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500 metres, Women

Date14 February 2006
StatusOlympic
LocationOval Lingotto, Torino
Participants30 from 10 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
StarterMarcel Lesche VanbergNOR
RefereeDan ImmerfallUSA

The top contenders for the women’s sprint were Wang Manli and Svetlana Boyarkina-Zhurova. At the past editions of the World Championships, Wang had placed 2nd (2003), and 1st (2004, 2005), and she had won four World Cup races in the Olympic season. By contrast, Zhurova’s best years had been long before, winning the 500 m world title back in 1996 (and placing second in 1999). However, she had made a strong comeback in the 2005/2006 season, winning her first World Cup races in years, and unexpectedly winning the 2006 World Sprint Championships ahead of Wang. Other medal contenders were 16-year-old Lee Sang-Hwa of South Korea, and Jenny Wolf of Germany.

Known for her fast openers, Wolf started against Zhurova in the first heat, with the fastest 100 m of the pack (10.39), but Zhurova’s lap was much stronger, to finish in 38.23. Her time remained unmatched in the remaining pairs, with Wang coming closest at 38.31. Next were Tomomi Okazaki, the 1998 bronze medalist from Japan, and Ren Hui (China), who had been in silver medal position at the 2005 Worlds, before falling in the second run. In 6th and 7th, Wolf and Lee appeared out of contention already.

The final pairs of the second run started with Ren against Wolf. With a sound lap, the Chinese neared the time of Zhurova from the first run, with 38.27. This left Okazaki with a hard target for the bronze medal, and she just failed to get it, missing out by 0.05 seconds. The final pair was between the two leaders, Wang and Zhurova. Nearly equal at the bell, Zhurova edged away in the final straight to 38.34. That time was not enough to win the second heat, but good enough for a long awaited gold medal, ahead of the two Chinese sprinters, Wang and Ren.

PosSkaterNOCTimeRace 1Race 2
1Svetlana ZhurovaRUS76.5738.23 (1)38.34 (2)Gold
2Wang ManliCHN76.7838.31 (2)38.47 (5)Silver
3Ren HuiCHN76.8738.60 (4)38.27 (1)Bronze
4Tomomi OkazakiJPN76.9238.46 (3)38.46 (4)
5Lee Sang-HwaKOR77.0438.69 (6)38.35 (3)
6Jenny WolfGER77.2538.70 (7)38.55 (6)
7Wang BeixingCHN77.2738.71 (8)38.56 (7)
8Sayuri OsugaJPN77.3938.74 (9)38.65 (8)
9Sayuri YoshiiJPN77.4338.68 (5)38.75 (11)
10Chiara SimionatoITA77.6839.02 (11)38.66 (9)
11Jennifer RodriguezUSA77.7038.97 (10)38.73 (10)
12Annette GerritsenNED78.0939.12 (12)38.97 (12)
13Xing AihuaCHN78.3539.20 (13)39.15 (13)
14Sanne van der StarNED78.5939.26 (14)39.33 (15)
15Yukari WatanabeJPN78.6539.46 (17)39.19 (14)
16Shannon RempelCAN78.8539.42 (=15)39.43 (19)
17Amy SannesUSA78.8939.42 (=15)39.47 (20)
18Choi Seung-YongKOR79.0239.65 (21)39.37 (16)
19Judith HesseGER79.0339.64 (20)39.39 (17)
20Kim Yu-RimKOR79.2539.57 (18)39.68 (24)
21Kerry SimpsonCAN79.3439.69 (22)39.65 (=22)
22Krisy MyersCAN79.4339.83 (=23)39.60 (21)
23Elli OchowiczUSA79.4839.83 (=23)39.65 (=22)
24Pamela ZoellnerGER79.5640.16 (27)39.40 (18)
25Lee Bo-RaKOR79.7340.01 (=25)39.72 (25)
26Kim WegerCAN79.9940.01 (=25)39.98 (27)
27Sviatlana RadkevichBLR80.3640.45 (29)39.91 (26)
28Chris WittyUSA80.6940.23 (28)40.46 (28)
29Yuliya NemayaRUS112.3939.63 (19)1:12.76 (29)
ACMarianne TimmerNED– (AC)DQ