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Speed Skating at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck
Date Started: February 11, 1976
Date Finished: February 11, 1976

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

Summary

He did not hold the world record, as he did in the 10,000, but the favorite was Norwegian Sten Stensen. He had won the distance at almost all the major internationals in 1974 and 1975, and at the recent 1976 European Championships. The world record holder was Hans van Helden who had recorded 7:07.82 at Davos in January 1976. Van Helden went off in the second pair and came across in 7:26.54 to take the lead. But it would not last long as Stensen was up next, helped by skating right after an ice preparation, and he went out much faster than Van Helden’s pace, and maintained it, finishing in 7:24.48, a time that would bring him the gold medal. The silver went to Dutchman Piet Kleine, who never challenged Stensen, and was behind Van Helden most of the way, only to finish with a faster lap for 7:26.47.

Hans van Helden had one of the longest international careers of any skater. He appeared at the 1973 European Championships and competed at the 1988 World Championships. He won many distance titles, and the 1976 and 1977 Dutch All-around titles, but never won a major international all-around. 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 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1 Sten Stensen 28 Norway NOR Gold 7:24.48 19.62 53.22 1:27.57 2:02.25 2:37.65 3:12.86 3:48.31 4:24.13 5:00.04 5:35.67 6:11.41 6:47.81
2 Piet Kleine 24 Netherlands NED Silver 7:26.47 19.98 54.09 1:29.17 2:04.41 2:39.51 3:14.75 3:50.16 4:26.05 5:02.19 5:38.23 6:14.43 6:50.48
3 Hans van Helden 27 Netherlands NED Bronze 7:26.54 20.45 54.30 1:28.94 2:04.31 2:39.80 3:15.17 3:50.37 4:25.95 5:01.59 5:37.27 6:13.64 6:50.26
4 Viktor Varlamov 27 Soviet Union URS 7:30.97 20.29 54.14 1:28.99 2:04.22 2:39.81 3:15.46 3:51.15 4:27.07 5:03.11 5:39.65 6:16.65 6:53.80
5 Klaus Wunderlich 24 East Germany GDR 7:33.82 19.81 53.42 1:28.64 2:04.49 2:40.09 3:15.98 3:51.74 4:27.73 5:04.36 5:41.40 6:18.69 6:56.41
6 Dan Carroll 26 United States USA 7:36.46 20.45 55.81 1:31.93 2:07.91 2:44.22 3:20.49 3:56.92 4:33.67 5:10.26 5:46.99 6:23.35 6:59.90
7 Vladimir Ivanov 26 Soviet Union URS 7:37.73 19.60 54.62 1:30.28 2:05.54 2:41.35 3:17.08 3:53.43 4:29.83 5:06.65 5:43.80 6:21.70 6:59.99
8 Örjan Sandler 35 Sweden SWE 7:39.69 20.49 54.72 1:29.66 2:05.38 2:41.29 3:17.42 3:53.98 4:30.86 5:08.23 5:45.91 6:23.63 7:01.64
9 Jan Egil Storholt 26 Norway NOR 7:40.60 20.06 54.66 1:30.70 2:06.38 2:42.24 3:18.50 3:54.83 4:31.68 5:08.79 5:46.19 6:23.54 7:01.81
10 Colin Coates 29 Australia AUS 7:41.96 20.41 54.46 1:29.89 2:05.71 2:42.26 3:18.78 3:55.91 4:33.29 5:10.82 5:48.49 6:26.61 7:04.58
