| Event type

500 metres, Women

Date16 February 2002
LocationSalt Lake Ice Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Participants29 from 17 countries
FormatPlacements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on points earned in earlier rounds, and time in final round skated.

Two women were assumed to duke it out in this event: Yang Yang (A) of China and Evgeniya Radanova of Bulgaria. Yang had been the sports’ dominant figure since the last Olympics, winning the 1998-2001 World allround title, along with many distance wins in both individual and relay events. But in the 500 m, Radanova had proven herself as a force to be reckoned with. In October 2001, she had bettered the world record in the event during World Cup competition. Another title favorite would have been Yang Yang (S), but she was not selected in this event, the coaches favoring Wang Chunlu instead.

Yang [A], who had been under pressured to win China’s first Winter Olympic gold medal in the 1,500 m, had disappointed in that event, finishing only fourth. But this had given her courage, and she easily made the final in the 500 m, where she led from start to finish. With Radanova and Wang trailing nearby, Yang finally did win her (and China’s) first gold medal. Together with Wang, she toured around the track in tears while waving the Chinese flag.

PosNrSkaterNOCPointsBest Time
1122Yang Yang (A)CHNGold
2105Evgeniya RadanovaBULSilver
3118Wang ChunluCHNBronze
4109Isabelle CharestCAN
5182Caroline HalliseyUSA
6112Alanna KrausCAN
7170Choi Eun-GyeongKOR
8163Mara ZiniITA
9172Ju Min-JinKOR
10126Sarah LindsayGBR4744.912
11159Marta CapursoITA4745.137
12167Chikage TanakaJPN3445.193
13183Amy PetersonUSA3445.448
14131Yvonne KunzeGER2945.717
15103Marina GeorgievaBUL2945.916
16157Olga DanilovISR2946.422
17138Susanne RudolphGER1345.288
18125Stéphanie BouvierFRA1345.723
19178Nina YevteyevaRUS1346.180
20177Nataliya DmitriyevaRUS1346.574
21128Jo WilliamsGBR1346.631
22176Katalin KristoROU1346.956
23101Yuliya PaulovichBLR1347.273
24141Cordia TsoiHKG1352.496
25164Yuka KaminoJPN845.933
26149Marianna NagyHUN846.980
27124Kateřina NovotnáCZE847.122
28146Szandra LajtosHUN848.488
29140Christy RenHKG855.423

Round One (16 February 2002 — 18:36)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to quarter-finals.

Heat One

13Yang Yang (A)CHN45.04234Q
22Marina GeorgievaBUL45.91621Q
31Katalin KristoROU46.95613

Heat Two

11Ju Min-JinKOR45.54734Q
22Yvonne KunzeGER45.71721Q
33Cordia TsoiHKG52.49613

Heat Three

12Wang ChunluCHN44.72334QOR
24Isabelle CharestCAN44.96421Q
33Nataliya DmitriyevaRUS46.57413
41Kateřina NovotnáCZE47.1228

Heat Four

11Marta CapursoITA46.31334Q
22Olga DanilovISR46.42221Q
34Jo WilliamsGBR46.63113
43Marianna NagyHUN46.9808

Heat Five

11Alanna KrausCAN45.10134Q
22Evgeniya RadanovaBUL45.19521Q
33Susanne RudolphGER45.28813

Heat Six

12Chikage TanakaJPN45.19334Q
24Amy PetersonUSA45.44821Q
33Nina YevteyevaRUS46.18013
41Szandra LajtosHUN48.4888

Heat Seven

13Sarah LindsayGBR45.46134Q
21Mara ZiniITA45.55621Q
32Yuliya PaulovichBLR47.27313
44Christy RenHKG55.4238

Heat Eight

11Choi Eun-GyeongKOR45.39534Q
24Caroline HalliseyUSA45.53521Q
32Stéphanie BouvierFRA45.72313
43Yuka KaminoJPN45.9338

Quarter-Finals (16 February 2002 — 19:36)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to semi-finals.

Heat One

14Wang ChunluCHN44.73934Q
23Caroline HalliseyUSA44.82621Q
32Marta CapursoITA45.13713
41Olga DanilovISR46.6958

Heat Two

14Yang Yang (A)CHN44.81034Q
23Ju Min-JinKOR44.99221Q
31Amy PetersonUSA46.12013
42Marina GeorgievaBUL46.4228

Heat Three

11Evgeniya RadanovaBUL44.78034Q
24Alanna KrausCAN44.86321Q
32Sarah LindsayGBR44.91213
43Yvonne KunzeGER46.4658

Heat Four

11Choi Eun-GyeongKOR44.84634Q
24Mara ZiniITA44.87621Q
33Isabelle CharestCAN45.01113ADV
DQ2Chikage TanakaJPN

Semi-Finals (16 February 2002 — 20:06)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

13Yang Yang (A)CHN44.11834QOR
=25Isabelle CharestCAN44.30721Q
=21Caroline HalliseyUSA44.30713Q
42Mara ZiniITA44.5318QB
54Choi Eun-GyeongKOR44.6475QB

Heat Two

14Evgeniya RadanovaBUL44.68634Q
21Wang ChunluCHN44.73421Q
33Alanna KrausCAN44.77613QB
42Ju Min-JinKOR1:08.1848QB

Final Round (16 February 2002 — 20:39)

B Final

14Alanna KrausCAN44.930
21Choi Eun-GyeongKOR45.383
32Mara ZiniITA45.494
43Ju Min-JinKOR46.893

A Final (20:39)

11Yang Yang (A)CHN44.187
22Evgeniya RadanovaBUL44.252
35Wang ChunluCHN44.272
44Isabelle CharestCAN44.662
53Caroline HalliseyUSA44.679