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Speed Skating at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Lingotto Oval, Torino
Date Started: February 22, 2006
Date Finished: February 22, 2006

Gold: CAN Cindy Klassen
Silver: CAN Kristina Groves
Bronze: NED Ireen Wüst

Summary

Based on performances from the last two years, two women were assumed to fight it out for the Olympic 1500 m: Cindy Klassen and Anni Friesinger. Friesinger, the defending Olympic Champion, had won the world title in 2001, 2003 and 2004 and was runner-up in 2005. She had also taken the 1500 m World Cup in 2003. Klassen had taken the World Cup in 2004 and 2005, also winning the 2005 World Championships. In 2005, the women had been exchanging the World Record set by Friesinger during her Olympic victory in 2002. First bettered by Klassen in January, she again lowered it in October, only to be beaten by Friesinger a week later. At the World Cup in Salt Lake City, Klassen then took it back, setting a staggering 1:51.79.

Interestingly, the two top contenders were drawn in the same pair. At the time they took to the ice, the leading time had been set by Kristina Groves of Canada, 1:56.74, better than Friesinger’s pre-Games rink record. Klassen took off with an insane pace, leaving Friesinger well behind. She managed to come back a little in the first full lap, but this effort cost her too much, and she had to let Klassen go. The Canadian finished almost 1½ seconds ahead of the leading time with 1:55.27, while beating Friesinger by a full two seconds. In the final pair, 3000 m winner Ireen Wüst managed to edge ahead of Friesinger for a bronze medal, leaving Klassen and Groves a 1-2 Canadian victory.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Cindy Klassen 26 Canada CAN Gold 1:55.27 25.42 53.83 1:23.50
2 Kristina Groves 29 Canada CAN Silver 1:56.74 26.38 55.10 1:25.12
3 Ireen Wüst 19 Netherlands NED Bronze 1:56.90 26.14 55.37 1:25.33
4 Anni Friesinger-Postma 29 Germany GER 1:57.31 25.29 54.11 1:24.39
5 Chiara Simionato 30 Italy ITA 1:58.76 25.60 54.49 1:25.32
6 Yekaterina Lobysheva 20 Russia RUS 1:58.87 26.11 55.67 1:26.40
7 Christine Nesbitt 20 Canada CAN 1:59.15 26.27 55.62 1:26.50
8 Jennifer Rodriguez 29 United States USA 1:59.30 25.94 55.40 1:26.09
9 Renate Groenewold 29 Netherlands NED 1:59.33 26.76 55.84 1:26.43
10 Daniela Anschütz-Thoms 31 Germany GER 1:59.74 26.52 56.42 1:27.44
11 Katarzyna Wójcicka-Bachleda-Curuś 26 Poland POL 1:59.96 26.49 56.21 1:27.49
12 Wang Fei 23 China CHN 2:00.13 26.19 56.19 1:27.61
13 Paulien van Deutekom 25 Netherlands NED 2:00.15 26.49 55.98 1:27.33
14 Marianne Timmer 31 Netherlands NED 2:00.45 25.59 55.19 1:26.86
15 Maki Tabata 31 Japan JPN 2:00.77 26.01 55.37 1:26.91
16 Lee Ju-Yeon 18 South Korea KOR 2:00.85 26.62 55.90 1:27.09
17 Annette Bjelkevik 27 Norway NOR 2:01.03 26.59 56.34 1:27.79
18 Catherine Raney Norman 25 United States USA 2:01.17 27.08 57.07 1:28.28
19 Maren Haugli 20 Norway NOR 2:01.22 27.30 57.06 1:28.35
20 Varvara Barysheva 28 Russia RUS 2:01.60 26.57 56.30 1:27.74
21 Yekaterina Abramova 23 Russia RUS 2:01.63 26.13 56.13 1:28.12
22T Eriko Ishino 20 Japan JPN 2:01.85 27.06 57.22 1:28.84
22T Ji Jia 21 China CHN 2:01.85 26.61 56.58 1:28.19
24 Maria Lamb 20 United States USA 2:02.12 26.83 57.70 1:29.39
25 Valentina Yakshina 30 Russia RUS 2:02.15 27.08 57.43 1:28.81
26 Hedvig Bjelkevik 24 Norway NOR 2:02.16 26.71 56.90 1:28.68
27 Anna Rokita 20 Austria AUT 2:02.19 27.20 57.53 1:29.20
28 Shannon Rempel 21 Canada CAN 2:02.24 26.90 57.35 1:28.73
29 Nami Nemoto 30 Japan JPN 2:02.34 26.32 56.58 1:28.76
30 Lucille Opitz 28 Germany GER 2:02.75 26.87 57.22 1:29.13
31 Adelia Marra 26 Italy ITA 2:03.07 26.83 57.50 1:29.74
32 No Seon-Yeong 16 South Korea KOR 2:03.35 27.61 57.96 1:29.98
33 Hiromi Otsu 21 Japan JPN 2:04.77 27.00 57.52 1:30.18
34 Zhang Xiaolei 23 China CHN 2:05.75 26.87 57.53 1:30.47
35 Daniela Oltean 25 Romania ROU 2:09.24 27.43 59.20 1:33.17