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Speed Skating at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Women's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Oval, Calgary
Date Started: February 28, 1988
Date Finished: February 28, 1988

Gold: NED Yvonne van Gennip
Silver: GDR Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich
Bronze: GDR Gabi Zange-Schönbrunn

Summary

After her two gold medals in the 3,000 m and the 1,500 m, Yvonne van Gennip was the top favorite for the inaugural women's Olympic 5,000 m. Additionally, she was the world record holder, having recorded 7:20.36 at Heerenveen in the previous season. Her main rival was thought to be Andrea Ehrig. Since the 5,000 m had been re-introduced in women's allround skating in 1983, Ehrig had been the fastest in the distance in at all World Championships since then, and had not lost an international 5,000 m since 1985. Like Van Gennip, Ehrig had also medalled in the 1,500 m (bronze) and 3,000 m (silver).

As in the 3,000 m, Ehrig was the first to set a mark, starting in pair one. She was also the first to break the world record, as she had done in the 3,000 m. Her 7:17.12 was three seconds under the previous best, and was sufficient to keep Gabi Zange-Schönbrunn behind her. Also a former world record holder, Zange narrowly beat her personal best (from the Calgary World Cup in December), posting 7:21.61. This left more than enough room for Van Gennip. Up until the half-way point, she kept equal with Ehrig, before slowly edging away from the East German. Van Gennip's final time of 7:14.13 was nearly three seconds faster than Ehrig, and six seconds below her own former world record. After receiving her third gold medal, Van Gennip flew home, where a hero's welcome awaited her. After being met by a huge crowd at the airport, she celebrated her victory in her hometown of Haarlem with some 60,000 fans.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1 Yvonne van Gennip 23 Netherlands NED Gold 7:14.13 20.21 52.31 1:26.03 2:00.58 2:35.37 3:09.73 3:44.16 4:18.71 4:53.43 5:28.24 6:03.22 6:38.58 WR
2 Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich 27 East Germany GDR Silver 7:17.12 20.39 53.41 1:27.26 2:01.24 2:35.35 3:09.63 3:44.32 4:19.38 4:54.56 5:29.92 6:05.53 6:41.38 WR
3 Gabi Zange-Schönbrunn 26 East Germany GDR Bronze 7:21.61 20.56 53.35 1:27.42 2:01.95 2:36.84 3:11.58 3:46.79 4:22.12 4:57.71 5:33.36 6:09.41 6:45.67
4 Svetlana Boyko 22 Soviet Union URS 7:28.39 21.69 56.77 1:31.55 2:06.42 2:41.52 3:16.88 3:52.32 4:27.83 5:03.66 5:39.65 6:15.82 6:52.08
5 Yelena Lapuga 23 Soviet Union URS 7:28.65 21.12 54.97 1:29.50 2:04.57 2:39.57 3:14.54 3:49.69 4:25.32 5:01.17 5:37.61 6:14.63 6:51.60
6 Seiko Hashimoto 23 Japan JPN 7:34.43 20.19 53.95 1:28.79 2:04.26 2:40.18 3:16.51 3:53.11 4:29.60 5:06.54 5:43.60 6:20.47 6:57.72
7 Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann 21 East Germany GDR 7:34.59 20.78 53.18 1:26.58 2:05.92 2:44.13 3:19.43 3:54.96 4:31.21 5:07.80 5:44.91 6:21.54 6:58.24 fall
8 Jasmin Krohn 21 Sweden SWE 7:36.56 21.10 55.56 1:30.47 2:06.34 2:42.07 3:18.11 3:54.52 4:31.19 5:08.15 5:45.10 6:21.98 6:59.04
9 Han Chun-Ok 22 North Korea PRK 7:36.81 21.32 55.03 1:29.90 2:05.67 2:41.29 3:17.42 3:54.17 4:30.88 5:07.33 5:44.53 6:22.18 6:59.43
10 Jane Goldman 23 United States USA 7:36.98 21.27 56.57 1:32.39 2:08.51 2:44.18 3:20.21 3:56.54 4:32.84 5:09.24 5:45.93 6:23.06 7:00.64
11 Mary Docter 27 United States USA 7:37.00 22.08 56.63 1:31.52 2:06.63 2:41.84 3:17.09 3:52.34 4:27.94 5:04.33 5:41.28 6:18.79 6:57.35
12 Elena Belci 23 Italy ITA 7:37.23 21.57 56.60 1:33.13 2:09.65 2:45.51 3:21.71 3:57.95 4:34.50 5:10.92 5:47.29 6:23.72 7:00.68
13 Marieke Stam 23 Netherlands NED 7:38.02 21.43 56.67 1:33.52 2:10.21 2:46.60 3:23.06 3:59.19 4:35.69 5:12.44 5:48.83 6:25.34 7:01.92
14 Ingrid Paul 23 Netherlands NED 7:40.67 20.83 54.00 1:28.44 2:04.01 2:39.70 3:15.30 3:51.32 4:27.58 5:04.14 5:41.19 6:19.34 6:59.54
15 Yelena Tumanova 22 Soviet Union URS 7:40.82 20.99 55.50 1:31.30 2:07.32 2:42.73 3:18.35 3:54.62 4:31.60 5:08.80 5:46.34 6:24.34 7:02.56
16 Wang Xiaoyan 18 China CHN 7:46.30 21.77 56.43 1:32.41 2:08.83 2:45.27 3:22.21 3:59.62 4:36.79 5:14.56 5:52.26 6:30.10 7:08.38
17 Kim Young-Ok 21 South Korea KOR 7:46.51 21.55 57.51 1:33.95 2:10.76 2:47.68 3:24.42 4:01.84 4:39.59 5:16.99 5:54.21 6:31.73 7:09.64
18 Natalie Grenier 23 Canada CAN 7:46.96 21.15 56.61 1:33.84 2:09.93 2:46.07 3:22.20 3:59.11 4:36.44 5:14.10 5:52.09 6:30.35 7:08.71
19 Natsue Seki 21 Japan JPN 7:47.43 21.42 56.33 1:32.16 2:08.16 2:44.37 3:20.85 3:57.71 4:35.33 5:13.68 5:52.34 6:30.88 7:09.63
20 Ariane Loignon 22 Canada CAN 7:49.55 21.62 56.99 1:34.08 2:10.63 2:47.28 3:24.34 4:01.57 4:38.78 5:16.35 5:54.40 6:32.87 7:11.47
21 Erwina Ryś-Ferens 33 Poland POL 7:50.43 20.55 53.30 1:27.83 2:02.78 2:38.38 3:14.29 3:50.40 4:27.00 5:03.54 5:40.29 6:30.75 7:10.93 fall
22 Nancy Swider-Peltz 31 United States USA 7:52.12 21.38 56.59 1:32.95 2:09.45 2:46.01 3:23.10 4:00.10 4:37.51 5:15.48 5:54.52 6:33.99 7:13.35
23 Kathy Gordon 20 Canada CAN 7:53.30 21.17 55.13 1:30.54 2:06.41 2:43.23 3:20.66 3:58.83 4:36.95 5:15.30 5:54.23 6:33.72 7:13.57
24 Minna Nystedt 20 Norway NOR 7:54.11 22.50 58.17 1:34.82 2:11.73 2:48.58 3:26.30 4:03.79 4:42.09 5:20.23 5:58.36 6:36.80 7:15.65
25 Stéphanie Dumont 20 France FRA 8:00.40 21.78 58.45 1:35.88 2:13.56 2:51.30 3:29.38 4:07.44 4:45.63 5:24.29 6:03.03 6:42.06 7:21.38