Hunting for Østlund
4000 people, pretty much one third of the Hamar population, circled the lake ice track as the Mathisen brothers and Sæterhaug came to display their arts after the national championship a hundred years ago today. Under a high, clear, cloudless sky with no wind, the well-prepared ice offered the best opportunity yet for relieving Peder Østlund of his 1500m national record. Martin Sæterhaug must have realised that his club and home town were in danger of losing this famous old record, and he skated the 1500m of his life, attacking from the start, following Oscar’s every move, hanging on to him like a leech. In the end he lost by only 1 tenth of a second. But the record was safe, missed by only one tenth of a second, too.
500m 1.Oscar Mathisen 46,0 tr 2.Martin Sæterhaug 46,7 3.Sigurd Mathisen 46,8 4.Otto Monsen 47,3 pb 5.Harald Monsen 48,0 6.Magnus Johansen 49,0 7.Ejnar Sørensen 49,3 8.Sigurd Jensen 54,2 9.Hilmar Eriksen 54,6 1500m 1.O Mathisen 2.26,5 tr, lpb 2.Sæterhaug 2.26,6 lpb 3.S Mathisen 2.31,9 4.Johansen 2.32,8 5.H Monsen 2.36,0 pb 6.Sørensen 2.37,4 7.O Monsen 2.41,0 8.Eriksen 2.47,1 9.Jensen 2.55,0
The curious fact that Johansen appears here, but not in the national championship, may have two probable explanations: 1. He couldn’t take time off from his job to travel to Lillehammer on the Friday. 2. He had beaten Oscar in the 10000m in the World Championship, and his club thought he might jeopardise Oscar’s title claim. A fear that proved unfounded—this time.
Sørensen’s 1500m time above is disputed. It may have been 2.38,4 instead.
Meanwhile in Vaasa, today’s two distances in the Finnish Championship had surprising winners:
500m 1.Lahtinen 47,7 2.Schrey 48,4 Wathén 48,4 4.Vikander 48,6 5.Lihr 48,7 Louhala 48,7 7.Wiinikainen 49,0 8.Helanterä 49,1 9.Vanhala 49,4 10.von Schantz 49,8 11.Kyykoski 50,2 12.Kahma 53,2 13.A Ohls 56,6 Overall: 1.Schrey 3.5 2.Vikander 7 3.Lihr 9.5 Wathén 9.5 5.Louhala 11.5 6.von Schantz 12 Wiinikainen 12 8.Lahtinen 13 9.Vanhala 17 10.Helanterä 19 11.Kyykoski 20 12.Kahma 22 1500m 1.Lihr 2.36,8 2.Vikander 2.37,0 3.Schrey 2.37,4 4.Louhala 2.38,1 5.von Schantz 2.39,8 6.Helanterä 2.39,9 7.Wiinikainen 2.40,0 8.Wathén 2.41,6 9.Kyykoski 2.42,1 10.Lahtinen 2.46,2 11.Vanhala 2.46,9 12.Kahma 2.49,0 13.Ohls 2.59,0 Overall: GOLD.Arne Schrey 6.5 Silver.Johan Vikander 9 bronze.Aksel Lihr 10.5 4.Kalle Louhala 15.5 5.August von Schantz 17 6,Franz F Wathén 17.5 7.Jussi Wiinikainen 19 8.E Lahtinen 23 9.Lauri Helanterä 25 10.Eino Vanhala 28 11.Arvo Kyykoski 29 12.Jussi Kahma 34
Meanwhile in Lillestrøm, they apparently had fine ice conditions, too, because there the 15 years old Bjarne Frang skated the excellent series 47,4 - 2.35,0 - 9.36,0. Obviously a talent to rival Oscar in years to come. And at Bislett, the 12 years old brother of another obvious talent, Henning Olsen, Oskar by name, displayed no such thing when he finished 4th in his class, improving his 500m pb from 64,6 to 62,5.