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Short Track Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Women's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): White Ring, Nagano
Date Started: February 21, 1998
Date Finished: February 21, 1998
Format: Placements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on points earned in earlier rounds, and time in final round skated.

Gold: KOR Jeon I-Gyeong
Silver: CHN Yang Yang (S)
Bronze: KOR Won Hye-Gyeong

Summary

As in the 500 m, the pre-Olympic favorites were Jeon I-Gyeong (South Korea) and Yang Yang (A). Because they had both failed to make the final in that event (though Jeon won a bronze through the B Final), they were poised to do better in this competition. In the quarter-finals, Yang appeared in top shape, beating Jeon's world record with 1:31.991. The two then raced through the second semi-final together, qualifying easily. Both of them had a teammate in the final as well, with Won Hye-Gyeong qualifying for South Korea, and Yang Yang (S) for China. These two initially traded the lead in the final, before their favored compatriots took over. Yang (A) then appeared to grab China's first ever Winter Olympic gold, leading going into the final curve. But Jeon slipped inside her. Yang tried to hold off the Korean with her arm, but failed and crossed the line in second place. This move even cost her a medal, as the jury disqualified her. Behind Jeon, Yang (S) and Won took home the medals.

The two Yang Yangs actually have different names in Chinese characters, but they are translated to Latin script in the same way. To distinguish them, the letters L and S were initially used, referring to their ages, and not their heights or weights. As Yang Yang (A) objected to the term "large", she started using an A, which may refer to her birth month of August, as opposed to Yang Yang (S)'s birth month of September.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS BT
1 Jeon I-Gyeong 22 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Yang Yang (S) 20 China CHN Silver
3 Won Hye-Gyeong 18 South Korea KOR Bronze
4 Amy Peterson 26 United States USA
5 Ikue Teshigawara 19 Japan JPN
6 Kim Yun-Mi 17 South Korea KOR
7 Isabelle Charest 27 Canada CAN
8 Yang Yang (A) 21 China CHN 15 DQ
9 Ellen Wiegers 17 Netherlands NED 5 1:36.343
10 Sachi Ozawa 21 Japan JPN 5 1:37.493
11 Evgeniya Radanova 20 Bulgaria BUL 5 1:38.510
12 Anke Jannie Landman 23 Netherlands NED 4 1:32.939
13 Han Ryon-Hui 18 North Korea PRK 4 1:34.405
14 Annie Perreault 26 Canada CAN 4 1:35.302
15 Chikage Tanaka 24 Japan JPN 4 1:36.570
16 Marinella Canclini 23 Italy ITA 4 1:38.517
17 Ho Jong-Hae 22 North Korea PRK 4 1:38.546
18 Erin Gleason 20 United States USA 2 1:36.965
19 Daniela Vlaeva 21 Bulgaria BUL 2 1:37.124
20 Susanne Busch 27 Germany GER 2 1:38.379
21 Mara Urbani 21 Italy ITA 2 1:39.231
22 Katia Colturi 26 Italy ITA 2 1:39.937
23 Tania Vicent 22 Canada CAN 2 1:40.923
24 Yvonne Kunze 20 Germany GER 2 1:44.870
25 Yelena Tikhonova 20 Russia RUS 1 1:39.242
26 Marina Pylayeva 31 Russia RUS 1 1:39.340
27 Nataliya Sverchikova 23 Ukraine UKR 1 1:45.279
28 Erin Porter 19 United States USA 1 1:52.939
29 Janet Daly 29 Australia AUS 1 1:59.990
AC Jong Ok-Myong 18 North Korea PRK DQ
AC Wang Chunlu 19 China CHN 0 DQ