| Event type

500 metres, Women

Date23 February 1988
StatusOlympic (non-medal)
LocationMax Bell Arena, Calgary
Participants32 from 11 countries

Italy’s Cristina Sciolla had set a world record earlier in the season, but was expected to see tough competition from the Canadese and Japanese ladies, especially the recent overall world champion Sylvie Daigle, and the winner of the 500 m at the Worlds, Yumiko Yamada. Daigle and her team mate Eden Donatelli qualified for the final, but were no match to Monique Velzeboer. Four years later, Velzeboer would just miss out on a medal in Albertville. While training for the 1994 Olympics, she had a horrible crash that made her a paraplegic. She has since become a notable photographer.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCFPSPBest Time
1Monique VelzeboerNEDA48.28
2Eden DonatelliCANA48.34
3Li YanCHNA48.84
4Sylvie DaigleCANA49.64
5Yumiko YamadaJPNB49.57
6Cristina SciollaITAB49.75
7Eiko ShishiiJPNBAC
8Simone VelzeboerNEDBAC
9Maria Rosa CandidoITA34748.96
10Hiromi TakeuchiJPN34749.64
11Barbara MussioITA33449.34
12Tara LaszloUSA33450.46
13Zhang YanmeiCHN42949.11
14Nobuko YamadaJPN42949.20
15Viktoriya TaraninaURS42949.69
16Karen GardinerAUS42949.75
17Li JinyanCHN31349.20
18Amy PetersonUSA31349.28
19Qiao JingCHN31349.45
20Marina PylayevaURS31349.46
21Nathalie LambertCAN31349.87
22Bea PintensBEL31350.18
23Valérie BarizzaFRA31350.80
24Priscilla ErnstNED31352.61
25Yoo Boo-WonKOR4849.49
26Joëlle van Koetsveld-van AnkerenNED4850.77
27Becky Mane SanfelippoUSA4851.72
28Lee Yoon-SookKOR4851.91
29Hong Ho-KyungKOR4852.31
30Gabriella MonteduroITA481:03.16
31Maryse PerreaultCAN481:06.47
32Tricia StennesUSA481:10.06

Round One (23 February 1988 — 10:00)

Heat One

1Cristina SciollaITA49.17Q
2Nobuko YamadaJPN49.20Q
3Amy PetersonUSA49.28
4Joëlle van Koetsveld-van AnkerenNED50.77

Heat Two

1Sylvie DaigleCAN48.99Q
2Viktoriya TaraninaURS49.69Q
3Bea PintensBEL50.18
4Gabriella MonteduroITA1:03.16

Heat Three

1Yumiko YamadaJPN48.96Q
2Zhang YanmeiCHN49.11Q
3Marina PylayevaURS49.46
4Yoo Boo-WonKOR49.49

Heat Four

1Hiromi TakeuchiJPN49.64Q
2Tara LaszloUSA50.46Q
3Valérie BarizzaFRA50.80
4Hong Ho-KyungKOR52.31

Heat Five

1Eden DonatelliCAN48.86Q
2Li YanCHN48.95Q
3Priscilla ErnstNED52.61
4Tricia StennesUSA1:10.06

Heat Six

1Maria Rosa CandidoITA48.96Q
2Monique VelzeboerNED49.19Q
3Li JinyanCHN49.20
4Becky Mane SanfelippoUSA51.72

Heat Seven

1Simone VelzeboerNED49.13Q
2Karen GardinerAUS49.75Q
3Nathalie LambertCAN49.87
4Lee Yoon-SookKOR51.91

Heat Eight

1Eiko ShishiiJPN49.09Q
2Barbara MussioITA49.34Q
3Qiao JingCHN49.45
4Maryse PerreaultCAN1:06.47

Quarter-Finals (23 February 1988)

Heat One

1Cristina SciollaITA49.94Q
2Eiko ShishiiJPN50.07Q
3Tara LaszloUSA51.00
4Karen GardinerAUS51.21

Heat Two

1Sylvie DaigleCAN49.26Q
2Simone VelzeboerNED49.80Q
3Barbara MussioITA49.80
4Zhang YanmeiCHN59.97

Heat Three

1Yumiko YamadaJPN50.19Q
2Monique VelzeboerNED50.25Q
3Maria Rosa CandidoITA50.31
4Viktoriya TaraninaURS50.76

Heat Four

1Eden DonatelliCAN50.30Q
2Li YanCHN50.75Q
3Hiromi TakeuchiJPN51.30
4Nobuko YamadaJPN1:04.93

Semi-Finals (23 February 1988)

Heat One

1Eden DonatelliCAN49.25QA
2Monique VelzeboerNED49.34QA
3Cristina SciollaITA50.99QB
4Eiko ShishiiJPN1:32.05QB

Heat Two

1Sylvie DaigleCAN48.99QA
2Li YanCHN49.09QA
3Yumiko YamadaJPN49.20QB
4Simone VelzeboerNED59.04QB

Final Round (23 February 1988 — 21:00)

A Final

2Eden DonatelliCAN48.34
3Li YanCHN48.84
4Sylvie DaigleCAN49.64

B Final

1Yumiko YamadaJPN49.57
2Cristina SciollaITA49.75
DNFEiko ShishiiJPN
DNFSimone VelzeboerNED