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Speed Skating at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck
Date Started: February 14, 1976
Date Finished: February 14, 1976

Gold: NED Piet Kleine
Silver: NOR Sten Stensen
Bronze: NED Hans van Helden

Summary

Sten Stensen had already won the 5,000 in Innsbruck and was expected to finish the distance double with the 10K. He had recently set the world record at the 1976 European Championships in Oslo, and had also won the distance at the 1975 Europeans and the 1974 World Championships. The race was held during a snowfall. The early leader was Hans van Helden, who had already won bronzes in Innsbruck in the 1,500 and 5,000, and who finished in 15:02.02. Stensen was up two pairs later and started faster and finished faster than Van Helden, crossing in 14:53.30. In the eighth pair was Piet Kleine, who had won a silver medal in the 5,000. Kleine started at a moderate pace, and was behind Stensen for 12 laps. But he then caught him, and gradually pulled away, finishing in 14:50.59, the second fastest time ever and only 0.28 off Stensen’s world record.

A few weeks later, Kleine won the 1976 World Championships, winning the 1,500 and 10K at that meet. One month later, at a meet in Inzell, West Germany, Kleine broke the world record in the 5,000, the 10,000, and the samalog. His gold medal also earned him a job. He was out of work, which he mentioned in an interview, and Dutch minister Harry van Doom found him one as a mailman. For Van Helden, Innsbruck was a successful Olympics, if not fully satisfying. He won three medals but they were all bronze. Stensen was near the end of his career. Primarily a distance skater, he was the 1974 World Champion and 1975 European Champion.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1 Piet Kleine 24 Netherlands NED Gold 14:50.59 37.50 1:12.72 1:48.34 2:24.12 2:59.61 3:35.09 4:10.48 4:46.18 5:21.61 5:57.34 6:32.51 7:07.94 7:42.99 8:18.01 8:53.08 9:28.47 10:03.82 10:39.08 11:14.68 11:50.48 12:26.46 13:02.49 13:37.81 14:14.85 OR
2 Sten Stensen 28 Norway NOR Silver 14:53.30 37.11 1:12.05 1:47.35 2:22.64 2:58.00 3:33.71 4:09.22 4:44.89 5:20.59 5:56.25 6:31.80 7:07.61 7:43.07 8:18.66 8:54.40 9:30.08 10:05.64 10:41.46 11:17.37 11:53.07 12:29.09 13:05.31 13:41.44 14:17.46 OR
3 Hans van Helden 27 Netherlands NED Bronze 15:02.02 39.85 1:14.70 1:49.44 2:24.44 2:59.05 3:33.59 4:08.30 4:43.15 5:18.68 5:54.40 6:30.23 7:06.12 7:42.10 8:18.37 8:54.89 9:31.40 10:07.62 10:44.17 11:20.52 11:57.19 12:34.17 13:11.20 13:48.30 14:25.41
4 Viktor Varlamov 27 Soviet Union URS 15:06.06 38.39 1:14.58 1:50.71 2:26.33 3:00.69 3:37.16 4:12.86 4:48.56 5:24.34 6:00.00 6:35.85 7:11.93 7:48.29 8:24.42 9:00.82 9:37.34 10:13.69 10:50.53 11:26.75 12:03.23 12:39.83 13:16.38 13:53.06 14:29.68
5 Örjan Sandler 35 Sweden SWE 15:16.21 38.23 1:12.85 1:48.17 2:23.82 2:59.87 3:36.12 4:12.56 4:49.11 5:25.47 6:01.92 6:38.51 7:14.83 7:51.36 8:27.73 9:04.08 9:40.33 10:16.76 10:53.39 11:30.15 12:06.96 12:44.13 13:21.71 13:59.47 14:37.49
6 Colin Coates 29 Australia AUS 15:16.80 36.98 1:11.57 1:47.54 2:22.80 2:58.48 3:33.98 4:09.84 4:45.63 5:22.01 5:58.74 6:36.18 7:13.57 7:51.01 8:28.35 9:05.47 9:42.56 10:19.73 10:57.05 11:34.23 12:11.12 12:48.39 13:25.60 14:02.91 14:40.22
