| Event type

1,000 metres, Women

Date17 February 2002 — 17:15
LocationUtah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah
Participants36 from 14 countries
Olympic Record 1:16.51 / Marianne Timmer NED / 19 February 1998
StarterJeff FitzRandolphUSA
RefereeErnest KretschmannUSA

In 2001, the 1000 m World Record had been broken three times. At a March World Cup, Chris Witty (USA) set the mark at 1:14.58. It was taken back by former record holder Monique Gabrecht-Enfeldt (Germany) at the World Championships a week later, lowering it to 1:14.13. Her compatriot Sabine Völker then again improved the time at World Cup on the Olympic ice, clocking 1:14.06. In addition to these women, defending champion Marianne Timmer (Netherlands) and Jennifer Rodriguez had also won World Cup races during the ongoing season.

Timmer was the first to beat 1:15, well below her Olympic Record from 1998. Next up was Witty, who faced 500 m champion Catriona Le May Doan. The Canadian went off very quickly, and was still leading at the bell. But while Le May slowed down in the final lap, Witty finished very quickly (28.90), and broke the 1:14 barrier for a world record of 1:13.83. Her final lap time was only beaten by Rodriguez in the next pair (28.61), but her first 600 m had been slower, and she ended with 1:14.24. Sabine Völker then seemed set to match Witty’s time, but narrowly missed it, coming home in 1:13.93. As Garbrecht also failed on the final lap, the title went to Witty. That came as a surprise, as Witty had needed to cut back on training all season. According to Witty, that was due to mononucleosis, but she later revealed a different reason. She had been sexually abused as a child by a family friend, and had experienced a lot of trouble dealing with this emotionally in the run-up to the Salt Lake Games.

115IChris WittyUSA1:13.83GoldWR
217ISabine VölkerGER1:13.96Silver
316IJennifer RodriguezUSA1:14.24Bronze
411IMarianne TimmerNED1:14.45OR
516OAnni FriesingerGER1:14.47
618OMonique Garbrecht-EnfeldtGER1:14.60
717OAki TonoikeJPN1:14.64
813IAndrea NuytNED1:14.65
915OCatriona Le May DoanCAN1:14.72
1012IChiara SimionatoITA1:14.86
1118ISvetlana ZhurovaRUS1:15.02
127IAnzhalika KatsiuhaBLR1:15.03OR
1314ICindy KlassenCAN1:15.08
1411OAmy SannesUSA1:15.09
1512OAnnamarie ThomasNED1:15.20
169IBecky SundstromUSA1:15.88
1713OEriko SanmiyaJPN1:16.26
=188IMarieke WijsmanNED1:16.48
=188OSayuri OsugaJPN1:16.48
206OVarvara BaryshevaRUS1:16.49OR
219OMarion WohlrabGER1:16.51
223OSong LiCHN1:16.71
2310ISvetlana KaykanRUS1:16.93
244OKrisztina EgyedHUN1:17.11
257OJin HuaCHN1:17.35
2610OWang ManliCHN1:17.37
276ISusan AuchCAN1:17.89
281OLyudmila ProkashovaKAZ1:18.19
295OJo Seon-YeonKOR1:18.36
302IYou YanchunCHN1:18.74
312OLee Yong-JuKOR1:18.79
321IChoi Seung-YongKOR1:18.88
333ISviatlana RadkevichBLR1:18.93
345IAndrea JakabROU1:19.60
354IOlena MiahkykhUKR1:20.13
DQ14OMaki TabataJPN[1:15.76]