| Event type

3,000 metres, Women

Date 9 February 1992 — 16:00
LocationAnneau de Vitesse, Albertville
Participants26 from 12 countries
Olympic Record 4:11.94 WR / Yvonne van Gennip NED / 23 February 1988
StarterMats HarryssonSWE
RefereeOdd-Jens BjerkliNOR

If anybody doubted that Gunda Niemann would win the Olympic 3,000 m, it was Niemann herself, in all her modesty. But with three World Cup victories and a win in the European Championships, there was no reason for modesty. Her times in Heerenveen and Collalbo had been very fast (4:17), although not close to her world record of 4:10. Past results for Niemann had also been excellent, winning the distance at the past four European Championships and the 1991 World Championships, where she also captured the overall titles. Behind Niemann, her teammate and friend Heike Warnicke-Schalling seemed a secure second, while Austria’s Emese Hunyady appeared a safe bronze medallist. They had in fact finished first, second and third in the past three international encounters.

Hunyady and Warnicke skated in the opening pair, but it was never a real fight. Warnicke pulled away from the Austrian in the second lap, finishing in 4:22.88, nearly two seconds ahead of Hunyady. Both times were faster than Niemann’s winning time at the December World Cup in Albertville, so none of the other skaters approached them until Niemann herself took the ice. In her usual dominance, she was half a second faster than Warnicke from the start, and only increased that lead, eventually winning in 4:19.90. Hunyady’s bronze medal was Austria’s first speed skating medal by a woman.

16OGunda NiemannGER4:19.90Gold
21OHeike WarnickeGER4:22.88Silver
31IEmese HunyadyAUT4:24.64Bronze
43ICarla ZijlstraNED4:27.18
56ISvetlana BoykoEUN4:28.00
65OYvonne van GennipNED4:28.10
74ISvetlana BazhanovaEUN4:28.19
85IJacqueline BörnerGER4:28.52
92ILia van SchieNED4:30.57
1011ILyudmila ProkashovaEUN4:30.76
118OJasmin KrohnSWE4:31.98
129OSeiko HashimotoJPN4:32.12
137IYumi KaeriyamaJPN4:33.53
148IElena BelciITA4:34.28
1511OMary DocterUSA4:34.51
1612IElse Ragni YttredalNOR4:36.98
1710OMie UeharaJPN4:37.54
1813ICerasela HordobețiuROU4:38.08
193OMihaela DascăluROU4:38.39
202OAnette TønsbergNOR4:38.66
219IZhang QingCHN4:39.46
227OAngela ZuckermanUSA4:41.88
234OElke FelicettiITA4:44.14
2410IEwa WasilewskaPOL4:44.56
2512OMichelle KlineUSA4:45.65
2613OLiu JunhongCHN4:49.13