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Speed Skating at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): Olympic Oval, Albertville
Date Started: February 12, 1992
Date Finished: February 12, 1992

Gold: GER Jacqueline Börner
Silver: GER Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann
Bronze: JPN Seiko Hashimoto

Summary

Looking at the results of the 1991-92 season, the 1500 m was anticipated to become a duel between Austria's Emese Hunyady and Gunda Niemann. The latter had recently established herself as the dominant female skater. In 1991, she had won the World Allround Championships with three distance wins, and she had already won four consecutive European titles (1989-1992), winning the 1,500 m every time. But Hunyady, who had married an Austrian to escape from her native Hungary, had beaten Niemann at the Collalbo World Cup, having won the Warszawa event in Niemann's absence earlier on.

But as with other events in Albertville, the competition was adversely affected by the warm weather. Several countries complained about the ice preparation schedule, which left the pairs immediately after ice cleaning with considerably better circumstances than those skaters in later pairs. This was to the benefit of a German outsider, Jacqueline Börner. She had been the World Allround Champion in 1990, but later that year she had suffered severe injuries in a car accident. While bike training in Berlin with several teammates, she was hit by a Trabant, after an altercation between the car's driver and the skaters. She sustained leg, knee, rib and head injuries, and was still walking with crutches a year before the Olympics. She recovered in time for the Olympic season, but did not have high hopes for the Games. A third place at the Berlin World Cup gave her hope for a bronze medal in Albertville. But her first pair performance of 2:05.87 would land her the gold medal. Duped by the conditions, Hunyady (pair five) did no better than seventh, while Niemann (pair six) finished just 0.05 seconds behind her teammate. The bronze was surprisingly won by Seiko Hashimoto, also a three time Olympian in track cycling. While she had been runner-up behind Börner at the 1990 World Championships, she had recently concentrated on sprinting, and her 1,500 m medal was unexpected.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Jacqueline Börner 26 Germany GER Gold 2:05.87 27.09 58.30 1:31.16
2 Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann 25 Germany GER Silver 2:05.92 27.09 58.67 1:31.70
3 Seiko Hashimoto 27 Japan JPN Bronze 2:06.88 26.96 58.59 1:31.87
4 Nataliya Polozkova 19 Unified Team EUN 2:07.12 27.64 59.94 1:33.03
5 Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt 23 Germany GER 2:07.24 26.38 57.84 1:31.66
6 Svetlana Bazhanova 19 Unified Team EUN 2:07.81 28.53 1:00.79 1:33.72
7 Emese Nemeth-Hunyady 25 Austria AUT 2:08.29 27.21 59.09 1:32.67
8 Heike Warnicke 25 Germany GER 2:08.52 27.94 1:00.33 1:33.94
9 Carla Zijlstra 22 Netherlands NED 2:08.54 28.39 1:00.64 1:34.30
10 Lyudmila Prokashova 23 Unified Team EUN 2:08.71 27.57 59.87 1:33.86
11 Mie Uehara 20 Japan JPN 2:09.33 27.90 1:00.33 1:34.47
12 Else Ragni Yttredal 23 Norway NOR 2:09.38 27.66 59.95 1:33.49
13 Jasmin Krohn 25 Sweden SWE 2:09.62 28.13 1:00.56 1:34.52
14 Ewa Wasilewska 25 Poland POL 2:09.64 28.08 1:00.13 1:33.99
15 Mary Docter 30 United States USA 2:09.66 28.62 1:01.11 1:34.58
16 Lia van Schie 21 Netherlands NED 2:09.70 27.97 1:00.21 1:34.20
17 Mihaela Dascălu 21 Romania ROU 2:09.87 27.68 1:00.23 1:34.71
18 Sandra Voetelink 21 Netherlands NED 2:10.31 27.24 1:00.23 1:34.69
19T Elena Belci 27 Italy ITA 2:10.75 27.97 1:00.17 1:34.43
19T Yumi Kaeriyama 24 Japan JPN 2:10.75 28.31 1:00.89 1:34.98
21 Bonnie Blair 27 United States USA 2:10.89 26.66 58.51 1:32.85
22 Chong Chang-Suk 17 North Korea PRK 2:11.06 27.79 59.69 1:34.04
23 Zhang Qing 26 China CHN 2:11.26 28.44 1:01.55 1:35.82
24 Liu Junhong 22 China CHN 2:11.61 27.75 1:00.18 1:34.72
25 Yelena Lapuga 27 Unified Team EUN 2:11.72 27.69 1:00.37 1:34.84
26 Angela Zuckerman 26 United States USA 2:13.21 29.30 1:02.46 1:37.30
27 Tara Laszlo 20 United States USA 2:13.35 27.21 59.78 1:35.10
28 Cerasela Hordobeţiu 23 Romania ROU 2:14.69 27.62 1:00.58 1:36.28
29 Kim Chun-Wol 17 North Korea PRK 2:14.87 28.02 1:00.53 1:36.23
30 Edel Therese Høiseth 26 Norway NOR 2:14.93 27.80 1:00.90 1:36.42
31 Song Hwa-Son 23 North Korea PRK 2:15.87 28.00 1:01.40 1:37.58
32 Krisztina Egyed 15 Hungary HUN 2:21.11 29.06 1:04.61 1:42.52
AC Yvonne van Gennip 27 Netherlands NED 27.66 DNF/fall