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.
|Men's 500 metres speed skating|
at the V Olympic Winter Games
|Venue||St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink|
|Date||31 January 1948|
|Competitors||42 from 15 nations|
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.
- "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.
- Official Olympic Report
- "Results of the 1948 Olympic Games 500 meters Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012.