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Short Track Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Date Started: February 20, 2010
Date Finished: February 20, 2010
Format: Placements 1-12 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on placements in earlier rounds, and best time skated.

Gold: CHN Zhou Yang
Silver: KOR Lee Eun-Byeol
Bronze: KOR Park Seung-Hui

Summary

China had the strongest team going into this event. Apart from 500 m champion Wang Meng, it featured [Zhou Yang], who held the 1,500 m world record and had won the season's World Cup for the distance. The defending World Champion, [Kim Min-Jeong] of South Korea, was not selected for this event, but with Lee Eun-Byeol, Park Seung-Hui and Jo Hae-Ri they fielded a strong team.

All favorites went through to the semi-finals, but the second semi-final heat saw the exit of Wang. Attempting to pass two skaters, Wang caused a pile-up with Jo and Katherine Reutter (United States). She was disqualified for this, while Jo and Reutter were advanced to the final. Also qualified were Lee, Tania Vicent, Erika Huszár, Evgeniya Radanova, Park and Zhou. Three laps from the bell in the crowded final, Zhou opened up a lead on the pack, with only Lee and Park able to follow. Zhou held on until the finish line, while the two Koreans were far enough in front to fight it out for silver (Lee) and bronze (Park).

After her title, Zhou was naturally ecstatic, and in an interview with Chinese television, she thanked her parents, who had supported her sports dreams, despite their poverty. While this would not have caused raised eyebrows in most of the world, it caused a stir in China, where athletes generally thank their country. IOC member [Yu Zaiqing] was quoted as saying: "It’s fine to thank your mom and dad [for the gold medal] but one needs to thank the country first and foremost", referring to the country's government funded sports system. But Yu's comment received a lot of criticism in China, notably from the younger internet generation, who preferred Zhou's more natural and enthusiastic response.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PLR P BT
1 Zhou Yang 18 China CHN Gold AF-1
2 Lee Eun-Byeol 18 South Korea KOR Silver AF-2
3 Park Seung-Hui 17 South Korea KOR Bronze AF-3
4 Katherine Reutter 21 United States USA AF-4
5 Jo Hae-Ri 23 South Korea KOR AF-5
6 Erika Huszár 26 Hungary HUN AF-6
7 Evgeniya Radanova 32 Bulgaria BUL AF-7
8 Tania Vicent 34 Canada CAN AF-8
9 Arianna Fontana 19 Italy ITA BF-1
10 Sun Linlin 21 China CHN BF-2
11 Tatyana Borodulina 25 Australia AUS BF-3
12 Hiroko Sadakane 23 Japan JPN BF-4
13 Kalyna Roberge 23 Canada CAN SF-5 5-2 2:23.619
14 Valérie Maltais 19 Canada CAN SF-5 5-3 2:23.722
15 Allison Baver 29 United States USA SF-5 5-4 2:25.053
16 Nina Yevteyeva 27 Russia RUS SF-6 6-3 2:24.277
17 Marina Georgieva-Nikolova 29 Bulgaria BUL SF-7 7-3 2:25.604
18 Wang Meng 24 China CHN SF-DQ 0-1 2:29.199
19 Kateřina Novotná 25 Czech Republic CZE SF-DQ 0-3 2:24.504
20 Elise Christie 19 Great Britain GBR R1-4 0-4 2:23.898
21 Kimberly Derrick 24 United States USA R1-4 0-4 2:24.375
22 Stéphanie Bouvier 28 France FRA R1-4 0-4 2:24.966
23 Bernadett Heidum 21 Hungary HUN R1-4 0-4 2:30.332
24 Katalin Kristo 26 Romania ROU R1-4 0-4 2:36.022
25 Veronika Windisch 27 Austria AUT R1-5 0-5 2:24.440
26 Cecilia Maffei 25 Italy ITA R1-5 0-5 2:24.931
27 Valeriya Potyomkina-Reznik 24 Russia RUS R1-5 0-5 2:28.405
28 Biba Sakurai 20 Japan JPN R1-5 0-5 2:30.458
29 Patrycja Maliszewska 21 Poland POL R1-6 0-6 2:25.586
30 Olga Belyakova 21 Russia RUS R1-6 0-6 2:26.762
31 Katia Zini 28 Italy ITA R1-6 0-6 2:30.606
32 Han Yue Shuang 27 Hong Kong HKG R1-6 0-6 2:35.742
AC Paula Bzura 19 Poland POL R1-DQ DQ
AC Mika Ozawa 24 Japan JPN R1-DQ DQ
AC Aika Klein 27 Germany GER R1-DQ DQ
AC Rózsa Darázs 22 Hungary HUN R1-DQ DQ