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Speed Skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Women's 500 metres

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah
Date Started: February 13, 2002
Date Finished: February 14, 2002
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: CAN Catriona Le May Doan
Silver: GER Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt
Bronze: GER Sabine Völker

Summary

Based on the results earlier in the season, only one woman could win the Olympic 500 m title. Defending champion Catriona Le May Doan had absolutely dominated the event in the 2001-2002 season. She had won all six World Cup races, bettering the World Record twice during competition in Calgary. She had also won the distance twice en route to winning the World Sprint Championships. In addition, she was also the 1998, 1999 and 2001 World Champion. During the season, several women had made the podium behind the Canadian, notably Sabine Völker (Germany), Andrea Nuyt (Netherlands) and Svetlana Zhurova. Based on results of past seasons, Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt (Germany) was also highly considered.

In the first run, Le May opened in a blistering 10.22, and only narrowly missed her 37.22 world record with 37.30. In the following pair, veteran Garbrecht-Enfeldt came remarkably close to the leading mark, with 37.34, being followed by Nuyt at two tenths. These three women were in medal positions at the end of day one, with Zhurova and Völker not far from the bronze medal. The first of these medal hopefuls to skate the second run was Völker, who improved her first run time by 0.05 to 37.57. Both Zhurova and Nuyt then performed much worse than on their first attempt, both falling in the overall standings in favor of Völker. The final run was between the two leaders. As in 1998 Le May won the title, copying her Nagano performance closely by winning both runs, narrowly in the first and more clearly in the second.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Catriona Le May Doan 31 Canada CAN Gold 74.75 OR
2 Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt 33 Germany GER Silver 74.94
3 Sabine Völker 28 Germany GER Bronze 75.19 OR
4 Andrea Nuyt 27 Netherlands NED 75.37
5 Anzhelika Kotyuga 31 Belarus BLR 75.39
6 Tomomi Okazaki 30 Japan JPN 75.64 OR
7 Svetlana Boyarkina-Zhurova 30 Russia RUS 75.64
8 Marianne Timmer 27 Netherlands NED 76.17 OR
9 Yukari Watanabe 20 Japan JPN 76.20
10 Svetlana Kaykan 23 Russia RUS 76.31 OR
11 Eriko Sanmiya 27 Japan JPN 76.37
12 Sayuri Osuga 21 Japan JPN 76.42
13 Wang Manli 28 China CHN 76.62
14 Chris Witty 26 United States USA 76.73
15 Jenny Wolf 23 Germany GER 76.73
16 Chiara Simionato 26 Italy ITA 76.92
17 Marieke Wijsman 26 Netherlands NED 77.10
18 Choi Seung-Yong 22 South Korea KOR 77.14
19 Marion Wohlrab 27 Germany GER 77.37
20 Becky Sundstrom 25 United States USA 77.60
21 Susan Auch 35 Canada CAN 77.60
22 Elli Ochowicz 18 United States USA 77.71
23 Jin Hua 29 China CHN 78.26
24 Yang Chunyuan 28 China CHN 78.63
25 Jo Seon-Yeon 21 South Korea KOR 78.79
26 Emese Nemeth-Hunyady 35 Austria AUT 78.89
27 Krisztina Egyed 25 Hungary HUN 79.28
28 Svetlana Radkevich 22 Belarus BLR 79.45
29 Lee Yong-Ju 21 South Korea KOR 79.78
30 Xing Aihua 24 China CHN 144.36
AC Amy Sannes 25 United States USA DNF