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Speed Skating at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Women's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Makomanai Speed Skating Rink, Sapporo
Date Started: February 11, 1972
Date Finished: February 11, 1972

Gold: FRG Monika Gawenus-Holzner-Pflug
Silver: NED Atje Keulen-Deelstra
Bronze: USA Anne Henning

Summary

The favorites were Lyudmila Titova, who had been the best sprinter in the world for several years, and America's Anne Henning, who had begun to surpass her in 1971, although she was better at the 500 metres. Titova had set two world records in 1971, but Henning had broken the mark with 1:27.3 in Davos in January 1972. The defending champion was Carry Geijssen, who retired after the 1971 season. In the third pair, 17-year-old West German Monika Pflug came through in 1:31.40. Henning and Titova were together in the next pair, and Henning later said that her legs still felt the effect of taking two runs in the 500 the day before, after she had been interfered with on her first run. But she still narrowly defeated Titova, 1:31.62 to 1:31.85, but did not catch Pflug. Both were also beaten by Atje Keulen-Deelstra, skating in the next pair, who finished in 1:31.61, which would hold up for the silver medal, Henning getting bronze. The gold medal went to Pflug in a major upset. Her win was especially impressive because she had jump started twice, and started very slowly to avoid disqualification on the third gun. Her 200 split was only 13th fastest, but she was second at the 600 split, and finished strongly. She would have a very long career, competing thru 1988, five Winter Olympics, and three names, eventually as Monika Gawenus-Holzner-Pflug, but this would be her only Olympic medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Monika Gawenus-Holzner-Pflug 17 West Germany FRG Gold 1:31.40 20.59 54.74 OR
2 Atje Keulen-Deelstra 33 Netherlands NED Silver 1:31.61 20.28 55.35
3 Anne Henning 16 United States USA Bronze 1:31.62 19.94 54.48
4 Lyudmila Titova 25 Soviet Union URS 1:31.85 19.94 54.39
5 Nina Statkevich 27 Soviet Union URS 1:32.21 20.07 54.98
6 Dianne Holum 20 United States USA 1:32.41 20.24 55.28
7 Ellie van den Brom 22 Netherlands NED 1:32.60 20.4 55.7
8 Sylvia Burka 17 Canada CAN 1:32.95 20.1 54.7
9 Sigrid Sundby-Dybedahl 29 Norway NOR 1:33.13 20.45 55.70
10 Lyudmila Savrulina 20 Soviet Union URS 1:33.41 21.0 55.8
11 Tuula Vilkas 21 Finland FIN 1:33.51 21.2 56.3
12T Han Pil-Hwa 30 North Korea PRK 1:33.79 20.6 55.5
12T Rosemarie Taupadel 19 East Germany GDR 1:33.79 21.0 56.1
14 Ylva Hedlund 22 Sweden SWE 1:33.82 20.1 54.8
15 Emiko Taguchi 20 Japan JPN 1:34.40 20.9 56.6
16 Paula Dufter 21 West Germany FRG 1:34.86 20.8 56.1
17 Sheila Young 21 United States USA 1:34.97 20.1 55.5
18 Sachiko Saito 25 Japan JPN 1:35.12 20.34 55.86
19 Ann-Sofie Järnström 22 Sweden SWE 1:35.21 20.72 56.06
20 Tak In-Suk 22 North Korea PRK 1:35.38 20.5 55.7
21 Arja Kantola 22 Finland FIN 1:35.45 20.9 56.9
22 Lisbeth Korsmo-Berg 24 Norway NOR 1:35.56 20.61 56.63
23 Kirsti Biermann 21 Norway NOR 1:35.76 21.4 57.3
24 Trijnie Rep 21 Netherlands NED 1:35.82 21.2 57.4
25 Jeon Seon-Ok 20 South Korea KOR 1:36.24 21.4 57.0
26 Lee Gyeong-Hui 13 South Korea KOR 1:36.50 21.43 57.92
27 Choi Dong-Ok 21 North Korea PRK 1:36.67 21.2 57.1
28 Ryoko Onozawa 21 Japan JPN 1:36.99 21.3 57.3
29 Cathy Priestner 15 Canada CAN 1:37.11 20.9 56.8
30 Sylvia Filipsson 18 Sweden SWE 1:37.24 21.2 57.4
31 Choi Jung-Hui 20 South Korea KOR 1:37.57 21.3 58.1
32 Gayle Gordon 16 Canada CAN 1:38.32 21.3 58.1
33 Ruth Budzisch-Schleiermacher 22 East Germany GDR 1:52.65 19.92 1:10.58 fall