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Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 14, 1980
Date Finished: February 14, 1980

Gold: NED Annie Borckink
Silver: NED Ria Visser
Bronze: GDR Sabine Becker

Summary

This was the first women's speed skating event of the 1980 Winter Olympics. There was no clear favorite but the last two World Champions had both won the distance at those tournaments, and Nataliya Petrusyova (1980) and Beth Heiden (1979) were considered to have a slight edge. Heiden started in the first pair, crossing in 2:13.10, an Olympic record and a personal best. But in the third pair, Dutchwoman Ria Visser, the 1979 Dutch all-around champion, finished in 2:12.35 to move into the lead. She skated with Petrusyova, who surprisingly struggled, finishing in 2:14.15. In the fifth pair, Visser's teammate Annie Borckink was paired with Soviet 70s star Tatyana Barabash, who was no longer considered a challenger in this event. Borckink had been skating in Dutch meets since 1973 and had three times won the 1,000 at the Dutch Championships, but she had never won a distance at an international meet, and her best all-around finish in an international tournament was eighth at the 1977 World Championships. But she started well, although she was behind Visser's time at 1,100 metres, only to finish very strongly, winning a surprising gold medal by 1.4 seconds with a time of 2:10.95. Borckink skated for one more year but never won another international distance race or tournament. Visser would continue to compete thru 1988, winning the Dutch Championships in 1983-85. The 1-2 finish by the Dutch women was a huge upset. Many years later, Visser would comment that the Dutch women were skating so poorly in 1980 that it was being considered not to enter a women's team at Lake Placid.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Annie Borckink 28 Netherlands NED Gold 2:10.95 28.58 1:01.25 1:35.29 OR
2 Ria Visser 18 Netherlands NED Silver 2:12.35 28.11 1:00.55 1:35.07 OR
3 Sabine Becker 20 East Germany GDR Bronze 2:12.38 27.71 1:00.88 1:35.96
4 Bjørg Eva Jensen 19 Norway NOR 2:12.59 28.17 1:01.18 1:35.79
5 Sylvia Filipsson 26 Sweden SWE 2:12.84 27.87 1:01.01 1:35.98
6 Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich 19 East Germany GDR 2:13.05 28.47 1:01.88 1:36.88
7 Beth Heiden 20 United States USA 2:13.10 27.48 1:00.88 1:35.72 OR
8 Nataliya Petrusyova 24 Soviet Union URS 2:14.15 27.38 1:00.52 1:36.18
9 Sylvia Albrecht 17 East Germany GDR 2:14.27 27.71 1:00.38 1:35.87
10 Sylvia Burka 25 Canada CAN 2:14.65 27.79 1:00.45 1:35.84
11 Brenda Webster 18 Canada CAN 2:14.73 28.86 1:02.38 1:37.55
12 Mary Docter 19 United States USA 2:14.74 28.83 1:02.67 1:37.98
13 Sarah Docter 15 United States USA 2:15.11 28.74 1:02.32 1:37.76
14 Lisbeth Korsmo-Berg 32 Norway NOR 2:15.63 28.55 1:02.90 1:39.02
15 Sijtje van der Lende 30 Netherlands NED 2:16.05 28.37 1:01.84 1:37.54
16 Kathy Vogt 20 Canada CAN 2:16.09 28.34 1:02.25 1:38.23
17 Erwina Ryś-Ferens 25 Poland POL 2:16.29 28.14 1:01.01 1:37.11
18T Tatyana Averina-Barabash 29 Soviet Union URS 2:16.32 28.26 1:02.43 1:38.19
18T Vira Bryndzei 28 Soviet Union URS 2:16.32 27.14 1:01.00 1:37.29
20 Annette Carlén-Karlsson 23 Sweden SWE 2:17.31 28.68 1:02.64 1:38.87
21 Anneli Repola 25 Finland FIN 2:17.81 28.47 1:02.53 1:39.13
22 Sigrid Smuda 20 West Germany FRG 2:18.86 28.37 1:02.72 1:39.90
23 Yuko Yaegashi-Ota 22 Japan JPN 2:19.41 28.55 1:03.31 1:40.21
24 Miyoshi Kato 17 Japan JPN 2:19.80 28.33 1:03.26 1:40.44
25 Kim Yeong-Hui 24 South Korea KOR 2:20.23 29.22 1:03.78 1:41.26
26 Lee Seong-Ae 17 South Korea KOR 2:20.67 28.77 1:03.44 1:41.28
27 Kong Meiyu 19 China CHN 2:22.48 29.09 1:04.69 1:42.64
28 Mandy Horsepool 20 Great Britain GBR 2:23.05 30.68 1:06.21 1:43.86
29 Chen Shuhua 21 China CHN 2:29.48 29.30 1:05.71 1:46.02
30 Shen Guoqin 18 China CHN 2:41.99 29.35 1:05.12 1:44.51 fall
AC Kim Ferran 22 Great Britain GBR DQ