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Speed Skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Women's 3,000 metres

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Adler-Arena, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Date Started: February 9, 2014
Date Finished: February 9, 2014

Gold: NED Ireen Wüst
Silver: CZE Martina Sáblíková
Bronze: RUS Olga Graf

Summary

The three most recent Olympic champions were all present in Sochi, and all were favored for a medal again. Germany's Claudia Pechstein, winner in 2002, competed in her 6th Olympics at 41, having missed the Vancouver Games due to a controversial blood passport suspension. In November 2013, she had won the first World Cup of the season. The 2006 champion Ireen Wüst (Netherlands) had won the 2011 and 2013 world titles, and had claimed a win in this distance at the European Championships in January, beating Martina Sáblíková, the defending Olympic champion and 2012 World Champion, who had won two World Cups earlier in the season.

The first skater to approach the track record of 4:02.43 (set by Wüst at the 2013 World Championships) was home favorite, Olga Graf. A better 5,000 m skater, she had never placed better than 5th in a 3,000 m World Cup, but now recorded a strong 4:03.47 on home ice. Her race saw just a 0.76 second difference between her best and worst lap. Obviously happy with her performance, Graf enthusiastically unzipped her suit after the race, nearly causing a "wardrobe malfunction" as she wasn't wearing a bra. Graf's strong finish turned out to be too good for Pechstein, who lost nearly 3 seconds to Graf in the last two laps. Sáblíková got off to a faster start than Graf, and, as expected, was able to stick with her schedule. She beat Wüst's track record, the new mark now being 4:01.95. Wüst herself was up next. Typically racing with a faster start but a slower finish, Wüst recorded the fastest opening laps, but she managed to beat Sáblíková's laps through the 2,200 m mark, after which she only conceded about a second. This was sufficient for Wüst to reclaim her 2006 title, and earn her third Olympic gold medal in all. Graf held on for bronze, while Pechstein's 4th place meant Germany was not on the podium on this event for the first time since 1972.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1 Ireen Wüst 27 Netherlands NED Gold 4:00.34 19.31 49.69 1:20.90 1:52.48 2:24.12 2:55.52 3:27.63
2 Martina Sáblíková 26 Czech Republic CZE Silver 4:01.95 20.38 51.44 1:23.11 1:54.91 2:26.60 2:58.22 3:29.95
3 Olga Graf 30 Russia RUS Bronze 4:03.47 20.77 52.32 1:23.97 1:55.82 2:27.62 2:59.41 3:31.16
4 Claudia Pechstein 41 Germany GER 4:05.26 20.21 51.19 1:22.54 1:54.41 2:26.30 2:58.87 3:32.00
5 Annouk van der Weijden 27 Netherlands NED 4:05.75 19.83 51.19 1:22.82 1:55.02 2:27.22 2:59.78 3:32.54
6 Ida Njåtun 23 Norway NOR 4:06.73 20.12 51.36 1:22.81 1:54.67 2:27.20 2:59.92 3:33.33
7 Antoinette de Jong 18 Netherlands NED 4:06.77 19.85 50.42 1:22.08 1:54.51 2:27.10 2:59.90 3:33.31
8 Yuliya Skokova 31 Russia RUS 4:09.36 20.20 52.42 1:24.50 1:56.54 2:28.42 3:00.76 3:34.13
9 Shiho Ishizawa 27 Japan JPN 4:09.39 20.11 51.56 1:24.02 1:56.91 2:29.85 3:02.82 3:36.02
10 Jilleanne Rookard 31 United States USA 4:10.02 20.76 52.24 1:24.35 1:56.59 2:28.74 3:01.54 3:35.39
11 Bente Kraus 24 Germany GER 4:10.17 20.85 52.49 1:24.41 1:56.53 2:29.19 3:02.30 3:35.96
12 Jelena Peeters 28 Belgium BEL 4:10.87 20.12 51.89 1:24.22 1:56.99 2:29.64 3:03.13 3:36.82
13 Kim Bo-Reum 21 South Korea KOR 4:12.08 21.05 53.86 1:26.22 1:58.42 2:31.34 3:04.35 3:38.27
14 Mari Hemmer 30 Norway NOR 4:12.21 20.99 53.62 1:26.53 1:59.62 2:32.63 3:05.60 3:38.77
15 Shoko Fujimura 26 Japan JPN 4:12.71 20.93 53.34 1:25.67 1:58.70 2:31.77 3:05.10 3:38.93
16 Natalia Czerwonka 25 Poland POL 4:13.26 20.22 51.66 1:23.22 1:55.23 2:28.03 3:02.00 3:37.03
17 Stephanie Beckert 25 Germany GER 4:13.55 21.17 53.65 1:26.61 1:59.65 2:32.83 3:06.11 3:39.85
18 Luiza Złotkowska 27 Poland POL 4:14.19 20.51 52.89 1:25.28 1:58.31 2:31.20 3:05.14 3:39.21
19 Brittany Schussler 28 Canada CAN 4:14.65 20.91 52.86 1:25.71 1:58.39 2:31.69 3:05.13 3:39.50
20 Yekaterina Shikhova 28 Russia RUS 4:14.97 20.21 52.09 1:24.73 1:57.57 2:30.85 3:04.85 3:39.70
21 Masako Hozumi 27 Japan JPN 4:15.52 20.60 52.05 1:23.98 1:56.80 2:30.34 3:04.58 3:39.62
22 Anna Rokita 28 Austria AUT 4:16.43 20.95 53.34 1:26.10 1:59.27 2:32.92 3:06.89 3:41.36
23 Francesca Lollobrigida 22 Italy ITA 4:16.52 20.33 52.50 1:25.44 1:59.01 2:32.96 3:07.74 3:42.27
24 Ivanie Blondin 23 Canada CAN 4:18.70 20.74 52.97 1:25.51 1:58.38 2:31.56 3:05.87 3:41.37
25 No Seon-Yeong 24 South Korea KOR 4:19.02 21.32 53.67 1:26.77 1:59.85 2:33.12 3:06.29 3:41.88
26 Anna Ringsred 29 United States USA 4:21.51 20.77 53.30 1:26.64 2:00.71 2:34.90 3:09.59 3:44.95
27 Yang Shin-Yeong 23 South Korea KOR 4:23.67 21.15 53.36 1:26.45 2:00.51 2:35.52 3:10.84 3:47.09
AC Katarzyna Wójcicka-Bachleda-Curuś 34 Poland POL [4:06.73] [20.00] [50.71] [1:22.36] [1:54.40] [2:26.88] [2:59.72] [3:33.09] DQ