| Event type

500 metres, Men

Date10 February 1976 — 10:30
LocationEisschnellaufbahn im Olympiaeisstadion, Innsbruck
Participants29 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 39.44 / Erhard Keller FRG / 5 February 1972
StarterGerhard SpinkaAUT
RefereeViktor KapitonovURS

The top sprinter in recent years had been Soviet Yevgeny Kulikov, who had set four world records in the 500 at Medeo in 1975, leaving it at 37.00. He was challenged by his teammate Valery Muratov, who interrupted his record run, setting one world record himself at Medeo in 1975. Strangely neither had won the 1975 World Sprints, that going to their teammate Aleksandr Safranov, with Kulikov second and Muratov third, but Safranov was better in the 1,000 and would not compete in the 500 in Innsbruck. The first fast time in the event was set by American Peter Mueller in the second pair, posting 39.57. Kulikov was off in the next pair and his fast start, 100 in 9.86, which was the best time of the race, brought him home in 39.17 to take the lead. Nobody approached that time in the next six pairs, with Muratov going off in the 10th with the United States’ Dan Immerfall. Immerfall was a challenger, having won the 500 at the 1976 World Juniors in January, and winning one of the 500s at the 1973 World Sprints. Muratov started in 9.96, while Immerfall had a slow start with 10.13. And that set the stage for their finish as Muratov came home in 39.25, followed by Immerfall in 39.54. Though they did not catch Kulikov, who won the gold medal, this brought them the silver and bronze medals. This was the highlight of Kulikov’s competitive career, and his performances fell off after 1976, although in 1981 he would set another world record of 36.91 at Medeo, the first skater to better 37 seconds. In March 1976, Immerfall would place second at the 1976 World Sprints, winning both 500s.

13IYevgeny KulikovURS39.17GoldOR
210IValery MuratovURS39.25Silver
310ODan ImmerfallUSA39.54Bronze
48IMats WallbergSWE39.56
52IPeter MuellerUSA39.57
=64OJan BazenNED39.78
=67OArnulf SundeNOR39.78
813IAndrey MalikovURS39.85
913OOloph GranathSWE39.93
1014IJim ChapinUSA40.09
=1111ITom OverendCAN40.22
=115OMasaki SuzukiJPN40.22
135IJohan GranathSWE40.25
144IGaétan BoucherCAN40.53
156OPertti NiittyläFIN40.65
=1611ONorio HirateJPN40.85
=161OArchie MarshallGBR40.85
1815OMikio OyamaJPN40.90
=198OHans van HeldenNED40.91
=191IEmmanuel MichonFRA40.91
2112OKay Arne StenshjemmetNOR40.94
226ILee Yeong-HaKOR41.08
232OBruno ToniolliITA41.44
249OHarald OehmeGDR41.54
2512IColin CoatesAUS41.77
267IBerend SchabusAUT42.33
279IHeinz SteinbergerAUT43.28
2814OJan Egil StorholtNOR1:18.00fall
DNF3OHorst FreeseFRGfall
DNS15IKlaas VriendNED