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Speed Skating at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Women's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): Olympic Oval, Albertville
Date Started: February 17, 1992
Date Finished: February 17, 1992

Gold: GER Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann
Silver: GER Heike Warnicke
Bronze: GER Claudia Pechstein

Summary

After their display in the 3,000 m, Gunda Niemann and [Heike Warnicke-Schalling] were again picked to finish 1-2 in the 5,000 m. At the only international competition of the season, at the European Championships in Heerenveen, they had also placed in that order. Niemann had moreover won the distance at the past four European Championships, as well as the 1991 World Championships. At all tournaments, she had also taken the overall title. The world record holder was Yvonne van Gennip, with her winning time at the 1988 Olympics, but the Dutch skater had had poor showings in Albertville and withdrew from the 5,000 m due to a fever.

Warnicke started in pair three, racing against Carla Zijlstra of the Netherlands. Zijlstra had recently impressed with a third place in this distance at the European Championships, and was an outsider for a medal. She was no match for Warnicke, however, as the German quickly distanced herself from the Dutch skater. She finished in 7:37.59, versus 7:41.10 for Zijlstra. After an ice preparation, Niemann started. Taking advantage of the good conditions, she easily defeated her teammate and friend, with 7:31.57. Medals seemed divided, but the third German, Claudia Pechstein, still had to race. The 19-year-old had fallen at the longest distance in Heerenveen, but in Albertville she was in top shape. Chasing Zijlstra's splits for the first half of the race, she opened a gap, increasing it to 1.3 seconds at the finish line. This gave the Germans a complete sweep of the medals. As in 1984, when German skaters won all medals in the 3,000 m, all three skaters were from East Germany. For Pechstein, her upset bronze medal would be the start of a successful Olympic career. She would win the 5,000 m in 1994, 1998 and 2002, scoring upset victories on the first two occasions.

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 Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann 25 Germany GER Gold 7:31.57 20.66 53.95 1:28.46 2:03.45 2:38.87 3:14.63 3:50.71 4:27.18 5:03.88 5:40.66 6:17.56 6:54.70
2 Heike Warnicke 25 Germany GER Silver 7:37.59 21.09 55.55 1:31.27 2:07.63 2:43.31 3:19.38 3:56.15 4:33.28 5:10.27 5:47.19 6:24.02 7:00.81
3 Claudia Pechstein 19 Germany GER Bronze 7:39.80 21.75 56.99 1:32.72 2:08.91 2:45.04 3:21.25 3:57.59 4:34.31 5:11.10 5:48.10 6:24.91 7:02.01
4 Carla Zijlstra 22 Netherlands NED 7:41.10 21.06 56.13 1:32.36 2:08.09 2:44.46 3:20.82 3:57.60 4:34.38 5:11.82 5:48.71 6:26.21 7:03.62
5 Lyudmila Prokashova 23 Unified Team EUN 7:41.65 21.24 56.96 1:32.29 2:07.68 2:43.44 3:19.72 3:56.68 4:33.71 5:10.88 5:48.16 6:25.84 7:03.67
6 Svetlana Boyko 26 Unified Team EUN 7:44.19 21.53 56.45 1:31.85 2:07.51 2:43.63 3:20.04 3:57.02 4:34.31 5:11.86 5:49.32 6:27.38 7:05.47
7 Svetlana Bazhanova 19 Unified Team EUN 7:45.55 21.54 56.19 1:32.15 2:08.21 2:44.62 3:21.61 3:58.91 4:35.74 5:13.15 5:51.00 6:29.18 7:07.40
8 Lia van Schie 21 Netherlands NED 7:46.94 22.06 57.91 1:34.74 2:11.19 2:47.38 3:23.81 4:00.44 4:37.08 5:14.03 5:51.44 6:29.54 7:07.95
9 Seiko Hashimoto 27 Japan JPN 7:47.65 20.95 55.96 1:32.18 2:08.87 2:46.06 3:23.69 4:01.45 4:39.37 5:17.33 5:55.23 6:33.21 7:10.98
10 Elena Belci 27 Italy ITA 7:50.42 20.94 57.05 1:33.82 2:09.88 2:46.90 3:23.83 4:01.36 4:39.04 5:16.92 5:54.86 6:33.34 7:11.83
11 Jasmin Krohn 25 Sweden SWE 7:50.64 21.52 56.75 1:33.04 2:09.46 2:45.87 3:22.33 3:59.49 4:36.90 5:14.60 5:52.50 6:31.01 7:10.26
12 Yumi Kaeriyama 24 Japan JPN 7:50.77 21.89 57.17 1:33.32 2:10.39 2:47.65 3:24.78 4:02.43 4:39.92 5:17.59 5:55.74 6:33.73 7:12.52
13 Mihaela Dascălu 21 Romania ROU 7:54.03 21.00 56.35 1:33.17 2:10.07 2:47.35 3:25.07 4:03.56 4:41.86 5:20.41 5:59.13 6:37.93 7:16.45
14 Mie Uehara 20 Japan JPN 7:54.15 22.16 57.93 1:34.34 2:11.39 2:48.85 3:26.41 4:04.22 4:42.22 5:20.47 5:58.99 6:37.63 7:16.19
15 Emese Nemeth-Hunyady 25 Austria AUT 7:56.48 21.41 57.19 1:33.59 2:10.31 2:47.00 3:24.24 4:01.64 4:39.70 5:18.62 5:57.64 6:37.04 7:16.85
16 Liu Junhong 22 China CHN 8:04.31 21.54 57.98 1:34.83 2:11.90 2:49.37 3:26.73 4:04.31 4:42.97 5:21.90 6:01.67 6:42.23 7:23.31
17 Mary Docter 30 United States USA 8:04.42 22.12 59.23 1:36.83 2:14.24 2:51.40 3:28.28 4:05.74 4:43.59 5:22.09 6:01.45 6:41.91 7:23.18
18 Zhang Qing 26 China CHN 8:04.71 22.15 58.55 1:36.08 2:14.77 2:53.78 3:32.53 4:10.90 4:49.36 5:28.13 6:07.27 6:46.92 7:25.85
19 Cerasela Hordobeţiu 23 Romania ROU 8:07.16 22.08 57.76 1:34.59 2:11.74 2:48.41 3:26.21 4:04.37 4:43.47 5:23.27 6:03.66 6:44.50 7:25.80
20 Elke Felicetti 21 Italy ITA 8:08.44 22.24 59.26 1:37.55 2:15.76 2:54.40 3:33.24 4:12.36 4:51.86 5:31.12 6:10.55 6:50.24 7:29.63
21 Anette Tønsberg 21 Norway NOR 8:09.68 21.82 58.94 1:37.13 2:16.14 2:55.01 3:33.73 4:12.60 4:51.21 5:29.97 6:08.94 6:48.45 7:28.65
22 Else Ragni Yttredal 23 Norway NOR 8:09.69 21.33 56.73 1:32.90 2:09.55 2:46.79 3:24.84 4:03.48 4:43.05 5:23.14 6:04.01 6:45.71 7:27.79
23 Tara Laszlo 20 United States USA 8:15.00 21.29 57.43 1:34.81 2:11.64 2:49.02 3:26.61 4:05.45 4:45.28 5:25.93 6:07.38 6:49.89 7:32.03
24 Michelle Kline 23 United States USA 8:20.88 22.36 59.94 1:37.82 2:15.89 2:53.79 3:32.11 4:11.49 4:51.70 5:32.57 6:14.11 6:56.47 7:38.89