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1,000 metres, Women

Date14 February 1992 — 16:00
StatusOlympic
LocationAnneau de Vitesse, Albertville
Participants36 from 14 countries
Olympic Record 1:17.65 WR / Christa Rothenburger GDR / 26 February 1988
StarterMats HarryssonSWE
RefereeOdd-Jens BjerkliNOR

Bonnie Blair (United States) had already won the 500 m, and given her season’s track record of three World Cup wins, she was favored for the gold in this event as well. The fourth World cup race held during the season was, in Blair’s absence, won by Ye Qiaobo. The Chinese skater had also taken a silver medal in the 500 m. Based on season results Monique Gabrecht-Enfeldt (the 1991 World Sprint Champion) and Christine Aaftink were also considered for a medal.

As in the 500 m, Aaftink set the first mark, with 1:22.60. Bonnie Blair went well below that time in pair three, setting the target at 1:21.90. Nobody threatened the time until the sixth pair, which featured both Gabrecht and Ye. Departing slower than Blair, Ye had power left for a fast final 400 m. Chased down by Garbrecht, Ye missed the American’s time by just 0.02 seconds, with Garbrecht coming home in 1:22.10. Coached by 1976 Olympic champion Peter Mueller, Bonnie Blair won her third Olympic title. She also became the first woman to win both sprint distances at the Olympics since Lidiya Skoblikova swept all four titles at the 1964 Games.

PosPairSkaterNOCTime
13OBonnie BlairUSA1:21.90Gold
26IYe QiaoboCHN1:21.92Silver
36OMonique GarbrechtGER1:22.10Bronze
41OChristine AaftinkNED1:22.60
52OSeiko HashimotoJPN1:22.63
610OMihaela DascăluROU1:22.85
716OYelena TyushnyakovaEUN1:22.971
813OChrista LudingGER1:23.06
94IAnke BaierGER1:23.31
104OEmese HunyadyAUT1:23.40
115OYu Seon-HuiKOR1:23.49
127IHerma MeijerNED1:23.50
1310IEdel Therese HøisethNOR1:23.85
143IAngela HauckGER1:24.11
159OOksana RavilovaEUN1:24.14
162ISandra VoetelinkNED1:24.21
1711OSusan AuchCAN1:24.27
=1812IKyoko ShimazakiJPN1:24.28
=1811IEwa WasilewskaPOL1:24.28
207ONataliya PolozkovaEUN1:24.30
2114IElse Ragni YttredalNOR1:24.54
2218ILiu YuexiCHN1:24.71
235INoriko TodaJPN1:24.96
2415IYoko FukazawaJPN1:25.00
259IShelley Rhead-SkarvanCAN1:25.04
2618OChong Chang-SukPRK1:25.10
2713IXue RuihongCHN1:25.11
281IYelena LapugaEUN1:25.21
2912OPeggy ClasenUSA1:25.31
3014OSong Hwa-SonPRK1:25.80
318OCatriona Le MayCAN1:25.91
328IMoira D'AndreaUSA1:26.13
3317IKim Chun-WolPRK1:26.49
3417OKrisztina EgyedHUN1:27.81
AC15OCerasela HordobețiuROUDNF
AC16IMichelle KlineUSA1:25.57DQ2