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Speed Skating at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games:

Women's 3,000 metres

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Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink, Grenoble
Date Started: February 12, 1968
Date Finished: February 12, 1968

Gold: NED Ans Schut
Silver: FIN Kaija Mustonen
Bronze: NED Stien Baas-Kaiser

Summary

At the recent 1968 World Championship, Dutchwoman Ans Schut had won the distance and finished second all-around to her teammate, Stien Kaiser, who won the all-around. This event was expected to be contested between these two. But despite her recent loss, Kaiser had to be favored. She had also won the 1967 World Championship, winning the 3K en route, and had set the last three world records. The most recent had been set nine days before this event in Davos, avenging her loss to Schut, recording 4:54.6.

Their teammate, Wil Burgmeijer, was in the first pair and broke the Olympic record with 5:05.1 for a mark to shoot at, though it would eventually bring her only fifth. Schut was in the fifth pair and blasted through the laps in 4:56.2, the third fastest time ever. Kaiser was in the 12th pair. She was hampered by rain that had started to fall, quickly dropped off Schut's pace, and was four seconds behind at 1,000 metres. And she would never close that gap, finishing in 5:01.3, also behind Kaija Mustonen, who had finished in 5:01.0 in the seventh pair. In the end that was the podium with Schut getting gold, Mustonen silver, and Kaiser bronze.

Schut had been a top distance skater but she had often finished second at 3,000, usually to Kaiser. But in coming years, she would win the distance frequently, at the 1969 and 1970 World Championships and the 1970 European Championships. Kaiser had a difficult Grenoble Olympics, winning disappointing bronze medals in the 1,500 and 3,000, but she returned in 1972 at Sapporo and win gold in the 3,000.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1 Ans Schut 23 Netherlands NED Gold 4:56.2 21 58 1:36 2:16 2:56 3:36 4:16 OR
2 Kaija Mustonen 26 Finland FIN Silver 5:01.0 22 1:01 1:40 2:19 2:59 3:39 4:19
3 Stien Baas-Kaiser 29 Netherlands NED Bronze 5:01.3 21 1:00 1:40 2:20 3:01 3:41 4:21
4 Kaija-Liisa Keskivitikka 22 Finland FIN 5:03.9 22 1:01 1:40 2:19 3:00 3:41 4:22 OR
5 Wil Burgmeijer 20 Netherlands NED 5:05.1 22 1:00 1:39 2:19 3:00 3:41 4:23 OR
6 Lidiya Skoblikova 28 Soviet Union URS 5:08.0 21 1:00 1:39 2:20 3:01 3:43 4:25
7 Christina Lindblom-Scherling 27 Sweden SWE 5:09.8 21 1:01 1:40 2:21 3:02 3:44 4:27
8 Anna Sablina 22 Soviet Union URS 5:12.5 21 1:01 1:41 2:22 3:03 3:45 4:28
9 Sigrid Sundby-Dybedahl 25 Norway NOR 5:13.3 21 1:00 1:40 2:21 3:02 3:45 4:29
10 Jeanne Ashworth 29 United States USA 5:14.0 21 1:01 1:41 2:22 3:04 3:47 4:30
11 Jeanne Omelenchuk 36 United States USA 5:14.9 22 1:01 1:40 2:21 3:03 3:46 4:30
12 Lāsma Kauniste 25 Soviet Union URS 5:16.0 21 1:00 1:40 2:21 3:03 3:46 4:31
13 Christina Karlsson 21 Sweden SWE 5:17.2 22 1:02 1:42 2:24 3:06 3:50 4:33
14 Toy Dorgan 21 United States USA 5:17.6 22 1:01 1:42 2:23 3:05 3:48 4:32
15 Martine Ivangine 20 France FRA 5:19.3 22 1:01 1:42 2:23 3:07 3:51 4:35
16 Lisbeth Korsmo-Berg 20 Norway NOR 5:19.6 21 1:01 1:43 2:25 3:08 3:52 4:36
17 Kari Kåring 19 Norway NOR 5:20.6 22 1:02 1:44 2:27 3:11 3:55 4:38
18 Doreen McCannell 20 Canada CAN 5:21.5 22 1:02 1:42 2:25 3:07 3:51 4:36
19 Paula Dufter 17 West Germany FRG 5:27.0 23 1:05 1:48 2:31 3:15 3:59 4:43
20 Jitsuko Saito 21 Japan JPN 5:27.8 22 1:04 1:45 2:28 3:12 3:57 4:42
21 Kaname Ide 20 Japan JPN 5:27.9 22 1:04 1:46 2:30 3:13 3:58 4:43
22T Kim Gwi-Jin 22 South Korea KOR 5:29.5 22 1:03 1:45 2:27 3:11 3:56 4:42
22T Marcia Parsons 19 Canada CAN 5:29.5 21 1:01 1:44 2:28 3:13 3:59 4:44
24 Arja Kantola 18 Finland FIN 5:30.7 22 1:03 1:46 2:29 3:14 3:59 4:45
25 Marie-Louise Perrenoud 20 France FRA 5:41.7 22 1:04 1:48 2:33 3:19 4:06 4:53
26 Trish Tipper 21 Great Britain GBR 5:49.0 23 1:08 1:53 2:39 3:26 4:14 5:02