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Speed Skating at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): Ice Rink for Speed Skating Zetra, Sarajevo
Date Started: February 12, 1984
Date Finished: February 12, 1984

Gold: SWE Tomas Gustafson
Silver: URS Igor Malkov
Bronze: GDR René Schöfisch

Summary

This was the second men’s speed skating event in Sarajevo, coming two days after the 500 m. Sweden’s Tomas Gustafson started in the first pair. He was the 1982 European Champion, had been runner-up at the 1983 World Championships to Norway’s Rolf Falk-Larssen, and was the world record holder at 10,000 m. When he finished in 7:12.28, far from Aleksandr Baranov’s world record of 6:45.66, and almost 10 seconds slower than Eric Heiden‘s Olympic record, he did not think the time would be good enough for the podium. But it held up for two pairs. In the fourth pair, Igor Malkov set a fast pace, and was over a second ahead of Gustafson at 4,200 metres. But he faded badly on the final two laps, barely finishing behind the Swede, in 7:12.30. Malkov’s pairmate, East German Andreas Ehrig, was also ahead of Gustafson’s pace at 4,200 metres, but was hardly able to finish the race, crossing in 7:17.63, his last lap almost four seconds slower than Gustafson’s. In the seventh pair, Ehrig’s East German teammate, René Schöfisch, skated more reasonably, and finished in 7:17.49, which would win him the bronze medal. This was completely unexpected, as previously he had only won the 1983 GDR 5 and 10k championships. In the end, Gustafson watched the entire field take a crack at his time, but nobody bettered it and he had a gold medal. Six days later he would win a silver in the 10K and at Calgary, in 1988, he would gold medals in both the 5 and 10K.

