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Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women

Date12 – 15 February 2022
StatusOlympic
LocationNational Speed Skating Oval, Olympic Green, Beijing
Participants25 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination event.
RefereeTrevis BoydCAN
StarterBartosz DawidowskiPOL
StarterChen SongCHN

Based on previous seasons, defending champions Japan were the team to beat. They had won the 2019 and 2020 world titles, missing 2021 only due to their absence at these championships due to Japanese travel restrictions. In their absence, the Dutch had claimed the title, and moreover had 2022 champions Ireen Wüst and Irene Schouten to boot. In the 2021/22 World Cup season, none of the three races had been won by these two countries, however, as Canada had won all three, making them also one of the title candidates. Unsurprisingly, the three fastest times in the quarter-finals were posted by these three, with Japan beating their own Olympic Record to boot. ROC was the fourth team to qualify.

Japan did not have to outdo itself in their semi-final, as ROC seemed to throw in the towel quickly, leaving their opponents to finish in a relatively slow 2:58.93. In the second semi, the Dutch seemed eager to improve their mediocre quarter-finals time. While they managed to achieve that, the Canadians took the lead after three laps and won by a second.

With Marijke Groenewoud substituting for Antoinette de Jong, the Dutch managed to hold on to win the bronze medal race, clearly leading over the ROC team from start to finish. The final, though, was a much closer affair. The Japanese again started quickly, leading by at least half a second for the first laps. At the bell, the Canadians were only 0.39 behind, and just 0.32 with half a lap to go. Going into the final curve, Japan’s Nana Takagi stumbled and fell, instantly losing her team’s chances at gold (since the time of the third team member determines the final time).

Canada thus claimed their first victory in the event. For Isabelle Weidemann, it was her third medal of the Games, after bronze (3,000 m) and silver (5,000 m). It was her teammate Valérie Maltais’s second Olympic medal. She had won her first in another sport, winning silver in the 2014 short-track speed skating relay event. This made her the second woman to win Olympic medals in both sports, after Jorien ter Mors.

PosCompetitorsNOC
1CanadaCANGold
Ivanie BlondinValérie MaltaisIsabelle WeidemannAlexa Scott (DNS)
2JapanJPNSilver
Ayano SatoMiho TakagiNana TakagiMisaki Oshigiri (DNS)
3NetherlandsNEDBronze
Antoinette de JongMarijke GroenewoudIrene SchoutenIreen Wüst
4ROCROC
Yelizaveta GolubevaYevgeniya LalenkovaNataliya VoroninaAnastasiya Grigoryeva (DNS)
5People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Ahenaer AdakeHan MeiLi QishiYin Qi (DNS)
6NorwayNOR
Marit Fjellanger BøhmSofie Karoline HaugenRagne WiklundMartine Ripsrud (DNS)
7BelarusBLR
Yekaterina SloyevaYauheniya VarabiovaMaryna ZuyevaHanna Nifantava (DNS)
8PolandPOL
Karolina BosiekNatalia CzerwonkaMagdalena CzyszczońAndżelika Wójcik (DNS)

Quarter-Finals

Date12 February 2022 — 16:00
FormatWinner of each heat advance to semi-finals.
PosPairCompetitorsNOCTime
11CJapanJPN2:53.61QOR
Ayano SatoMiho TakagiNana Takagi
23FCanadaCAN2:53.97Q
Ivanie BlondinValérie MaltaisIsabelle Weidemann
32FNetherlandsNED2:57.26Q
Antoinette de JongIrene SchoutenIreen Wüst
44FROCROC2:57.66Q
Yelizaveta GolubevaYevgeniya LalenkovaNataliya Voronina
51FPeople's Republic of ChinaCHN3:00.58
Ahenaer AdakeHan MeiLi Qishi
62CNorwayNOR3:01.84
Marit Fjellanger BøhmSofie Karoline HaugenRagne Wiklund
74CPolandPOL3:01.92
Karolina BosiekNatalia CzerwonkaMagdalena Czyszczoń
83CBelarusBLR3:02.00
Yekaterina SloyevaYauheniya VarabiovaMaryna Zuyeva

Semi-Finals

Date15 February 2022 — 14:30
FormatWinner of each heat advance to final A.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #115 Feb 14:30JapanJPN2:58.93 – 3:05.92ROCROC
Match #215 FebCanadaCAN2:54.96 – 2:55.94NetherlandsNED

Final Round

Date15 February 2022 — 15:24
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Final A15 Feb 16:28CanadaCAN2:53.44 – 3:04.47JapanJPNOR
Final B15 Feb 16:22NetherlandsNED2:56.86 – 2:58.66ROCROC
Final C15 Feb 15:30People's Republic of ChinaCHN2:58.34 – 3:02.15NorwayNOR
Final D15 Feb 15:24BelarusBLR3:01.19 – 3:03.19PolandPOL