Speed skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics – Women's 5000 metres

The Women's 5000 m speed skating competition for the 2002 Winter Olympics was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.[1]

Women's 5000 metres
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
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Pictogram for speed skating
VenueUtah Olympic Oval
DatesFebruary 23
Competitors16 from 7 nations
Winning time6:49.91 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Claudia Pechstein
 Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Gretha Smit
 Netherlands
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Clara Hughes
 Canada
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Claudia Pechstein secures her third gold medal in the distance, having won each of the three times that this distance has been skated by women in the Olympics between 1994 and 2002. With the win, Pechstein also secures at least one medal in four consecutive Winter Games (1992–2002). Clara Hughes and Gretha Smit surprise by ending up on the podium alongside Pechstein. Smit, who broke the world record en route to finishing second, only started competing in long track skating a year before the Games, although she and her sisters had proven almost unbeatable in marathon skating, which is performed in groups.

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann (GER) 6:52.44 Salt Lake City, United States March 10, 2001
Olympic record   Claudia Pechstein (GER) 6:59.61 Nagano, Japan February 20, 2002

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.


Date[2] Round Athlete Country Time OR WR
23 February 2002 Pair 1 Gretha Smit   Netherlands 6:49.22 OR WR
23 February 2002 Pair 7 Claudia Pechstein   Germany 6:46.91 OR WR

ResultsEdit

Rank Pair Name Country Time Behind Notes
  7 Claudia Pechstein   Germany 6:46.91 - WR
  1 Gretha Smit   Netherlands 6:49.22 +2.31
  6 Clara Hughes   Canada 6:53.53 +6.62
4 5 Cindy Klassen   Canada 6:55.89 +8.98
5 2 Varvara Barysheva   Russia 6:56.97 +10.06
6 8 Anni Friesinger   Germany 6:58.39 +11.48
7 8 Tonny de Jong   Netherlands 7:01.17 +14.26
8 7 Maki Tabata   Japan 7:06.32 +19.41
9 3 Catherine Raney   United States 7:06.89 +19.98
10 3 Kristina Groves   Canada 7:07.16 +20.25
11 5 Valentina Yakshina   Russia 7:08.42 +21.51
12 6 Daniela Anschütz   Germany 7:10.17 +23.26
13 4 Marja Vis   Netherlands 7:19.08 +32.17
14 2 Annie Driscoll   United States 7:35.23 +48.32
- 1 Lyudmila Prokasheva   Kazakhstan DNF -
- 4 Nami Nemoto   Japan DNF -

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Speed Skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: Women's 5,000 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Salt Lake City 2002 Official Report - Speed Skating" (PDF). Salt Lake City Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. February 2002. Retrieved February 5, 2010.