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 Tomas Gustafson 24 Sweden SWE Gold 7:12.28 19.33 52.25 1:25.86 1:59.85 2:33.45 3:07.94 3:42.33 4:17.19 4:52.43 5:27.18 6:01.93 6:37.10
2 Igor Malkov 18 Soviet Union URS Silver 7:12.30 19.09 52.00 1:25.81 1:59.31 2:32.76 3:06.55 3:40.41 4:15.00 4:49.74 5:24.77 6:00.71 6:36.58
3 René Schöfisch 22 East Germany GDR Bronze 7:17.49 20.39 53.69 1:26.77 2:00.55 2:34.66 3:08.92 3:43.59 4:18.70 4:54.32 5:29.93 6:05.70 6:41.29
4 Andreas Ehrig 24 East Germany GDR 7:17.63 19.01 51.68 1:25.18 1:58.83 2:32.63 3:06.42 3:40.45 4:14.90 4:49.85 5:25.06 6:01.56 6:38.92
5 Oleg Bozhev 22 Soviet Union URS 7:17.96 19.01 51.93 1:25.64 1:59.49 2:33.42 3:07.83 3:42.67 4:17.82 4:53.36 5:28.96 6:04.82 6:41.09
6 Pertti Niittylä 28 Finland FIN 7:17.97 20.67 55.05 1:29.73 2:04.08 2:39.07 3:13.71 3:48.31 4:23.20 4:57.54 5:32.06 6:07.09 6:42.51
7 Bjørn Nyland 21 Norway NOR 7:18.27 19.49 52.30 1:26.51 2:00.89 2:35.17 3:09.65 3:44.29 4:19.07 4:54.46 5:30.28 6:06.43 6:42.51
8 Werner Jäger 24 Austria AUT 7:18.61 20.51 53.37 1:26.22 1:59.67 2:33.98 3:08.51 3:43.66 4:18.92 4:54.80 5:30.72 6:06.72 6:42.21
9 Hilbert van der Duim 26 Netherlands NED 7:19.39 19.67 52.33 1:25.92 1:59.63 2:33.74 3:07.83 3:42.33 4:16.83 4:52.08 5:27.21 6:03.19 6:39.99
10 Geir Karlstad 20 Norway NOR 7:20.24 19.81 52.84 1:26.26 2:00.25 2:34.83 3:09.53 3:44.42 4:19.73 4:55.41 5:31.19 6:07.56 6:43.78
11 Hans van Helden 35 France FRA 7:24.59 20.23 53.28 1:27.00 2:01.03 2:35.30 3:09.90 3:44.75 4:20.02 4:55.96 5:32.04 6:08.69 6:46.28
12 Mike Woods 31 United States USA 7:24.81 20.41 54.03 1:28.34 2:02.97 2:37.62 3:12.05 3:46.70 4:21.68 4:57.16 5:32.65 6:09.04 6:46.80
13 Michael Hadschieff 20 Austria AUT 7:25.07 20.14 53.78 1:28.85 2:04.00 2:39.19 3:14.58 3:50.12 4:25.37 5:01.23 5:36.66 6:12.66 6:48.93
14 Robert Vunderink 22 Netherlands NED 7:25.19 20.32 53.65 1:27.56 2:01.60 2:36.39 3:10.87 3:45.76 4:21.08 4:56.93 5:33.15 6:09.92 6:47.32
15 Rolf Falk-Larssen 23 Norway NOR 7:25.54 19.47 51.80 1:25.54 1:59.72 2:33.69 3:08.01 3:42.18 4:16.99 4:52.67 5:29.52 6:07.37 6:45.51
16 Claes Bengtsson 24 Sweden SWE 7:26.57 19.71 53.20 1:27.51 2:01.83 2:36.57 3:11.09 3:45.94 4:21.81 4:57.79 5:34.35 6:11.21 6:49.04
17 Frits Schalij 26 Netherlands NED 7:28.17 20.20 53.63 1:27.83 2:02.29 2:36.71 3:11.33 3:46.39 4:21.81 4:57.41 5:33.72 6:10.39 6:48.50
18 Jan Junell 27 Sweden SWE 7:29.98 19.48 51.75 1:25.19 1:59.83 2:34.18 3:09.19 3:44.41 4:21.19 4:58.18 5:35.98 6:14.10 6:52.01
19 Tibor Kopacz 21 Romania ROU 7:32.69 20.77 54.85 1:29.53 2:04.21 2:38.83 3:13.97 3:48.66 4:25.85 5:02.37 5:38.53 6:16.21 6:54.30
20 Heinz Steinberger 25 Austria AUT 7:32.72 20.82 55.55 1:31.00 2:06.62 2:42.26 3:18.03 3:53.83 4:29.32 5:05.65 5:41.81 6:18.00 6:55.14
21 Mark Mitchell 22 United States USA 7:34.32 20.27 53.82 1:27.75 2:02.31 2:37.44 3:13.13 3:49.10 4:26.05 5:02.92 5:40.18 6:17.86 6:56.05
22 Maurizio Marchetto 27 Italy ITA 7:36.87 20.59 55.35 1:30.66 2:06.88 2:42.45 3:18.30 3:54.49 4:30.86 5:07.94 5:44.87 6:22.12 6:59.35
23 Im Ri-Bin 15 North Korea PRK 7:37.49 20.31 54.00 1:27.89 2:02.62 2:37.70 3:13.73 3:49.87 4:27.04 5:04.55 5:42.00 6:19.88 6:58.14
24 Masahito Shinohara 22 Japan JPN 7:37.94 20.11 55.25 1:30.86 2:06.58 2:42.39 3:18.49 3:54.73 4:31.82 5:08.55 5:45.09 6:22.71 7:00.32
25 Colin Coates 37 Australia AUS 7:38.08 21.14 55.17 1:30.86 2:06.25 2:41.80 3:17.67 3:53.89 4:30.60 5:07.73 5:44.84 6:22.40 7:00.03
26 Toshiaki Imamura 21 Japan JPN 7:38.16 20.38 54.95 1:31.25 2:07.99 2:44.92 3:21.19 3:56.82 4:32.61 5:08.74 5:45.67 6:22.87 7:00.50
27 Lee Yeong-Ha 27 South Korea KOR 7:39.17 19.82 53.91 1:28.94 2:04.49 2:40.22 3:16.57 3:53.35 4:30.49 5:07.79 5:45.76 6:23.99 7:01.96
28 Wolfgang Scharf 24 West Germany FRG 7:40.90 19.71 54.37 1:29.98 2:05.63 2:42.19 3:18.90 3:55.86 4:32.94 5:10.21 5:47.79 6:25.46 7:03.25
29 Andreas Lemcke 24 West Germany FRG 7:41.69 20.03 53.17 1:27.85 2:03.51 2:38.79 3:14.75 3:51.14 4:27.92 5:05.74 5:43.49 6:22.41 7:01.70
30 Na Yun-Su 21 South Korea KOR 7:42.45 20.65 55.29 1:30.74 2:06.26 2:42.09 3:18.44 3:54.73 4:32.52 5:10.06 5:47.63 6:25.29 7:03.93
31 Jean-Noël Fagot 25 France FRA 7:44.60 21.47 56.28 1:31.87 2:07.93 2:44.47 3:21.18 3:58.21 4:35.49 5:12.86 5:50.69 6:28.80 7:06.60
32 Sergey Berezin 23 Soviet Union URS 7:45.94 19.48 52.69 1:26.68 2:01.46 2:47.41 3:25.00 4:00.94 4:37.21 5:13.93 5:51.28 6:29.07 7:07.03 fall
33 Kim Hwang-Hyun 16 North Korea PRK 7:46.12 20.32 54.97 1:31.69 2:08.92 2:46.26 3:23.71 4:01.40 4:39.37 5:16.70 5:54.22 6:31.72 7:09.17
34 Zhao Shijian 28 China CHN 7:46.68 20.35 56.07 1:33.21 2:10.48 2:47.66 3:24.99 4:02.48 4:39.89 5:16.65 5:53.98 6:31.42 7:09.72
35 Mark Huck 26 United States USA 7:46.91 21.11 56.62 1:32.59 2:09.00 2:45.94 3:23.06 4:00.44 4:37.34 5:14.72 5:52.40 6:30.82 7:08.81
36 Ben Lamarche 17 Canada CAN 7:47.25 20.26 56.28 1:32.94 2:09.30 2:45.63 3:21.82 3:58.75 4:36.02 5:13.63 5:51.66 6:29.39 7:07.90
37 Hansjörg Baltes 19 West Germany FRG 7:50.33 21.48 57.00 1:33.42 2:09.77 2:46.09 3:22.91 3:59.80 4:36.87 5:14.58 5:52.85 6:31.23 7:10.71
38 Jean Pichette 20 Canada CAN 7:50.39 20.80 56.85 1:33.39 2:09.95 2:46.78 3:24.27 4:02.14 4:40.04 5:17.71 5:55.74 6:33.83 7:12.27
39 Bae Gi-Tae 18 South Korea KOR 7:50.82 20.13 55.53 1:31.26 2:07.51 2:43.77 3:20.98 3:58.21 4:36.03 5:15.11 5:53.53 6:32.32 7:11.87
40 Li Wei 22 China CHN 7:55.70 21.19 56.92 1:33.25 2:10.03 2:47.52 3:25.31 4:03.33 4:40.87 5:18.61 5:57.12 6:36.78 7:16.16
41 Bryan Carbis 22 Great Britain GBR 8:01.44 21.38 58.11 1:34.83 2:12.21 2:50.02 3:28.01 4:06.23 4:44.46 5:23.44 6:02.68 6:42.03 7:21.55
AC Behudin Merdović 22 Yugoslavia YUG [9:00.13] DQ