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Speed Skating at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink, Grenoble
Date Started: February 15, 1968
Date Finished: February 15, 1968

Gold: NOR Fred Anton Maier
Silver: NED Kees Verkerk
Bronze: NED Peter Nottet

Summary

Based on recent results, the favorite was Norway’s Fred Anton Maier, who had recently won the distance and the all-around at the 1968 European Championship and in January had broken the world record in this event, posting 7:26.2. His biggest challenge was expected to come from Kees Verkerk, who had won the distance and the all-around title at the 1966 and 1967 World Championships and the 1967 European Championship.

Verkerk was in the third pair, with no significant leading time to shoot at. He was ahead of world record pace throughout and finished in 7:23.2, surpassing Maier’s world record. Two pairs later Maier toed the line. He crept ahead of Verkerk’s pace at 1,800 m, and was three seconds clear at 3,800 metres. He then held on to finish in 7:22.4, re-taking the world record, which would secure for him the gold medal. In the 10th pair, the Netherlands’ Petrus Nottet finished in 7:25.5, also under the previous world record, a mark that brought him the bronze medal.

Maier had been around internationally since 1960, but 1968 was his greatest year. A distance specialist, he set seven world records, won both the European and World Championships, and the 5 and 10K at both tournaments, and won this Olympic gold medal. One day after this race, Verkerk would win the gold medal in the 1,500.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1 Fred Anton Maier 29 Norway NOR Gold 7:22.4 20 54 1:28 2:03 2:37 3:12 3:47 4:23 4:58 5:34 6:10 6:46 WR
2 Kees Verkerk 25 Netherlands NED Silver 7:23.2 20 54 1:28 2:03 2:39 3:14 3:50 4:25 5:01 5:37 6:12 6:48 WR
3 Peter Nottet 23 Netherlands NED Bronze 7:25.5 21 55 1:29 2:03 2:38 3:12 3:48 4:23 4:59 5:35 6:11 6:48
4 Per Willy Guttormsen 25 Norway NOR 7:27.8 20 54 1:29 2:04 2:39 3:14 3:50 4:25 5:02 5:38 6:15 6:51
5 Johnny Höglin 24 Sweden SWE 7:32.7 20 55 1:30 2:05 2:40 3:15 3:50 4:26 5:03 5:40 6:17 6:54
6 Örjan Sandler 27 Sweden SWE 7:32.8 20 54 1:29 2:04 2:40 3:15 3:52 4:28 5:04 5:40 6:18 6:55
7 Jonny Nilsson 24 Sweden SWE 7:32.9 21 56 1:31 2:06 2:42 3:18 3:54 4:30 5:06 5:43 6:20 6:56
8 Jan Bols 23 Netherlands NED 7:33.1 20 53 1:27 2:02 2:38 3:14 3:50 4:26 5:03 5:40 6:18 6:56
9 Kimmo Koskinen 19 Finland FIN 7:35.9 20 56 1:32 2:09 2:44 3:20 3:55 4:31 5:08 5:44 6:21 6:58 OR
10 Valery Lavrushkin 22 Soviet Union URS 7:37.9 21 56 1:31 2:07 2:43 3:19 3:55 4:32 5:09 5:46 6:23 7:01
