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500 metres, Women

Date 9 February 1968 — 10:00
StatusOlympic
LocationL'Anneau de Vitesse, Grenoble
Participants28 from 11 countries
Olympic Record 45.0 / Lidiya Skoblikova URS / 30 January 1964
StarterLeif HjallumNOR
RefereeHenny RoosNED

There was no clear favorite as Lidiya Skoblikova, who won all four events at Innsbruck, was now skating only the distance events in Grenoble. Only six days before this event started, Soviet skater Tatyana Sidorova broke the world record at Davos with a time of 44.7. Also highly considered was her teammate, Lyudmila Titova, who had won the 500 and 1,000 at the recent 1968 World Championships. In the second pair, American Mary Meyers took the lead with 46.3. Meyers was not unknown, having competed at the 1966 and 1967 World Championships, but the time was not expected to hold up. But nobody beat it until Titova went off in the ninth pair and finished in 46.1 to take the lead. In the next pair, American Dianne Holum was considered a challenger, having placed second in the 500 at the 1967 and 1968 World Championships. She skated well and tied Meyers’ time. The final American was Jenny Fish, who went off in the last pair. Relatively unknown, she surprised with 46.3, giving the United States a three-way tie for the silver medals, as Titova held on for the gold. Over the next few years, Titova would establish herself as the best sprinter in the world, winning the inaugural World Sprint Championships in 1971 and multiple distance races over 500 and 1,000 metres at major internationals. In 1972 she would win a bronze medal in the 500 at the Sapporo Olympics.

PosPairSkaterNOCTime
19OLyudmila TitovaURS46.1Gold
=214IJenny FishUSA46.3Silver
=210IDianne HolumUSA46.3Silver
=22IMary MeyersUSA46.3Silver
55IEllie van den BromNED46.6
=64IKaija MustonenFIN46.7
=62OSigrid SundbyNOR46.7
87OKirsti BiermannNOR46.8
=914OIrina YegorovaURS46.9
=94OTatyana SidorovaURS46.9
1112OLisbeth BergNOR47.0
=1211OArja KantolaFIN47.4
=125OEvi SapplFRG47.4
1410OStien KaiserNED47.6
151OChristina LindblomSWE47.7
=1612IWil BurgmeijerNED47.8
=163ORuth SchleiermacherGDR47.8
187IKaija-Liisa KeskivitikkaFIN48.1
=1913IMarie-Louise PerrenoudFRA48.2
=193IWendy ThompsonCAN48.2
218OHildegard SellhuberFRG48.4
228IMartine IvangineFRA48.5
236OMarcia ParsonsCAN48.8
2413ODoreen McCannellCAN49.0
259IMisae TakedaJPN49.4
266IYlva HedlundSWE49.9
2711IKaname IdeJPN50.0
AC1ISachiko SaitoJPNDNF