| Event type

3,000 metres, Women

Date12 February 2006 — 16:30
LocationOval Lingotto, Torino
Participants28 from 15 countries
Olympic Record 3:57.70 WR / Claudia Pechstein GER / 10 February 2002
StarterJunichi TakanoJPN
RefereeDan ImmerfallUSA

Germany and Canada were expected to take home the medals in this race. The German squad featured defending champion and 2004 World Champion Claudia Pechstein and Anni Friesinger, the 2003 World Champion. Canada’s top entrant was the reigning World Champion, Cindy Klassen, who had also lowered the World Record earlier in the season to 3:55.75. Kristina Groves and Clara Hughes, the other Canadians, were also established distance skaters.

But the first skater to break the 2005 track record (4:05.16 by Friesinger) was Dutch youngster Ireen Wüst. Considered more of a middle distance skater, she set a surprising new personal best, with 4:02.43. The first favourite to race was Claudia Pechstein, but she could not follow Wüst’s pace, and finished three seconds back. Cindy Klassen managed to start faster than the Dutchwomen, and held on to the fastest split until halfway. She then gradually lost her speed, finishing in 4:04.37. In her last lap, Klassen was overtaken by 2002 runner-up, Renate Groenewold, whose last lap put her a second ahead of the Canadian, but also a second behind her own team mate, Wüst. The final pairs did not change the medal order, as Friesinger, Groves, Hughes and Czech junior Sáblíková were all slower.

110OIreen WüstNED4:02.43Gold
212IRenate GroenewoldNED4:03.48Silver
312OCindy KlassenCAN4:04.37Bronze
413IAnni FriesingerGER4:04.59
511OClaudia PechsteinGER4:05.54
611IDaniela Anschütz-ThomsGER4:06.89
714OMartina SáblíkováCZE4:08.42
813OKristina GrovesCAN4:09.03
914IClara HughesCAN4:09.17
106IKatarzyna WójcickaPOL4:09.61
119ICatherine RaneyUSA4:10.44
129OWang FeiCHN4:10.55
133IEriko IshinoJPN4:11.21
147IMaki TabataJPN4:12.38
158OMaren HaugliNOR4:12.50
1610IAnna RokitaAUT4:12.87
173OMoniek KleinsmanNED4:13.81
187OSvetlana VysokovaRUS4:13.94
192ONo Seon-YeongKOR4:15.68
=204IAdelia MarraITA4:16.27
=205IEriko SeoJPN4:16.27
228IMaggie CrowleyUSA4:17.37
236OAnnette BjelkevikNOR4:17.57
241OValentina YakshinaRUS4:19.43
255OJi JiaCHN4:21.06
262IDaniela OlteanROU4:23.34
274OKristine HolzerUSA4:26.60
281INataliya RybakovaKAZ4:38.76