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Short Track Speed Skating at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Women's 500 metres

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Palavela, Torino
Date Started: February 12, 2006
Date Finished: February 15, 2006
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 Wang Meng
Silver: BUL Evgeniya Radanova
Bronze: CAN Anouk Leblanc-Boucher

Summary

The dominant skater of the past Olympics, Yang Yang (A), had not been selected for this race, although she had won this event at the 2005 World Championships. But China had a successor in place already. Wang Meng had won all four World Cup races prior to the Olympics, and had been a World Champion in the event in 2004, being runner-up in 2005.

Wang easily made the final, where she was opposed by teammate Fu Tianyu, Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Canada, and the 2002 silver medallist, Evgeniya Radanova, who had since competed as a track cyclist in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Wang was fastest off the line, and never gave away her lead. The finish was close, however, having about a blade's length advantage over Radanova. A similar margin separated third and fourth place, with Leblanc-Boucher taking the bronze. Fu was later even disqualified for an earlier infringement. Even then, Canadian officials disputed the result, as video replays showed Radanova had finished with her skate in the air, which is disallowed for safety reasons. They even filed a complaint with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but it was denied.

Wang's victory celebrations didn't go as well as the race: she tripped over the Chinese flag she was waving around during her victory lap.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PLR PTS BT
1 Wang Meng 20 China CHN Gold AF-1
2 Evgeniya Radanova 28 Bulgaria BUL Silver AF-2
3 Anouk Leblanc-Boucher 21 Canada CAN Bronze AF-3
4 Kalyna Roberge 19 Canada CAN BF-1
5 Marta Capurso 25 Italy ITA BF-2
6 Kateřina Novotná 21 Czech Republic CZE BF-3
7 Allison Baver 25 United States USA BF-4
8 Sarah Lindsay 25 Great Britain GBR SF-5 39 46.060
9 Alanna Kraus 28 Canada CAN QF-3 47 45.172
10 Jin Seon-Yu 17 South Korea KOR QF-3 47 45.954
11 Arianna Fontana 15 Italy ITA QF-3 34 44.948
12 Hyo-Jung Kim 17 United States USA QF-4 29 45.339
13 Erika Huszár 22 Hungary HUN QF-4 29 45.382
14 Yuka Kamino 25 Japan JPN QF-4 29 45.848
15 Liesbeth Mau-Asam 23 Netherlands NED R1-3 13 45.500
16 Yun Jong-Suk 19 North Korea PRK R1-3 13 46.177
17 Chikage Tanaka 32 Japan JPN R1-3 13 46.387
18 Susanne Rudolph 25 Germany GER R1-3 13 46.503
19 Jo Williams 24 Great Britain GBR R1-3 13 46.857
20 Yuliya Pavlovich-Yelsakova 27 Belarus BLR R1-3 13 47.726
21 Aika Klein 23 Germany GER R1-3 13 57.732
22 Rózsa Darázs 18 Hungary HUN R1-3 13 1:10.558
23 Katalin Kristo 22 Romania ROU R1-4 8 46.531
24 Han Yue Shuang 23 Hong Kong HKG R1-4 8 47.087
AC Stéphanie Bouvier 24 France FRA DQ
AC Fu Tianyu 27 China CHN DQ
AC Gang Yun-Mi 18 South Korea KOR DQ
AC Ri Hyang-Mi 20 North Korea PRK DQ