| Event type

1,500 metres, Women

Date 5 February 1976 — 10:00
LocationEisschnellaufbahn im Olympiaeisstadion, Innsbruck
Participants26 from 12 countries
Olympic Record 2:20.85 / Dianne Holum USA / 9 February 1972
StarterManfred ZojerAUT
RefereeJean HecklySUI

Unlike the women’s 500 and 1,000 in 1976, there was no clear favorite in this race. East Germany’s Karin Kessow had won the 1975 World Championships and won the distance at that tournament. Tatyana Averina had set the last two world records in the 1,500, the current one her 2:09.90, set at Medeo in 1975, which shattered the previous record by 4.1 seconds. And although Sheila Young was a better sprinter, she was solid at this distance as well, and needed to be watched. The opening pair saw Norway’s Lisbeth Korsmo break the Olympic record with a time of 2:18.99. That held up until Averina finished the fourth pairing in 2:17.96. The seventh pair had Averina’s teammate Galina Stepanskaya, who had won the distance at the 1973 World Championships, but whose performances since had been somewhat ordinary. She set a fast pace, over a full second ahead of Averina at the 1,100 split, and held on, crossing in 2:16.58 to move well ahead. Young went off two pairs later, with Kessow, and though she was far behind at 1,100 metres, she had the fastest final lap to finish in 2:17.06 and win the silver medal, behind Stepanskaya, with Averina taking bronze, Korsmo in fourth, and Kessow placing fifth. The surprising Stepanskaya would place second at the World Championships in 1977 and 1978, winning the 1,500 and 3,000 at the 1977 Worlds.

17OGalina StepanskayaURS2:16.58GoldOR
29ISheila YoungUSA2:17.06Silver
34OTatyana AverinaURS2:17.96BronzeOR
41ILisbeth KorsmoNOR2:18.99OR
59OKarin KessowGDR2:19.05
612OLeah PoulosUSA2:19.11
71OInes BautzmannGDR2:19.63
88OErwina RyśPOL2:19.69
93ISylvia BurkaCAN2:19.74
1012IAndrea MitscherlichGDR2:20.05
118ISigrid Sundby-DybedahlNOR2:21.85
122OAnnie BorckinkNED2:22.06
136ISijtje van der LendeNED2:22.10
145OSylvia FilipssonSWE2:22.42
1511ONina StatkevichURS2:22.59
1613OChrista JaarsmaNED2:23.98
174ICindy SeikkulaUSA2:24.06
1811IEwa MalewickaPOL2:24.26
193OJanina KorowickaPOL2:24.30
205ITuula VilkasFIN2:24.55
216OLiz ApplebyCAN2:24.89
222IChieko ItoJPN2:25.27
2313IKathy VogtCAN2:25.49
2410OYuko OtaJPN2:25.74
257ILee Nam-SunKOR2:26.24
2610ILinda RomboutsBEL2:32.96