| Event type

5,000 metres, Women

Date28 February 1988 — 15:00
LocationOlympic Oval, Calgary
Participants25 from 14 countries

After her two gold medals in the 3,000 m and the 1,500 m, Yvonne van Gennip was the top favorite for the inaugural women’s Olympic 5,000 m. Additionally, she was the world record holder, having recorded 7:20.36 at Heerenveen in the previous season. Her main rival was thought to be Andrea Ehrig. Since the 5,000 m had been re-introduced in women’s allround skating in 1983, Ehrig had been the fastest in the distance in at all World Championships since then, and had not lost an international 5,000 m since 1985. Like Van Gennip, Ehrig had also medalled in the 1,500 m (bronze) and 3,000 m (silver).

As in the 3,000 m, Ehrig was the first to set a mark, starting in pair one. She was also the first to break the world record, as she had done in the 3,000 m. Her 7:17.12 was three seconds under the previous best, and was sufficient to keep Gabi Zange-Schönbrunn behind her. Also a former world record holder, Zange narrowly beat her personal best (from the Calgary World Cup in December), posting 7:21.61. This left more than enough room for Van Gennip. Up until the half-way point, she kept equal with Ehrig, before slowly edging away from the East German. Van Gennip’s final time of 7:14.13 was nearly three seconds faster than Ehrig, and six seconds below her own former world record. After receiving her third gold medal, Van Gennip flew home, where a hero’s welcome awaited her. After being met by a huge crowd at the airport, she celebrated her victory in her hometown of Haarlem with some 60,000 fans.

15OYvonne van GennipNED7:14.13WRGold
21OAndrea EhrigGDR7:17.12WRSilver
32IGabi ZangeGDR7:21.61Bronze
46ISvetlana BoykoURS7:28.39
55IYelena LapugaURS7:28.65
64OSeiko HashimotoJPN7:34.43
73IGunda KleemannGDR7:34.59fall
810IJasmin KrohnSWE7:36.56
912OHan Chun-OkPRK7:36.81
107OJane GoldmanUSA7:36.98
112OMary DocterUSA7:37.00
129IElena BelciITA7:37.23
133OMarieke StamNED7:38.02
141IIngrid PaulNED7:40.67
157IYelena TumanovaURS7:40.82
168IWang XiaoyanCHN7:46.30
1711OKim Young-OkKOR7:46.51
189ONatalie GrenierCAN7:46.96
194INatsue SekiJPN7:47.43
208OAriane LoignonCAN7:49.55
2113IErwina Ryś-FerensPOL7:50.43fall
2212INancy Swider-PeltzUSA7:52.12
2310OKathy GordonCAN7:53.30
2411IMinna NystedtNOR7:54.11
256OStéphanie DumontFRA8:00.40