Speed skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics – Women's 5000 metres
|Women's 5000 metres|
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
Pictogram for speed skating
|Venue||Utah Olympic Oval|
|Competitors||16 from 7 nations|
|Winning time||6:49.91 WR|
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.
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.
|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|
|7||8||Tonny de Jong||Netherlands||7:01.17||+14.26|
|9||3||Catherine Raney||United States||7:06.89||+19.98|
|14||2||Annie Driscoll||United States||7:35.23||+48.32|
- "Speed Skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: Women's 5,000 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
- "Salt Lake City 2002 Official Report - Speed Skating" (PDF). Salt Lake City Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. February 2002. Retrieved February 5, 2010.