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Speed Skating at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Women's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck
Date Started: February 7, 1976
Date Finished: February 7, 1976

Gold: URS Tatyana Averina-Barabash
Silver: USA Leah Poulos-Mueller
Bronze: USA Sheila Young

Summary

As in the 500, the three favorites were Americans Sheila Young and Leah Poulos, and Soviet sprinter Tatyana Averina. Young was better in the 500 but was still probably a slight favorite, as she had won the 1973 and 1975 World Sprints, with Poulos winning in 1974, when Young had fallen during one race. But Averina held the world record with 1:23.46, the last of three world records set in 1975 at Medeo. It was expected to be a close race. In the first pair, the defending champion Monika Holzner posted 1:29.54 to set the mark to chase. That held up until the fifth pair, when Poulos was the first favorite to start, finishing in 1:28.57. In the next pair, Averina moved ahead, crossing the line in 1:28.43. Young started in the ninth pair and at 600 metres was ahead of both their paces, but she faded on the final lap, finishing in 1:29.14, and dropped down to the bronze medal, with Averina winning gold and Poulos the silver. Young's bronze gave her a full set in Innsbruck, with gold in the 500, followed by a silver in the 1,500. A few weeks later at the 1976 World Sprints, Young would dominate, winning the title and all four races.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Tatyana Averina-Barabash 25 Soviet Union URS Gold 1:28.43 19.35 52.57 OR
2 Leah Poulos-Mueller 24 United States USA Silver 1:28.57 19.80 52.77 OR
3 Sheila Young 25 United States USA Bronze 1:29.14 19.54 52.46
4 Sylvia Burka 21 Canada CAN 1:29.47 19.78 52.83
5 Monika Gawenus-Holzner-Pflug 21 West Germany FRG 1:29.54 19.85 53.02 OR
6 Cathy Priestner 19 Canada CAN 1:29.66 19.79 53.10
7 Lyudmila Titova 29 Soviet Union URS 1:30.06 19.42 53.35
8 Heike Lange 20 East Germany GDR 1:30.55 19.56 53.33
9 Makiko Nagaya 20 Japan JPN 1:31.23 19.98 53.59
10 Erwina Ryś-Ferens 21 Poland POL 1:31.59 20.25 54.48
11 Sijtje van der Lende 26 Netherlands NED 1:31.66 20.90 55.42
12 Monika Zernicek 21 East Germany GDR 1:31.68 20.18 54.49
13 Paula-Irmeli Halonen 30 Finland FIN 1:31.72 20.06 54.14
14 Ann-Sofie Järnström 26 Sweden SWE 1:32.06 20.03 54.21
15 Tetiana Shelekhova 29 Soviet Union URS 1:32.08 20.20 54.91
16 Annie Borckink 24 Netherlands NED 1:32.50 21.05 55.66
17 Tuula Vilkas 25 Finland FIN 1:32.94 20.70 55.62
18 Sigrid Sundby-Dybedahl 33 Norway NOR 1:33.05 20.47 55.29
19 Ewa Malewicka 20 Poland POL 1:33.89 20.68 55.86
20 Yuko Yaegashi-Ota 18 Japan JPN 1:33.99 20.67 56.31
21 Ute Dix 20 East Germany GDR 1:34.14 20.34 55.06
22 Liz Appleby 17 Canada CAN 1:34.27 20.79 56.14
23 Christa Jaarsma 23 Netherlands NED 1:34.63 21.16 56.54
24 Keiko Hasegawa 20 Japan JPN 1:35.42 20.50 56.53
25 Lee Nam-Sun 14 South Korea KOR 1:35.58 20.83 56.08
26 Janina Korowicka 21 Poland POL 1:35.81 21.31 57.14
AC Peggy Crowe 20 United States USA DQ