Short track speed skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics

Short track speed skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China. The events are scheduled to take place between 5 and 16 February 2022. A total of nine short track speed skating events will be held.[1]

Short track speed skating
at the XXIV Olympic Winter Games
Short track speed skating pictogram.svg
Short track speed skating pictogram
VenueCapital Indoor Stadium
Dates5–16 February
No. of events9 (4 men, 4 women, 1 mixed)
Competitors112 from 23 nations (58 men and 54 women)
← 2018
2026 →

In July 2018, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially added the mixed relay held over a distance of 2000 metres, increasing the total number of events to nine.[2] Due to the addition of the event, the competition schedule was increased to six days from five.[3]

A total of 112 quota spots (56 per gender) were distributed to the sport, a decline of eight from the 2018 Winter Olympics.[4] A total of nine events were contested, four for men, four for women and one mixed.[5]

QualificationEdit

A total quota of 112 athletes are scheduled to compete (56 men and 56 women). Countries were assigned quotas using the results of the entire 2020–21 World Cup in the autumn of 2021. Each nation was permitted to enter a maximum of five athletes per gender if it qualified a relay team and three if it did not. There were a maximum of thirty-two qualifiers for the 500m and 1000m events; thirty-six for the 1500m events; eight for the single gender relays, and 12 for the mixed relay.[6] At the end of qualification, the International Skating Union confirmed 58 men and 54 women earned quota spots, which meant two quota spots were transferred from women to men.[7]

Competition scheduleEdit

The following was the competition schedule for all nine events.[8] Sessions that included the event finals are shown in bold.

All times are (UTC+8).

Date Time Event
5 February 19:00 Women's 500 metres
Men's 1000 metres
Mixed team relay
7 February 19:30 Women's 500 metres
Men's 1000 metres
9 February 19:00 Men's 1500 metres
Women's 1000 metres
Women's 3000 metre relay
11 February 19:00 Women's 1000 metres
Men's 500 metres
Men's 5000 metre relay
13 February 19:00 Men's 500 metres
Women's 3000 metre relay
16 February 19:30 Women's 1500 metres
Men's 5000 metre relay

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (China)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  South Korea2305
2  China*2114
  Netherlands2114
4  Italy1214
5  Canada1124
6  Hungary1023
7  ROC0112
8  Belgium0011
Totals (8 entries)99927

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Shaoang Liu
  Hungary
40.338 Konstantin Ivliev
  ROC
40.431 Steven Dubois
  Canada
40.669
1000 metres
details
Ren Ziwei
  China
1:26.768 Li Wenlong
  China
1:29.917 Shaoang Liu
  Hungary
1:35.693
1500 metres
details
Hwang Dae-heon
  South Korea
2:09.219 Steven Dubois
  Canada
2:09.254 Semion Elistratov
  ROC
2:09.267
5000 metre relay
details
  Canada
Charles Hamelin
Steven Dubois
Jordan Pierre-Gilles
Pascal Dion
Maxime Laoun[a]
6:41.257   South Korea
Lee June-seo
Hwang Dae-heon
Kwak Yoon-gy
Park Jang-hyuk
Kim Dong-wook[a]
6:41.679   Italy
Pietro Sighel
Yuri Confortola
Tommaso Dotti
Andrea Cassinelli
6:43.431

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Arianna Fontana
  Italy
42.488 Suzanne Schulting
  Netherlands
42.559 Kim Boutin
  Canada
42.724
1000 metres
details
Suzanne Schulting
  Netherlands
1:28.391 Choi Min-jeong
  South Korea
1:28.443 Hanne Desmet
  Belgium
1:28.928
1500 metres
details
Choi Min-jeong
  South Korea
2:17.789 Arianna Fontana
  Italy
2:17.862 Suzanne Schulting
  Netherlands
2:17.865
3000 metre relay
details
  Netherlands
Suzanne Schulting
Selma Poutsma
Xandra Velzeboer
Yara van Kerkhof
4:03.409   South Korea
Seo Whi-min
Choi Min-jeong
Kim A-lang
Lee Yu-bin
4:03.627   China
Qu Chunyu
Zhang Chutong
Fan Kexin
Zhang Yuting
Han Yutong[a]
4:03.863

Mixed eventEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
2000 metre relay
details
  China
Qu Chunyu
Fan Kexin
Wu Dajing
Ren Ziwei
Zhang Yuting[a]
2:37.348   Italy
Arianna Fontana
Martina Valcepina
Pietro Sighel
Andrea Cassinelli
Arianna Valcepina[a]
Yuri Confortola[a]
2:37.364   Hungary
Petra Jászapáti
Zsófia Kónya
Shaoang Liu
Shaolin Sándor Liu
John-Henry Krueger[a]
2:40.900

a Skaters who did not participate in the final, but received medals.

