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Speed Skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Women's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Adler-Arena, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Date Started: February 16, 2014
Date Finished: February 16, 2014

Gold: NED Jorien ter Mors
Silver: NED Ireen Wüst
Bronze: NED Lotte van Beek

Summary

After her victory in the 3,000 m, all eyes were on Ireen Wüst to win a second gold medal in the 1,500 m. The defending champion from Vancouver, Wüst had won two of the three World Cup races in which she had participated prior to the Olympics, although the 2013-14 season's first World Cup had been won by her compatriot Lotte van Beek, who had also won silver behind Wüst at the 2013 World Championships. The third World Cup victor at the start was Brittany Bowe, although she had - along with most of the US team - disappointed in her earlier appearances in Sochi. An outsider in the field was a third Dutchwoman, Jorien ter Mors. Originally a short-track speed skater, she had tried out long track at her coach's suggestion. This try-out had turned out successfully, surprisingly winning the Dutch all-round title in 2013. Due to illness, ter Mors had performed below expectations at the Dutch trials, and had only managed to qualify for the 1,500 m.

Ter Mors, not having competed much in the World Cup circuit, was drawn early in the schedule, racing in the last pair before the ice resurfacing break. The Dutch opening ceremony flagbearer demolished Wüst's 2013 track record by nearly 2 seconds, arriving in a new Olympic Record of 1:53.51. None of the other skaters would approach that time. Wüst had been distracted by ter Mors' impressive mark, and could not keep her pace, finishing half a second behind the short track skater. Wüst again was half a second ahead of Van Beek, who completed the third all-Dutch podium at the Sochi Olympics. To complete the Dutch dominance, [Marrit Leenstra] placed 4th - albeit three seconds behind ter Mors. Although overjoyed with her Olympic gold medal (which was later augmented with a pursuit gold), ter Mors' Olympics did not fully go as planned, as she failed to medal in her primary sport, placing 4th, 5th and 6th in the individual short-track events.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1 Jorien ter Mors 24 Netherlands NED Gold 1:53.51 25.67 53.72 1:22.93 OR
2 Ireen Wüst 27 Netherlands NED Silver 1:54.09 25.64 53.90 1:23.29
3 Lotte van Beek 22 Netherlands NED Bronze 1:54.54 25.49 53.86 1:23.65
4 Marrit Leenstra 24 Netherlands NED 1:56.40 25.41 53.78 1:23.58
5 Yuliya Skokova 31 Russia RUS 1:56.45 25.76 54.13 1:24.16
6 Katarzyna Wójcicka-Bachleda-Curuś 34 Poland POL 1:57.18 25.84 54.38 1:24.61
7 Heather Richardson 24 United States USA 1:57.60 25.28 54.10 1:24.91
8 Yekaterina Lobysheva 28 Russia RUS 1:57.70 26.12 55.07 1:25.30
9 Olga Fatkulina 24 Russia RUS 1:57.88 25.27 53.91 1:24.27
10 Yekaterina Shikhova 28 Russia RUS 1:58.09 25.82 55.08 1:25.84
11 Luiza Złotkowska 27 Poland POL 1:58.18 26.16 55.03 1:25.85
12 Ida Njåtun 23 Norway NOR 1:58.21 26.17 55.20 1:25.84
13 Karolína Erbanová 21 Czech Republic CZE 1:58.23 24.95 53.32 1:24.15
14 Brittany Bowe 25 United States USA 1:58.31 25.70 54.75 1:25.27
15 Natalia Czerwonka 25 Poland POL 1:58.46 26.57 55.66 1:26.09
16 Kali Christ 22 Canada CAN 1:58.63 26.33 55.79 1:26.43
17 Christine Nesbitt 28 Canada CAN 1:58.67 25.60 54.69 1:25.40
18 Jilleanne Rookard 31 United States USA 1:59.15 26.50 55.61 1:26.39
19 Claudia Pechstein 41 Germany GER 1:59.47 27.03 56.96 1:27.67
20 Jelena Peeters 28 Belgium BEL 1:59.73 27.04 56.74 1:27.88
21 Kim Bo-Reum 21 South Korea KOR 1:59.78 27.30 57.39 1:27.93
22 Misaki Oshigiri 21 Japan JPN 2:00.03 25.96 55.63 1:27.17
23 Zhao Xin 21 China CHN 2:00.27 25.98 55.87 1:27.97
24 Monique Angermüller 30 Germany GER 2:00.32 25.84 54.88 1:26.28
25 Maki Tabata 39 Japan JPN 2:00.64 26.20 55.47 1:26.88
26 Brittany Schussler 28 Canada CAN 2:00.65 26.53 55.68 1:26.65
27 Li Qishi 20 China CHN 2:00.89 26.73 55.93 1:27.15
28 Yekaterina Aydova 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 2:00.93 26.11 56.17 1:27.30
29 No Seon-Yeong 24 South Korea KOR 2:01.07 26.87 56.36 1:27.72
30 Gabi Hirschbichler 30 Germany GER 2:01.18 26.62 56.05 1:27.32
31 Ayaka Kikuchi 26 Japan JPN 2:01.29 26.30 55.78 1:27.55
32 Nana Takagi 21 Japan JPN 2:02.16 26.47 56.62 1:28.41
33 Hege Bøkko 22 Norway NOR 2:02.53 26.31 55.92 1:27.91
34 Vanessa Bittner 18 Austria AUT 2:02.84 26.10 56.04 1:28.18
35 Brianne Tutt 21 Canada CAN 2:03.69 27.05 57.50 1:30.00
36 Yang Shin-Yeong 23 South Korea KOR 2:04.13 27.50 57.69 1:29.80