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Women's 3,000 metres

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond
Date Started: February 14, 2010
Date Finished: February 14, 2010

Gold: CZE Martina Sáblíková
Silver: GER Stephanie Beckert
Bronze: CAN Kristina Groves

Summary

Since the 2006 Games, Martina Sáblíková had emerged as the first successful skater from the Czech Republic. She won the 2007 world title in the 3,000 m, three titles in the 5,000 m and had taken the long distance overall World Cup in the past three seasons. She had also become World All-round Champion in 2009, and won the European title in 2007 and 2010. Two of Sáblíková's expected top opponents were not in medal contention. Claudia Pechstein, the 2002 champion, had been suspended for illegal blood values at the 2009 World Championships. Since she had not actually been caught using doping, Pechstein had fought this suspension right up to the Olympics at several courts, but without success. Two-time silver medallist and reigning World Champion Renate Groenewold was competing in Richmond, but her season had been plagued by injuries and she had even considered not going to the Games after a poor showing at the Dutch Olympic Trials.

The first medal contender to skate, Sáblíková laid down a very consistent race, with 31-second laps for all but the final lap. Her 4:02.53 turned out to be too fast for the rest of the field. German Stephanie Beckert, who had twice beaten Sáblíková during World Cup races earlier in the season, fought out a close duel with Kristina Groves, but both remained out of reach. Beckert trailed Groves for nearly the entire race, but powered past the Canadian with her trademark fast final lap. In the final pair, Daniela Anschütz-Thoms appeared to add a second German medal, but she lost her 0.6-advantage over Groves to finish fourth by just 0.02 seconds.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1 Martina Sáblíková 22 Czech Republic CZE Gold 4:02.53 20.41 51.73 1:23.11 1:54.81 2:26.70 2:58.57 3:30.52
2 Stephanie Beckert 21 Germany GER Silver 4:04.62 20.27 51.62 1:23.37 1:55.21 2:27.61 2:59.99 3:32.97
3 Kristina Groves 33 Canada CAN Bronze 4:04.84 19.96 51.09 1:22.62 1:54.59 2:26.83 2:59.26 3:31.98
4 Daniela Anschütz-Thoms 35 Germany GER 4:04.87 20.14 51.29 1:22.57 1:54.27 2:26.50 2:58.68 3:31.38
5 Clara Hughes 37 Canada CAN 4:06.01 21.08 52.21 1:23.52 1:55.60 2:28.13 3:00.48 3:33.26
6 Masako Hozumi 23 Japan JPN 4:07.36 20.22 51.42 1:23.27 1:55.51 2:28.20 3:01.09 3:34.05
7 Ireen Wüst 23 Netherlands NED 4:08.09 19.43 49.80 1:21.27 1:53.28 2:25.53 2:58.63 3:32.71
8 Maren Haugli 24 Norway NOR 4:10.01 20.40 51.67 1:23.64 1:56.10 2:28.88 3:01.94 3:35.58
9 Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr. 23 United States USA 4:11.16 21.18 53.08 1:25.21 1:57.44 2:30.11 3:03.07 3:36.92
10 Renate Groenewold 33 Netherlands NED 4:11.25 20.52 52.85 1:25.20 1:57.91 2:30.39 3:03.71 3:37.58
11 Diane Valkenburg 25 Netherlands NED 4:11.71 19.95 50.96 1:22.32 1:54.27 2:26.87 3:00.33 3:34.87
12 Jilleanne Rookard 27 United States USA 4:13.05 20.31 52.29 1:24.83 1:58.20 2:31.34 3:04.63 3:38.68
13 Katrin Mattscherodt 28 Germany GER 4:13.72 20.87 52.82 1:25.67 1:58.79 2:32.32 3:05.92 3:39.86
14 Cindy Klassen 30 Canada CAN 4:15.53 20.33 51.42 1:23.30 1:55.46 2:28.04 3:01.83 3:37.59
15 Shiho Ishizawa 23 Japan JPN 4:15.62 20.52 52.15 1:24.98 1:58.73 2:32.59 3:06.89 3:41.22
16 Anna Rokita 24 Austria AUT 4:16.42 20.86 53.94 1:27.53 2:00.99 2:34.72 3:08.40 3:42.47
17 Catherine Raney Norman 29 United States USA 4:16.59 20.57 52.21 1:24.67 1:57.77 2:31.39 3:05.42 3:40.56
18 Svetlana Vysokova 37 Russia RUS 4:16.91 21.09 54.16 1:27.62 2:01.33 2:34.89 3:08.50 3:42.22
19 No Seon-Yeong 20 South Korea KOR 4:17.36 20.60 52.21 1:24.73 1:57.97 2:32.01 3:06.61 3:42.12
20 Galina Likhachova 32 Russia RUS 4:17.63 20.78 52.87 1:26.11 1:59.84 2:34.19 3:08.44 3:42.62
21 Eri Natori 24 Japan JPN 4:18.18 20.57 51.79 1:23.54 1:57.01 2:31.75 3:07.26 3:42.99
22 Wang Fei 27 China CHN 4:18.42 20.93 53.24 1:26.45 1:59.99 2:34.22 3:08.71 3:43.32
23 Lee Ju-Yeon 22 South Korea KOR 4:18.87 20.69 52.21 1:24.49 1:57.85 2:31.95 3:07.03 3:42.80
24 Luiza Złotkowska 23 Poland POL 4:19.13 20.44 52.21 1:25.10 1:58.59 2:33.38 3:08.37 3:43.89
25 Fu Chunyan 20 China CHN 4:20.62 20.51 52.57 1:25.51 1:59.67 2:34.89 3:09.98 3:45.60
26 Park Do-Yeong 17 South Korea KOR 4:20.92 20.75 52.55 1:24.97 1:58.85 2:33.63 3:09.30 3:45.04
27 Cathrine Grage 33 Denmark DEN 4:20.93 21.55 53.92 1:27.35 2:00.91 2:35.59 3:10.24 3:45.42
28 Katarzyna Woźniak 20 Poland POL 4:22.35 21.67 53.70 1:26.34 2:00.11 2:34.91 3:10.04 3:45.68