| Event type

1,500 metres, Women

Date20 February 2002 — 13:00
LocationUtah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah
Participants39 from 17 countries
Olympic Record 1:57.58 WR / Marianne Timmer NED / 16 February 1998
StarterJeff FitzRandolphUSA
RefereeErnest KretschmannUSA

The woman to beat in this event was Anni Friesinger. In late 2001, she had first broken the world record before winning the event at the World Single Distance Championships (repeating her 1998 victory). In the Olympic season, she had dominated the distance, winning all five World Cup races and taking the distance at the European Championships. Of the opposition, American Jennifer Rodriguez had been the most consistent, placing runner-up to Friesinger at three World Cups.

The Olympic competition then pretty much proceeded as expected. The first of the favorites on the start list, Friesinger quickly made clear that she, and nobody else, would take home the gold. The splits of her world record of 1:54.02 left little room for the others. Even fellow German Sabine Völker, a sprinter and winner of two medals earlier in the Games, was unable to follow the pace, and lost nearly a second with her time of 1:54.97. She would hold on to silver, with the final medalist coming from the final pair, in which Jennifer Rodriguez held off former ice hockey player Cindy Klassen.

117IAnni FriesingerGER1:54.02GoldWR
219ISabine VölkerGER1:54.97Silver
320OJennifer RodriguezUSA1:55.32Bronze
420ICindy KlassenCAN1:55.59
510IChris WittyUSA1:55.71OR
618OClaudia PechsteinGER1:55.93
715OTonny de JongNED1:56.02
813IAmy SannesUSA1:56.29
919OMaki TabataJPN1:56.35
109IVarvara BaryshevaRUS1:56.44OR
1118IAnnamarie ThomasNED1:56.45
129OEmese HunyadyAUT1:56.51
1314IBecky SundstromUSA1:57.33
1417OAki TonoikeJPN1:57.97
1515ISong LiCHN1:58.31
1613OChiara SimionatoITA1:58.52
1714OTatyana TrapeznikovaRUS1:59.00
185OValentina YakshinaRUS1:59.28
193IGao YangCHN1:59.51
2010OKristina GrovesCAN1:59.54
2111IMarianne TimmerNED1:59.60
2216OMarion WohlrabGER1:59.67
236OKrisztina EgyedHUN1:59.86
2412OYayoi NagaokaJPN1:59.93
2512ICindy OverlandCAN2:00.02
262OKatarzyna WójcickaPOL2:00.59
274ONicola MayrITA2:00.73
282IZhang XiaoleiCHN2:01.23
=2911OChoi Yun-SukKOR2:01.39
=298OYuri ObaraJPN2:01.39
317IAndrea JakabROU2:02.23
326IAnzhelika GavrilovaKAZ2:03.22
338IBaek Eun-BiKOR2:03.87
341ISviatlana ChepelnikovaBLR2:04.06
354IIlonda LūseLAT2:04.25
363ODaniela OlteanROU2:04.48
377OMarina PupinaKAZ2:05.13
385IOlena MiahkykhUKR2:05.32
DNF16IRenate GroenewoldNED