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Speed Skating at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink, Grenoble
Date Started: February 17, 1968
Date Finished: February 17, 1968

Gold: SWE Johnny Höglin
Silver: NOR Fred Anton Maier
Bronze: SWE Örjan Sandler

Summary

Only a few weeks before Norway’s Fred Anton Maier had won the European Championship, taking the 5,000 and 10,000 in the process. A distance specialist, Maier had set the last four world records in the 10K, including two in January 1968, and had already won the 5,000 in Grenoble. He seemed on form for a sure gold medal. He started in the first pair and his time of 15:23.9 was 26+ seconds under the Olympic record, only 3.6 seconds above his world record, and was the second fastest time ever. The gold seemed to be his. A challenger was thought to be Kees Verkerk (NED), but when he finished in 15:33.9 in the third pair, Maier seemed home free. But then Sweden’s Johnny Höglin started in the seventh pair. Though he had competed internationally since 1965, he had no significant reputation at any distance, and had never sniffed a podium before. But he hung on to Maier’s pace, almost equal to it through 8,400 metres. And he hung on, gradually pulling ahead in the next three laps, and finishing in 15:23.6 for one of the most improbable speed skating gold medals ever.

A few weeks later Maier would win the World Championships, and the 5 and 10K at that tournament. In 1968 he set seven world records, won both the European and World Championships and the 5 and 10K at both tournaments, won the 5,000 Olympic gold medal, but missed the one he wanted most. For Höglin, this was his career. He would mount the podium only one other time in a major international, at 1,500 metres at the 1974 European Championships. The bronze medalist, another Swede, was even more surprising. Örjan Sandler had competed around the world since 1964. But until the 1968 Winter Olympics, he had never finished better than 10th at any distance in any major meet.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1 Johnny Höglin 24 Sweden SWE Gold 15:23.6 39 1:15 1:51 2:27 3:04 3:40 4:16 4:53 5:30 6:06 6:43 7:20 7:57 8:34 9:11 9:48 10:25 11:03 11:40 12:17 12:54 13:31 14:09 14:46 OR
2 Fred Anton Maier 29 Norway NOR Silver 15:23.9 39 1:15 1:51 2:28 3:04 3:40 4:17 4:53 5:30 6:07 6:44 7:20 7:57 8:34 9:11 9:48 10:25 11:03 11:39 12:16 12:54 13:32 14:10 14:47 OR
3 Örjan Sandler 27 Sweden SWE Bronze 15:31.8 38 1:14 1:51 2:28 3:04 3:41 4:18 4:55 5:33 6:10 6:47 7:24 8:02 8:39 9:16 9:53 10:30 11:07 11:44 12:21 12:59 13:37 14:15 14:53
4 Per Willy Guttormsen 25 Norway NOR 15:32.6 39 1:15 1:51 2:28 3:05 3:42 4:19 4:56 5:34 6:11 6:48 7:26 8:03 8:40 9:18 9:55 10:32 11:10 11:48 12:25 13:03 13:40 14:18 14:55
5 Kees Verkerk 25 Netherlands NED 15:33.9 38 1:14 1:50 2:26 3:03 3:40 4:17 4:55 5:32 6:10 6:48 7:26 8:04 8:42 9:19 9:56 10:33 11:10 11:48 12:25 13:03 13:41 14:19 14:56
6 Jonny Nilsson 24 Sweden SWE 15:39.6 41 1:18 1:55 2:33 3:10 3:48 4:26 5:04 5:41 6:18 6:56 7:33 8:11 8:48 9:26 10:03 10:41 11:18 11:56 12:34 13:11 13:49 14:26 15:03
7 Magne Thomassen 26 Norway NOR 15:44.9 38 1:15 1:52 2:28 3:05 3:42 4:19 4:56 5:33 6:10 6:47 7:25 8:03 8:41 9:19 9:57 10:35 11:13 11:52 12:30 13:09 13:48 14:27 15:06
8 Peter Nottet 23 Netherlands NED 15:54.7 40 1:18 1:55 2:32 3:08 3:44 4:20 4:57 5:34 6:11 6:48 7:26 8:04 8:42 9:21 9:59 10:37 11:16 11:55 12:34 13:14 13:54 14:34 15:14
