Speed skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics – Women's 5000 metres

The women's 5000 metres speed skating competition of the 2018 Winter Olympics was held at Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on 16 February 2018.[1][2][3] The event was won by Esmee Visser, skating her first Olympic race. The defending champion Martina Sáblíková finished second. Natalya Voronina was third, also earning her first Olympic medal.

Women's 5000 metres
at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games
VenueGangneung Oval
Date16 February
Competitors12 from 9 nations
Winning time6:50.23
1st place, gold medalist(s) Esmee Visser  Netherlands
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Martina Sáblíková  Czech Republic
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Natalya Voronina  Olympic Athletes from Russia
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Summary edit

Skating in the first pair, Annouk van der Weijden raced to a time of 6:54.17, shaving two seconds off her personal best and taking the lead. She retained it until the fourth pair, where Esmee Visser, in a consistent race lapping in the low 32 seconds, posted a time of 6:50.23. This, too, was a personal best - over 6 seconds faster than her second-place time at the 2018 Dutch Olympic qualifying tournament,[4] and a marked improvement over her season-start PB of 7:14.xx. In the last pair, Martina Sáblíková, recently recovered from a protracted back injury that hamstrung her preparations for the Olympics, skated to a silver medal time of 6:51.85; direct competitor Natalya Voronina took the bronze medal position, surpassing van der Weijden's time by 0.19s and nudging her off the podium into fourth place. Five-time Olympic gold medalist and the Olympic record holder at this distance Claudia Pechstein — now 45 years of age — came home in eighth place.

In the victory ceremony, the medals were presented by Sam Ramsamy, member of the International Olympic Committee, accompanied by Choi Jae-seok, ISU Speed Skating Technical Committee member.

Records edit

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

World record   Martina Sáblíková (CZE) 6:42.66 Salt Lake City, United States 18 February 2011
Olympic record   Claudia Pechstein (GER) 6:46.91 Salt Lake City, United States 23 February 2002
Track record   Martina Sáblíková (CZE) 6:52.38 11 February 2017

The following record was set during this competition.

Date Round Athlete Country Time Record
16 February Pair 4 Esmee Visser   Netherlands 6:50.23 TR

TR = track record

Results edit

The races were started at 20:00.[5]

Rank Pair Lane Name Country Time Time behind Notes
  4 O Esmee Visser   Netherlands 6:50.23 TR
  6 O Martina Sáblíková   Czech Republic 6:51.85 +1.62
  6 I Natalya Voronina   Olympic Athletes from Russia 6:53.98 +3.75
4 1 I Annouk van der Weijden   Netherlands 6:54.17 +3.94
5 5 I Ivanie Blondin   Canada 6:59.38 +9.15
6 3 O Isabelle Weidemann   Canada 6:59.88 +9.65
7 1 O Maryna Zuyeva   Belarus 7:04.41 +14.18
8 5 O Claudia Pechstein   Germany 7:05.43 +15.20
9 4 I Misaki Oshigiri   Japan 7:07.71 +17.48
10 2 I Jelena Peeters   Belgium 7:10.26 +20.03
11 2 O Carlijn Schoutens   United States 7:13.28 +23.05
12 3 I Nana Takagi   Japan 7:17.45 +27.22

References edit

  1. ^ "Venues". www.pyeongchang2018.com/. Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Organizing Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Schedule". POCOG. Archived from the original on 5 November 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Start list" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Van der Weijden en Visser pakken olympische tickets op 5.000 meter" (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Final results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.