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Short Track 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): Salt Lake Ice Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Started: February 16, 2002
Date Finished: February 16, 2002
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: CHN Yang Yang (A)
Silver: BUL Evgeniya Radanova
Bronze: CHN Wang Chunlu

Summary

Two women were assumed to duke it out in this event: Yang Yang (A) of China and Evgeniya Radanova of Bulgaria. Yang had been the sports’ dominant figure since the last Olympics, winning the 1998-2001 World allround title, along with many distance wins in both individual and relay events. But in the 500 m, Radanova had proven herself as a force to be reckoned with. In October 2001, she had bettered the world record in the event during World Cup competition. Another title favorite would have been Yang Yang (S), but she was not selected in this event, the coaches favoring Wang Chunlu instead.

Yang [A], who had been under pressured to win China's first Winter Olympic gold medal in the 1,500 m, had disappointed in that event, finishing only fourth. But this had given her courage, and she easily made the final in the 500 m, where she led from start to finish. With Radanova and Wang trailing nearby, Yang finally did win her (and China's) first gold medal. Together with Wang, she toured around the track in tears while waving the Chinese flag.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS BT
1 Yang Yang (A) 25 China CHN Gold
2 Evgeniya Radanova 24 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Wang Chunlu 23 China CHN Bronze
4 Isabelle Charest 31 Canada CAN
5 Caroline Hallisey 21 United States USA
6 Alanna Kraus 24 Canada CAN
7 Choi Eun-Gyeong 17 South Korea KOR
8 Mara Zini 22 Italy ITA
9 Ju Min-Jin 18 South Korea KOR
10 Sarah Lindsay 21 Great Britain GBR 47 44.912
11 Marta Capurso 21 Italy ITA 47 45.137
12 Chikage Tanaka 28 Japan JPN 34 45.193
13 Amy Peterson 30 United States USA 34 45.448
14 Yvonne Kunze 24 Germany GER 29 45.717
15 Marina Georgieva-Nikolova 21 Bulgaria BUL 29 45.916
16 Olga Danilov 28 Israel ISR 29 46.422
17 Susanne Rudolph 20 Germany GER 13 45.288
18 Stéphanie Bouvier 20 France FRA 13 45.723
19 Nina Yevteyeva 19 Russia RUS 13 46.180
20 Nataliya Dmitriyeva 24 Russia RUS 13 46.574
21 Jo Williams 20 Great Britain GBR 13 46.631
22 Katalin Kristo 18 Romania ROU 13 46.956
23 Yuliya Pavlovich-Yelsakova 23 Belarus BLR 13 47.273
24 Cordia Tsoi 17 Hong Kong HKG 13 52.496
25 Yuka Kamino 21 Japan JPN 8 45.933
26 Marianna Nagy 17 Hungary HUN 8 46.980
27 Kateřina Novotná 17 Czech Republic CZE 8 47.122
28 Szandra Lajtos 15 Hungary HUN 8 48.488
29 Christy Ren 18 Hong Kong HKG 8 55.423