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5 kilometres, Classical, Women

Date 9 February 1998 — 9:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSnow Harp, Hakuba
Participants79 from 26 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: 5,000 m
Height Differential: 98 m
Intermediate 1: 1.8 km
Maximum Climb: 44 m
Total Climbing: 195 m

The race was be held in a snowstorm and it would be the last time women raced 5 km at the Winter Olympics, as the short distance race for women would be replaced by the 10 km in 2002. The favorites were Norway’s Bente Martinsen and Russia’s Larisa Lazutina, who were leading the 1997-98 sprint World Cup. Lazutina had won five medals at the 1995 World Championships but struggled at the 1997 Worlds. She then switched to training with her husband, eschewing the national team coaches. In Hakuba she would again win five medals, with three gold medals. One of the gold medals came in this race, which she won by 4.8 seconds over Czech skier Kateřina Neumannová.

Neumannová had competed at the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics and at the 1996 Olympics in mountain biking. She would compete again at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics. Lazutina also competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics, but would be disqualified for doping, testing positive for darbopoietin, an erythropoietin analogue. Martinsen narrowly won the bronze medal in this race. She would win the sprint World Cup for the next three seasons, and would win five individual gold medals in the shorter distances at the next three World Championships. She was the daughter of Odd Martinsen, who skied cross-country for Norway at the 1968 and 1976 Winter Olympics, winning three medals, including relay gold in 1968.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)
162Larisa LazutinaRUS17:37.96:13.7 (4)Gold
272Kateřina NeumannováCZE17:42.76:09.3 (1)Silver
358Bente MartinsenNOR17:49.46:15.9 (6)Bronze
476Nina GavrylyukRUS17:50.36:17.9 (8)
563Olga DanilovaRUS17:51.36:17.7 (7)
661Marit MikkelsplassNOR17:53.56:12.9 (3)
775Anita Moen-GuidonNOR18:04.46:12.4 (2)
878Trude Dybendahl-HartzNOR18:08.06:15.0 (5)
959Gabriella ParuzziITA18:14.76:20.4 (10)
1056Brigitte AlbrechtSUI18:16.56:26.6 (14)
1174Iryna Taranenko-TereliaUKR18:17.26:19.2 (9)
1257Stefania BelmondoITA18:19.86:27.8 (16)
1373Yuliya ChepalovaRUS18:20.06:23.2 (12)
1471Sylvia HoneggerSUI18:29.66:29.7 (21)
1569Maria TheurlAUT18:36.86:32.8 (28)
1650Jaroslava BukvajováSVK18:39.76:35.0 (31)
1736Tuulikki PyykkönenFIN18:42.86:23.6 (13)
1860Satu SalonenFIN18:43.46:32.5 (27)
1965Valentyna ShevchenkoUKR18:47.56:22.7 (11)
2049Katrin ŠmigunEST18:48.76:40.2 (38)
2177Manuela Di CentaITA18:48.96:30.1 (22)
2245Kateřina HanušováCZE18:49.16:42.2 (44)
2332Yelena SinkevichBLR18:50.26:29.0 (18)
2466Antonina OrdinaSWE18:50.76:32.4 (26)
2538Sumiko YokoyamaJPN18:55.16:30.2 (23)
2617Kati WilhelmGER18:56.96:30.9 (24)
2737Oksana YatskayaKAZ18:57.36:28.5 (17)
2827Jana ŠaldováCZE19:00.46:35.7 (34)
2968Sabina ValbusaITA19:00.66:33.3 (30)
3042Constanze BlumGER19:02.46:27.7 (15)
3151Fumiko AokiJPN19:04.86:29.1 (=19)
3267Sophie VilleneuveFRA19:05.56:35.2 (=32)
3333Małgorzata RuchałaPOL19:06.46:32.9 (29)
3452Nataša LačenSLO19:09.36:40.6 (40)
3530Svetlana ShishkinaKAZ19:10.76:37.9 (36)
3616Karin SäterkvistSWE19:12.96:45.7 (52)
379Anke SchulzeGER19:14.76:46.2 (53)
3841Sigrid WilleGER19:15.66:31.6 (25)
3953Bernadetta PiotrowskaPOL19:17.36:45.1 (50)
4022Maryna PestriakovaUKR19:17.66:44.4 (49)
4139Olena HaiasovaUKR19:18.26:35.2 (=32)
4270Renate RoiderAUT19:18.36:39.9 (37)
4348Elin EkSWE19:19.26:40.5 (39)
4443Svetlana DeshevykhKAZ19:25.36:36.8 (35)
4540Andrea HuberSUI19:27.66:41.2 (=41)
468Tomomi OtakaJPN19:28.86:44.0 (48)
4764Beckie ScottCAN19:32.66:29.1 (=19)
4834Svetlana KamotskayaBLR19:32.76:41.6 (43)
4946Annick PierrelFRA19:33.46:49.2 (55)
5026Kumiko YokoyamaJPN19:34.56:49.7 (=56)
5155Kerrin PettyUSA19:36.66:41.2 (=41)
5218Karine PhilippotFRA19:38.66:43.5 (47)
535Cristel VahtraEST19:41.46:50.0 (58)
5444Milaine ThériaultCAN19:41.86:42.9 (45)
556Irina SkripnikBLR19:44.26:54.0 (60)
567Anita NymanFIN19:45.06:49.7 (=56)
5729Kati PulkkinenFIN19:48.06:52.2 (59)
5825Alžbeta HavrančíkováSVK19:48.56:55.6 (62)
593Zuzana KocumováCZE19:58.36:45.5 (51)
6015Katarzyna GębalaPOL19:58.86:58.9 (66)
6111Dorota KwaśnyPOL20:03.16:57.9 (64)
6214Andrea SentelerSUI20:07.56:54.6 (61)
6321Lyudmila KorolikBLR20:17.96:43.1 (46)
6412Anne-Laure CondevauxFRA20:21.27:03.7 (69)
6523Laura WilsonUSA20:24.67:01.9 (68)
662Olga SeleznyovaKAZ20:27.77:07.1 (71)
6735Nina KemppelUSA20:29.76:58.3 (65)
6819Luan ZhengrongCHN20:30.07:09.7 (73)
6931Monica LăzăruțROU20:49.57:17.9 (74)
7047Irina NikulchinaBUL20:52.67:08.1 (72)
7113Ināra RudkoLAT20:56.17:32.3 (77)
7254Guo DonglingCHN20:58.07:20.8 (75)
7320Õnne KurgEST20:58.76:47.3 (54)
7428Sara RennerCAN21:02.47:05.2 (70)
7510Laura McCabeUSA21:06.97:01.6 (67)
7624Kazimiera StrolienėLTU21:17.56:57.8 (63)
771Jaime FortierCAN21:20.87:22.2 (76)
784Andžela BriceLAT21:39.27:34.7 (78)
7979Katerina AnastasiouGRE23:15.87:51.4 (79)