11 Stanislav Selyanin 31 Soviet Union URS 7:38.5 22 57 1:32 2:07 2:42 3:18 3:54 4:31 5:08 5:45 6:22 7:00
12 Svein-Erik Stiansen 25 Norway NOR 7:39.6 20 55 1:31 2:06 2:42 3:18 3:54 4:31 5:08 5:45 6:22 7:01
13 Günter Traub 28 West Germany FRG 7:40.4 20 55 1:31 2:07 2:43 3:19 3:56 4:33 5:10 5:48 6:25 7:03
14 Anatoly Mashkov 23 Soviet Union URS 7:41.9 21 56 1:32 2:08 2:44 3:21 3:58 4:34 5:11 5:48 6:26 7:04
15 Jouko Launonen 28 Finland FIN 7:46.5 20 54 1:29 2:04 2:40 3:16 3:53 4:31 5:09 5:49 6:28 7:07
16 Hermann Strutz 29 Austria AUT 7:53.3 21 58 1:34 2:11 2:49 3:26 4:04 4:41 5:19 5:57 6:35 7:14
17 Raimo Hietala 21 Finland FIN 7:54.0 21 56 1:32 2:09 2:46 3:24 4:02 4:40 5:19 5:58 6:37 7:16
18 Giancarlo Gloder 22 Italy ITA 7:54.5 21 57 1:34 2:10 2:48 3:26 4:04 4:42 5:21 5:58 6:37 7:16
19 Paul Enock 33 Canada CAN 7:54.8 22 58 1:35 2:13 2:51 3:29 4:07 4:44 5:22 6:08 6:38 7:17
20 Jürgen Traub 24 West Germany FRG 7:55.3 22 58 1:35 2:12 2:50 3:28 4:06 4:44 5:22 6:00 6:39 7:17
21 Yoshiaki Demachi 24 Japan JPN 7:55.6 21 57 1:34 2:11 2:49 3:26 4:03 4:41 5:20 5:58 6:37 7:17
22 Tadao Ishihata 26 Japan JPN 7:55.8 21 56 1:33 2:09 2:46 3:24 4:02 4:41 5:19 5:58 6:37 7:16
23 Guido Gillarduzzi 28 Italy ITA 7:57.4 21 59 1:37 2:15 2:54 3:31 4:09 4:47 5:26 6:04 6:42 7:20
24 Bill Lanigan 20 United States USA 7:57.7 20 55 1:31 2:08 2:45 3:23 4:02 4:40 5:19 5:59 6:39 7:18
25 Bill Cox 20 United States USA 7:58.1 21 58 1:35 2:12 2:49 3:27 4:05 4:44 5:22 6:01 6:39 7:19
26 Renato De Riva 30 Italy ITA 7:58.2 21 58 1:34 2:10 2:47 3:25 4:02 4:45 5:19 5:58 6:37 7:17
27 John Blewitt 22 Great Britain GBR 7:59.8 21 58 1:35 2:12 2:50 3:28 4:06 4:45 5:23 6:02 6:42 7:21
28 Wayne LeBombard 23 United States USA 8:03.8 20 55 1:32 2:10 2:47 3:26 4:05 4:44 5:23 6:03 6:43 7:23
29 Bob Hodges 24 Canada CAN 8:05.0 21 57 1:34 2:11 2:48 3:27 4:05 4:45 5:25 6:06 6:46 7:26
30 Michel Thépénier 23 France FRA 8:06.2 20 57 1:36 2:14 2:53 3:32 4:12 4:51 5:31 6:11 6:50 7:28
31T György Ivánkai 30 Hungary HUN 8:07.5 22 59 1:35 2:14 2:52 3:30 4:09 4:48 5:27 6:07 6:47 7:27
31T François Perrenoud 18 France FRA 8:07.5 22 1:05 1:38 2:16 2:55 3:34 4:12 4:51 5:30 6:09 6:48 7:27
33 Mutsuhiko Maeda 20 Japan JPN 8:08.3 21 58 1:35 2:12 2:50 3:29 4:08 4:48 5:28 6:08 6:48 7:28
34 Franz Krienbühl 38 Switzerland SUI 8:08.9 21 58 1:35 2:14 2:52 3:30 4:09 4:48 5:28 6:08 6:49 7:29
35 Ruedi Uster 26 Switzerland SUI 8:12.2 21 59 1:36 2:13 2:52 3:31 4:10 4:50 5:30 6:10 6:51 7:31
36 Luvsansharavyn Tsend 27 Mongolia MGL 8:15.8 22 59 1:36 2:14 2:53 3:32 4:11 4:51 5:32 6:12 6:53 7:34
37 Erich Korbel 26 Austria AUT 8:20.8 21 57 1:34 2:12 2:53 3:33 4:12 4:56 5:36 6:16 6:58 7:39
38 Lee Ik-Hwan 22 South Korea KOR 8:28.2 21 59 1:36 2:16 2:55 3:36 4:16 4:57 5:39 6:21 7:03 7:46