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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