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Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): M-Wave, Nagano
Date Started: February 16, 1998
Date Finished: February 16, 1998

Gold: NED Marianne Timmer
Silver: GER Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann
Bronze: USA Chris Witty

Summary

For years, the only woman to have gone faster than 2 minutes in the 1500 m was Karin Kania, who recorded 1:59.30 in 1987. In the 1997-98 season, her time was finally beaten, by sprinter Catriona Le May Doan, who set a new record of 1:57.87. But normally, the 1500 m was the domain of the German woman, notably Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann, who had won three of the four World Cup races that year, as well as the 1997 World Championships. The remaining World Cup race had been won by defending champion Emese Hunyady of Austria. Other medal hopefuls were Anni Friesinger, Claudia Pechstein and Chris Witty.

Marianne Timmer was at best a medal outsider, despite having won the bronze at the 1997 World Championships as an early clap skate adapter. In the Olympic season, she had not medaled internationally, and was drawn early in the program. Better known as a sprinter, she got off quickly but held on, breaking the world record to her own and everybody’s surprise: 1:57.58. Amazed and tired, she fell into the arms of her coach, Peter Mueller.

Timmer then looked on as others tried to beat her time. The only skater who could match her fast start was Le May, but she faded quickly and placed only 13th. With one pair to go, Chris Witty had come closest to Timmer’s time, with 1:58.97. The last pair featured Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann, the dominating female skater of the decade. Having to skate alone due to her pairmate’s withdrawal, she too could not beat Timmer’s time. Her silver medal was Niemann-Stirnemann’s 7th Olympic medal, and her third silver.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Marianne Timmer 23 Netherlands NED Gold 1:57.58 25.92 54.87 1:25.33 WR
2 Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann 31 Germany GER Silver 1:58.66 26.22 55.82 1:26.64
3 Chris Witty 22 United States USA Bronze 1:58.97 26.35 55.65 1:26.36
4 Emese Nemeth-Hunyady 31 Austria AUT 1:59.19 26.17 55.61 1:26.30
5 Anni Friesinger-Postma 21 Germany GER 1:59.20 26.50 56.04 1:26.85
6 Annamarie Thomas 26 Netherlands NED 1:59.29 26.28 56.11 1:26.65
7 Claudia Pechstein 25 Germany GER 1:59.46 26.40 56.09 1:26.98
8 Jennifer Rodriguez 21 United States USA 2:00.97 26.58 56.85 1:28.03
9 Svetlana Bazhanova 25 Russia RUS 2:01.54 27.06 57.32 1:28.48
10 Nataliya Polozkova 25 Russia RUS 2:01.56 26.31 56.68 1:28.31
11 Lyudmila Prokashova 29 Kazakhstan KAZ 2:01.65 26.99 57.18 1:28.80
12 Becky Sundstrom 21 United States USA 2:01.81 26.12 56.06 1:27.93
13 Catriona Le May Doan 27 Canada CAN 2:02.19 25.24 54.59 1:26.63
14 Moira D'Andrea 29 United States USA 2:02.47 26.56 56.57 1:28.27
15 Chiharu Nozaki 24 Japan JPN 2:02.78 26.86 57.14 1:29.37
16 Aki Tonoike 18 Japan JPN 2:02.84 26.50 56.55 1:28.79
17 Anette Tønsberg 27 Norway NOR 2:03.03 26.99 57.49 1:29.46
18 Tonny de Jong 23 Netherlands NED 2:03.19 27.07 57.88 1:30.22
19 Tatyana Trapeznikova 24 Russia RUS 2:03.25 26.72 57.17 1:29.06
20 Varvara Barysheva 20 Russia RUS 2:03.34 26.61 56.93 1:28.67
21 Mie Uehara 26 Japan JPN 2:03.37 26.94 57.39 1:29.49
22 Barbara de Loor 23 Netherlands NED 2:04.05 27.66 58.11 1:30.51
23 Shiho Kusunose 28 Japan JPN 2:04.38 25.84 55.51 1:28.05
24 Ingrid Liepa 31 Canada CAN 2:04.60 27.32 57.71 1:29.81
25 Baeg Eun-Bi 18 South Korea KOR 2:05.23 27.93 59.24 1:31.55
26 Lee Gyeong-Nam 17 South Korea KOR 2:05.59 27.81 59.11 1:31.58
27 Krisztina Egyed 21 Hungary HUN 2:05.79 27.85 59.28 1:31.57
28 Song Li 16 China CHN 2:05.98 27.42 59.69 1:32.75
29 Isabelle Doucet 24 Canada CAN 2:06.45 27.42 58.54 1:32.05
30 Emese Dörfler-Antal 26 Austria AUT 2:07.57 27.15 58.59 1:32.13
31 Li Xuesong 18 China CHN 2:08.05 26.62 57.88 1:32.27
32 Ilonda Lūse 25 Latvia LAT 2:08.71 28.05 1:00.27 1:34.05
33 Svitlana Konstantynova 23 Ukraine UKR 2:08.76 28.22 1:00.56 1:33.94
34 Mihaela Dascălu 27 Romania ROU 2:08.77 27.62 59.58 1:33.19