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Cross Country Skiing at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Women's 5 kilometres

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Makomanai Cross Country Events Site, Sapporo
Date Started: February 9, 1972
Date Finished: February 9, 1972

Gold: URS Galina Kulakova
Silver: FIN Marjatta Kajosmaa
Bronze: TCH Helena Šikolová

Summary

Galina Kulakova had won the World Championships 1970 at this distance and was favored for her second Olympic gold after her impressive victory over 10km. The 5 km race developed into a very close fight for the medals, with only 6.9 seconds between the first four finishers. Marjatta Kajosmaa, starting last of the 43 participants, was able to control her opponents, but could not prevent Kulakova from winning her second Olympic gold medal with a margin of 5 seconds. The International Ski Federation FIS had decided before the 1970 World Championship to register the times in hundredths of a second, and in a close battle Helena Šikolová, a 22-year old Czechoslovak skier, would secure the bronze medal only 0.08 seconds better than Alevtina Olyunina. Šikolová was however no big surprise, aged only 20, she placed fourth at the 10 km in the 1970 World Championships, and she had placed seventh at the 10 km race three days earlier. Now she secured her country the first ever cross-country skiing Olympic medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Galina Kulakova 29 Soviet Union URS Gold 17:00.50
2 Marjatta Kajosmaa 34 Finland FIN Silver 17:05.50
3 Helena Šikolová 22 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze 17:07.32
4 Alevtina Olyunina-Smirnova 29 Soviet Union URS 17:07.40
5 Hilkka Riihivuori-Kuntola 19 Finland FIN 17:11.67
6 Lyubov Mukhachova 24 Soviet Union URS 17:12.08
7 Berit Mørdre-Lammedal 31 Norway NOR 17:16.79
8 Aslaug Dahl 22 Norway NOR 17:17.49
9 Helena Kivioja-Takalo 24 Finland FIN 17:21.39
10 Nina Fyodorova-Baldycheva 24 Soviet Union URS 17:25.62
11 Michaela Endler 26 West Germany FRG 17:32.56
12 Inger Aufles 30 Norway NOR 17:33.14
13 Weronika Budny 30 Poland POL 17:38.74
14 Renate Fischer-Köhler 28 East Germany GDR 17:41.07
15 Eva Olsson 20 Sweden SWE 17:46.66
16 Alena Bartošová 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 17:47.25
17 Katharina Mo-Berge 27 Norway NOR 17:49.06
18 Martha Rockwell 27 United States USA 17:50.34
19 Barbro Tano 32 Sweden SWE 17:54.53
20 Gabi Haupt 29 East Germany GDR 17:55.04
21 Józefa Chromik 25 Poland POL 17:55.41
22 Milena Cillerová 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 17:56.22
23 Władysława Majerczyk 19 Poland POL 17:56.55
24 Monika Mrklas 29 West Germany FRG 17:57.40
25 Senja Pusula 30 Finland FIN 17:59.93
26 Sharon Firth 18 Canada CAN 18:06.28
27 Milena Chlumová 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 18:12.22
28 Anni Unger 27 East Germany GDR 18:13.19
29 Anna Gębala-Duraj 22 Poland POL 18:13.43
30 Christine Phillip 24 East Germany GDR 18:17.02
31 Barbara Britch 20 United States USA 18:18.37
32 Birgitta Lindqvist 29 Sweden SWE 18:25.88
33 Meeri Bodelid 28 Sweden SWE 18:29.07
34 Hiroko Takahashi 29 Japan JPN 18:32.75
35 Shirley Firth 18 Canada CAN 18:36.07
36 Alison Owen-Spencer 19 United States USA 18:54.76
37 Tokiko Ozeki 21 Japan JPN 19:00.82
38 Harumi Imai 20 Japan JPN 19:05.73
39 Margie Mahoney 19 United States USA 19:15.13
40 Roseanne Allen 17 Canada CAN 19:22.70
41 Hellen Sander 17 Canada CAN 19:30.01
42 Frances Lütken 21 Great Britain GBR 19:40.17
43 Akiko Akasaka 20 Japan JPN 19:49.74