| Event type

5,000 metres, Men

Date 4 February 1932 — 14:15
LocationJames C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Lake Placid
Participants18 from 6 countries
Olympic Record 8:39.0 / Clas Thunberg FIN / 26 January 1924
StarterWilliam E. RoughtonCAN
RefereeJoseph SavageUSA

The 5000 m got underway after the conclusion of the 500 meter. Two heats of 9 skaters were drawn, the four best in each qualifying for the final. Both heats were boring affairs, skated at a slow pace, resulting in times of 9.51.6 and 10.01.4. All medal candidates qualified, except for Ossi Blomqvist of Finland, who placed 5th in the first race, which saw Alex Hurd (CAN), Shozo Ishihara (JPN), and Tomeju Uruma (JPN) fall.

The final, too, got off slowly, none of the skaters wanting to take the lead. This resulted in a scene similar to a team pursuit, with the leading skater swerving to the side at each turn. Only in lap 9 the skaters began to pick up the pace, but the eight kept together. With a lap and a half to go, the pack was lead by Eddie Murphy of the United States, ahead of Harry Smyth, Frank Stack, and Ivar Ballangrud. As they swung wide, fifth skater Irving Jaffee jumped away into the gap. Bernt Evensen followed him, but was then elbowed by Smyth. Evensen nearly fell, thereby obstructing his teammate Ballangrud. With both Norwegians off course, only Murphy managed to cling on to Jaffee. He remained in Jaffee’s tracks until the latter finally pulled away 10 yards before the finish. With Smyth awaiting a likely Norwegian protest, the Canadians filed a protest against Eddie Murphy, who supposedly had pushed Smyth, causing him to obstruct Ballangrud and Evensen. American referee Joseph K. Savage did not uphold the protest, and Jaffee was presented with the gold medal, Murphy taking silver and Willy Logan the bronze.

After four years, Irving Jaffee finally took revenge for the 1928 Olympics. A son of Russian immigrants, the New York skater contested his only international event in Sankt Moritz. After a 4th in the 5000 m, he was leading the 10000 m before it was annulled due to thawing ice conditions. Jaffee would not enjoy his gold medals for long, having to pawn them a few years later. The pawn shop itself went out of business, and the prizes were never recovered.

1Irving JaffeeUSAGold
2Eddie MurphyUSASilver
3Willy LoganCANBronze
4Herb TaylorUSA
5Ivar BallangrudNOR
6Bernt EvensenNOR
7Frank StackCAN
8Harry SmythCAN
5 h1 r1/2Ossi BlomqvistFIN
5 h2 r1/2Erling LindboeNOR
6 h1 r1/2Michael StaksrudNOR
6 h2 r1/2Carl SpringerUSA
7 h1 r1/2Alex HurdCAN
7 h2 r1/2Yasuo KawamuraJPN
8 h1 r1/2Shozo IshiharaJPN
8 h2 r1/2Tokuo KitaniJPN
9 h1 r1/2Tomeju UrumaJPN
9 h2 r1/2Ingvar LindbergSWE
DNSHerb FlackCAN
DNSMarion McCarthyCAN
DNSLeo SylvestreCAN
DNSHans EngnestangenNOR
DNSHaakon PedersenNOR
DNSValentine BialasUSA
DNSEddie SchroederUSA
DNSEdwin WedgeUSA

Round One

Date4 February 1932 — 14:15
FormatTop four finishers in each heat advanced to final.

Heat #1

1Irving JaffeeUSA9:52.0Q
2Eddie MurphyUSAQ
3Ivar BallangrudNORQ
4Harry SmythCANQ
5Ossi BlomqvistFIN
6Michael StaksrudNOR
7Alex HurdCAN
8Shozo IshiharaJPN
9Tomeju UrumaJPN

Heat #2

1Bernt EvensenNOR10:01.4Q
2Herb TaylorUSAQ
3Willy LoganCANQ
4Frank StackCANQ
5Erling LindboeNOR
6Carl SpringerUSA
7Yasuo KawamuraJPN
8Tokuo KitaniJPN
9Ingvar LindbergSWE

Final Round

Date4 February 1932
1Irving JaffeeUSA9:40.8
2Eddie MurphyUSA
3Willy LoganCAN
4Herb TaylorUSA
5Ivar BallangrudNOR
6Bernt EvensenNOR
7Frank StackCAN
8Harry SmythCAN