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Speed Skating at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Women's 3,000 metres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck
Date Started: February 8, 1976
Date Finished: February 8, 1976

Gold: URS Tatyana Averina-Barabash
Silver: GDR Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich
Bronze: NOR Lisbeth Korsmo-Berg

Summary

At the 1975 World Championships, the distance had been won by Dutch skater Sippie Tigchelaar, who was not in Innsbruck because of disputes with the Dutch national team. Second was East Germany's Karin Kessow, who won the all-around, followed by Soviet skater, Tatyana Averina, who had already won the 1,000 in Innsbruck. The world record had been set by Tamara Kuznetsova at Medeo in 1975, but she was also not at the 1976 Winter Olympics.

In the first pair East German Ines Bautzmann broke the Olympic record with 4:46.67. Averina was in the sixth pair and moved ahead, posting 4:45.19, narrowly above the world record of 4:44.69, and three seconds better than her PB. Three pairs later Norway's Lisbeth Korsmo was right on Averina's pace for most of the race only to miss out by a tantalizingly close margin, 4:45.24 – only 5/100ths of a second back. In the 10th pair, East German Andrea Mitscherlich was even closer, finishing in 4:45.23, especially fast when one considers that Mitscherlich had only recently turned 15-years-old. Kessow was up in the final pair, the 13th. She skated well, and was never much off the leading pace, finishing in 4:45.60. Remarkably the four top skaters were within 41/100ths of a second.

Averina was the top female skater at the 1976 Winter Olympics. She won two gold medals and two bronze medals in the four events. This was her first ever victory in a 3,000 at a major meet, as early in her career, she had primarily been considered a sprinter. Averina would win the 1978 World Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1 Tatyana Averina-Barabash 25 Soviet Union URS Gold 4:45.19 21.43 57.74 1:34.28 2:11.83 2:49.67 3:28.05 4:06.69 OR
2 Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich 15 East Germany GDR Silver 4:45.23 20.73 55.13 1:30.79 2:07.78 2:45.92 3:25.10 4:04.95
3 Lisbeth Korsmo-Berg 28 Norway NOR Bronze 4:45.24 21.60 57.77 1:34.90 2:12.14 2:49.60 3:28.01 4:06.67
4 Karin Kessow 22 East Germany GDR 4:45.60 21.69 57.58 1:34.42 2:11.95 2:49.96 3:28.46 4:06.94
5 Ines Bautzmann 17 East Germany GDR 4:46.67 20.78 55.68 1:32.29 2:09.99 2:48.56 3:27.65 4:07.26 OR
6 Sylvia Filipsson 22 Sweden SWE 4:48.15 21.34 56.86 1:33.26 2:10.87 2:49.16 3:28.06 4:07.90
7 Nancy Swider-Peltz 19 United States USA 4:48.46 20.69 57.04 1:34.15 2:12.27 2:51.13 3:30.23 4:09.46
8 Sylvia Burka 21 Canada CAN 4:49.04 20.98 55.75 1:32.40 2:10.22 2:49.07 3:28.74 4:08.72
9 Sijtje van der Lende 26 Netherlands NED 4:50.86 21.07 56.80 1:33.69 2:11.33 2:49.67 3:28.84 4:09.25
10 Erwina Ryś-Ferens 21 Poland POL 4:50.95 21.58 59.00 1:35.87 2:13.68 2:52.14 3:31.27 4:15.42
11 Beth Heiden 16 United States USA 4:51.67 21.29 57.80 1:36.06 2:15.42 2:54.63 3:33.59 4:12.36
12 Tuula Vilkas 25 Finland FIN 4:51.71 21.43 58.54 1:36.06 2:14.86 2:53.77 3:32.69 4:11.60
13 Nina Statkevich 31 Soviet Union URS 4:53.94 20.77 57.24 1:34.65 2:12.73 2:51.74 3:31.78 4:12.32
14 Tetiana Shelekhova 29 Soviet Union URS 4:54.03 21.38 57.21 1:34.16 2:12.41 2:51.56 3:31.91 4:12.96
15 Annie Borckink 24 Netherlands NED 4:56.75 21.42 57.53 1:35.93 2:15.53 2:55.63 3:36.00 4:16.27
16 Janina Korowicka 21 Poland POL 4:57.48 21.38 58.03 1:36.41 2:15.74 2:55.84 3:36.49 4:16.98
17 Cindy Seikkula 17 United States USA 4:57.57 21.95 1:00.13 1:39.09 2:18.75 2:58.20 3:37.85 4:17.33
18 Liz Appleby 17 Canada CAN 4:58.68 21.43 57.92 1:36.25 2:15.63 2:55.95 3:36.81 4:17.92
19 Yuko Yaegashi-Ota 18 Japan JPN 4:58.92 21.17 57.91 1:36.22 2:15.37 2:55.44 3:36.14 4:17.48
20 Christa Jaarsma 23 Netherlands NED 5:00.08 21.16 57.57 1:35.79 2:15.31 2:55.74 3:36.47 4:18.20
21 Chieko Ito 21 Japan JPN 5:02.57 21.95 58.63 1:36.85 2:16.26 2:56.83 3:38.63 4:20.72
22 Paula-Irmeli Halonen 30 Finland FIN 5:03.08 21.76 58.74 1:37.85 2:18.07 2:58.91 3:39.91 4:21.34
23 Gayle Gordon 20 Canada CAN 5:07.09 21.38 58.26 1:36.70 2:16.92 2:58.58 3:41.17 4:24.06
24 Lee Nam-Sun 14 South Korea KOR 5:08.34 22.01 1:01.18 1:41.99 2:22.32 3:02.69 3:44.36 4:26.60
25 Ewa Malewicka 20 Poland POL 5:08.79 21.37 58.12 1:37.03 2:17.45 2:59.18 3:42.06 4:25.38
26 Linda Rombouts 22 Belgium BEL 5:10.35 22.14 59.73 1:39.04 2:19.57 3:01.45 3:44.06 4:27.30