Speed skating at the 1960 Winter Olympics – Women's 1500 metres

The women's 1500 metres speed skating event was part of the speed skating at the 1960 Winter Olympics programme. It was the first appearance of women's speed skating events at the Olympics and the 1500 metres were the second contest after the 500 metres. The competition was held on the Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink and for the first time at the Olympics on artificially frozen ice. It was held on Sunday, February 21, 1960. Twenty-three speed skaters from ten nations competed.[1]

Women's 1500 metres speed skating
at the VIII Olympic Winter Games
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Pictogram for speed skating
VenueSquaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink
Date21 February 1960
Competitors23 from 10 nations
Winning time2:25.2 WR
1st place, gold medalist(s) Lidiya Skoblikova  Soviet Union
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Elwira Seroczyńska  Poland
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Helena Pilejczyk  Poland
1964 →

Medalists edit

Gold Silver Bronze
Lidiya Skoblikova
  Soviet Union
Elwira Seroczyńska
Helena Pilejczyk

Records edit

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1960 Winter Olympics.

World Record 2:25.5(*)   Khalida Shchegoleyeva Medeo (URS) January 30, 1953
Olympic Record

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

Klara Guseva set the first Olympic record with 2:28.7 minutes. Then Elwira Seroczyńska improved the Olympic record with 2:25.7 minutes. Finally Lidiya Skoblikova set a new world record with 2:25.2 minutes.

Results edit

Place Speed skater Time
1   Lidiya Skoblikova (URS) 2:25.2 WR
2   Elwira Seroczyńska (POL) 2:25.7
3   Helena Pilejczyk (POL) 2:27.1
4   Klara Guseva (URS) 2:28.7
5   Valentina Stenina (URS) 2:29.2
6   Iris Sihvonen (FIN) 2:29.7
7   Christina Scherling (SWE) 2:31.5
8   Helga Haase (EUA) 2:31.7
9   Elsa Einarsson (SWE) 2:32.9
10   Fumie Hama (JPN) 2:33.3
11   Jeanne Ashworth (USA) 2:33.7
12   Yoshiko Takano (JPN) 2:34.0
13   Doreen Ryan (CAN) 2:34.5
14   Eevi Huttunen (FIN) 2:35.1
15   Jeanne Omelenchuk (USA) 2:36.4
16   Inge Görmer (EUA) 2:36.5
17   Françoise Lucas (FRA) 2:36.6
18   Barb Lockhart (USA) 2:37.0
19   Hatsue Takamizawa (JPN) 2:43.7
20   Margaret Robb (CAN) 2:48.6
21   Kim Gyeong-Hoe (KOR) 2:48.6
22   Gisela Toews (EUA) 2:51.1
23   Han Hye-Ja (KOR) 2:55.6

As Robb and Kim skated in the same pair the referees decided that Robb finished ahead to place 20th.

References edit

  1. ^ "Speed Skating at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games: Women's 1,500 metres". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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