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Speed Skating at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games:

Women's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink, Grenoble
Date Started: February 11, 1968
Date Finished: February 11, 1968

Gold: NED Carry Geijssen
Silver: URS Lyudmila Titova
Bronze: USA Dianne Holum

Summary

Lyudmila Titova had already won the 500 metres in Grenoble and was the favorite, having won the 1,000 distance at the recent 1968 World Championships. The defending champion and world record holder was Lidiya Skoblikova, and although she was in Grenoble, she was skating only the 1,500 and 3,000. Titova started in the third pair and posted 1:32.9 to move into the lead. In the next pair was American Dianne Holum, who had tied for second in the 500 a few days earlier. Holum had placed third in the 1,000 at the 1967 World Championships but had struggled in 1968, finishing only 13th. She was better in Grenoble, finishing in 1:33.4 to move into second place. Their times held up until near the end when the Netherlands' Carry Geijssen went off in the 13th pair. Geijssen had been a top sprinter since the early 60s, winning the 1,000 at the Dutch Championships in 1965 and 1966. Through 600 metres, Geijssen's splits were the same as Titova and Holum had skated, but she finished stronger to secure the gold medal in 1:32.6. She would skate competitively for three more years, but never won another major distance race. This was the first gold medal ever won by a Dutch speed skater.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Carry Geijssen 21 Netherlands NED Gold 1:32.6 20 55 OR
2 Lyudmila Titova 21 Soviet Union URS Silver 1:32.9 20 55 OR
3 Dianne Holum 16 United States USA Bronze 1:33.4 20 55
4 Kaija Mustonen 26 Finland FIN 1:33.6 20 56
5 Irina Yegorova 27 Soviet Union URS 1:34.4 21 56
6 Sigrid Sundby-Dybedahl 25 Norway NOR 1:34.5 21 56
7 Jeanne Ashworth 29 United States USA 1:34.7 20 56
8 Kaija-Liisa Keskivitikka 22 Finland FIN 1:34.8 21 57
9 Kirsti Biermann 17 Norway NOR 1:35.0 20 56
10 Stien Baas-Kaiser 29 Netherlands NED 1:35.2 21 57
11 Lāsma Kauniste 25 Soviet Union URS 1:35.3 21 57
12 Ruth Budzisch-Schleiermacher 18 East Germany GDR 1:35.6 21 57
13T Lisbeth Korsmo-Berg 20 Norway NOR 1:36.8 21 57
13T Ellie van den Brom 18 Netherlands NED 1:36.8 21 57
15 Christina Lindblom-Scherling 27 Sweden SWE 1:36.9 21 57
16 Hildegard Sellhuber 17 West Germany FRG 1:37.2 21 57
17T Martine Ivangine 20 France FRA 1:37.4 21 57
17T Evi Sappl 20 West Germany FRG 1:37.4 20 56
19 Ylva Hedlund 18 Sweden SWE 1:37.5 21 58
20 Doreen McCannell 20 Canada CAN 1:37.6 21 57
21 Marcia Parsons 19 Canada CAN 1:37.7 21 58
22 Arja Kantola 18 Finland FIN 1:37.9 21 58
23 Jenny Fish 18 United States USA 1:38.4 20 57
24 Marie-Louise Perrenoud 20 France FRA 1:39.3 21 58
25 Misae Takeda 24 Japan JPN 1:40.4 21 59
26 Sachiko Saito 21 Japan JPN 1:41.0 20 59
27 Wendy Thompson 22 Canada CAN 1:41.1 21 59
28 Patricia Demartini 17 France FRA 1:44.6 22 1:01
29 Trish Tipper 21 Great Britain GBR 1:46.5 22 1:03