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Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women

Date21 – 22 February 2014
StatusOlympic
LocationAdler-Arena, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Participants30 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination event.
Olympic Record 3:01.24 / Canada CAN / 15 February 2006
StarterTrond RatdalNOR
RefereeDaniel CabelducSWE

In both 2006 and 2010, Germany had won the team pursuit. But in 2014, Germany was not at the start, having failed to qualify their team at the World Cup races earlier in the season. The clear favorites were the Dutch women. Their four team members had placed 1-2-3-4 at the 1,500 m earlier in the Games, and the Dutch were also the 2012 and 2013 World Champions. Poland and Korea had medalled at the 2013 Sochi Worlds, but Japan and Canada had also medalled at recent World Cups, while host nation Russia was considered a serious contender as well.

The home team needed to overcome Canada in the quarter-finals, which they only managed in the final laps, as Christine Nesbitt faded on the Canadian side. The other three races weren’t so close, Poland dismissing Norway, Japan beating Korea and the Netherlands breaking the Olympic Record against the United States. Like Poland in the men’s event, the Japanese women didn’t put up an effort against the Dutch in the semi-finals, but the Dutch didn’t seem to care, bettering their own Olympic Record. The other semi-final saw Poland solidly beat Russia, leading the host nation from start to finish. Poland, which had won a surprise bronze in 2010, seemed content with silver, and didn’t really press the Dutch, who recorded their third Olympic record of the competition with 2:58.05. The bronze medal race was more exciting, with Japan taking an early lead. The Russians gained steam halfway through, and eventually won the bronze by a clear margin.

Ireen Wüst’s second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics made her the athlete with the highest number of medals in Sochi (5). She brought her all-time Olympic medal totals to 4 golds, 3 silvers and a bronze - a record for any Dutch Olympian.

PosTeamNOC
1NetherlandsNEDGold
Marrit LeenstraJorien ter MorsIreen WüstLotte van Beek
2PolandPOLSilver
Katarzyna Bachleda-CuruśKatarzyna WoźniakLuiza ZłotkowskaNatalia Czerwonka
3Russian FederationRUSBronze
Olga GrafYekaterina LobyshevaYuliya SkokovaYekaterina Shikhova
4JapanJPN
Misaki OshigiriMaki TabataNana TakagiAyaka Kikuchi
5CanadaCAN
Ivanie BlondinKali ChristBrittany SchusslerChristine Nesbitt
6United StatesUSA
Brittany BoweHeather RichardsonJilleanne RookardKelly Gunther (DNS)
7NorwayNOR
Hege BøkkoCamilla FarestveitIda NjåtunMari Hemmer
8Republic of KoreaKOR
Kim Bo-ReumNo Seon-YeongYang Shin-YeongKim Hyeon-Yeong (DNS)

Quarter-Finals (21 February 2014 — 18:19)

Winner of each heat advance to semi-finals.

Heat 1 Olga GrafYekaterina LobyshevaYuliya SkokovaRUS C3:01.53 – 3:02.06FCAN Kali ChristChristine NesbittBrittany Schussler
34.25 1:02.65 1:31.73 2:01.08 2:30.8433.39 1:01.54 1:30.46 2:00.12 2:30.74
Heat 2 Katarzyna Bachleda-CuruśNatalia CzerwonkaLuiza ZłotkowskaPOL F3:02.12 – 3:05.13CNOR Hege BøkkoMari HemmerIda Njåtun
33.77 1:01.83 1:30.40 2:00.33 2:31.0333.88 1:02.51 1:32.43 2:02.73 2:33.86
Heat 3 Misaki OshigiriMaki TabataNana TakagiJPN F3:03.99 – 3:05.28CKOR Kim Bo-ReumNo Seon-YeongYang Shin-Yeong
32.95 1:01.48 1:30.55 2:00.46 2:31.4733.78 1:02.81 1:32.47 2:03.17 2:34.49
Heat 4 Jorien ter MorsLotte van BeekIreen WüstNED F2:58.61 – 3:02.21CUSA Brittany BoweHeather RichardsonJilleanne Rookard
32.23 1:00.53 1:29.51 1:58.97 2:28.8232.93 1:01.33 1:30.49 2:00.30 2:31.13

Semi-Finals (22 February 2014 — 17:30)

Winner of each heat advance to final A.

Heat 1 Katarzyna Bachleda-CuruśNatalia CzerwonkaLuiza ZłotkowskaPOL C3:00.60 – 3:02.09FRUS Olga GrafYekaterina ShikhovaYuliya Skokova
33.57 1:01.74 1:30.31 1:59.84 2:30.0233.82 1:02.21 1:30.82 2:00.41 2:30.70
Heat 2 Marrit LeenstraJorien ter MorsIreen WüstNED F2:58.43 – 3:10.19CJPN Ayaka KikuchiMisaki OshigiriNana Takagi
32.07 1:00.13 1:28.41 1:57.75 2:27.9833.30 1:03.09 1:33.56 2:05.28 2:37.51

Final Round (22 February 2014 — 18:14)

Final D Hege BøkkoCamilla FarestveitIda NjåtunNOR F3:08.35 – 3:11.54CKOR Kim Bo-ReumNo Seon-YeongYang Shin-Yeong
34.31 1:03.08 1:32.99 2:04.42 2:36.1334.15 1:03.03 1:33.64 2:04.05 2:37.08
Final C Ivanie BlondinKali ChristBrittany SchusslerCAN F3:02.04 – 3:03.77CUSA Brittany BoweHeather RichardsonJilleanne Rookard
33.58 1:02.23 1:31.14 2:00.83 2:31.4132.79 1:01.31 1:30.85 2:01.17 2:32.55
Final B Olga GrafYekaterina LobyshevaYuliya SkokovaRUS F2:59.73 – 3:02.57CJPN Misaki OshigiriMaki TabataNana Takagi
33.21 1:01.76 1:30.72 2:00.09 2:29.5732.83 1:01.33 1:30.31 2:00.28 2:31.23
Final A Marrit LeenstraJorien ter MorsIreen WüstNED F2:58.05 – 3:05.55CPOL Katarzyna Bachleda-CuruśKatarzyna WoźniakLuiza Złotkowska
32.07 59.90 1:28.47 1:57.78 2:27.7935.00 1:04.02 1:33.16 2:03.01 2:34.45