| Event type

500 metres, Women

Date12 – 15 February 2006
LocationPalavela, Torino
Participants28 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.

The dominant skater of the past Olympics, Yang Yang (A), had not been selected for this race, although she had won this event at the 2005 World Championships. But China had a successor in place already. Wang Meng had won all four World Cup races prior to the Olympics, and had been a World Champion in the event in 2004, being runner-up in 2005.

Wang easily made the final, where she was opposed by teammate Fu Tianyu, Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Canada, and the 2002 silver medallist, Evgeniya Radanova, who had since competed as a track cyclist in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Wang was fastest off the line, and never gave away her lead. The finish was close, however, having about a blade’s length advantage over Radanova. A similar margin separated third and fourth place, with Leblanc-Boucher taking the bronze. Fu was later even disqualified for an earlier infringement. Even then, Canadian officials disputed the result, as video replays showed Radanova had finished with her skate in the air, which is disallowed for safety reasons. They even filed a complaint with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but it was denied.

Wang’s victory celebrations didn’t go as well as the race: she tripped over the Chinese flag she was waving around during her victory lap.

PosNrSkaterNOCLast RacePointsBest Time
1111Wang MengCHNAF-1Gold
2103Evgeniya RadanovaBULAF-2Silver
3105Anouk Leblanc-BoucherCANAF-3Bronze
4107Kalyna RobergeCANBF-1
5130Marta CapursoITABF-2
6114Kateřina NovotnáCZEBF-3
7151Allison BaverUSABF-4
8120Sarah LindsayGBRSF-53946.060
9104Alanna KrausCANQF-34745.172
10143Jin Seon-YuKORQF-34745.954
11131Arianna FontanaITAQF-33444.948
12155Hyo-Jung KimUSAQF-42945.339
13129Erika HuszárHUNQF-42945.382
14135Yuka KaminoJPNQF-42945.848
15146Liesbeth Mau-AsamNEDR1-31345.500
16147Yun Jong-SukPRKR1-31346.177
17137Chikage TanakaJPNR1-31346.387
18126Susanne RudolphGERR1-31346.503
19121Jo WilliamsGBRR1-31346.857
20102Yuliya YelsakovaBLRR1-31347.726
21123Aika KleinGERR1-31357.732
22128Rózsa DarázsHUNR1-3131:10.558
23149Katalin KristoROUR1-4846.531
24127Han Yue ShuangHKGR1-4847.087
DQ115Stéphanie BouvierFRA
DQ110Fu TianyuCHN
DQ144Gang Yun-MiKOR
DQ148Ri Hyang-MiPRK

Round One (12 February 2006)

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

Heat One (20:15)

11Wang MengCHN45.01134Q
22Marta CapursoITA45.21721Q
33Jo WilliamsGBR46.85713

Heat Two (20:18)

13Alanna KrausCAN45.68834Q
24Gang Yun-MiKOR45.75521Q
32Susanne RudolphGER46.50313
41Katalin KristoROU46.5318

Heat Three (20:21)

12Evgeniya RadanovaBUL45.70334Q
23Kateřina NovotnáCZE46.27921Q
31Chikage TanakaJPN46.38713

Heat Four (20:24)

12Anouk Leblanc-BoucherCAN45.92934Q
21Hyo-Jung KimUSA46.07721Q
34Aika KleinGER57.73213
DQ3Stéphanie BouvierFRA

Heat Five (20:27)

13Fu TianyuCHN45.63634Q
21Yuka KaminoJPN45.84821Q
32Rózsa DarázsHUN1:10.55813

Heat Six (20:30)

13Allison BaverUSA45.99834Q
21Erika HuszárHUN46.11321Q
32Yun Jong-SukPRK46.17713
44Han Yue ShuangHKG47.0878

Heat Seven (20:33)

12Kalyna RobergeCAN45.39634Q
21Arianna FontanaITA45.39821Q
33Liesbeth Mau-AsamNED45.50013

Heat Eight (20:36)

12Jin Seon-YuKOR45.95434Q
21Sarah LindsayGBR46.29021Q
34Yuliya YelsakovaBLR47.72613
DQ3Ri Hyang-MiPRK

Quarter-Finals (15 February 2006)

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

Heat One (19:30)

11Fu TianyuCHN44.76034Q
22Anouk Leblanc-BoucherCAN44.82121Q
34Arianna FontanaITA44.94813
43Erika HuszárHUN45.3828

Heat Two (19:33)

13Wang MengCHN45.25734Q
21Allison BaverUSA53.13521Q
32Sarah LindsayGBR1:09.78513ADV
DQ4Gang Yun-MiKOR

Heat Three (19:36)

14Evgeniya RadanovaBUL44.25234Q
22Marta CapursoITA44.43821Q
31Alanna KrausCAN45.17213
43Hyo-Jung KimUSA45.3398

Heat Four (19:39)

11Kateřina NovotnáCZE45.59634Q
24Kalyna RobergeCAN45.71021Q
32Jin Seon-YuKOR46.42813
43Yuka KaminoJPN47.3568

Semi-Finals (15 February 2006)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One (20:44)

12Fu TianyuCHN45.13034Q
21Anouk Leblanc-BoucherCAN45.23421Q
33Allison BaverUSA45.51213QB
44Kateřina NovotnáCZE45.7188QB
55Sarah LindsayGBR46.0605

Heat Two (20:47)

13Wang MengCHN44.65034Q
22Evgeniya RadanovaBUL44.71121Q
31Kalyna RobergeCAN44.96013QB
44Marta CapursoITA45.2048QB

Final Round (15 February 2006 — 21:38)

B Final (21:38)

11Kalyna RobergeCAN46.605
22Marta CapursoITA46.899
33Kateřina NovotnáCZE55.378
44Allison BaverUSA55.689

A Final (21:41)

11Wang MengCHN44.345
22Evgeniya RadanovaBUL44.374
34Anouk Leblanc-BoucherCAN44.759
DQ3Fu TianyuCHN