RecordsEdit

World records (WR) and Olympic records (OR) set during the competition.

Event Date Round Athlete Country Time Record Ref
Women's 500 metres 5 February Heat 4 Suzanne Schulting   Netherlands 42.379 OR [9]
Men's 1000 metres 5 February Heat 5 Hwang Dae-heon   South Korea 1:23.042 OR [10]
Mixed 2000 metre relay 5 February Heat 2 Suzanne Schulting
Xandra Velzeboer
Itzhak de Laat
Jens van 't Wout
  Netherlands 2:36.437 OR [11]
Women's 1000 metres 9 February Heat 2 Suzanne Schulting   Netherlands 1:27.292 OR [12]
Men's 1500 metres 9 February Quarterfinal 1 Shaolin Sándor Liu   Hungary 2:09.213 OR [13]
Women's 1000 metres 11 February Quarterfinal 1 Suzanne Schulting   Netherlands 1:26.514 WR, OR [14]
Women's 3000 metre relay 13 February Final A Suzanne Schulting
Selma Poutsma
Xandra Velzeboer
Yara van Kerkhof
  Netherlands 4:03.409 OR [15]
Women's 1500 metres 16 February Semifinal 3 Choi Min-jeong   South Korea 2:16.831 OR [16]

Participating nationsEdit

A total of 112 athletes from 23 nations (including the IOC's designation of ROC for the Russian Olympic Committee) qualified to participate.[7] Turkey made its debut in the sport at these Winter Olympics.[17]

The numbers in parenthesis represents the number of participants entered.

ControversyEdit

The Men's 1000 meters event was marred by controversy. During the semifinals, Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea was disqualified for an "illegal late pass causing contact", and Lee June-seo of South Korea were penalized for a lane change that caused contact, allowing Li Wenlong from China to qualify for the A final joining two countrymen.[18][19] Then, after the conclusion of the A final, Shaolin Sandor Liu of Hungary was disqualified for a "straight lane change from inside to out causing contact” and an “arm block at the finish", resulting in Ren Ziwei and Li from China being awarded the gold and silver medals respectively[18] The International Skating Union received and rejected two protests from Hungary and South Korea on February 7, 2022.[18] The International Skating Union stated that they reviewed the incident with the Video Referee and rejected the protests, standing by the original decisions made by the Chief Referee.[18]

Australian former Olympic gold medalist Steven Bradbury said, "nothing could be more favorable for the Chinese team with the judges than what’s happened tonight here in Beijing". While Stephen Gough, head coach of the U.S. team, stated that he did not believe that the Chinese team should have been penalized.[20]

However, the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee later filed an official appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the disqualification of two of the South Korean athletes from the men's 1000 metres speedskating event semifinals.[21][19]

During the 5000 metres relay event, in the semifinals of the event, the Chinese team fell with 10 laps to go. There was no obvious obstruction on the Chinese skater, but they were advanced to the A final, with no team disqualified during the race. The Chinese team were advanced, even though they finished last in the race and there was no impeding action on the team.[22]

ReferencesEdit

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  17. ^ "Furkan Akar'dan Tarihi Olimpiyat Kotası" [Historical Olympic Quota by Furkan Akar]. www.olimpiyatkomitesi.org.tr/ (in Turkish). Turkish Olympic Committee. 28 November 2021. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
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  19. ^ a b Young, Jin Yu; Draper, Kevin (8 February 2022). "South Korea appeals the disqualification of two short-track speedskaters" – via NYTimes.com.
  20. ^ Enerio, Dane (7 February 2022). "Beijing Olympics 2022: Chinese Judges Accused Of Bias, Disqualifying Other Countries". International Business Times. New York City, New York, US. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  21. ^ Houston, Michael (8 February 2022). "South Korea to appeal to CAS over short track refereeing at Beijing 2022". www.insidethegames.biz. Dunsar Media Ltd. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
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