11 Lee Yeong-Ha 19 South Korea KOR 7:44.21 19.91 53.47 1:28.74 2:04.60 2:40.82 3:17.17 3:54.78 4:32.64 5:10.55 5:48.79 6:27.50 7:06.74
12 Mike Woods 23 United States USA 7:48.08 20.52 56.10 1:32.40 2:08.91 2:45.74 3:22.56 4:00.06 4:37.60 5:15.25 5:53.04 6:31.40 7:09.94
13 Amund Sjøbrend 23 Norway NOR 7:48.28 19.91 55.19 1:31.37 2:08.20 2:44.58 3:21.04 3:58.13 4:35.53 5:13.45 5:51.91 6:30.91 7:10.06
14 Sergey Marchuk 23 Soviet Union URS 7:51.37 19.81 54.53 1:30.34 2:07.00 2:43.82 3:20.75 3:57.87 4:35.03 5:12.88 5:51.86 6:31.29 7:10.97
15 Herbert Schwarz 22 West Germany FRG 7:52.26 20.32 55.74 1:32.18 2:08.90 2:45.86 3:22.95 4:00.22 4:37.89 5:15.79 5:54.29 6:33.01 7:12.13
16 Lennart Carlsson 24 Sweden SWE 7:53.02 19.58 54.52 1:30.24 2:06.98 2:44.26 3:21.59 3:59.54 4:37.72 5:16.20 5:55.43 6:34.98 7:14.36
17 Franz Krienbühl 46 Switzerland SUI 7:53.11 21.22 56.63 1:33.12 2:10.07 2:47.45 3:24.78 4:02.52 4:40.32 5:18.63 5:57.04 6:35.91 7:14.81
18 Manfred Winter 21 East Germany GDR 7:58.28 20.87 55.18 1:30.86 2:06.82 2:43.71 3:21.72 4:00.18 4:39.24 5:18.25 5:58.26 6:38.29 7:18.47
19 Eric Heiden 17 United States USA 7:59.00 20.07 54.58 1:30.25 2:06.78 2:44.00 3:21.34 3:59.71 4:38.11 5:17.55 5:57.17 6:37.48 7:18.16
20 Olavi Köppä 24 Finland FIN 7:59.52 20.15 55.47 1:31.61 2:08.79 2:46.14 3:23.66 4:02.20 4:41.29 5:20.82 6:00.39 6:40.64 7:20.42
21 Maurizio Marchetto 19 Italy ITA 8:04.07 21.46 56.95 1:33.53 2:10.88 2:48.61 3:26.83 4:05.53 4:44.50 5:23.74 6:03.49 6:43.64 7:23.75
22 Masahiko Yamamoto 19 Japan JPN 8:06.97 19.82 54.64 1:31.52 2:08.99 2:46.94 3:25.31 4:04.25 4:43.37 5:23.48 6:04.60 6:45.56 7:26.56
23 Andy Barron 24 Canada CAN 8:10.00 21.05 56.85 1:34.40 2:12.21 2:49.98 3:28.08 4:06.93 4:45.94 5:25.54 6:05.80 6:46.91 7:28.26
24 Masayuki Kawahara 20 Japan JPN 8:10.08 20.19 55.46 1:31.57 2:08.64 2:47.37 3:27.63 4:08.90 4:50.87 5:31.24 6:11.52 6:52.11 7:31.74
25 Dan Johansson 25 Sweden SWE 8:12.37 20.12 55.84 1:32.97 2:10.49 2:48.89 3:27.28 4:06.47 4:46.30 5:26.65 6:07.68 6:49.19 7:20.95
26 Geoff Sandys 24 Great Britain GBR 8:13.03 21.29 57.09 1:33.36 2:10.84 2:49.30 3:28.74 4:08.54 4:48.74 5:29.08 6:09.32 6:50.20 7:31.52
27 Ludwig Kronfuß 25 Austria AUT 8:19.72 21.09 56.66 1:34.11 2:12.47 2:51.22 3:30.68 4:10.58 4:50.76 5:31.39 6:11.99 6:53.07 7:34.68
28 Ivano Bamberghi 27 Italy ITA 8:21.04 21.43 58.09 1:36.75 2:15.89 2:55.61 3:35.58 4:15.67 4:56.02 5:36.81 6:17.87 6:58.62 7:39.90
29 Hubert Gundolf 23 Austria AUT 8:29.34 21.77 1:00.47 1:40.81 2:21.46 3:02.58 3:43.83 4:25.08 5:05.95 5:47.14 6:28.03 7:08.68 7:48.94
30 Gilbert Van Eesbeeck 23 Belgium BEL 8:29.78 21.10 57.65 1:35.73 2:14.96 2:54.66 3:35.58 4:16.45 4:58.07 5:40.06 6:22.29 7:04.97 7:47.48
31 Loris Vellar 25 Italy ITA 8:31.85 20.89 57.79 1:36.29 2:16.22 2:56.86 3:37.62 4:18.82 5:00.02 5:42.32 6:24.64 7:07.17 7:49.41