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Women's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond
Date Started: February 18, 2010
Date Finished: February 18, 2010

Gold: CAN Christine Nesbitt
Silver: NED Annette Gerritsen
Bronze: NED Laurine van Riessen

Summary

Although Canada had high hopes of winning various speed skating medals in Richmond, the women's 1,000 m was considered to be a "sure thing" for the home team. Australian-born Christine Nesbitt had dominated this distance in the past two seasons much like Davis had in the men's competition. In the 2009 season, Nesbitt had claimed the World Cup and had won the world title on the ice of the Richmond Olympic Oval. During the Olympic season, she had won all four World Cup races held. Behind Nesbitt, there was no clear number two. The Dutch skaters, Annette Gerritsen and Margot Boer, had both produced some good results, as had Japanese surprise Nao Kodaira, Canada's Kristina Groves and Monique Angermüller of Germany. Another German, Anni Friesinger had long been a force in the event, but she had suffered of injuries earlier in the season and appeared not to be in top shape.

But the first to go below 1:17 was Laurine van Riessen, who had won a World Cup race in the previous season. Her 1:16.72 would turn out to be hard to beat. The first to do so was Gerritsen, who had recovered from a fall in the 500 m. She had gone off much faster than her team mate, struggling but prevailing, on the final curve on the tough Richmond ice, finishing in 1:16.58. Nesbitt, racing next, started much slower than the leading Dutch couple. But she preserved her strength for the final lap, converting her half-second deficit into a narrow, but sufficient, 0.02-second lead. It was enough to claim, as hoped, the first speed skating gold for the home team.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Christine Nesbitt 24 Canada CAN Gold 1:16.56 18.36 46.47
2 Annette Gerritsen 24 Netherlands NED Silver 1:16.58 17.89 45.93
3 Laurine van Riessen 22 Netherlands NED Bronze 1:16.72 18.08 46.24
4 Kristina Groves 33 Canada CAN 1:16.78 18.64 46.94
5 Nao Kodaira 23 Japan JPN 1:16.80 18.17 46.35
6 Margot Boer 24 Netherlands NED 1:16.94 18.20 46.08
7 Jennifer Rodriguez 33 United States USA 1:17.08 18.40 46.46
8 Ireen Wüst 23 Netherlands NED 1:17.28 18.79 47.38
9 Heather Richardson 20 United States USA 1:17.37 17.88 45.84
10 Hege Bøkko 18 Norway NOR 1:17.43 18.79 47.11
11 Yekaterina Shikhova 24 Russia RUS 1:17.46 18.28 46.83
12 Karolína Erbanová 17 Czech Republic CZE 1:17.53 18.24 47.04
13 Ko Hyon-Suk 24 North Korea PRK 1:17.63 18.55 46.54
14 Anni Friesinger-Postma 33 Germany GER 1:17.71 18.43 46.84
15 Sayuri Yoshii 25 Japan JPN 1:17.81 18.14 46.47
16 Yekaterina Aydova 18 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:17.85 18.58 47.23
17 Jenny Wolf 31 Germany GER 1:17.91 17.41 45.41
18 Jin Peiyu 24 China CHN 1:17.97 18.27 46.65
19 Chiara Simionato 34 Italy ITA 1:18.02 18.42 47.02
20 Olga Fatkulina 20 Russia RUS 1:18.13 18.31 46.71
21 Shannon Rempel 25 Canada CAN 1:18.174 18.64 47.22
22 Monique Angermüller 26 Germany GER 1:18.179 18.57 46.81
23 Lee Sang-Hwa 20 South Korea KOR 1:18.24 17.66 45.81
24 Wang Beixing 24 China CHN 1:18.30 17.88 45.89
25 Brittany Schussler 24 Canada CAN 1:18.31 19.10 47.69
26 Elli Ochowicz 26 United States USA 1:18.33 18.39 46.47
27 Yekaterina Malysheva 23 Russia RUS 1:18.56 18.46 47.21
28 Yekaterina Lobysheva 24 Russia RUS 1:18.785 18.50 47.12
29 Rebekah Bradford 26 United States USA 1:18.788 18.44 46.84
30 Sophie Muir 26 Australia AUS 1:18.79 18.34 47.06
31 Katarzyna Wójcicka-Bachleda-Curuś 30 Poland POL 1:19.00 18.89 48.05
32 Yu Jing 24 China CHN 1:19.13 18.63 47.75
33 Ren Hui 26 China CHN 1:19.18 18.70 47.30
34 Tomomi Okazaki 38 Japan JPN 1:19.41 18.00 46.94
35 Miho Takagi 15 Japan JPN 1:19.53 18.93 48.71
AC Kim Yu-Rim 20 South Korea KOR 18.74 1:50.81 DNF