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Cross Country Skiing at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games:

Women's 5 kilometres

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Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): , Autrans
Date Started: February 13, 1968
Date Finished: February 13, 1968

Gold: SWE Toini Gustafsson
Silver: URS Galina Kulakova
Bronze: URS Alevtina Kolchina

Summary

The 5 km race tuned out to be a much closer race than the 10 km four days earlier. Sweden’s Toini Gustafsson, having the advantage of starting last of the 34 participants, won her second gold medal, but this time only 3.2 seconds ahead of Soviet’s Galina Kulakova. One km from home, Swedish team leaders informed Gustafsson that she was five seconds behind Kulakova, but a strong finish secured Gustafsson her second Olympic gold medal. Alevtina Kolchina, now aged 37 and competing in her fourth Olympics, snatched the bronze medal another 3.2 seconds behind, but only 1.3 ahead of another four-time Olympian, Sweden’s Barbro Martinsson. Only 18.2 seconds separated the first nine skiers.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Toini Gustafsson 30 Sweden SWE Gold 16:45.2
2 Galina Kulakova 25 Soviet Union URS Silver 16:48.4
3 Alevtina Kolchina 37 Soviet Union URS Bronze 16:51.6
4 Barbro Martinsson 32 Sweden SWE 16:52.9
5 Marjatta Kajosmaa 30 Finland FIN 16:54.6
6 Rita Achkina 30 Soviet Union URS 16:55.1
7 Inger Aufles 26 Norway NOR 16:58.1
8 Senja Pusula 26 Finland FIN 17:00.3
9 Stefania Biegun 32 Poland POL 17:03.4
10 Berit Mørdre-Lammedal 27 Norway NOR 17:11.9
11 Marjatta Muttilainen-Olkkonen 21 Finland FIN 17:12.4
12 Christine Nestler 27 East Germany GDR 17:23.5
13 Gudrun Schmidt 26 East Germany GDR 17:24.3
14 Renate Fischer-Köhler 24 East Germany GDR 17:25.5
15 Britt Strandberg 33 Sweden SWE 17:25.8
16 Anni Unger 23 East Germany GDR 17:30.7
17 Monika Mrklas 25 West Germany FRG 17:32.5
18 Barbro Tano 28 Sweden SWE 17:35.8
19 Weronika Budny 26 Poland POL 17:38.2
20 Alevtina Olyunina-Smirnova 25 Soviet Union URS 17:43.2
21 Babben Enger-Damon 28 Norway NOR 17:43.3
22 Helena Kivioja-Takalo 20 Finland FIN 17:46.2
23 Józefa Czerniawska-Pęksa 31 Poland POL 17:56.5
24 Nadezhda Vasileva 30 Bulgaria BUL 17:58.7
25 Michaela Endler 22 West Germany FRG 17:59.2
26 Anna Gębala-Duraj 18 Poland POL 18:02.7
27 Éva Balázs 25 Hungary HUN 18:05.8
28 Tone Dahle 22 Norway NOR 18:09.1
29 Barbara Barthel 27 West Germany FRG 18:20.0
30 Velichka Pandeva 26 Bulgaria BUL 18:23.7
31 Tsvetana Sotirova 28 Bulgaria BUL 18:27.3
32 Fujiko Kato 21 Japan JPN 18:28.2
33 Roza Dimova 31 Bulgaria BUL 19:05.6
34 Kirsten Carlsen 30 Denmark DEN 19:56.6