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Speed Skating at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): Ice Rink for Speed Skating Zetra, Sarajevo
Date Started: February 9, 1984
Date Finished: February 9, 1984

Gold: GDR Karin Enke-Kania
Silver: GDR Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich
Bronze: URS Nataliya Petrusyova

Summary

This was the first women's event, and as with every women's event in 1984, the favorite was East German Karin Enke. Enke had won the World Sprints in 1980, 1981, and 1983, and was second in 1982, and at the World Championships, she had won in 1982 and earlier in 1984, placing second in 1981 and 1983. In December 1983 she had seemingly broken the world record with 2:03.40 but the ISU did not recognize the record as it had not received advance notice about the meet. Her biggest challengers were expected to be Andrea Schöne, who had won the 1983 World Championships and was second to Enke in both 1982 and 1984, and the Soviet skater Nataliya Petrusyova, the world record holder with 2:04.04 set at Medeo in 1983. Schöne started in the first pair, and set a challenge, breaking the Olympic record by over five seconds, finishing in 2:05.29. Petrusyova was in the third pair and started quickly, leading Schöne's times at 300 and 700 metres, but she could not finish strongly, and crossed in 2:05.78. Enke started in the fifth pair and her pace was ahead of both at every checkpoint, and she finished better than either of her rivals, to easily win the gold medal in 2:03.42, a world record time. This one the ISU did recognize. In the final results, the medals were won by the three favorites. Four days later, in the 1,000, they would finish in precisely the same positions.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Karin Enke-Kania 22 East Germany GDR Gold 2:03.42 26.35 57.10 1:29.25 WR
2 Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich 23 East Germany GDR Silver 2:05.29 26.82 57.87 1:30.60 OR
3 Nataliya Petrusyova 28 Soviet Union URS Bronze 2:05.78 26.49 57.66 1:30.89
4 Gabi Zange-Schönbrunn 22 East Germany GDR 2:07.69 27.51 59.60 1:33.07
5 Erwina Ryś-Ferens 29 Poland POL 2:08.08 26.94 58.20 1:31.86
6 Valentina Lalenkova 26 Soviet Union URS 2:08.17 26.56 57.47 1:31.17
7 Nataliya Kurova 21 Soviet Union URS 2:08.41 27.03 58.83 1:32.20
8 Bjørg Eva Jensen 23 Norway NOR 2:09.53 28.26 1:00.70 1:34.50
9 Thea Limbach 24 Netherlands NED 2:10.35 28.57 1:00.73 1:34.53
10 Sigrid Smuda 24 West Germany FRG 2:10.55 27.79 1:00.40 1:34.55
11 Yvonne van Gennip 19 Netherlands NED 2:10.61 27.62 1:00.05 1:34.49
12 Annette Carlén-Karlsson 27 Sweden SWE 2:10.80 27.69 1:00.55 1:34.77
13 Ria Visser 22 Netherlands NED 2:11.06 28.01 1:00.44 1:34.75
14 Mary Docter 22 United States USA 2:12.14 28.66 1:01.40 1:36.01
15 Seiko Hashimoto 19 Japan JPN 2:12.56 27.80 1:00.95 1:36.20
16 Silvia Brunner 26 Switzerland SUI 2:12.62 28.18 1:01.07 1:35.72
17 Jane Goldman 19 United States USA 2:12.94 28.80 1:02.20 1:37.22
18 Nancy Swider-Peltz 27 United States USA 2:13.74 29.97 1:02.17 1:36.99
19 Pak Gum-Hyon 19 North Korea PRK 2:14.23 27.50 1:00.23 1:35.79
20 Han Chun-Ok 18 North Korea PRK 2:14.25 28.23 1:01.66 1:36.86
21 Natalie Grenier 19 Canada CAN 2:14.72 27.84 1:00.82 1:36.97
22 Sylvie Daigle 21 Canada CAN 2:15.50 27.91 1:01.04 1:36.98
23 Wang Guifang 21 China CHN 2:16.19 27.96 1:01.72 1:38.36
24 Wang Xiuli 18 China CHN 2:16.68 27.35 1:01.53 1:37.98
25 Kim Chang-Hae 15 North Korea PRK 2:17.37 28.93 1:02.76 1:39.08
26 Choi Seung-Youn 19 South Korea KOR 2:17.80 28.30 1:02.44 1:39.46
27 Lee Kyung-Ja 19 South Korea KOR 2:17.96 28.98 1:02.57 1:38.97
28 Lee Yeon-Ju 20 South Korea KOR 2:18.34 27.49 1:01.21 1:38.31
29 Kong Meiyu 23 China CHN 2:19.56 28.80 1:04.07 1:40.83
30 Lilianna Morawiec 22 Poland POL 2:39.37 27.67 1:00.07 1:55.58 fall
31 Dubravka Vukušić 18 Yugoslavia YUG 2:42.12 33.11 1:12.84 1:56.12
32 Bibija Kerla 24 Yugoslavia YUG 2:46.32 38.36 1:19.23 2:02.48 fall