Speed skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics – Women's 3000 metres

The women's 3000 m competition in speed skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics was held on 5 February, at the National Speed Skating Oval ("Ice Ribbon") in Beijing.[1] The event was won by Irene Schouten representing the Netherlands for whom it was the first Olympic gold medal. Schouten also set the new Olympic record. Francesca Lollobrigida of Italy was second, and Isabelle Weidemann of Canada third. For both of them, it was the first Olympic medal. In addition, Lollobrigida's medal was the first ever Italian Olympic medal in women's speed skating.

Women's 3000 metres
at the XXIV Olympic Winter Games
VenueNational Speed Skating Oval ,
Date5 February
Competitors20 from 12 nations
Winning time3:56.93
1st place, gold medalist(s) Irene Schouten  Netherlands
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Francesca Lollobrigida  Italy
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Isabelle Weidemann  Canada
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The defending champion was Carlijn Achtereekte. The 2018 silver medalist Ireen Wüst, who is also the 2006 and 2014 Olympic champion at this distance, and the bronze medalist, Antoinette de Jong, also qualified for the Olympics, however, Wüst was not selected to skate 3000 m. De Jong is the 2021 World Single Distances champion at the 3000 m distance. Martina Sáblíková, the world record holder at the beginning of the Olympics and the 2010 Olympic champion at this distance, and Irene Schouten are the silver and bronze medalist, respectively. Isabelle Weidemann was leading the 2021–22 ISU Speed Skating World Cup in long distances with three races completed before the Olympics, followed by Ragne Wiklund, Schouten, and Francesca Lollobrigida. Schouten skated the season best time, 3:52.89 in Salt Lake City on 3 December 2021.[2]

The first pair featured the 2002 champion at this distance and the Olympic record holder Claudia Pechstein, skating at the age of 49, however, she was not in medal contention. Achtereekte in pair 3 lost to Miho Takagi and thus was not able to defend the title. Takagi's time was improved only in pair 8 by Sáblíková, who took the lead with Achtereekte still in the third position, and two pairs to go. In pair 9, Weidemann became the first skater to finish below 4 minutes, leaving Sáblíková second, and Wiklund finished with the provisionally third time. In the last pair, both Schouten and Lollobrigida improved on the Weidemann's time, pushing her to the bronze medal position.

Qualification edit

A total of 20 entry quotas were available for the event, with a maximum of three athletes per NOC. The first 14 athletes qualified through their performance at the 2021–22 ISU Speed Skating World Cup, while the last six earned quotas by having the best times among athletes not already qualified. A country could only earn the maximum three spots through the World Cup rankings.[3]

The qualification time for the event (4:12.00) was released on July 1, 2021, and was unchanged from 2018.[4] Skaters had the time period of July 1, 2021 – January 16, 2022 to achieve qualification times at valid International Skating Union (ISU) events.[4]

Records edit

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

World record   Martina Sáblíková (CZE) 3:52.02 Salt Lake City, United States 9 March 2019
Olympic record   Claudia Pechstein (GER) 3:57.70 Salt Lake City, United States 20 February 2002
Track record   Han Mei (CHN) 4:16.87 7 April 2021

A new Olympic record was set in the competition.

Date Round Athlete Country Time Record
5 February Pair 10 Irene Schouten   Netherlands 3:56.93 OR, TR

Results edit

The races were started at 16:30.[5]

Rank Pair Lane Name Country Time Time behind Notes
  10 O Irene Schouten   Netherlands 3:56.93 OR
  10 I Francesca Lollobrigida   Italy 3:58.06 +1.13
  9 I Isabelle Weidemann   Canada 3:58.64 +1.71
4 8 I Martina Sáblíková   Czech Republic 4:00.34 +3.41
5 9 O Ragne Wiklund   Norway 4:01.44 +4.51
6 3 I Miho Takagi   Japan 4:01.77 +4.84
7 3 O Carlijn Achtereekte   Netherlands 4:02.21 +5.28
8 6 O Antoinette de Jong   Netherlands 4:02.37 +5.44
9 6 I Ayano Sato   Japan 4:03.40 +6.47
10 4 O Evgeniia Lalenkova   ROC 4:03.42 +6.49
11 5 O Natalya Voronina   ROC 4:03.84 +6.91
12 5 I Valérie Maltais   Canada 4:04.27 +7.34
13 2 O Nadezhda Morozova   Kazakhstan 4:04.97 +8.04
14 8 O Ivanie Blondin   Canada 4:06.40 +9.47
15 7 O Han Mei   China 4:07.74 +10.81
16 7 I Maryna Zuyeva   Belarus 4:08.70 +11.77
17 1 I Adake Ahenaer   China 4:12.28 +15.35
18 4 I Nikola Zdráhalová   Czech Republic 4:13.13 +16.20
19 2 I Mia Kilburg   United States 4:13.42 +16.49
20 1 O Claudia Pechstein   Germany 4:17.16 +20.23

References edit

  1. ^ "Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Competition Schedule Version 9" (PDF). New.inews.gtimg.com. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Season Bests2021-2022". Speedskatingresults.com.
  3. ^ "Qualification Systems for XXIV Olympic Winter Games, Beijing 2022 Speed Skating" (PDF). International Skating Union. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Communication No. 2405 Qualifying competitions and qualifying times for Speed Skating events at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games". www.isu.org/. International Skating Union. 1 July 2021. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  5. ^ Final results