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Short Track Speed Skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Women's 500 metres

Short Track Speed Skating at the 2014 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Iceberg Skating Palace, Adler
Date Started: February 10, 2014
Date Finished: February 13, 2014
Format: Placements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on placements in earlier rounds, and best time skated.

Gold: CHN Li Jianrou
Silver: ITA Arianna Fontana
Bronze: KOR Park Seung-Hui
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Summary

With the overwhelming favorite Wang Meng (defending World and Olympic Champion, winner of three of the season's four World Cups) unable to complete because of injury, it was felt that one of her compatriots Fan Kexin (2011 World Champion), Li Jianrou (2012 World champion) or Liu Qiuhong would take the crown. Unfortunately for the Chinese all three competed in the same semi-final and, to add to the drama, Fan fell and was eliminated. The surprising winner of that semi-final was Elise Christie (UK) ahead of Li. In the first of the semi-finals Park Seung-Hui (South Korea) finished ahead of 2010 bronze medallist Arianna Fontana (Italy), both qualifying comfortably.

The final was effectively over in the first lap when Christie tried a kamikaze maneuver on the inside, resulting in a crash with Fontana and Park. Li, who was in the lead at the time and the only skater left standing, effectively performed an exhibition to win the gold. Although Christie got up to cross the line second, she was unsurprisingly disqualified. Fontana finished in the silver medal position with Park the bronze. Christie later noted she was heavily attacked on Twitter and Facebook by South Koreans who blamed her for ruining Park's chances.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PLR P BT
1 Li Jianrou 27 China CHN Gold AF-1 2-2-2 43.486
2 Arianna Fontana 23 Italy ITA Silver AF-1 2-1-1 43.405
3 Park Seung-Hui 21 South Korea KOR Bronze AF-1 1-1-1 43.392
4 Liu Qiuhong 25 China CHN BF-1 3-1-1 43.478
5 Fan Kexin 20 China CHN BF-2 4-1-1 43.288
6 Jorien ter Mors 24 Netherlands NED BF-3 4-2-1 43.572
7 Marianne St-Gelais 23 Canada CAN BF-4 3-2-1 43.595
8 Elise Christie 23 Great Britain GBR AF-DQ 1-2-1 43.402
9 Valérie Maltais 23 Canada CAN QF-3 0-3-1 43.550
10 Kim A-Lang 18 South Korea KOR QF-3 0-3-2 43.673
11 Yara van Kerkhof 23 Netherlands NED QF-3 0-3-2 43.888
12 Emily Scott 24 United States USA QF-3 0-3-2 44.709
13 Jessica Hewitt 27 Canada CAN QF-4 0-4-2 43.447
14 Shim Seok-Hui 17 South Korea KOR QF-4 0-4-2 43.572
15 Sofya Prosvirnova 16 Russia RUS QF-4 0-4-2 43.862
16 Charlotte Gilmartin 23 Great Britain GBR QF-4 0-4-2 44.279
17 Lara van Ruijven 21 Netherlands NED R1-3 0-0-3 44.023
18 Patrycja Maliszewska 25 Poland POL R1-3 0-0-3 44.154
19 Ayuko Ito 27 Japan JPN R1-3 0-0-3 44.174
20 Martina Valcepina 21 Italy ITA R1-3 0-0-3 44.493
21 Veronika Windisch 31 Austria AUT R1-3 0-0-3 44.586
22 Yui Sakai 26 Japan JPN R1-3 0-0-3 45.051
23 Valeriya Potyomkina-Reznik 28 Russia RUS R1-3 0-0-3 45.349
24 Agnė Sereikaitė 19 Lithuania LTU R1-3 0-0-3 45.356
25 Inna Simonova 23 Kazakhstan KAZ R1-4 0-0-4 44.387
26 Elena Viviani 21 Italy ITA R1-4 0-0-4 44.623
27 Biba Sakurai 24 Japan JPN R1-4 0-0-4 44.628
28 Andrea Keszler 24 Hungary HUN R1-4 0-0-4 45.215
29 Véronique Pierron 24 France FRA R1-4 0-0-4 1:12.278
30 Jessica Smith 30 United States USA R1-4 0-0-4 1:13.344
AC Tatyana Borodulina 29 Russia RUS R1-DQ 0-0-0 DQ
AC Aly Dudek 23 United States USA R1-DQ 0-0-0 DQ