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Speed Skating at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Women's 3,000 metres

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Lingotto Oval, Torino
Date Started: February 12, 2006
Date Finished: February 12, 2006

Gold: NED Ireen Wüst
Silver: NED Renate Groenewold
Bronze: CAN Cindy Klassen

Summary

Germany and Canada were expected to take home the medals in this race. The German squad featured defending champion and 2004 World Champion Claudia Pechstein and Anni Friesinger, the 2003 World Champion. Canada’s top entrant was the reigning World Champion, Cindy Klassen, who had also lowered the World Record earlier in the season to 3:55.75. Kristina Groves and Clara Hughes, the other Canadians, were also established distance skaters.

But the first skater to break the 2005 track record (4:05.16 by Friesinger) was Dutch youngster Ireen Wüst. Considered more of a middle distance skater, she set a surprising new personal best, with 4:02.43. The first favourite to race was Claudia Pechstein, but she could not follow Wüst’s pace, and finished three seconds back. Cindy Klassen managed to start faster than the Dutchwomen, and held on to the fastest split until halfway. She then gradually lost her speed, finishing in 4:04.37. In her last lap, Klassen was overtaken by 2002 runner-up, Renate Groenewold, whose last lap put her a second ahead of the Canadian, but also a second behind her own team mate, Wüst. The final pairs did not change the medal order, as Friesinger, Groves, Hughes and Czech junior Sáblíková were all slower.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1 Ireen Wüst 19 Netherlands NED Gold 4:02.43 19.52 49.81 1:20.67 1:52.10 2:23.49 2:55.61 3:28.36
2 Renate Groenewold 29 Netherlands NED Silver 4:03.48 19.64 49.91 1:20.83 1:52.37 2:23.76 2:55.93 3:29.22
3 Cindy Klassen 26 Canada CAN Bronze 4:04.37 19.19 49.21 1:20.33 1:51.87 2:23.58 2:55.65 3:28.83
4 Anni Friesinger-Postma 29 Germany GER 4:04.59 19.47 50.73 1:22.00 1:53.63 2:25.68 2:57.80 3:30.67
5 Claudia Pechstein 33 Germany GER 4:05.54 19.53 50.21 1:21.68 1:53.55 2:25.84 2:58.64 3:31.66
6 Daniela Anschütz-Thoms 31 Germany GER 4:06.89 19.68 51.03 1:22.80 1:55.03 2:27.33 2:59.98 3:33.24
7 Martina Sáblíková 18 Czech Republic CZE 4:08.42 20.51 52.47 1:24.91 1:57.24 2:29.53 3:02.29 3:35.52
8 Kristina Groves 29 Canada CAN 4:09.03 20.15 51.20 1:22.92 1:54.87 2:27.46 3:00.27 3:34.05
9 Clara Hughes 33 Canada CAN 4:09.17 21.05 53.46 1:25.92 1:58.40 2:31.26 3:03.98 3:36.64
10 Katarzyna Wójcicka-Bachleda-Curuś 26 Poland POL 4:09.61 20.27 52.45 1:25.03 1:57.83 2:30.35 3:03.40 3:36.65
11 Catherine Raney Norman 25 United States USA 4:10.44 20.39 52.35 1:24.53 1:57.00 2:29.48 3:02.28 3:35.81
12 Wang Fei 23 China CHN 4:10.55 20.13 52.08 1:24.28 1:56.66 2:29.79 3:02.93 3:36.64
13 Eriko Ishino 20 Japan JPN 4:11.21 19.92 50.81 1:22.35 1:54.71 2:27.86 3:01.76 3:36.14
14 Maki Tabata 31 Japan JPN 4:12.38 19.94 51.32 1:23.31 1:55.91 2:29.12 3:02.96 3:37.40
15 Maren Haugli 20 Norway NOR 4:12.50 20.60 53.09 1:25.68 1:58.30 2:31.27 3:04.49 3:38.14
16 Anna Rokita 20 Austria AUT 4:12.87 20.27 51.82 1:24.06 1:56.91 2:30.19 3:03.80 3:37.92
17 Moniek Kleinsman 23 Netherlands NED 4:13.81 20.01 50.84 1:22.40 1:54.72 2:28.11 3:01.97 3:37.27
18 Svetlana Vysokova 33 Russia RUS 4:13.94 20.56 53.14 1:26.49 1:59.75 2:33.07 3:06.42 3:39.93
19 No Seon-Yeong 16 South Korea KOR 4:15.68 20.86 52.60 1:25.42 1:58.74 2:32.26 3:06.15 3:40.68
20T Adelia Marra 26 Italy ITA 4:16.27 20.34 52.70 1:25.38 1:58.59 2:32.26 3:06.36 3:40.97
20T Eriko Seo 26 Japan JPN 4:16.27 20.54 52.68 1:25.41 1:58.51 2:32.17 3:06.28 3:41.25
22 Maggie Crowley 19 United States USA 4:17.37 20.80 53.47 1:26.37 1:59.94 2:33.63 3:07.55 3:42.23
23 Annette Bjelkevik 27 Norway NOR 4:17.57 20.48 52.55 1:25.44 1:58.02 2:31.65 3:06.06 3:41.28
24 Valentina Yakshina 30 Russia RUS 4:19.43 20.70 53.80 1:26.99 1:59.98 2:33.64 3:08.25 3:43.39
25 Ji Jia 21 China CHN 4:21.06 20.80 53.26 1:26.68 2:00.35 2:34.48 3:09.42 3:45.00
26 Daniela Oltean 25 Romania ROU 4:23.34 20.62 53.59 1:26.89 2:01.10 2:35.90 3:11.16 3:46.98
27 Kristine Holzer 31 United States USA 4:26.60 21.56 54.77 1:28.37 2:02.91 2:37.98 3:13.71 3:49.96
28 Nataliya Rybakova 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 4:38.76 21.62 55.17 1:29.99 2:06.37 2:43.74 3:21.88 4:00.16