| Event type

5,000 metres, Men

Date11 February 1976 — 9:30
LocationEisschnellaufbahn im Olympiaeisstadion, Innsbruck
Participants31 from 17 countries
Olympic Record 7:22.4 WR / Fred Anton Maier NOR / 15 February 1968
StarterGerhard SpinkaAUT
RefereeViktor KapitonovURS

He did not hold the world record, as he did in the 10,000, but the favorite was Norwegian Sten Stensen. He had won the distance at almost all the major internationals in 1974 and 1975, and at the recent 1976 European Championships. The world record holder was Hans van Helden who had recorded 7:07.82 at Davos in January 1976. Van Helden went off in the second pair and came across in 7:26.54 to take the lead. But it would not last long as Stensen was up next, helped by skating right after an ice preparation, and he went out much faster than Van Helden’s pace, and maintained it, finishing in 7:24.48, a time that would bring him the gold medal. The silver went to Dutchman Piet Kleine, who never challenged Stensen, and was behind Van Helden most of the way, only to finish with a faster lap for 7:26.47.

Hans van Helden had one of the longest international careers of any skater. He appeared at the 1973 European Championships and competed at the 1988 World Championships. He won many distance titles, and the 1976 and 1977 Dutch All-around titles, but never won a major international all-around. Stensen was near the end of his career. Primarily a distance skater, he was the 1974 World Champion and 1975 European Champion.

13ISten StensenNOR7:24.48Gold
29IPiet KleineNED7:26.47Silver
32IHans van HeldenNED7:26.54Bronze
43OViktor VarlamovURS7:30.97
54IKlaus WunderlichGDR7:33.82
613ODan CarrollUSA7:36.46
79OVladimir IvanovURS7:37.73
81IÖrjan SandlerSWE7:39.69
913IJan Egil StorholtNOR7:40.60
106OColin CoatesAUS7:41.96
117OLee Yeong-HaKOR7:44.21
125OMike WoodsUSA7:48.08
1316IAmund SjøbrendNOR7:48.28
1415ISergey MarchukURS7:51.37
152OHerbert SchwarzFRG7:52.26
1611ILennart CarlssonSWE7:53.02
178OFranz KrienbühlSUI7:53.11
188IManfred WinterGDR7:58.28
1915OEric HeidenUSA7:59.00
205IOlavi KöppäFIN7:59.52
211OMaurizio MarchettoITA8:04.07
2211OMasahiko YamamotoJPN8:06.97
2310OAndy BarronCAN8:10.00
246IMasayuki KawaharaJPN8:10.08
2516ODan JohanssonSWE8:12.37
267IGeoff SandysGBR8:13.03
274OLudwig KronfußAUT8:19.72
2812OIvano BamberghiITA8:21.04
2912IHubert GundolfAUT8:29.34
3010IGilbert Van EesbeeckBEL8:29.78
3114ILoris VellarITA8:31.85
DNS14OJan DerksenNED