|Women's 1500 metres|
at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games
|Venue||Gangneung Oval, Gangneung, South Korea|
|Competitors||27 from 14 nations|
Dutch skater Ireen Wüst, gold medalist at the previous Winter Olympics in this discipline, won the gold medal, Miho Takagi from Japan won the silver medal and Marrit Leenstra from the Netherlands won bronze, only 0.01 seconds ahead of her fellow countrywoman Lotte van Beek. On winning the gold medal Wüst became the first athlete to win gold medals at four consecutive Winter Olympics, exactly twelve years after her first Olympic medal in the 3000 metres in 2006, and with a total of ten medals, including five golds, Wüst takes the seventh position in the list of best Winter Olympic athlete ever. Wüst also became the most decorated Olympic skater in terms of the total number of medals. For Japan's Miho Takagi, it was her first Olympic medal.
The race started at 21.30 local time. Wüst was the first of the medal candidates to set a time. She began with a false start, then at the first cross she had to slow down a little because her competitor Brianne Tutt was riding in front of her. In the first 1.5 laps she was slower compared to the previous fastest time of the American Brittany Bowe. After a quick second lap, she was faster and finished with a time of 1:54.35. Marrit Leenstra of the Netherlands, often fourth in big tournaments, was the first to challenge the time set by Wüst. The Dutch record holder, who trains with the Italian team, was at 1100 meters still below the time of Wüst, but slowed down in the final round and set a time of 1:55.26.
Lotte van Beek of the Netherlands, who won bronze in 2014 in this discipline, had a good start but with an overall time of 1:55.27 she finished just 0.01 behind Leenstra, eventually earning fourth place.
In the last race there were two main favourites, Miho Takagi from Japan who had won all races she started in this discipline in the current season, and American Heather Bergsma-Richardson, the world record holder who had won gold at the 2017 World Single Distances Championships at the Gangneung Oval. They began with a false start, then they went very fast with good intermediate times through to the end. Finally Takagi could not beat the time of Wüst and won silver in a time of 1:54.55.
Prior to this competition, the existing world, Olympic and track records were as follows.
|World record||Heather Richardson-Bergsma (USA)||1:50.85||Salt Lake City, United States||21 November 2015|
|Olympic record||Jorien ter Mors (NED)||1:53.51||Sochi, Russia||16 February 2014|
|Track record||Heather Bergsma (USA)||1:54.08||12 February 2017|
The race was held at 21:30.
|4||13||I||Lotte van Beek||Netherlands||1:55.27||+0.92|
|5||7||O||Brittany Bowe||United States||1:55.54||+1.19|
|8||14||I||Heather Bergsma||United States||1:56.74||+2.39|
|11||8||I||Nikola Zdráhalová||Czech Republic||1:58.03||+3.68|
|14||5||O||Noh Seon-yeong||South Korea||1:58.75||+4.40|
|22||4||I||Mia Manganello||United States||1:59.93||+5.58|
|26||6||O||Huang Yu-ting||Chinese Taipei||2:18.84||+24.49|
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