1897 World Allround Speed Skating Championships

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World Allround Speed Skating Championships
Alfred Ingvald Naess circa 1900 wearing his skating medals.jpg
Alfred Næss
Participant of the 1897 World Championship
Venue Crystal Stadium, Montréal, Canada
Dates 5, 6 and 9 February 1897
Competitors 10 from 3 nations
Medalist men
1st, gold medalist(s) Jack McCulloch  CAN
Medalist women

The 1897 World Allround Speed Skating Championships took place on 5, 6 and 9 February 1897 at the ice rink Crystal Stadium in Montréal, Canada. It was the first World championship outside of Europe. Canada had the honour of organizing this World championship because it was the first non-European member of the International Skating Union.

Jaap Eden was the defending champion, but he stopped with ice skating after the 1896 season and did not defend his title. He started a career as cyclist.

The Norwegian Alfred Næss won the first distance (500 meters) and the Canadian Jack McCulloch the second distance (5000 meters). At the third distance (1500 meters), Næss and McCulloch dead-heated for the fastest time, meaning a skate-off was needed to decide who was the winner and still able to win three distances.

After McCulloch won the skate-off, he won the 10000 meters, with only three others starting, and became World Champion.

Two days later, officials discovered an error in measuring the 5000 meter course, meaning the competitors had skated 4200 meters: two laps too few.

The results were annulled, and the next morning (9 February), the 5000 meters was re-skated, though some skaters had already left Canada, meaning only four skaters took part. McCulloch won again, and was confirmed as World Champion.

Allround results[edit]

Place Athlete Country 500m 5000m 1500m 1500m
Skate-off
10000m 5000m
Re-skated
1st, gold medalist(s) Jack McCulloch Canadian Red Ensign (1868–1921).svg Canada 48.2 (2) 8:32.8 (1) 2:42.4 (1) 2:40.8 (1) 20:02.4 (1) 9:25.4 (1)
NC2 John Davidson Canadian Red Ensign (1868–1921).svg Canada 50.2 (5) 8:52.6 (3) 2:47.4 (4) 20:43.4 (3) 10:00.6 (3)
NC Julius Seyler Flag of the German Empire.svg German Empire 48.6 (3)* 8:47.6 (2) 2:43.2 (3) 20:42.2 (2)
NC C. Greene Canadian Red Ensign (1868–1921).svg Canada 49.2 (4) 8:52.8 (4) 2:48.6 (6) 21:23.4 (4)
NC Alfred Næss Norge-Unionsflagg-1844.svg Norway 46.8 (1) 9:01.5 (7) 2:42.4 (1) 2:41.2 (2) NS
NC Martinus Lørdahl Norge-Unionsflagg-1844.svg Norway 50.6 (6)* 8:55.0 (5) 2:52.4 (8)* NS 9:39.2 (2)
NC W. Merrit Canadian Red Ensign (1868–1921).svg Canada 50.8 (7) 8:57.0 (6) 2:52.0 (7) NS
NC Tom Moore Canadian Red Ensign (1868–1921).svg Canada 50.8 (7) 9:07.4 (8) 2:48.2 (5) NS
NC A. Lee Canadian Red Ensign (1868–1921).svg Canada 56.0 (10) 9:39.2 (10) 3:08.8 (9) NS NF
NC A. Pilkie Canadian Red Ensign (1868–1921).svg Canada 53.4 (9) 9:15.6 (9) NF NS
* = Fell
NC = Not classified
NF = Not finished
NS = Not started
DQ = Disqualified

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[1]

Rules[edit]

Four distances have to be skated:

  • 500m
  • 1500m
  • 5000m
  • 10000m

One could only win the World Championships by winning at least three of the four distances, so there would be no World Champion if no skater won at least three distances.

Silver and bronze medals were not awarded.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Results of the 1897 World Championship Allround Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012.