| Event type

5,000 metres, Men

Date25 February 1960
LocationSpeed Skating Oval, Squaw Valley, California
Participants37 from 15 countries
Olympic Record 7:48.7 / Boris Shilkov URS / 29 January 1956
StarterDick McCarterUSA
RefereeSven LåftmanSWE

The favorite was Norway’s Knut Johannesen who was had won the distance at the last three European Championships. A strong distance skater, he had been silver medalist in the 10,000 at Cortina. The world record was held by Boris Shilkov, who was the defending champion, but did not compete at Squaw Valley. At the World Championships, the 5,000 had been won at the recent 1960 meet by Soviet skater Valery Kotov and in 1959 by Dutch skater Jan Pesman, and both appeared for the race. A few days before the event, in a pre-Olympic meet in Squaw Valley, Pesman had won the distance with Johannesen second.

High winds hampered the race. The favorites were drawn late among the 37 starters, the first to go off Johannesen in the ninth pair. The leader at the time was his teammate, Torsten Seierstein, with 8:05.3. Johannesen was behind his pace almost throughout, but caught up on the final laps, and finished much more strongly, crossing in 8:00.8 to take the lead. Pesman was the next favorite up, in the 11th pair, alongside Soviet skater Viktor Kosichkin. Pesman skated well, and would eventually win the bronze medal, with a time of 8:05.1. But he was crushed by Kosichkin, who was not unknown, having placed second at the distance at the 1959 European Championships and third at the recent 1960 Worlds. He started behind Seierstein’s pace until 2,600 metres, but then reeled off metronymic 37-38 second laps to the end, winning easily with 7:51.3, over nine seconds ahead of Johannesen. A few days later, in the 10,000, Johannesen would win with Kosichkin second. Together they would fight several battles in the longer distances over the years, with Kosichkin winning the all-around at the 1961 European and 1962 World Championships.

111OViktor KosichkinURS7:51.3Gold
29IKnut JohannesenNOR8:00.8Silver
311IJan PesmanNED8:05.1Bronze
44ITorstein SeierstenNOR8:05.3
515OValery KotovURS8:05.4
63OOleg GoncharenkoURS8:06.6
=77OIvar NilssonSWE8:09.1
=77IKeijo TapiovaaraFIN8:09.1
913OAndré KouprianoffFRA8:10.4
1017IRaymond GillozFRA8:11.5
1110ITerry MonaghanGBR8:15.3
122IKjell BäckmanSWE8:16.0
1318IOlle DahlbergSWE8:17.0
144OArnold UhrlassUSA8:18.0
151OJuhani JärvinenFIN8:19.2
169OMario GiosITA8:20.3
1719ODick HuntUSA8:21.3
185OHermann StrutzAUT8:21.9
193IJeen van den BergNED8:22.4
2014OKees BroekmanNED8:22.9
2115ILeo TynkkynenFIN8:24.3
226IHelmut KuhnertGER8:25.1
2312ITakeo MizooJPN8:28.7
245IShuji KobayashiJPN8:29.8
2517ORoald AasNOR8:30.1
2616ORenato De RivaITA8:32.4
2713IKurt StilleDEN8:33.0
2814IRalf OlinCAN8:36.8
2912OFranz OffenbergerAUT8:38.2
308OFloyd BedburyUSA8:39.6
312OAntonio NittoITA8:40.4
328ISepp BieblGER8:48.0
336OTerry MalkinGBR8:56.1
3418OChoi Yeong-BaeKOR8:57.8
3510OJang In-WonKOR9:01.6
3616IHeinz WolframGER9:18.2
371ILarry MasonCAN9:23.5