| Event type

1,000 metres, Women

Date19 February 1998 — 15:00
LocationM-Wave, Nagano
Participants40 from 14 countries
StarterFuminori YamagishiJPN
RefereeJan MarmstålSWE

For nearly a decade, the world record had been in the hands of Christa Rothenburger, who had won the Olympic gold in 1988 with her 1:17.65. At the Calgary World Cup in December 1997, the record was lowered to 1:16.07 by Catriona Le May Doan, only to be bettered by Chris Witty the very next day. The third skater to have won international competitions that season was Franziska Schenk (Germany), winner of 3 World Cup races and bronze medalist at the 1997 Worlds. After her victory in the 1,500 m, Marianne Timmer was also highly considered. She had taken the 1997 World Championships, and was one of the early adopters of the clap skate, but had not yet medaled internationally in the Olympic season.

After 16 pairs, the former World Record and Olympic Record by Rothenburger was still unbeaten. But 500 m champion Catriona Le May Doan again bested the old record, clocking 1:17.37. This was enough to hold off Sabine Völker (second at the World Sprints), but not Timmer. She trailed her opponent, Schenk, at the first split, but Schenk fell in the next corner. Timmer then improved on Le May’s time by 8 tenths, lowering the Olympic Record to 1:16.51. The only remaining contender was Chris Witty, who matched Timmer’s split times, but not her final lap, to finish in 1:16.51. Timmer’s victory made her the third woman to double in the 1000 and 1500 m at the same Olympics, after Skoblikova (1964) and Enke (1984).

119IMarianne TimmerNED1:16.51GoldOR
220OChris WittyUSA1:16.79Silver
317ICatriona Le May DoanCAN1:17.37BronzeOR
418OSabine VölkerGER1:17.54
516IAnnamarie ThomasNED1:17.95
615OBecky SundstromUSA1:18.23
714ITomomi OkazakiJPN1:18.27
818IEriko SanmiyaJPN1:18.36
913IMoira D'AndreaUSA1:18.38
1017OMonique GarbrechtGER1:18.76
1116OShiho KusunoseJPN1:18.82
122OSvetlana ZhurovaRUS1:19.04
139IJennifer RodriguezUSA1:19.19
1412IEdel Therese HøisethNOR1:19.23
1510OSandra ZwolleNED1:19.29
1613OAnke Baier-LoefGER1:19.42
1714ONataliya PolozkovaRUS1:19.78
1820ISusan AuchCAN1:19.82
1912OTatyana DanshinaRUS1:19.95
209OMarieke WijsmanNED1:20.02
2110ILinda Johnson-BlairCAN1:20.42
2215IKyoko ShimazakiJPN1:20.49
233OKrisztina EgyedHUN1:21.23
245OChoi Seung-YongKOR1:21.28
256IAnzhalika KatsiuhaBLR1:21.35
264ILi XuesongCHN1:21.54
271OAnna SavelyevaRUS1:21.83
=283ILesia BilozubUKR1:21.84
=2811IXue RuihongCHN1:21.84
306OCheon Hui-JuKOR1:22.06
312IWang ManliCHN1:22.13
328OYang ChunyuanCHN1:22.20
3311OSylvie CantinCAN1:22.46
348ILiudmila KastiukevichBLR1:22.58
354OKim Ju-HyeonKOR1:23.18
361IKim Ok-HuiPRK1:23.37
375IKim Jong-HuiPRK1:23.88
387IGang Mi-YeongKOR1:24.18
397OIlonda LūseLAT1:24.32
DNF19OFranziska SchenkGERfall