7 Dan Carroll 26 United States USA 15:19.29 39.43 1:15.96 1:52.85 2:29.74 3:06.59 3:43.05 4:19.53 4:56.05 5:32.80 6:09.24 6:46.11 7:22.61 7:59.14 8:35.60 9:12.11 9:48.56 10:24.84 11:01.26 11:37.95 12:14.71 12:51.41 13:27.99 14:05.38 14:42.77
8 Franz Krienbühl 46 Switzerland SUI 15:36.43 38.55 1:13.73 1:49.81 2:27.09 3:03.73 3:40.93 4:18.26 4:56.11 5:33.74 6:11.10 6:48.61 7:26.12 8:03.84 8:41.54 9:19.17 9:56.70 10:34.08 11:11.83 11:49.28 12:27.09 13:04.95 13:42.85 14:20.65 14:58.71
9 Olavi Köppä 24 Finland FIN 15:39.73 40.17 1:16.40 1:53.15 2:30.08 3:07.20 3:44.79 4:22.63 5:00.51 5:38.42 6:16.50 6:55.02 7:33.78 8:12.73 8:51.26 9:29.83 10:08.25 10:44.52 11:21.14 11:57.78 12:34.68 13:11.87 13:48.85 14:25.97 15:02.70
10 Amund Sjøbrend 23 Norway NOR 15:43.29 38.40 1:14.38 1:50.81 2:27.34 3:03.81 3:40.04 4:16.35 4:52.82 5:29.40 6:06.17 6:43.03 7:20.00 7:57.14 8:34.59 9:12.10 9:49.84 10:27.62 11:05.43 11:43.68 12:22.49 13:01.95 13:41.71 14:21.90 15:02.65
11 Sergey Marchuk 23 Soviet Union URS 15:43.81 39.85 1:16.38 1:54.38 2:32.62 3:10.58 3:48.30 4:25.37 5:02.55 5:40.18 6:17.80 6:55.07 7:32.52 8:10.03 8:47.78 9:25.68 10:03.44 10:41.52 11:20.28 11:58.70 12:37.06 13:15.27 13:52.65 14:30.71 15:07.72
12 Mike Woods 23 United States USA 15:53.42 39.14 1:16.37 1:53.36 2:30.18 3:06.73 3:43.42 4:20.48 4:57.89 5:35.25 6:13.06 6:51.27 7:29.61 8:08.27 8:46.90 9:25.25 10:03.72 10:42.20 11:20.78 11:59.47 12:38.46 13:17.79 13:57.12 14:36.21 15:15.16
13 Lennart Carlsson 24 Sweden SWE 15:53.89 38.73 1:16.19 1:53.06 2:30.08 3:06.24 3:43.30 4:19.98 4:57.73 5:35.02 6:13.56 6:52.43 7:31.32 8:10.54 8:49.39 9:28.17 10:06.79 10:45.45 11:24.08 12:02.94 12:41.81 13:20.89 13:59.79 14:38.71 15:17.02
14 Jan Egil Storholt 26 Norway NOR 16:06.37 39.39 1:16.40 1:54.72 2:32.66 3:11.33 3:49.13 4:26.82 5:04.67 5:43.53 6:21.88 7:00.66 7:39.70 8:18.61 8:57.69 9:37.17 10:16.57 10:56.34 11:35.78 12:15.55 12:54.88 13:34.27 14:13.71 14:52.40 15:29.33
15 Vladimir Ivanov 26 Soviet Union URS 16:16.20 37.39 1:13.12 1:49.03 2:24.59 3:00.26 3:36.32 4:13.02 4:50.11 5:27.52 6:05.45 6:43.54 7:22.56 8:01.71 8:40.70 9:20.53 10:00.79 10:41.24 11:21.72 12:03.07 12:45.15 13:27.01 14:09.13 14:50.76 15:34.44
16 Masahiko Yamamoto 19 Japan JPN 16:20.83 38.76 1:15.84 1:53.73 2:31.67 3:09.73 3:47.32 4:24.98 5:03.05 5:40.94 6:19.15 6:57.70 7:36.68 8:15.81 8:55.12 9:35.07 10:15.35 10:55.71 11:36.43 12:16.84 12:57.50 13:38.25 14:18.58 14:58.80 15:40.09
17 Maurizio Marchetto 19 Italy ITA 16:22.55 39.07 1:16.37 1:54.58 2:33.05 3:11.54 3:49.65 4:28.05 5:06.82 5:45.69 6:24.37 7:03.75 7:42.96 8:22.22 9:01.12 9:40.44 10:19.67 10:59.41 11:39.39 12:19.64 12:59.95 13:40.87 14:21.64 15:02.18 15:42.55
18 Geoff Sandys 24 Great Britain GBR 16:26.27 40.43 1:17.73 1:55.61 2:34.04 3:12.75 3:51.68 4:30.56 5:09.59 5:49.17 6:28.83 7:09.06 7:49.00 8:29.27 9:09.86 9:50.18 10:30.44 11:10.20 11:49.73 12:29.19 13:08.79 13:48.37 14:27.82 15:07.49 15:47.13
19 Charles Gilmore 26 United States USA 16:26.35 39.37 1:17.14 1:55.04 2:33.15 3:11.26 3:49.54 4:28.36 5:07.78 5:47.58 6:27.33 7:07.52 7:48.00 8:27.46 9:06.56 9:46.43 10:26.30 11:07.14 11:46.11 12:26.01 13:06.43 13:46.80 14:27.24 15:06.88 15:46.36
20 Hubert Gundolf 23 Austria AUT 17:52.43 40.89 1:20.31 2:09.61 2:49.36 3:29.15 4:09.81 4:50.14 5:30.50 6:11.53 6:53.03 7:34.93 8:16.92 8:58.79 9:41.07 10:43.03 11:27.03 12:09.21 12:51.71 13:34.69 14:17.80 15:00.96 15:44.29 16:27.30 17:10.32 fall