|Dates February 25|
Winning time 7:51.3
|Competitors 37 from 15 nations|
|Location Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink|
Venue Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink
The 5000 metres speed skating event was part of the speed skating at the 1960 Winter Olympics programme. The competition was held on the Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink and for the first time at the Olympics on artificially frozen ice. It was held on Thursday, February 25, 1960.
Thirty-seven speed skaters from 15 nations competed.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1960 Winter Olympics.
(*) The record was set in a high altitude venue (more than 1000 metres above sea level) and on naturally frozen ice.