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Speed Skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Women's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Adler-Arena, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Date Started: February 19, 2014
Date Finished: February 19, 2014

Gold: CZE Martina Sáblíková
Silver: NED Ireen Wüst
Bronze: NED Carien Kleibeuker

Summary

Defending Olympic champion Martina Sáblíková was the woman to beat in this competition. Apart from her Olympic title, the Czech star had won six consecutive World Championships in the 5,000 m (2007-9, 2011-13), and had won the season's only World Cup race. Another former champion, Claudia Pechstein placed second at that World Cup. A nine-time Olympic medallist aged 41, she was hoping to add a record 10th medal to her collection. Despite not being a specialist in the event, Ireen Wüst was seriously considered for a medal, having already claimed three medals in Sochi, and having finished second behind Sáblíková at the 2013 Worlds. The Russian crowd was hoping that Olga Graf could replicate her bronze performance from the 3,000 m.

The first skater to beat 7 minutes was Carien Kleibeuker. A competitor in 2006, Kleibeuker had switched to the Dutch marathon skating circuit, but had decided to make one last attempt at Olympic success. Her 6:55.77 at least held off her pairmate Graf, who lost half a second in the final lap to finish only 0.11 behind the Dutchwoman. The 7th pair then saw Sáblíková and Wüst pitted against each other. As always, Wüst departed fast, and held the lead through 3,800 m. Sáblíková then powered past her rival, opening up a 2.74-second gap in the final three laps, to finish in 6:51.54. In the final pair, Claudia Pechstein kept up with the leader's pace for about 6 laps, but then quickly fell back, dropping behind Kleibeuker with three laps left.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1 Martina Sáblíková 26 Czech Republic CZE Gold 6:51.54 20.53 53.08 1:25.82 1:58.31 2:30.86 3:03.50 3:35.80 4:08.39 4:40.62 5:13.15 5:45.78 6:18.65
2 Ireen Wüst 27 Netherlands NED Silver 6:54.28 19.86 51.71 1:23.82 1:55.98 2:28.37 3:01.07 3:33.58 4:06.19 4:39.35 5:13.12 5:46.48 6:20.65
3 Carien Kleibeuker 35 Netherlands NED Bronze 6:55.66 21.60 54.25 1:27.65 2:00.34 2:33.17 3:05.92 3:38.81 4:11.64 4:44.49 5:17.38 5:50.30 6:23.05
4 Olga Graf 30 Russia RUS 6:55.77 21.76 54.17 1:26.84 1:59.52 2:32.16 3:04.92 3:37.70 4:10.56 4:43.53 5:16.55 5:49.57 6:22.66
5 Claudia Pechstein 41 Germany GER 6:58.39 20.64 52.77 1:25.24 1:57.70 2:30.49 3:03.35 3:36.44 4:09.77 4:43.34 5:17.10 5:51.15 6:25.19
6 Yvonne Nauta 22 Netherlands NED 7:01.76 20.42 52.70 1:24.89 1:57.55 2:30.18 3:03.03 3:35.98 4:09.15 4:42.43 5:15.95 5:50.04 6:25.08
7 Mari Hemmer 30 Norway NOR 7:04.45 20.93 54.00 1:27.34 2:00.85 2:34.55 3:07.93 3:41.44 4:14.92 4:48.70 5:22.54 5:56.61 6:30.59
8 Stephanie Beckert 25 Germany GER 7:07.79 21.78 55.47 1:28.86 2:02.38 2:35.76 3:09.32 3:43.02 4:16.85 4:50.92 5:24.91 5:59.28 6:33.90
9 Anna Chernova 21 Russia RUS 7:08.71 21.16 54.03 1:27.42 2:01.01 2:34.04 3:07.52 3:41.10 4:14.91 4:48.81 5:23.16 5:57.89 6:33.41
10 Shoko Fujimura 26 Japan JPN 7:09.65 21.95 55.99 1:30.20 2:04.27 2:38.16 3:11.69 3:45.56 4:19.45 4:53.16 5:27.13 6:01.28 6:35.46
11 Bente Kraus 24 Germany GER 7:10.65 21.72 55.36 1:28.82 2:02.25 2:35.68 3:09.06 3:42.49 4:16.15 4:50.60 5:25.29 6:00.14 6:35.51
12 Shiho Ishizawa 27 Japan JPN 7:11.54 20.51 53.11 1:26.17 2:00.01 2:33.86 3:08.23 3:42.60 4:17.38 4:52.10 5:26.75 6:01.49 6:36.47
13 Masako Hozumi 27 Japan JPN 7:12.42 21.07 53.92 1:27.26 2:01.04 2:34.88 3:08.62 3:42.45 4:16.57 4:50.80 5:25.92 6:01.23 6:36.75
14 Ivanie Blondin 23 Canada CAN 7:20.10 21.72 55.85 1:30.00 2:04.37 2:38.60 3:12.69 3:46.62 4:21.06 4:55.38 5:30.01 6:05.71 6:42.34
15 Katarzyna Woźniak 24 Poland POL 7:28.53 21.76 55.82 1:29.86 2:04.16 2:38.20 3:12.56 3:47.22 4:22.24 4:57.84 5:34.43 6:12.05 6:50.54
16 Maria Lamb 28 United States USA 7:29.64 21.34 55.14 1:29.89 2:04.33 2:39.17 3:14.45 3:49.78 4:25.55 5:01.35 5:37.64 6:14.36 6:51.84