| Event type

1,000 metres, Women

Date24 – 26 February 2010
LocationPacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Participants32 from 18 countries
FormatPlacements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on placements in earlier rounds, and best time skated.
Olympic Record 1:31.235 / Yang Yang (A) CHN / 23 February 2002

Experts were waiting to see the two Chinese short-track stars clash with each other in this event. The winner of the 500 m, Wang Meng, was a sprint specialist, while the winner of the 1,500 m, Zhou Yang, was more of a distance skater. Based on statistics, Wang seemed to have the upper hand, having won the last two world titles in the event, with Zhou finishing second in 2008. Wang also held the world record in the distance. However, Zhou had beaten her earlier in the season, at the World Cup in Montréal, although Wang had taken the distance’s World Cup.

In the quarter-finals, Zhou lowered the Olympic Record to below 1:30.000, but it would not hold for long. In the semi-finals, she went even faster, bettering the world record to 1:29.049, with Park Seung-Hui (South Korea) also beating the old mark. In other semi-final, Wang was narrowly defeated by Katherine Reutter. Early on in the final, Zhou attempted to pass Reutter on the inside, with Wang trying the same on the outside. Impeding Reutter with this move, Zhou knew she was out of contention and fell back, to be disqualified later. This left the field open for Wang, who outpowered Reutter and Park with apparent ease.

Wang’s gold medal for China meant the Chinese had won all four of the women’s short track speed skating events at the Vancouver Olympics; the first time any country achieved this since the sport’s inclusion in 1992. She also equalled the record of four Olympic short track golds, previously held only by Jeon I-Gyeong (South Korea).

PosNrSkaterNOCLast RacePositionsBest Time
1112Wang MengCHNAF-1Gold
2157Katherine ReutterUSAAF-2Silver
3141Park Seung-HuiKORAF-3Bronze
4137Jo Hae-RiKORBF-1
5107Kalyna RobergeCANBF-2
6105Jessica GreggCANBF-3
7101Tatyana BorodulinaAUSBF-4
8114Zhou YangCHNAF-DQ1-1-11:29.049
9123Bernadett HeidumHUNQF-30-3-21:30.313
10111Sun LinlinCHNQF-30-3-21:30.589
11144Annita van DoornNEDQF-30-3-21:31.516
12127Arianna FontanaITAQF-30-3-21:32.472
13116Stéphanie BouvierFRAQF-40-4-21:30.420
14147Paula BzuraPOLQF-40-4-31:31.338
15133Mika OzawaJPNQF-40-4-21:32.183
16120Aika KleinGERQF-40-4-31:51.552
17109Tania VicentCANQF-DQ0-DQ-21:37.561
18132Ayuko ItoJPNR1-30-0-31:31.137
19118Elise ChristieGBRR1-30-0-31:31.363
20154Kimberly DerrickUSAR1-30-0-31:31.663
21128Cecilia MaffeiITAR1-30-0-31:32.615
22102Veronika WindischAUTR1-30-0-31:32.775
23136Biba SakuraiJPNR1-30-0-31:36.416
24151Nina YevteyevaRUSR1-40-0-41:31.302
25104Evgeniya RadanovaBULR1-40-0-41:32.829
26152Valeriya PotyomkinaRUSR1-40-0-41:36.438
27121Han Yue ShuangHKGR1-40-0-41:38.115
28115Kateřina NovotnáCZER1-40-0-41:45.300
DQ124Erika HuszárHUN[R1-DQ][0-0-DQ]
DQ142Liesbeth Mau-AsamNED[R1-DQ][0-0-DQ]
DQ143Jorien ter MorsNED[R1-DQ][0-0-DQ]
DQ153Allison BaverUSA[R1-DQ][0-0-DQ]

Round One (24 February 2010 — 17:00)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to quarter-finals.

Heat One (17:00)

12Park Seung-HuiKOR1:31.885Q
24Tania VicentCAN1:37.561Q
DQ1Allison BaverUSA
DQ3Jorien ter MorsNED

Heat Two (17:04)

13Kalyna RobergeCAN1:31.033QOR
22Bernadett HeidumHUN1:31.125Q
34Elise ChristieGBR1:31.363
41Kateřina NovotnáCZE1:45.300

Heat Three (17:08)

14Tatyana BorodulinaAUS1:32.509Q
23Mika OzawaJPN1:32.577Q
32Cecilia MaffeiITA1:32.615
DQ1Liesbeth Mau-AsamNED

Heat Four (17:12)

13Jessica GreggCAN1:32.565Q
22Arianna FontanaITA1:32.640Q
34Veronika WindischAUT1:32.775
41Evgeniya RadanovaBUL1:32.829

Heat Five (17:16)

14Katherine ReutterUSA1:30.508QOR
22Sun LinlinCHN1:30.629Q
33Ayuko ItoJPN1:31.137
41Nina YevteyevaRUS1:31.302

Heat Six (17:20)

12Jo Hae-RiKOR1:35.953Q
24Stéphanie BouvierFRA1:36.199Q
33Biba SakuraiJPN1:36.416
41Valeriya PotyomkinaRUS1:36.438

Heat Seven (17:24)

14Wang MengCHN1:30.958Q
21Annita van DoornNED1:31.516Q
33Kimberly DerrickUSA1:31.663
42Han Yue ShuangHKG1:38.115

Heat Eight (17:28)

14Zhou YangCHN1:30.781Q
23Paula BzuraPOL1:31.338Q
31Aika KleinGER1:58.857ADV
DQ2Erika HuszárHUN

Quarter-Finals (26 February 2010 — 18:14)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to semi-finals.

Heat One (18:14)

13Park Seung-HuiKOR1:30.769Q
21Kalyna RobergeCAN1:31.479Q
32Annita van DoornNED1:32.067
44Mika OzawaJPN1:32.183

Heat Two (18:18)

11Zhou YangCHN1:29.849QOR
23Jessica GreggCAN1:30.207Q
32Bernadett HeidumHUN1:30.313
44Stéphanie BouvierFRA1:30.420

Heat Three (18:22)

11Katherine ReutterUSA1:29.955Q
23Jo Hae-RiKOR1:30.543Q
32Sun LinlinCHN1:30.589
45Aika KleinGER1:51.552
DQ4Tania VicentCAN

Heat Four (18:26)

11Wang MengCHN1:32.267Q
23Tatyana BorodulinaAUS1:32.465Q
34Arianna FontanaITA1:32.472
42Paula BzuraPOL1:32.662

Semi-Finals (26 February 2010 — 18:52)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One (18:52)

11Zhou YangCHN1:29.049Q
23Park Seung-HuiKOR1:29.165Q
34Tatyana BorodulinaAUS1:29.663QB
42Jessica GreggCAN1:33.139QB

Heat Two (18:56)

11Katherine ReutterUSA1:30.568Q
24Wang MengCHN1:30.573Q
33Kalyna RobergeCAN1:30.736QB
42Jo Hae-RiKOR1:30.792QB

Final Round (26 February 2010 — 19:24)

B Final (19:24)

13Jo Hae-RiKOR1:31.932
22Kalyna RobergeCAN1:32.122
34Jessica GreggCAN1:32.333
41Tatyana BorodulinaAUS1:32.661

A Final (19:28)

14Wang MengCHN1:29.213
23Katherine ReutterUSA1:29.324
32Park Seung-HuiKOR1:29.379
DQ1Zhou YangCHN