.0
15 Ryoo Choon-Za 20 North Korea PRK 48.4
16T Kaija-Liisa Keskivitikka 18 Finland FIN 48.8
16T Elwira Seroczyńska 32 Poland POL 48.8
18 Françoise Lucas 24 France FRA 48.9
19 Yasuko Takano 20 Japan JPN 49.3
20 Kim Hye-Suk 17 South Korea KOR 49.6
21 Brigitte Reichert 17 Germany GER 49.8
22 Adelajda Mroske 19 Poland POL 49.9
23 Helena Pilejczyk 32 Poland POL 50.1
24 Kaneko Takahashi 21 Japan JPN 50.5
25T Sigrit Behrenz 23 Germany GER 50.9
25T Kornélia Ihász 26 Hungary HUN 50.9
27 Jarmila Šťastná 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 52.0
28 Han Pil-Hwa 22 North Korea PRK 58.5