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Speed Skating at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Makomanai Speed Skating Rink, Sapporo
Date Started: February 4, 1972
Date Finished: February 4, 1972

Gold: NED Ard Schenk
Silver: NOR Roar Grønvold
Bronze: NOR Sten Stensen

Summary

The heavy favorite was Dutch skater Ard Schenk. He had already set 15 world records in his career, and was World Champion in 1970-71 and European Champion in 1970 and 1972. Schenk was trying to win all four races in Sapporo, although he was considered a longshot in the 500 m, but he was the current world record holder in the 5,000 with 7:12.0.

Schenk started in the first pair, while it was snowing. Although it would later stop, the snow seemed not to bother him, as he posted 7:23.61, to win easily. Norway’s Roar Grønvold was in the third pair and would finish almost five seconds back of Schenk, in 7:28.18, but it was good for the silver medal. The bronze went to Norway’s Sten Stensen, another five seconds back in 7:33.39. Schenk and Grønvold were helped by the conditions as the ice was in poor condition after the fourth pair, due to poor ice preparation.

Schenk eventually won three gold medals in Sapporo, all except the 500, matching the feats of Clas Thunberg in 1924, Ivar Ballangrud in 1936, and Hjalmar Andersen in 1952. In his career, Schenk set 18 world records, won eight major international tournaments, and numerous distance titles. He was awarded the Oscar Mathisen Trophy in 1970, 1971, and 1972, and is considered one of the greatest speed skaters of all-time. Schenk briefly skated a short-lived professional circuit after the 1972 Winter Olympics, which lasted only 1½ seasons.

