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Speed Skating at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Women's 3,000 metres

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Makomanai Speed Skating Rink, Sapporo
Date Started: February 12, 1972
Date Finished: February 12, 1972

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

Summary

The defending champion was Dutchwoman Ans Schut, but she had retired after the 1971 World Championships. The event had co-favorites, with Soviet skater Nina Statkevich having won the 1971 World and European Championship, and the distance at the 1972 Europeans in January; and the Netherlands' Stien Baas-Kaiser, who was the world record holder, set in January 1971 in Davos, the defending bronze medalist from Grenoble, and who had won the distance at the 1971 World Championships. Despite these results, Baas-Kaiser was chosen only as a substitute for the Sapporo Olympics. When Trijnie Rep performed disappointingly, she was allowed to skate, and would justify her selection with silver in the 1,500 and gold in this event. Statkevich was off in the second pair and finished in 5:01.79, well off Baas-Kaiser's world record of 4:46.5. American Dianne Holum was in the next pair, and bettered Statkevich's time with 4:58.67 to take the lead. And that time held up until Baas-Kaiser went off in the next-to-last pair, and she shattered Holum's time, finishing in 4:52.14 to easily win the gold medal, with Holum holding on for the silver, and the bronze going to Dutchwoman Atje Keeulen-Deelstra. Statkevich placed fifth. For her, after winning the 1971 World and European Championships, it was a disappointing Olympics with two fifth places and a sixth. For Baas-Kaiser, this was her first gold medal and fourth Olympic medal. She would skate at the World Sprints and World Championships in the coming weeks, and then retire at the end of an esteemed career that saw her win four Olympic medals, the 1967 and 1968 World Championships, and set nine world records. For Holum, this was her fourth Olympic medal, with a gold in the 1972 1,500, silver in this event and the 1968 500, and a bronze in the 1968 1,000.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1 Stien Baas-Kaiser 33 Netherlands NED Gold 4:52.14 21.70 58.50 1:36.34 2:14.72 2:53.61 3:32.57 4:12.04 OR
2 Dianne Holum 20 United States USA Silver 4:58.67 21.88 1:00.37 1:39.00 2:18.22 2:58.42 3:38.46 4:18.51
3 Atje Keulen-Deelstra 33 Netherlands NED Bronze 4:59.91 21.23 58.64 1:37.51 2:17.13 2:56.94 3:37.70 4:18.89
4 Sippie Tigchelaar 19 Netherlands NED 5:01.67 22.99 1:00.48 1:39.33 2:19.00 2:59.09 3:39.65 4:20.75
5 Nina Statkevich 27 Soviet Union URS 5:01.79 21.61 58.96 1:38.05 2:17.71 2:57.16 3:38.14 4:19.60
6 Kapitolina Seryogina 30 Soviet Union URS 5:01.88 22.62 1:01.02 1:39.62 2:18.72 2:58.93 3:39.48 4:20.46
7 Tuula Vilkas 21 Finland FIN 5:05.92 22.48 1:00.25 1:39.57 2:19.11 2:59.49 3:40.73 4:23.32
8 Lyudmila Savrulina 20 Soviet Union URS 5:06.61 21.95 59.94 1:38.36 2:17.89 2:58.73 3:41.0 4:23.6
9 Han Pil-Hwa 30 North Korea PRK 5:07.24 21.79 1:00.00 1:39.44 2:19.47 3:00.15 3:41.88 4:24.11
10 Sigrid Sundby-Dybedahl 29 Norway NOR 5:07.76 21.15 58.34 1:37.03 2:17.13 2:58.37 3:40.50 4:23.58
11 Kim Bok-Soon 22 North Korea PRK 5:07.93 22.52 1:01.62 1:41.76 2:21.76 3:02.15 3:43.32 4:25.47
12 Satomi Koike 21 Japan JPN 5:09.21 22.27 59.07 1:38.04 2:18.62 2:59.94 3:42.81 4:26.14
13 Kim Ok-Soon 23 North Korea PRK 5:09.69 23.04 1:03.15 1:43.38 2:23.61 3:03.98 3:44.74 4:26.25
14 Sylvia Filipsson 18 Sweden SWE 5:11.13 22.20 1:00.63 1:40.27 2:21.08 3:02.39 3:44.67 4:27.95
15 Rosemarie Taupadel 19 East Germany GDR 5:12.85 23.08 1:03.44 1:44.30 2:25.5 3:07.52 3:49.3 4:31.0
16 Kaname Ide 24 Japan JPN 5:17.30 21.9 1:00.2 1:40.7 2:22.2 3:04.7 3:48.5 4:33.1
17 Leah Poulos-Mueller 20 United States USA 5:17.38 21.37 58.35 1:38.6 2:21.2 3:05.0 3:50.4 4:35.1
18 Akiko Aruga 30 Japan JPN 5:22.60 22.6 1:02.5 1:44.4 2:26.7 3:09.8 3:53.5 4:38.1
19 Jeon Seon-Ok 20 South Korea KOR 5:24.27 23.37 1:03.50 1:45.36 2:29.4 3:13.6 3:58.1 4:42.7
20 Kirsti Biermann 21 Norway NOR 5:26.21 22.84 1:03.20 1:45.77 2:29.49 3:13.66 3:58.19 4:42.73
21 Arja Kantola 22 Finland FIN 5:30.88 22.86 1:04.39 1:47.36 2:31.1 3:14.8 3:59.6 4:46.0
22 Jeanne Omelenchuk 40 United States USA 5:32.87 22.2 1:03.3 1:45.9 2:29.6 3:14.0 3:59.9 4:46.4