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Speed Skating at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Women's 3,000 metres

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): Olympic Oval, Albertville
Date Started: February 9, 1992
Date Finished: February 9, 1992

Gold: GER Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann
Silver: GER Heike Warnicke
Bronze: AUT Emese Nemeth-Hunyady

Summary

If anybody doubted that Gunda Niemann would win the Olympic 3,000 m, it was Niemann herself, in all her modesty. But with three World Cup victories and a win in the European Championships, there was no reason for modesty. Her times in Heerenveen and Collalbo had been very fast (4:17), although not close to her world record of 4:10. Past results for Niemann had also been excellent, winning the distance at the past four European Championships and the 1991 World Championships, where she also captured the overall titles. Behind Niemann, her teammate and friend [Heike Warnicke-Schalling] seemed a secure second, while Austria's Emese Hunyady appeared a safe bronze medallist. They had in fact finished first, second and third in the past three international encounters.

Hunyady and Warnicke skated in the opening pair, but it was never a real fight. Warnicke pulled away from the Austrian in the second lap, finishing in 4:22.88, nearly two seconds ahead of Hunyady. Both times were faster than Niemann's winning time at the December World Cup in Albertville, so none of the other skaters approached them until Niemann herself took the ice. In her usual dominance, she was half a second faster than Warnicke from the start, and only increased that lead, eventually winning in 4:19.90. Hunyady's bronze medal was Austria's first speed skating medal by a woman.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1 Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann 25 Germany GER Gold 4:19.90 20.14 51.98 1:25.03 1:59.12 2:33.61 3:08.40 3:43.96
2 Heike Warnicke 25 Germany GER Silver 4:22.88 20.79 53.66 1:27.49 2:01.51 2:35.90 3:10.68 3:46.46
3 Emese Nemeth-Hunyady 25 Austria AUT Bronze 4:24.64 20.64 54.13 1:27.72 2:02.17 2:36.98 3:12.07 3:47.82
4 Carla Zijlstra 22 Netherlands NED 4:27.18 20.60 54.34 1:29.34 2:04.76 2:40.15 3:15.86 3:51.52
5 Svetlana Boyko 26 Unified Team EUN 4:28.00 21.38 54.84 1:28.75 2:03.28 2:38.35 3:14.07 3:50.71
6 Yvonne van Gennip 27 Netherlands NED 4:28.10 20.89 54.33 1:29.26 2:04.55 2:40.30 3:16.24 3:52.25
7 Svetlana Bazhanova 19 Unified Team EUN 4:28.19 21.40 54.67 1:29.03 2:03.74 2:38.86 3:14.60 3:51.42
8 Jacqueline Börner 26 Germany GER 4:28.52 20.67 54.55 1:29.42 2:04.45 2:40.14 3:16.04 3:51.71
9 Lia van Schie 21 Netherlands NED 4:30.57 20.58 54.01 1:28.05 2:02.93 2:38.30 3:14.29 3:51.54
10 Lyudmila Prokashova 23 Unified Team EUN 4:30.76 20.40 54.51 1:29.49 2:04.84 2:41.42 3:18.61 3:55.19
11 Jasmin Krohn 25 Sweden SWE 4:31.98 20.87 54.19 1:28.54 2:03.59 2:39.10 3:15.15 3:52.39
12 Seiko Hashimoto 27 Japan JPN 4:32.12 20.84 55.52 1:30.96 2:07.10 2:43.37 3:19.90 3:56.32
13 Yumi Kaeriyama 24 Japan JPN 4:33.53 21.85 56.16 1:30.78 2:06.30 2:42.62 3:19.42 3:56.42
14 Elena Belci 27 Italy ITA 4:34.28 20.55 54.63 1:29.34 2:05.19 2:41.20 3:18.11 3:56.02
15 Mary Docter 30 United States USA 4:34.51 21.65 56.69 1:32.30 2:07.61 2:43.35 3:19.79 3:56.85
16 Else Ragni Yttredal 23 Norway NOR 4:36.98 21.11 56.42 1:32.43 2:08.32 2:44.29 3:21.04 3:58.72
17 Mie Uehara 20 Japan JPN 4:37.54 21.46 56.09 1:31.73 2:08.16 2:45.14 3:22.39 4:00.12
18 Cerasela Hordobeţiu 23 Romania ROU 4:38.08 20.86 54.64 1:29.61 2:05.63 2:42.19 3:20.35 3:58.91
19 Mihaela Dascălu 21 Romania ROU 4:38.39 20.98 57.74 1:29.84 2:06.08 2:43.09 3:21.15 3:59.89
20 Anette Tønsberg 21 Norway NOR 4:38.66 21.33 55.51 1:30.51 2:06.30 2:42.54 3:19.67 3:57.98
21 Zhang Qing 26 China CHN 4:39.46 21.16 54.86 1:29.68 2:05.37 2:42.00 3:19.20 3:58.21
22 Angela Zuckerman 26 United States USA 4:41.88 22.18 58.04 1:34.50 2:11.45 2:48.96 3:26.33 4:03.97
23 Elke Felicetti 21 Italy ITA 4:44.14 21.97 57.69 1:34.55 2:11.71 2:49.96 3:27.52 4:05.78
24 Ewa Wasilewska 25 Poland POL 4:44.56 21.63 56.74 1:32.64 2:10.05 2:47.78 3:25.66 4:04.74
25 Michelle Kline 23 United States USA 4:45.65 21.87 58.12 1:34.94 2:11.43 2:48.23 3:26.14 4:05.55
26 Liu Junhong 22 China CHN 4:49.13 21.35 56.35 1:32.52 2:10.08 2:48.31 3:28.31 4:08.86