Oscar Mathisen
Skøyter - Oscar Mathisen-dagboka

På jakt etter 2.26,4

4000, godt oppimot en tredjedel av Hamars befolkning, sto fylka rundt banen da Mathisen-br¿drene og S¾terhaug kom for Œ vise seg fram etter norgesmesterskapet for hundre Œr sida i dag. Under en h¿y, skyfri himmel og i vindstille, ga den velpreparerte isen en ypperlig anledning til Œ jakte pŒ norgesrekorden til Peder ¯stlund pŒ 1500 m. Martin S¾terhaug mŒ ha v¾rt klar over at klubben og hjembyen hans sto i alvorlig fare for Œ miste denne ber¿mte gamle rekorden, og han gikk sitt livs 1500-meter til da. Han angreip fra start, fulgte Oscar vaktsomt og hang pŒ som en klegg. Likevel blei det tap med bare et tiendedels sekund. Men rekorden overlevde ogsŒ, med samme margin.

500 m
1.Oscar Mathisen   46,0 banerekord
2.Martin Sæterhaug 46,7
3.Sigurd Mathisen  46,8
4.Otto Monsen      47,3 pers
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

1500 m
1.O Mathisen 2.26,5 banerekord, lavlandspers
2.Sæterhaug  2.26,6 lavlandspers
3.S Mathisen 2.31,9
4.Johansen   2.32,8
5.H Monsen   2.36,0 pers
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.