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Short Track Speed Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Women's 500 metres

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): White Ring, Nagano
Date Started: February 19, 1998
Date Finished: February 19, 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: CAN Annie Perreault
Silver: CHN Yang Yang (S)
Bronze: KOR Jeon I-Gyeong

Summary

Judging by performances since the last Olympics, South Korea's Jeon I-Gyeong was favored for gold, having won the World Championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997, the latter event held at Nagano's White Ring. Jeon did not win the 500 m there, the victory going to one of her chief rivals, Yang Yang (A) of China. Another feared opponent was Canada's Isabelle Charest, who held the world record in the event, having set it at 44.867 during the 1997 World Championships.

Of these favorites, only Charest actually made the final. Yang Yang (A) was disqualified in the quarter-finals, and Jeon was outpaced in the semis. This left Charest as the overwhelming favorite, but she could not deliver. During the race, she hit her opponent Wang Chunlu's skate, causing them both to fall. Charest was disqualified, while Wang stormed off the ice in anger, after failing to finish the race. This left only two racers, Annie Perreault, another Canadian, and Yang Yang (S). The two finished close, with Perreault securing a gold medal for Canada. Because there were only two ranked skaters in the final, the bronze medal went to the winner of the B Final. Jeon had won that race comfortably, giving her a consolation medal. It was the second time an Olympic short track medallist came from the B final, as this had earlier happened in the 1994 men's 1000 m.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS BT
1 Annie Perreault 26 Canada CAN Gold
2 Yang Yang (S) 20 China CHN Silver
3 Jeon I-Gyeong 22 South Korea KOR Bronze
4 Choi Min-Kyung 15 South Korea KOR
5 Mara Urbani 21 Italy ITA
6 Ikue Teshigawara 19 Japan JPN
7 Isabelle Charest 27 Canada CAN 13 DQ/44.991
8 Wang Chunlu 19 China CHN 13 DNF/45.565
9 Chikage Tanaka 24 Japan JPN 8 46.497
10 Kim Yun-Mi 17 South Korea KOR 7 47.337
11 Yelena Tikhonova 20 Russia RUS 5 46.206
12 Marina Pylayeva 31 Russia RUS 5 46.220
13 Erin Gleason 20 United States USA 4 46.425
14 Evgeniya Radanova 20 Bulgaria BUL 5 DQ/45.977
15 Yang Yang (A) 21 China CHN 5 DQ/46.815
16 Jong Ok-Myong 18 North Korea PRK 3 DQ/46.835
17 Barbara Baldissera 20 Italy ITA 2 46.113
18 Daniela Vlaeva 21 Bulgaria BUL 2 46.681
19 Amy Peterson 26 United States USA 2 46.764
20 Yvonne Kunze 20 Germany GER 2 46.887
21 Nataliya Sverchikova 23 Ukraine UKR 2 46.976
22 Hwang Ok-Sil 25 North Korea PRK 2 46.987
23 Melanie de Lange 19 Netherlands NED 2 48.598
24 Ellen Wiegers 17 Netherlands NED 2 56.250
25 Ayako Tsubaki 28 Japan JPN 1 46.950
26 Anke Jannie Landman 23 Netherlands NED 1 47.090
27 Janet Daly 29 Australia AUS 1 49.158
28 Erin Porter 19 United States USA 1 1:04.113
29 Tania Vicent 22 Canada CAN 1 1:10.212
30 Marinella Canclini 23 Italy ITA 1 1:14.224
31 Susanne Busch 27 Germany GER 1 1:30.607
AC Han Ryon-Hui 18 North Korea PRK DNF