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Speed Skating at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Makomanai Speed Skating Rink, Sapporo
Date Started: February 9, 1972
Date Finished: February 9, 1972

Gold: USA Dianne Holum
Silver: NED Stien Baas-Kaiser
Bronze: NED Atje Keulen-Deelstra

Summary

This was the first women's event in 1972, and although there was no clear favorite, several skaters were highly considered. This would include Soviet [Nina Statkevich], 1971 World Champion, who won the 1,500 at that event; Holland's [Atje Keulen-Deelstra], 1970 World Champion and recent winner of the 1972 European Championship, who had won the 1,500 at the Europeans; her teammate [Stien Baas-Kaiser], at her best in the distances, and the world record holder at 2:15.8, set in January 1971 in Davos; and American [Dianne Holum], who had won the 1,000 at the 1971 World Championships, and placed fourth overall at the Worlds in 1970 and 1971. Keulen-Deelstra was off in the first pair and set a mark to shoot at, 2:22.05. She waited for the fifth pair which featured Holum and Statkevich. They were together through 700 metres, and ahead of Keulen-Deelstra's splits, but Holum then pulled away, finishing in 2:20.85, which would bring her the gold medal. Statkevich fell off, eventually finishing only sixth. Baas-Kaiser was in the 12th pair, but she started very slowly, and although she had the fastest final lap, she fell just short of catching Holum, finishing in 2:21.05 for a silver medal. Keulen-Deelstra's time held up for the bronze. Holum would compete for only a few more weeks, at the 1972 World Sprints and World Championships, winning both 1,000s at the Sprints. She would then turn to coaching, later taking on a promising young Wisconsin skater named [Eric Heiden]. Holum's daughter, [Kirstin], would later skate for the US at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Dianne Holum 20 United States USA Gold 2:20.85 28.99 1:04.67 1:41.96 OR
2 Stien Baas-Kaiser 33 Netherlands NED Silver 2:21.05 30.17 1:06.18 1:43.01
3 Atje Keulen-Deelstra 33 Netherlands NED Bronze 2:22.05 28.76 1:05.17 1:43.30 OR
4 Ellie van den Brom 22 Netherlands NED 2:22.27 28.69 1:03.46 1:41.23
5 Rosemarie Taupadel 19 East Germany GDR 2:22.35 29.49 1:05.65 1:43.11
6 Nina Statkevich 27 Soviet Union URS 2:23.19 29.08 1:04.71 1:42.89
7 Connie Carpenter-Phinney 14 United States USA 2:23.93 29.87 1:05.23 1:43.44
8 Sigrid Sundby-Dybedahl 29 Norway NOR 2:24.07 29.25 1:05.72 1:44.22
9 Kapitolina Seryogina 30 Soviet Union URS 2:24.29 30.15 1:06.96 1:44.56
10 Monika Gawenus-Holzner-Pflug 17 West Germany FRG 2:24.69 29.25 1:04.64 1:43.19
11 Satomi Koike 21 Japan JPN 2:25.16 30.10 1:06.28 1:45.14
12 Kim Bok-Soon 22 North Korea PRK 2:25.48 31.25 1:07.71 1:45.92
13 Han Pil-Hwa 30 North Korea PRK 2:25.64 29.4 1:05.1 1:43.7
14 Lyudmila Savrulina 20 Soviet Union URS 2:25.85 30.0 1:06.0 1:45.1
15 Paula Dufter 21 West Germany FRG 2:26.00 29.79 1:06.03 1:44.77
16 Tuula Vilkas 21 Finland FIN 2:27.09 30.11 1:07.89 1:46.73
17 Emiko Taguchi 20 Japan JPN 2:28.19 30.5 1:07.3 1:47.0
18 Kaname Ide 24 Japan JPN 2:28.34 30.4 1:07.5 1:47.1
19 Lisbeth Korsmo-Berg 24 Norway NOR 2:28.36 29.10 1:07.26 1:47.36
20 Sylvia Filipsson 18 Sweden SWE 2:29.38 30.97 1:08.17 1:47.73
21 Sylvia Burka 17 Canada CAN 2:29.60 28.6 1:05.0 1:45.8
22 Choi Jung-Hui 20 South Korea KOR 2:29.79 31.24 1:08.30 1:48.39
23 Kirsti Biermann 21 Norway NOR 2:29.94 30.01 1:07.64 1:47.67
24 Leah Poulos-Mueller 20 United States USA 2:31.29 29.2 1:06.4 1:47.8
25 Ylva Hedlund 22 Sweden SWE 2:31.31 29.47 1:06.94 1:47.82
26 Ann-Sofie Järnström 22 Sweden SWE 2:31.53 29.85 1:08.01 1:49.50
27 Gayle Gordon 16 Canada CAN 2:31.86 29.70 1:07.44 1:48.66
28 Jeon Seon-Ok 20 South Korea KOR 2:32.06 30.6 1:08.2 1:49.2
29 Kim Myung-Ja 16 North Korea PRK 2:32.55 30.78 1:08.47 1:48.90
30 Jennifer Jackson 20 Canada CAN 2:35.22 31.1 1:08.9 1:50.7
31 Monika Stützle 18 West Germany FRG 2:37.15 31.51 1:09.41 1:51.37