Speed skating at the 1948 Winter Olympics – Men's 500 metres

The 500 metres speed skating event was part of the speed skating at the 1948 Winter Olympics programme. The competition was held on Saturday, 31 January 1948. Forty-two speed skaters from 15 nations competed.[1]

Men's 500 metres speed skating
at the V Olympic Winter Games
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Pictogram for speed skating
VenueSt. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink
Date31 January 1948
Competitors42 from 15 nations
Winning time43.1
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Finn Helgesen  Norway
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Ken Bartholomew  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Thomas Byberg  Norway
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Robert Fitzgerald  United States
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MedalistsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
Finn Helgesen
  Norway
Ken Bartholomew
  United States
Thomas Byberg
  Norway
Robert Fitzgerald
  United States

RecordsEdit

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1948 Winter Olympics.

World Record 41.8(*)   Hans Engnestangen Davos (SUI) 5 February 1938
Olympic Record 43.4   Clas Thunberg St. Moritz (SUI) 13 February 1928
43.4   Bernt Evensen St. Moritz (SUI) 13 February 1928
43.4(**)   Jack Shea Lake Placid (USA) 4 February 1932
43.4   Ivar Ballangrud Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) 11 February 1936

(*) The record was set in a high altitude venue (more than 1000 metres above sea level) and on naturally frozen ice.

(**) This time was set in pack-style format, having all competitors skate at the same time.

Five speed skaters were faster than the standing Olympic record. Finn Helgesen set a time of 43.1 seconds.

ResultsEdit

Place Athlete Time
1   Finn Helgesen (NOR) 43.1
2   Ken Bartholomew (USA) 43.2
  Thomas Byberg (NOR) 43.2
  Robert Fitzgerald (USA) 43.2
5   Ken Henry (USA) 43.3
6   Sverre Farstad (NOR) 43.6
  Torodd Hauer (NOR) 43.6
  Delbert Lamb (USA) 43.6
  Frank Stack (CAN) 43.6
10   Mats Bolmstedt (SWE) 43.7
11   Halle Janemar (SWE) 44.0
  Åke Seyffarth (SWE) 44.0
13   Keijo Lehdikkö (FIN) 44.7
14   János Kilián (HUN) 44.8
  Antero Ojala (FIN) 44.8
16   Lassi Parkkinen (FIN) 45.2
17   Gordon Audley (CAN) 45.3
  Kalevi Laitinen (FIN) 45.3
19   Abraham Hardy (CAN) 45.5
20   Göthe Hedlund (SWE) 45.6
21   Choi Yong-jin (KOR) 45.7
  Kornél Pajor (HUN) 45.7
23   Aad de Koning (NED) 45.9
  Lee Hyo-chang (KOR) 45.9
25   Johnny Cronshey (GBR) 46.0
26   Vladimír Kolář (TCH) 46.1
27   Anton Huiskes (NED) 46.2
28   Kees Broekman (NED) 46.3
29   Aage Justesen (DEN) 46.4
  Jan Langedijk (NED) 46.4
  Bruce Peppin (GBR) 46.4
32   Dennis Blundell (GBR) 46.5
  Enrico Musolino (ITA) 46.5
34   Ákos Elekfy (HUN) 46.8
35   Henry Howes (GBR) 46.9
36   Giorgio Cattaneo (ITA) 47.2
37   Iván Ruttkay (HUN) 47.4
  Gustav Slanec (AUT) 47.4
39   Rudolf Kleiner (SUI) 47.8
40   Pierre Huylebroeck (BEL) 48.3
41   Ferdinand Preindl (AUT) 48.7
  Craig Mackay (CAN) DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Speed Skating at the 1948 Sankt Moritz Winter Games: Men's 500 metres". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2019.

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