| Event type

1,000 metres, Women

Date 7 February 1976 — 10:30
LocationEisschnellaufbahn im Olympiaeisstadion, Innsbruck
Participants27 from 12 countries
Olympic Record 1:31.40 / Monika Pflug FRG / 11 February 1972
StarterManfred ZojerAUT
RefereeJean HecklySUI

As in the 500, the three favorites were Americans Sheila Young and Leah Poulos, and Soviet sprinter Tatyana Averina. Young was better in the 500 but was still probably a slight favorite, as she had won the 1973 and 1975 World Sprints, with Poulos winning in 1974, when Young had fallen during one race. But Averina held the world record with 1:23.46, the last of three world records set in 1975 at Medeo. It was expected to be a close race. In the first pair, the defending champion Monika Holzner posted 1:29.54 to set the mark to chase. That held up until the fifth pair, when Poulos was the first favorite to start, finishing in 1:28.57. In the next pair, Averina moved ahead, crossing the line in 1:28.43. Young started in the ninth pair and at 600 metres was ahead of both their paces, but she faded on the final lap, finishing in 1:29.14, and dropped down to the bronze medal, with Averina winning gold and Poulos the silver. Young’s bronze gave her a full set in Innsbruck, with gold in the 500, followed by a silver in the 1,500. A few weeks later at the 1976 World Sprints, Young would dominate, winning the title and all four races.

16OTatyana AverinaURS1:28.43GoldOR
25OLeah PoulosUSA1:28.57SilverOR
39ISheila YoungUSA1:29.14Bronze
47ISylvia BurkaCAN1:29.47
51IMonika HolznerFRG1:29.54OR
62ICathy PriestnerCAN1:29.66
75ILyudmila TitovaURS1:30.06
88OHeike LangeGDR1:30.55
92OMakiko NagayaJPN1:31.23
1010IErwina RyśPOL1:31.59
1110OSijtje van der LendeNED1:31.66
126IMonika ZernicekGDR1:31.68
133OPaula-Irmeli HalonenFIN1:31.72
141OAnn-Sofie JärnströmSWE1:32.06
1511ITatyana ShelekhovaURS1:32.08
164IAnnie BorckinkNED1:32.50
178ITuula VilkasFIN1:32.94
183ISigrid Sundby-DybedahlNOR1:33.05
194OEwa MalewickaPOL1:33.89
2012IYuko OtaJPN1:33.99
2113IUte DixGDR1:34.14
2212OLiz ApplebyCAN1:34.27
2314OChrista JaarsmaNED1:34.63
249OKeiko HasegawaJPN1:35.42
257OLee Nam-SunKOR1:35.58
2614IJanina KorowickaPOL1:35.81
DQ13OPeggy CroweUSA
DNS11OLinda RomboutsBEL