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 Ard Schenk 27 Netherlands NED Gold 7:23.61 20.35 54.21 1:28.80 2:03.72 2:38.62 3:13.79 3:48.99 4:24.15 4:59.57 5:35.31 6:11.27 6:47.53
2 Roar Grønvold 25 Norway NOR Silver 7:28.18 20.25 54.71 1:29.28 2:05.23 2:40.63 3:16.28 3:51.96 4:27.83 5:03.63 5:39.94 6:16.12 6:52.42
3 Sten Stensen 24 Norway NOR Bronze 7:33.39 20.56 54.01 1:29.49 2:04.51 2:40.11 3:15.89 3:51.74 4:27.88 5:04.90 5:42.03 6:19.37 6:56.57
4 Göran Claeson 26 Sweden SWE 7:36.17 20.0 54.5 1:30.4 2:06.6 2:42.6 3:19.39 3:56.02 4:32.55 5:09.04 5:46.20 6:23.20 7:00.00
5 Willy Olsen 21 Norway NOR 7:36.47 20.1 54.5 1:29.8 2:05.4 2:41.2 3:17.2 3:53.6 4:30.6 5:07.7 5:44.9 6:22.30 6:59.66
6 Kees Verkerk 29 Netherlands NED 7:39.17 20.61 55.09 1:30.89 2:07.69 2:44.44 3:21.43 3:58.28 4:34.78 5:11.04 5:48.04 6:24.80 7:02.00
7 Valery Lavrushkin 26 Soviet Union URS 7:39.26 20.7 56.0 1:31.8 2:08.4 2:44.5 3:21.0 3:58.0 4:34.3 5:11.25 5:48.12 6:25.40 7:02.53
8 Jan Bols 27 Netherlands NED 7:39.40 20.19 54.31 1:29.83 2:05.53 2:41.84 3:18.27 3:54.51 4:31.16 5:07.96 5:44.74 6:22.45 7:00.72
9 Gerd Zimmermann 29 West Germany FRG 7:41.16 20.8 56.0 1:32.3 2:08.9 2:45.4 3:21.9 3:58.3 4:34.9 5:11.65 5:48.79 6:26.14 7:03.27
10 Dan Carroll 22 United States USA 7:44.72 20.5 56.0 1:32.7 2:09.0 2:45.9 3:22.5 3:59.7 4:36.7 5:14.09 5:51.22 6:28.75 7:06.84
11 Kimmo Koskinen 23 Finland FIN 7:45.15 20.7 56.2 1:32.6 2:08.7 2:44.7 3:20.5 3:57.2 4:34.4 5:12.09 5:50.10 6:28.62 7:06.85
12 Johnny Höglin 28 Sweden SWE 7:45.68 20.88 54.82 1:30.36 2:07.07 2:43.89 3:20.88 3:57.33 4:34.86 5:11.95 5:49.94 6:28.36 7:07.33
13 Kiyomi Ito 22 Japan JPN 7:45.96 21.1 56.4 1:31.8 2:08.1 2:45.0 3:22.0 3:59.5 4:36.9 5:14.5 5:52.6 6:30.8 7:08.7
14 Örjan Sandler 31 Sweden SWE 7:47.92 21.03 56.12 1:31.59 2:07.71 2:44.62 3:21.75 3:59.29 4:36.92 5:14.79 5:52.70 6:30.83 7:09.08
15 Giancarlo Gloder 26 Italy ITA 7:55.77 21.11 55.94 1:31.85 2:08.46 2:45.74 3:22.97 4:00.25 4:38.72 5:17.1 5:55.8 6:35.3 7:15.5
16 Osamu Naito 22 Japan JPN 7:56.97 21.5 56.6 1:32.4 2:09.1 2:46.1 3:23.7 4:01.9 4:40.4 5:19.7 5:59.6 6:39.4 7:18.8
17 Bruno Toniolli 28 Italy ITA 7:57.30 21.10 56.46 1:32.63 2:09.82 2:47.49 3:25.28 4:03.60 4:42.34 5:21.44 6:00.39 6:39.48 7:18.62
18 Jouko Salakka 20 Finland FIN 7:57.42 21.2 56.3 1:32.3 2:09.3 2:47.0 3:24.6 4:02.6 4:40.7 5:19.5 5:58.9 6:38.1 7:17.9
19 Kevin Sirois 22 Canada CAN 8:02.66 20.5 55.9 1:32.0 2:09.6 2:47.5 3:25.9 4:05.1 4:44.4 5:23.0 6:03.5 6:42.9 7:22.5
20 Charles Gilmore 22 United States USA 8:03.04 20.6 56.2 1:33.0 2:11.1 2:49.2 3:27.2 4:05.7 4:44.7 5:24.1 6:03.7 6:43.9 7:23.42
21 Clark King 22 United States USA 8:07.20 20.1 54.6 1:30.1 2:07.0 2:45.6 3:24.6 4:04.5 4:45.1 5:25.6 6:06.2 6:47.04 7:27.44
22 David Hampton 24 Great Britain GBR 8:07.85 21.5 59.5 1:37.1 2:14.6 2:52.2 3:30.1 4:08.5 4:47.8 5:27.6 6:07.7 6:47.9 7:27.8
23 Colin Coates 25 Australia AUS 8:09.35 21.1 57.6 1:35.5 2:13.9 2:52.7 3:31.8 4:11.2 4:50.4 5:30.3 6:10.2 6:50.48 7:30.39
24 Richard Tourne 21 France FRA 8:11.52 21.2 58.3 1:36.6 2:16.1 2:55.2 3:34.9 4:14.4 4:54.0 5:33.6 6:13.2 6:52.7 7:32.3
25 Andy Barron 20 Canada CAN 8:11.84 22.6 1:00.5 1:38.9 2:17.1 2:55.3 3:34.3 4:13.6 4:53.0 5:32.55 6:12.02 6:52.06 7:31.85
26 John Blewitt 26 Great Britain GBR 8:16.75 22.3 1:00.7 1:39.3 2:18.3 2:57.3 3:36.5 4:16.3 4:56.58 5:36.59 6:16.80 6:57.10 7:36.98
27 Herbert Schwarz 18 West Germany FRG 8:26.03 21.9 58.7 1:37.5 2:16.0 2:55.5 3:35.6 4:16.4 4:57.1 5:38.1 6:19.8 7:02.0 7:44.3
28 Luvsansharavyn Tsend 31 Mongolia MGL 8:30.47 21.7 59.4 1:37.9 2:17.8 2:57.9 3:39.2 4:20.4 5:02.2 5:43.4 6:25.5 7:07.4 7:49.4