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Speed Skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah
Date Started: February 20, 2002
Date Finished: February 20, 2002

Gold: GER Anni Friesinger-Postma
Silver: GER Sabine Völker
Bronze: USA Jennifer Rodriguez

Summary

The woman to beat in this event was Anni Friesinger. In late 2001, she had first broken the world record before winning the event at the World Single Distance Championships (repeating her 1998 victory). In the Olympic season, she had dominated the distance, winning all five World Cup races and taking the distance at the European Championships. Of the opposition, American Jennifer Rodriguez had been the most consistent, placing runner-up to Friesinger at three World Cups.

The Olympic competition then pretty much proceeded as expected. The first of the favorites on the start list, Friesinger quickly made clear that she, and nobody else, would take home the gold. The splits of her world record of 1:54.02 left little room for the others. Even fellow German Sabine Völker, a sprinter and winner of two medals earlier in the Games, was unable to follow the pace, and lost nearly a second with her time of 1:54.97. She would hold on to silver, with the final medalist coming from the final pair, in which Jennifer Rodriguez held off former ice hockey player Cindy Klassen.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Anni Friesinger-Postma 25 Germany GER Gold 1:54.02 25.14 53.48 1:22.83 WR
2 Sabine Völker 28 Germany GER Silver 1:54.97 24.81 52.98 1:22.93
3 Jennifer Rodriguez 25 United States USA Bronze 1:55.32 25.42 53.72 1:23.68
4 Cindy Klassen 22 Canada CAN 1:55.59 25.65 54.17 1:24.09
5 Chris Witty 26 United States USA 1:55.71 25.53 54.13 1:23.86 OR
6 Claudia Pechstein 29 Germany GER 1:55.93 25.92 55.02 1:25.13
7 Tonny de Jong 27 Netherlands NED 1:56.02 26.07 55.05 1:25.21
8 Amy Sannes 25 United States USA 1:56.29 25.84 54.31 1:24.13
9 Maki Tabata 27 Japan JPN 1:56.35 25.76 54.57 1:24.62
10 Varvara Barysheva 24 Russia RUS 1:56.44 25.94 54.88 1:24.83 OR
11 Annamarie Thomas 30 Netherlands NED 1:56.45 25.71 54.86 1:24.57
12 Emese Nemeth-Hunyady 35 Austria AUT 1:56.51 26.19 55.20 1:25.21
13 Becky Sundstrom 25 United States USA 1:57.33 25.89 54.92 1:25.03
14 Aki Tonoike 22 Japan JPN 1:57.97 24.86 52.95 1:23.85
15 Song Li 20 China CHN 1:58.31 25.94 55.37 1:26.02
16 Chiara Simionato 26 Italy ITA 1:58.52 25.60 54.68 1:25.63
17 Tatyana Trapeznikova 28 Russia RUS 1:59.00 26.45 55.55 1:26.19
18 Valentina Yakshina 26 Russia RUS 1:59.28 27.36 57.21 1:27.70
19 Gao Yang 21 China CHN 1:59.51 25.99 56.03 1:27.19
20 Kristina Groves 25 Canada CAN 1:59.54 26.99 56.75 1:27.54
21 Marianne Timmer 27 Netherlands NED 1:59.60 25.43 53.78 1:24.71
22 Marion Wohlrab 27 Germany GER 1:59.67 25.71 54.53 1:25.47
23 Krisztina Egyed 25 Hungary HUN 1:59.86 26.43 55.87 1:26.78
24 Yayoi Nagaoka 27 Japan JPN 1:59.93 26.70 56.26 1:27.29
25 Cindy Overland 25 Canada CAN 2:00.02 26.48 56.40 1:27.49
26 Katarzyna Wójcicka-Bachleda-Curuś 22 Poland POL 2:00.59 27.37 57.46 1:28.39
27 Nicola Mayr 23 Italy ITA 2:00.73 26.64 56.61 1:28.06
28 Zhang Xiaolei 19 China CHN 2:01.23 26.72 57.02 1:28.53
29T Choi Yun-Suk 22 South Korea KOR 2:01.39 26.73 56.90 1:28.39
29T Yuri Obara 21 Japan JPN 2:01.39 26.26 55.87 1:27.55
31 Andrea Jakab 20 Romania ROU 2:02.23 27.19 57.29 1:28.77
32 Anzhelika Gavrilova 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 2:03.22 27.21 57.41 1:29.59
33 Baeg Eun-Bi 22 South Korea KOR 2:03.87 27.17 57.71 1:29.82
34 Svetlana Chepelnikova 22 Belarus BLR 2:04.06 27.43 57.82 1:30.11
35 Ilonda Lūse 29 Latvia LAT 2:04.25 27.47 58.66 1:30.76
36 Daniela Oltean 21 Romania ROU 2:04.48 27.44 58.30 1:30.76
37 Marina Pupina 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 2:05.13 27.34 58.11 1:30.77
38 Olena Miahkykh 23 Ukraine UKR 2:05.32 27.51 58.24 1:30.52
AC Renate Groenewold 25 Netherlands NED 26.14 DNF