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Speed Skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Women's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah
Date Started: February 17, 2002
Date Finished: February 17, 2002

Gold: USA Chris Witty
Silver: GER Sabine Völker
Bronze: USA Jennifer Rodriguez

Summary

In 2001, the 1000 m World Record had been broken three times. At a March World Cup, Chris Witty (USA) set the mark at 1:14.58. It was taken back by former record holder Monique Gabrecht-Enfeldt (Germany) at the World Championships a week later, lowering it to 1:14.13. Her compatriot Sabine Völker then again improved the time at World Cup on the Olympic ice, clocking 1:14.06. In addition to these women, defending champion Marianne Timmer (Netherlands) and Jennifer Rodriguez had also won World Cup races during the ongoing season.

Timmer was the first to beat 1:15, well below her Olympic Record from 1998. Next up was Witty, who faced 500 m champion Catriona Le May Doan. The Canadian went off very quickly, and was still leading at the bell. But while Le May slowed down in the final lap, Witty finished very quickly (28.90), and broke the 1:14 barrier for a world record of 1:13.83. Her final lap time was only beaten by Rodriguez in the next pair (28.61), but her first 600 m had been slower, and she ended with 1:14.24. Sabine Völker then seemed set to match Witty's time, but narrowly missed it, coming home in 1:13.93. As Garbrecht also failed on the final lap, the title went to Witty. That came as a surprise, as Witty had needed to cut back on training all season. According to Witty, that was due to mononucleosis, but she later revealed a different reason. She had been sexually abused as a child by a family friend, and had experienced a lot of trouble dealing with this emotionally in the run-up to the Salt Lake Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Chris Witty 26 United States USA Gold 1:13.83 17.88 44.93 WR
2 Sabine Völker 28 Germany GER Silver 1:13.96 17.60 44.84
3 Jennifer Rodriguez 25 United States USA Bronze 1:14.24 18.35 45.63
4 Marianne Timmer 27 Netherlands NED 1:14.45 18.00 45.55 OR
5 Anni Friesinger-Postma 25 Germany GER 1:14.47 17.98 45.48
6 Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt 33 Germany GER 1:14.60 17.55 44.78
7 Aki Tonoike 22 Japan JPN 1:14.64 17.80 44.99
8 Andrea Nuyt 27 Netherlands NED 1:14.65 17.61 44.90
9 Catriona Le May Doan 31 Canada CAN 1:14.72 17.53 44.73
10 Chiara Simionato 26 Italy ITA 1:14.86 17.87 45.63
11 Svetlana Boyarkina-Zhurova 30 Russia RUS 1:15.02 17.41 44.99
12 Anzhelika Kotyuga 31 Belarus BLR 1:15.03 17.65 45.23 OR
13 Cindy Klassen 22 Canada CAN 1:15.08 18.34 45.95
14 Amy Sannes 25 United States USA 1:15.09 18.37 46.07
15 Annamarie Thomas 30 Netherlands NED 1:15.20 18.20 45.82
16 Becky Sundstrom 25 United States USA 1:15.88 18.23 46.06
17 Eriko Sanmiya 27 Japan JPN 1:16.26 18.05 46.15
18T Marieke Wijsman 26 Netherlands NED 1:16.48 18.34 46.26
18T Sayuri Osuga 21 Japan JPN 1:16.48 17.99 45.79
20 Varvara Barysheva 24 Russia RUS 1:16.49 18.50 46.68 OR
21 Marion Wohlrab 27 Germany GER 1:16.51 18.14 46.22
22 Song Li 20 China CHN 1:16.71 18.84 47.24
23 Svetlana Kaykan 23 Russia RUS 1:16.93 17.70 45.75
24 Krisztina Egyed 25 Hungary HUN 1:17.11 18.60 47.21
25 Jin Hua 29 China CHN 1:17.35 18.21 46.62
26 Wang Manli 28 China CHN 1:17.37 18.15 46.72
27 Susan Auch 35 Canada CAN 1:17.89 18.25 46.72
28 Lyudmila Prokashova 33 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:18.19 18.99 48.13
29 Jo Seon-Yeon 21 South Korea KOR 1:18.36 18.49 47.13
30 You Yanchun 25 China CHN 1:18.74 18.66 47.89
31 Lee Yong-Ju 21 South Korea KOR 1:18.79 18.98 47.67
32 Choi Seung-Yong 22 South Korea KOR 1:18.88 18.43 47.82
33 Svetlana Radkevich 22 Belarus BLR 1:18.93 18.34 47.53
34 Andrea Jakab 20 Romania ROU 1:19.60 19.38 49.04
35 Olena Miahkykh 23 Ukraine UKR 1:20.13 19.47 48.99
AC Maki Tabata 27 Japan JPN [1:15.76] [18.66] [46.59] DQ