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Speed Skating at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Women's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Lingotto Oval, Torino
Date Started: February 19, 2006
Date Finished: February 19, 2006

Gold: NED Marianne Timmer
Silver: CAN Cindy Klassen
Bronze: GER Anni Friesinger-Postma

Summary

There were many contenders for the 1000 m title in Torino. Germany’s Anni Friesinger had won the 2003 and 2004 World Championships, and was runner-up in 2005. The crowd favorite was veteran Chiara Simionato, winner of the first 1000 m at the World Sprints just weeks before the Games. The other 1000 m that weekend had been won by the 500 m Olympic champion and World Sprint champion, Svetlana Boyarkina-Zhurova, although she was not generally considered a 1000 m specialist. From North America, Cindy Klassen and Jennifer Rodriguez were also highly considered, with three Dutch women, Marianne Timmer (1998 Olympic Champion), Barbara de Loor (2005 World Champion) and Ireen Wüst (winner of the 3000 m at Torino), considered as outsiders for a medal.

Not regularly skating the 1000 m, Cindy Klassen was drawn early in the program, lowering Friesinger’s track record from earlier that season to 1:16.09. Fellow Canadian Kristina Groves faced Marianne Timmer a few pairs later. Timmer had been frustrated earlier in the Olympics, having been disqualified for two false starts in the 500 m. She opened out faster than Klassen, and held on to her lead in the last lap, beating the leading time by just 0.04 seconds.

Pair after pair failed to improve Timmer’s time, with 2002 Champion Witty doing no better than 27th, and favourite Simionato placing only 13th. In the last pair, Anni Friesinger seemed headed for the gold, clocking the same split as Klassen, and known for her strong last lap. But Friesinger, too, missed out in the end, finishing at 1:16.11, just behind Klassen to take the bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Marianne Timmer 31 Netherlands NED Gold 1:16.05 17.99 45.91
2 Cindy Klassen 26 Canada CAN Silver 1:16.09 18.25 46.09
3 Anni Friesinger-Postma 29 Germany GER Bronze 1:16.11 18.03 46.09
4 Ireen Wüst 19 Netherlands NED 1:16.39 18.52 46.91
5 Kristina Groves 29 Canada CAN 1:16.54 18.74 47.09
6 Barbara de Loor 31 Netherlands NED 1:16.73 18.56 46.78
7 Svetlana Boyarkina-Zhurova 34 Russia RUS 1:17.13 17.78 46.04
8 Katarzyna Wójcicka-Bachleda-Curuś 26 Poland POL 1:17.28 18.77 47.46
9 Yekaterina Abramova 23 Russia RUS 1:17.33 18.48 46.80
10 Jennifer Rodriguez 29 United States USA 1:17.47 18.36 46.59
11T Varvara Barysheva 28 Russia RUS 1:17.52 18.69 47.30
11T Yekaterina Lobysheva 20 Russia RUS 1:17.52 18.47 46.96
13 Chiara Simionato 30 Italy ITA 1:17.53 18.17 46.82
14 Christine Nesbitt 20 Canada CAN 1:17.54 18.95 47.45
15 Sayuri Yoshii 21 Japan JPN 1:17.58 17.93 46.09
16 Tomomi Okazaki 34 Japan JPN 1:17.63 17.74 46.22
17T Maki Tabata 31 Japan JPN 1:17.64 18.72 47.29
17T Aki Tonoike 26 Japan JPN 1:17.64 18.10 46.14
19 Lee Sang-Hwa 16 South Korea KOR 1:17.78 18.35 46.72
20 Wang Manli 32 China CHN 1:17.90 17.92 46.19
21 Sabine Völker 32 Germany GER 1:17.97 18.07 46.46
22 Judith Hesse 23 Germany GER 1:17.98 17.85 46.62
23 Annette Gerritsen 20 Netherlands NED 1:18.33 18.05 46.51
24 Shannon Rempel 21 Canada CAN 1:18.35 18.42 46.78
25 Amy Sannes 29 United States USA 1:18.50 18.58 47.50
26 Lee Ju-Yeon 18 South Korea KOR 1:18.66 19.30 48.34
27 Chris Witty 30 United States USA 1:18.70 18.63 47.37
28 Kim Yu-Rim 16 South Korea KOR 1:18.77 18.58 46.86
29 Wang Beixing 20 China CHN 1:19.03 18.03 46.57
30 Pamela Zoellner 29 Germany GER 1:19.30 18.17 46.85
31 Zhang Shuang 19 China CHN 1:19.91 18.31 47.24
32 Elli Ochowicz 22 United States USA 1:19.94 18.41 46.96
33 Svetlana Radkevich 26 Belarus BLR 1:20.11 18.57 47.48
34 Lee Bo-Ra 19 South Korea KOR 1:21.19 18.72 48.04
35 Daniela Oltean 25 Romania ROU 1:21.70 19.26 49.60
AC Ren Hui 22 China CHN 18.40 DNF/fall