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Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Women's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): M-Wave, Nagano
Date Started: February 19, 1998
Date Finished: February 19, 1998

Gold: NED Marianne Timmer
Silver: USA Chris Witty
Bronze: CAN Catriona Le May Doan

Summary

For nearly a decade, the world record had been in the hands of Christa Rothenburger, who had won the Olympic gold in 1988 with her 1:17.65. At the Calgary World Cup in December 1997, the record was lowered to 1:16.07 by Catriona Le May Doan, only to be bettered by Chris Witty the very next day. The third skater to have won international competitions that season was Franziska Schenk (Germany), winner of 3 World Cup races and bronze medalist at the 1997 Worlds. After her victory in the 1,500 m, Marianne Timmer was also highly considered. She had taken the 1997 World Championships, and was one of the early adopters of the clap skate, but had not yet medaled internationally in the Olympic season.

After 16 pairs, the former World Record and Olympic Record by Rothenburger was still unbeaten. But 500 m champion Catriona Le May Doan again bested the old record, clocking 1:17.37. This was enough to hold off Sabine Völker (second at the World Sprints), but not Timmer. She trailed her opponent, Schenk, at the first split, but Schenk fell in the next corner. Timmer then improved on Le May’s time by 8 tenths, lowering the Olympic Record to 1:16.51. The only remaining contender was Chris Witty, who matched Timmer’s split times, but not her final lap, to finish in 1:16.51. Timmer’s victory made her the third woman to double in the 1000 and 1500 m at the same Olympics, after Skoblikova (1964) and Enke (1984).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Marianne Timmer 23 Netherlands NED Gold 1:16.51 18.35 46.31 OR
2 Chris Witty 22 United States USA Silver 1:16.79 18.27 46.40
3 Catriona Le May Doan 27 Canada CAN Bronze 1:17.37 18.03 46.36 OR
4 Sabine Völker 24 Germany GER 1:17.54 18.14 46.47
5 Annamarie Thomas 26 Netherlands NED 1:17.95 18.48 47.57
6 Becky Sundstrom 21 United States USA 1:18.23 18.75 47.46
7 Tomomi Okazaki 26 Japan JPN 1:18.27 17.84 46.83
8 Eriko Sanmiya 23 Japan JPN 1:18.36 18.36 47.23
9 Moira D'Andrea 29 United States USA 1:18.38 18.60 47.45
10 Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt 29 Germany GER 1:18.76 18.40 47.33
11 Shiho Kusunose 28 Japan JPN 1:18.82 18.56 47.40
12 Svetlana Boyarkina-Zhurova 26 Russia RUS 1:19.04 18.10 47.16
13 Jennifer Rodriguez 21 United States USA 1:19.19 18.98 48.37
14 Edel Therese Høiseth 32 Norway NOR 1:19.23 18.63 47.58
15 Sandra Zwolle 26 Netherlands NED 1:19.29 19.08 48.50
16 Anke Baier-Loef 25 Germany GER 1:19.42 18.42 47.72
17 Nataliya Polozkova 25 Russia RUS 1:19.78 18.74 48.47
18 Susan Auch 31 Canada CAN 1:19.82 18.10 47.12
19 Tatyana Danshina 22 Russia RUS 1:19.95 18.80 48.25
20 Marieke Wijsman 22 Netherlands NED 1:20.02 19.01 48.68
21 Linda Johnson-Blair 26 Canada CAN 1:20.42 18.23 47.87
22 Kyoko Shimazaki 26 Japan JPN 1:20.49 18.28 47.48
23 Krisztina Egyed 21 Hungary HUN 1:21.23 19.36 49.58
24 Choi Seung-Yong 18 South Korea KOR 1:21.28 18.97 48.61
25 Anzhelika Kotyuga 27 Belarus BLR 1:21.35 18.42 48.39
26 Li Xuesong 18 China CHN 1:21.54 18.71 49.01
27 Anna Savelyeva 20 Russia RUS 1:21.83 19.06 49.57
28T Lesia Bilozub 26 Ukraine UKR 1:21.84 18.79 48.87
28T Xue Ruihong 29 China CHN 1:21.84 18.64 49.01
30 Cheon Hui-Ju 22 South Korea KOR 1:22.06 19.12 49.34
31 Wang Manli 24 China CHN 1:22.13 18.14 48.16
32 Yang Chunyuan 24 China CHN 1:22.20 18.70 48.96
33 Sylvie Cantin 27 Canada CAN 1:22.46 18.96 49.17
34 Lyudmila Kostyukevich 33 Belarus BLR 1:22.58 18.72 49.19
35 Kim Ju-Hyeon 17 South Korea KOR 1:23.18 19.00 49.29
36 Kim Ok-Hui 18 North Korea PRK 1:23.37 19.72 50.69
37 Kim Jong-Hui 17 North Korea PRK 1:23.88 19.15 49.78
38 Gang Mi-Yeong 19 South Korea KOR 1:24.18 19.80 50.35
39 Ilonda Lūse 25 Latvia LAT 1:24.32 20.05 51.23
AC Franziska Schenk 23 Germany GER 17.99 DNF/fall