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5,000 metres, Men

Date26 January 1924 — 10:00
StatusOlympic
LocationStade Olympique, Chamonix
Participants22 from 10 countries
StarterHans ValärSUI
RefereeHans Oscar HammerstadNOR
Attendance1,342

Only a few 5000 m performances under 9 minutes had been posted prior to the Games. At their Davos training races, Julius Skutnabb (8:50.4) and Clas Thunberg (8:51.9) had recorded the fastest times of the season. Three of the four Norwegians in competition also had sub-9 minute performances listed, all skated at a Frogner meet shortly before the Olympics, World Record holder Harald Strøm being the fastest with 8:52.3.

The second competition of the day got underway with the first two pairs being rescheduled due to non-starters. Charlie Gorman and Léon Quaglia were the first to hit the ice. Quaglia had won the French Championships at the same rink two weeks earlier, and he improved on his performance in the 5000 m by more than 15 seconds: 9.08.6. The first to go under 9 minutes was Frithjof Paulsen of Norway, followed by his compatriot Harald Strøm who listed 8:54.6. Strøm’s time was good, considering that he had caught the flu on the previous day. As the Norwegian flag bearer, he had been out in the rain for hours wearing nothing but his race outfit.

The strongest North American distance skater, Val Bialas was coupled with Julius Skutnabb, and delivered an interesting fight, won by the 34-year-old Finn who also improved the season’s best time to 8:48.4. His teammate Thunberg did not have such a strong competitor in his race, but that did not stop him from outclassing the rest of the field with 8:39.0. The two remaining Norwegians, Larsen and Sigurd Moen, both delivered fine performances, but were also unable to approach the leading Finnish duo.

Thunberg was one of the dominant speed skaters of the era. He only started skating at age 20, but managed to win 5 World Championships and 4 European titles. One of his nicknames was “The Nurmi of the ice”, which he considered somewhat insulting, as he thought Paavo Nurmi might as well be called the “Thunberg of the track”.

PosPairSkaterNOCTime
115IClas ThunbergFIN8:39.0ORGold
214IJulius SkutnabbFIN8:48.4ORSilver
319ORoald LarsenNOR8:50.2Bronze1
420OSigurd MoenNOR8:51.02
58OHarald StrømNOR8:54.6OR
614OValentine BialasUSA8:55.0
76IFrithjof PaulsenNOR8:59.0OR
89IRichard DonovanUSA9:05.6
93ILéon QuagliaFRA9:08.6OR
1012OAsser WalleniusFIN9:12.8
1115OAlberts RumbaLAT9:14.4
1220IEric BlomgrenSWE9:14.63
138ICharley JewtrawUSA9:27.0
1418OBill SteinmetzUSA9:35.04
156OAxel BlomqvistSWE9:48.8
1619ILeon JucewiczPOL10:05.65
179OGaston Van HazebroeckBEL10:13.8
1818IAndré GegoutFRA10:15.26
1917OGeorges de WildeFRA10:39.87
2017IAlbert TebbitGBR11:01.08
2112IMarcel MoensBEL11:30.4
AC3OCharlie GormanCAN
DNS1ILouis De RidderBEL
DNS2IChristfried BurmeisterEST
DNS16OAlbert HasslerFRA
DNS5IFred DixGBR
DNS7ICyril HornGBR
DNS4OTom SuttonGBR
DNS13ICesare LocatelliITA
DNS10OAlexander SpenglerSUI
DNS11IPhilippe Van VolckxsomBEL