9 Valery Lavrushkin 22 Soviet Union URS 15:54.8 40 1:17 1:54 2:31 3:08 3:46 4:24 5:01 5:39 6:16 6:54 7:32 8:09 8:47 9:24 10:03 10:41 11:20 11:58 12:38 13:17 13:57 14:36 15:15
10 Stanislav Selyanin 31 Soviet Union URS 15:56.4 41 1:18 1:56 2:33 3:10 3:47 4:25 5:03 5:40 6:18 6:55 7:34 8:12 8:51 9:29 10:08 10:46 11:24 12:02 12:41 13:19 13:58 14:37 15:17
11 Günter Traub 28 West Germany FRG 16:01.3 38 1:15 1:53 2:32 3:10 3:48 4:26 5:04 5:42 6:20 6:58 7:36 8:15 8:53 9:32 10:11 10:50 11:29 12:07 12:46 13:25 14:04 14:43 15:23
12 Jouko Launonen 28 Finland FIN 16:02.1 41 1:19 1:57 2:34 3:12 3:51 4:29 5:07 5:45 6:24 7:02 7:41 8:19 8:58 9:37 10:17 10:56 11:36 12:15 12:53 13:32 14:10 14:47 15:24
13 Jan Bols 23 Netherlands NED 16:09.5 40 1:17 1:53 2:28 3:05 3:42 4:20 4:57 5:35 6:13 6:51 7:31 8:09 8:49 9:29 10:08 10:47 11:28 12:09 12:51 13:32 14:12 14:50 15:29
14 Kimmo Koskinen 19 Finland FIN 16:15.7 39 1:15 1:53 2:31 3:10 3:48 4:26 5:04 5:41 6:20 6:59 7:37 8:16 8:55 9:34 10:14 10:54 11:34 12:15 12:55 13:34 14:14 14:55 15:36
15 Paul Enock 33 Canada CAN 16:21.2 43 1:21 2:00 2:37 3:14 3:53 4:32 5:11 5:51 6:30 7:10 7:49 8:29 9:09 9:49 10:28 11:08 11:48 12:28 13:07 13:46 14:25 15:04 15:43
16 Anatoly Mashkov 23 Soviet Union URS 16:22.1 38 1:15 1:52 2:29 3:06 3:44 4:22 5:00 5:38 6:16 6:55 7:49 8:29 9:09 9:47 10:26 11:05 11:44 12:21 13:01 13:41 14:22 15:03 15:43
17 Hermann Strutz 29 Austria AUT 16:24.9 40 1:18 1:56 2:35 3:13 3:52 4:30 5:09 5:48 6:27 7:06 7:45 8:25 9:04 9:44 10:24 11:04 11:44 12:24 13:05 13:46 14:26 15:05 15:45
18 Jürgen Traub 24 West Germany FRG 16:33.8 40 1:18 1:57 2:35 3:14 3:52 4:31 5:11 5:51 6:31 7:12 7:53 8:34 9:16 9:57 10:37 11:16 11:56 12:35 13:14 13:54 14:34 15:15 15:55
19 Renato De Riva 30 Italy ITA 16:39.5 41 1:19 1:58 2:37 3:16 3:55 4:34 5:14 5:54 6:34 7:14 7:54 8:33 9:13 9:52 10:31 11:11 11:51 12:31 13:12 13:52 14:33 15:15 15:57
20 Raimo Hietala 21 Finland FIN 16:45.9 42 1:21 2:02 2:42 3:24 4:04 4:45 5:28 6:09 6:50 7:31 8:10 8:49 9:29 10:09 10:48 11:28 12:10 12:51 13:32 14:12 14:51 15:30 16:07
21 Bill Lanigan 20 United States USA 16:50.1 40 1:18 1:56 2:34 3:13 3:52 4:32 5:12 5:53 6:35 7:15 7:56 8:38 9:19 9:59 10:41 11:22 12:03 12:44 13:26 14:08 14:50 15:30 16:10
22 Yoshiaki Demachi 24 Japan JPN 16:54.6 41 1:20 1:59 2:37 3:15 3:54 4:33 5:13 5:54 6:35 7:15 7:56 8:38 9:19 10:00 10:41 11:23 12:05 12:47 13:28 14:09 14:51 15:32 16:13
23 Bob Hodges 24 Canada CAN 17:01.9 41 1:19 1:59 2:40 3:20 4:01 4:42 5:22 6:04 6:45 7:26 8:06 8:47 9:29 10:10 10:52 11:33 12:15 12:57 13:38 14:19 15:00 15:41 16:22
24 Giancarlo Gloder 22 Italy ITA 17:03.2 41 1:19 1:58 2:37 3:17 3:57 4:37 5:17 5:58 6:39 7:20 8:01 8:41 9:23 10:04 10:46 11:28 12:10 12:51 13:33 14:15 14:57 15:39 16:20
25 Bill Cox 20 United States USA 17:08.2 42 1:20 1:58 2:38 3:15 3:53 4:32 5:12 5:51 6:32 7:14 7:56 8:38 9:20 10:03 10:46 11:29 12:12 12:54 13:36 14:19 15:02 15:44 16:26
26 François Perrenoud 18 France FRA 17:10.2 43 1:23 2:03 2:45 3:26 4:08 4:49 5:31 6:12 6:53 7:35 8:17 8:58 9:39 10:22 11:04 11:46 12:27 13:08 13:49 14:29 15:09 15:50 16:30
27 György Ivánkai 30 Hungary HUN 17:36.2 44 1:24 2:05 2:47 3:29 4:10 4:53 5:34 6:16 6:57 7:38 8:20 9:01 9:43 10:26 11:09 11:53 12:36 13:20 14:02 14:46 15:28 16:11 16:54
28 Hirofumi Otsuka 20 Japan JPN 17:38.8 42 1:19 1:58 2:37 3:17 3:56 4:37 5:17 5:59 6:40 7:23 8:05 8:49 9:32 10:16 10:59 11:43 12:28 13:14 13:59 14:45 15:29 16:12 16:55