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Speed Skating at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Women's 3,000 metres

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 20, 1980
Date Finished: February 20, 1980

Gold: NOR Bjørg Eva Jensen
Silver: GDR Sabine Becker
Bronze: USA Beth Heiden

Summary

The first pair matched American Beth Heiden, who had won the 1979 World Championships, including wins at all four distances, and Norway’s Bjørg Eva Jensen, who at the recent 1980 World Championships, had won the 3,000 metres. At the 1980 Worlds, Heiden was second and Jensen third overall. By 600 metres Jensen was about ½-second ahead of Heiden and that approximate margin would hold until the final lap. But Heiden tired on the last lap, and Jensen defeated her by a large margin on that lap, finishing in 4:32.13 to Heiden’s 4:33.77. The next pair had East German Sabine Becker, who had little international reputation at this level, as she had skated in the juniors thru 1979. At 2,600 metres she was over a second off the pace set by Jensen and Heiden, but her last lap was the fastest of the event, finishing over a second faster than Jensen, and over two seconds better than Heiden. It brought her thru in 4:32.79, which would earn her the silver medal behind Jensen. Heiden’s time would hold up for the bronze medal, her only medal of the 1980 Olympics, although the American press had built her up as a possibility to win medals in every event. Skating in a late pair, the 11th, was the 1976 silver medalist, Andrea Mitscherlich, who had struggled internationally since 1976, but performed well in Lake Placid and finished fourth in this race.

Because of health reasons, Becker retired from skating after the 1980 season and became a professional singer. In 1986 she defected to West Germany, and in 1988 she resumed speed skating, skating two World Cup seasons for her new country, and then retiring for good. A few weeks after Lake Placid, Jensen won the World Junior Championships. She skated internatonally thru 1988 and then seemingly retired. But in the next century, she came back and skated at the Norwegian Single Distance Championships in 2002 and 2006, at 46-years-old by 2006, placing second in the 5,000 in 2002. Through 2009, her gold medal is the only won in speed skating by a Norwegian woman, and one of only two medals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1 Bjørg Eva Jensen 19 Norway NOR Gold 4:32.13 20.53 53.58 1:28.50 2:04.31 2:40.56 3:17.20 3:54.33 OR
2 Sabine Becker 20 East Germany GDR Silver 4:32.79 20.75 54.32 1:29.48 2:05.54 2:42.03 3:18.79 3:55.89
3 Beth Heiden 20 United States USA Bronze 4:33.77 20.31 54.17 1:28.94 2:04.59 2:40.75 3:17.37 3:54.76
4 Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich 19 East Germany GDR 4:37.69 20.93 55.20 1:30.65 2:06.89 2:43.73 3:21.17 3:59.29
5 Erwina Ryś-Ferens 25 Poland POL 4:37.89 20.90 54.42 1:29.77 2:05.22 2:41.85 3:19.36 3:58.18
6 Mary Docter 19 United States USA 4:39.29 21.71 57.17 1:33.26 2:09.64 2:46.32 3:23.62 4:01.17
7 Sylvia Filipsson 26 Sweden SWE 4:40.22 21.22 55.68 1:31.41 2:08.13 2:45.64 3:23.15 4:01.45
8 Nataliya Petrusyova 24 Soviet Union URS 4:42.59 21.07 56.05 1:32.68 2:10.03 2:47.89 3:26.35 4:04.40
9 Olga Pleshkova 23 Soviet Union URS 4:43.11 21.09 55.88 1:31.64 2:08.37 2:45.96 3:24.20 4:03.38
10 Sarah Docter 15 United States USA 4:43.30 21.08 55.58 1:31.77 2:08.57 2:45.99 3:24.30 4:03.53
11 Brenda Webster 18 Canada CAN 4:43.67 21.34 55.97 1:31.75 2:08.79 2:46.67 3:25.05 4:04.14
12 Sylvia Burka 25 Canada CAN 4:44.22 21.58 56.37 1:32.45 2:09.50 2:47.07 3:25.54 4:04.87
13 Annie Borckink 28 Netherlands NED 4:47.35 21.33 55.97 1:32.48 2:10.58 2:49.26 3:28.27 4:07.97
14 Sylvia Albrecht 17 East Germany GDR 4:47.76 20.89 55.37 1:31.78 2:09.11 2:47.41 3:26.60 4:07.01
15 Anneli Repola 25 Finland FIN 4:50.51 21.64 57.11 1:34.06 2:12.51 2:51.51 3:30.92 4:10.28
16 Sijtje van der Lende 30 Netherlands NED 4:51.53 22.23 57.47 1:33.41 2:11.13 2:49.72 3:29.69 4:10.28
17 Valentina Lalenkova 22 Soviet Union URS 4:51.72 21.67 56.66 1:32.50 2:09.62 2:47.97 3:27.88 4:09.14
18 Annette Carlén-Karlsson 23 Sweden SWE 4:52.70 21.90 58.04 1:35.68 2:13.50 2:52.03 3:31.57 4:11.72
19 Sigrid Smuda 20 West Germany FRG 4:53.55 21.35 57.28 1:34.59 2:13.00 2:52.07 3:31.77 4:12.44
20 Lisbeth Korsmo-Berg 32 Norway NOR 4:54.95 21.77 57.42 1:34.85 2:13.25 2:52.87 3:32.96 4:13.78
21 Miyoshi Kato 17 Japan JPN 4:57.39 21.90 58.15 1:35.67 2:14.16 2:53.70 3:34.26 4:16.16
22 Kim Yeong-Hui 24 South Korea KOR 4:58.41 21.60 56.45 1:33.86 2:13.56 2:54.38 3:36.41 4:17.52
23 Pat Durnin 20 Canada CAN 4:58.42 21.14 57.44 1:35.05 2:14.49 2:54.64 3:35.92 4:17.49
24 Lee Seong-Ae 17 South Korea KOR 4:58.77 21.51 56.70 1:33.83 2:12.52 2:52.81 3:34.51 4:16.98
25 Yuko Yaegashi-Ota 22 Japan JPN 5:00.40 21.10 57.50 1:35.70 2:14.67 2:54.90 3:36.36 4:18.93
26 Mandy Horsepool 20 Great Britain GBR 5:08.78 22.18 58.85 1:37.78 2:18.39 3:00.07 3:42.55 4:25.66
27 Kong Meiyu 19 China CHN 5:08.90 21.81 58.74 1:37.77 2:17.25 2:58.36 3:40.70 4:24.69
28 Piao Meiji 22 China CHN 5:19.07 22.76 1:02.68 1:43.13 2:23.39 3:06.66 3:49.84 4:34.62
AC Ria Visser 18 Netherlands NED 21.52 DNF/fall