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Speed Skating at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Men's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 19, 1980
Date Finished: February 19, 1980

Gold: USA Eric Heiden
Silver: CAN Gaétan Boucher
Bronze: URS Vladimir Lobanov
NOR Frode Rønning

Summary

This one was considered a given. Eric Heiden was favored in all five speed skating events in Lake Placid but none more so than in the 1,000 metres. He had never lost the distance in any international race, and had set the last three world records, having posted 1:14.99 in March 1978 at Savalen and again in February 1979 at Inzell, and bettering it with 1:13.60 in winning the 1980 World Sprints at Davos. He already had two gold medals, having earlier won the 500 and 5,000. Heiden was in the first pair with Canada’s Gaétan Boucher, who had placed second at the 1979 and 1980 World Sprints to Heiden. But Heiden was dominant. He posted the fastest split at 200 metres, at 600 metres, and for each lap, winning his third gold medal by a full 1½ seconds over Boucher, a ridiculous margin for the 1,000 at this level of competition, posting 1:15.18. Third place was a tie, with Norway’s Frode Rønning and the Soviet’s Vladimir Lobanov both posting 1:16.91, and winning bronze medals. The defending champion, American Peter Mueller, who had won the event in 1976 in its first appearance on the Olympic program, placed fifth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Eric Heiden 21 United States USA Gold 1:15.18 17.30 45.49 OR
2 Gaétan Boucher 21 Canada CAN Silver 1:16.68 17.33 45.69
3T Vladimir Lobanov 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze 1:16.91 17.64 46.16
3T Frode Rønning 20 Norway NOR Bronze 1:16.91 17.62 46.00
5 Peter Mueller 25 United States USA 1:17.11 17.56 45.88
6 Bert de Jong 24 Netherlands NED 1:17.29 17.92 46.92
7 Andreas Dietel 20 East Germany GDR 1:17.71 18.01 46.57
8 Oloph Granath 28 Sweden SWE 1:17.74 17.57 46.12
9 Sergey Khlebnikov 24 Soviet Union URS 1:17.96 17.63 46.37
10 Lieuwe de Boer 28 Netherlands NED 1:17.97 17.44 45.97
11 Craig Kressler 18 United States USA 1:18.37 17.80 46.90
12 Terje Andersen 27 Norway NOR 1:18.52 17.94 47.44
13 Jan Józwik 27 Poland POL 1:18.83 17.64 47.24
14 Pertti Niittylä 24 Finland FIN 1:18.85 18.23 47.39
15 Anatoly Medennikov 21 Soviet Union URS 1:18.92 17.58 46.88
16 Jan-Åke Carlberg 22 Sweden SWE 1:19.13 17.82 47.32
17 Jan Egil Storholt 30 Norway NOR 1:19.34 18.24 47.22
18 Emmanuel Michon 24 France FRA 1:19.43 17.38 46.97
19 Kaoru Fukuda 24 Japan JPN 1:19.66 17.68 47.36
20 Jacques Thibault 21 Canada CAN 1:19.79 17.31 46.86
21 Hilbert van der Duim 22 Netherlands NED 1:19.89 18.03 48.20
22 Lee Yeong-Ha 23 South Korea KOR 1:20.04 17.86 48.21
23 Masayuki Kawahara 24 Japan JPN 1:20.88 18.38 49.14
24 Zhao Weichang 29 China CHN 1:20.97 18.97 48.73
25 Kazuaki Ichimura 22 Japan JPN 1:21.05 17.54 47.99
26 Steffen Doering 19 East Germany GDR 1:21.19 17.81 47.63
27 Craig Webster 22 Canada CAN 1:21.47 18.54 48.90
28 Giovanni Paganin 24 Italy ITA 1:21.50 18.24 48.22
29 Colin Coates 33 Australia AUS 1:21.68 19.10 49.96
30 Jukka Salmela 21 Finland FIN 1:21.78 18.40 48.22
31 Vasile Coroş 28 Romania ROU 1:21.89 18.17 48.27
32 Li Huchun 23 China CHN 1:22.10 18.56 48.78
33 Dezideriu Jenei 19 Romania ROU 1:22.66 18.65 49.35
34 Mike Richmond 19 Australia AUS 1:23.30 18.50 49.17
35 Esa Puolakka 21 Finland FIN 1:23.54 18.54 49.45
36 Wang Nianchun 23 China CHN 1:24.20 18.62 49.93
37 Tömörbaataryn Nyamdavaa 19 Mongolia MGL 1:24.84 19.00 50.75
38 Dorjiin Tsenddoo 25 Mongolia MGL 1:27.00 18.47 50.43
39 Herbert Schwarz 26 West Germany FRG 1:44.23 18.07 1:10.48 fall
40 Archie Marshall 27 Great Britain GBR 2:00.93 18.38 1:13.14 fall
AC Johan Granath 29 Sweden SWE DNF/fall