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Short Track Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Women's 500 metres

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Date Started: February 13, 2010
Date Finished: February 17, 2010
Format: Placements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on placements in earlier rounds, and best time skated.

Gold: CHN Wang Meng
Silver: CAN Marianne St-Gelais
Bronze: ITA Arianna Fontana

Summary

Few people expected anybody else than China's Wang Meng to grab the gold in this event. As the defending champion in the event, she had dominated the sport in recent years. At the 2008 and 2009 World Championships she had taken the overall title, the 500 m and the 1,000 m, winning the 1,500 m as well in 2008. In addition, she had won two more titles with the Chinese squad at the World Team Championships. In November 2008, Wang had also set the world record for this event, at 42.609. But the Canadians had some hope to contend with her. Among their entries were Kalyna Roberge and Jessica Gregg, who had won bronze medals at the World Championships in 2008 and 2009, respectively. The third Canadian team member was the talented Marianne St-Gelais, who had won the 500 m at the most recent World Junior Championships.

In competition, Wang left little doubt about her status. She bettered the Olympic record in the first round, quarter-finals and semi-finals (it was also briefly held by Katherine Reutter). Also through to the final were Gregg, Italy's Arianna Fontana, who upset Reutter and [Zhou Yang], and St-Gelais, who kept Roberge out of the final. The medal race itself was rather boring. Wang got off the fastest, and quickly opened a large gap. St-Gelais and Fontana skated close together, with another large gap to Gregg. Positions did not change after that, making Wang the second repeat winner of the event since Cathy Turner, who won it in 1992 and 1994.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PLR P BT
1 Wang Meng 24 China CHN Gold AF-1
2 Marianne St-Gelais 19 Canada CAN Silver AF-2
3 Arianna Fontana 19 Italy ITA Bronze AF-3
4 Jessica Gregg 21 Canada CAN AF-4
5 Zhou Yang 18 China CHN BF-1
6 Kalyna Roberge 23 Canada CAN BF-2
7 Katherine Reutter 21 United States USA BF-3
8 Lee Eun-Byeol 18 South Korea KOR BF-4
9 Evgeniya Radanova 32 Bulgaria BUL QF-3 0-3-1 44.047
10 Jo Hae-Ri 23 South Korea KOR QF-3 0-3-2 44.306
11 Elise Christie 19 Great Britain GBR QF-3 0-3-2 44.374
12 Kateřina Novotná 25 Czech Republic CZE QF-3 0-3-2 44.438
13 Aly Dudek 19 United States USA QF-4 0-4-2 44.560
14 Véronique Pierron 20 France FRA QF-4 0-4-2 45.218
15 Park Seung-Hui 17 South Korea KOR QF-DQ 0-DQ-1 44.221
16 Sarah Lindsay 29 Great Britain GBR QF-DQ 0-DQ-2 44.716
17 Yui Sakai 22 Japan JPN R1-3 0-0-3 44.331
18 Stéphanie Bouvier 28 France FRA R1-3 0-0-3 44.376
19 Erika Huszár 26 Hungary HUN R1-3 0-0-3 44.537
20 Annita van Doorn 26 Netherlands NED R1-3 0-0-3 44.751
21 Tatyana Borodulina 25 Australia AUS R1-3 0-0-3 44.901
22 Cecilia Maffei 25 Italy ITA R1-3 0-0-3 44.948
23 Jorien ter Mors 20 Netherlands NED R1-3 0-0-3 45.120
24 Han Yue Shuang 27 Hong Kong HKG R1-3 0-0-3 48.625
25 Valeriya Potyomkina-Reznik 24 Russia RUS R1-4 0-0-4 44.952
26 Liesbeth Mau-Asam 27 Netherlands NED R1-4 0-0-4 45.135
27 Biba Sakurai 20 Japan JPN R1-4 0-0-4 45.146
28 Aika Klein 27 Germany GER R1-4 0-0-4 45.186
29 Patrycja Maliszewska 21 Poland POL R1-4 0-0-4 58.649
30 Zhao Nannan 19 China CHN R1-4 0-0-4 1:02.132
31 Martina Valcepina 17 Italy ITA R1-4 0-0-4 1:08.173
AC Marina Georgieva-Nikolova 29 Bulgaria BUL R1-DQ 0-0-DQ DQ