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3,000 metres Relay, Women

Date13 – 24 February 2010
StatusOlympic
LocationPacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Participants36 from 8 countries
FormatPlacements 1-8 based on final and B final.
Olympic Record 4:12.793 WR / Republic of Korea KOR / 20 February 2002

Featuring the two individual champions to date (Wang Meng and Zhou Yang), the Chinese team was the heavy favorite in this event. They had won three of the four World Cup races earlier in the season, and were the defending World Champions. But South Korea was not to be forgotten, having won the Olympic gold four times in a row since 1994. Finally, the home nation was also strong, having medalled at all four World Championships since the Torino Olympics.

The three favored nations easily made it to the final - both South Korea and China broke the Olympic Record - where they were joined by the United States. The deciding moment of the race was just after an exchange, with Korea’s Kim Min-Jeong and China’s Sun Linlin fighting to take the lead. In the process, Kim slightly bumped into Sun, who was able to continue only after a slight stumble. The Koreans then pulled away to win in a world record time. But as the Koreans were picking up flags, it slowly became clear that the jury was investigating the maneuver by Kim. After a few minutes it was announced that South Korea had indeed been disqualified, giving the gold to China, silver to Canada and bronze to the United States, which had nearly been lapped during the race. Naturally, this led to protests from the Korean camp, especially since the referee making the call, Jim Hewish of Australia, had been the same to controversially disqualify Kim Dong-Seong in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

PosNrTeamNOCLast RacePositionsBest Time
1People's Republic of ChinaCHNAF-1Gold
Sun LinlinWang MengZhang HuiZhou YangZhao Nannan (DNS)
2CanadaCANAF-2Silver
Jessica GreggKalyna RobergeMarianne St-GelaisTania VicentValérie Maltais (DNS)
3United StatesUSAAF-3Bronze
Allison BaverKimberly DerrickAly DudekLana GehringKatherine Reutter
4NetherlandsNEDBF-1
Liesbeth Mau-AsamJorien ter MorsAnnita van DoornSanne van KerkhofMaaike Vos
5HungaryHUNBF-2
Rózsa DarázsBernadett HeidumErika HuszárAndrea KeszlerSzandra Lajtos (DNS)
6ItalyITABF-3
Cecilia MaffeiArianna FontanaLucia PerettiMartina ValcepinaKatia Zini
7JapanJPNBF-4
Ayuko ItoHiroko SadakaneYui SakaiBiba SakuraiMika Ozawa
ACRepublic of KoreaKORAF-DQDQ
Jo Hae-RiKim Min-JeongLee Eun-ByeolPark Seung-HuiChoi Jung-Won (DNS)

Semi-Finals (13 February 2010 — 18:50)

Heat One (18:50)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
13Republic of KoreaKOR4:10.753QOR
Jo Hae-RiKim Min-JeongLee Eun-ByeolPark Seung-Hui
22United StatesUSA4:15.376Q
Kimberly DerrickAly DudekLana GehringKatherine Reutter
31NetherlandsNED4:16.520QB
Liesbeth Mau-AsamJorien ter MorsAnnita van DoornMaaike Vos
44ItalyITA4:23.950QB
Arianna FontanaCecilia MaffeiMartina ValcepinaKatia Zini

Heat Two (18:58)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
14People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:08.797QOR
Sun LinlinWang MengZhang HuiZhou Yang
22CanadaCAN4:11.476Q
Jessica GreggKalyna RobergeMarianne St-GelaisTania Vicent
33JapanJPN4:13.752QB
Ayuko ItoMika OzawaYui SakaiBiba Sakurai
41HungaryHUN4:17.487QB
Rózsa DarázsBernadett HeidumErika HuszárAndrea Keszler

Final Round (24 February 2010 — 18:26)

B Final (18:26)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
12NetherlandsNED4:16.120
Jorien ter MorsAnnita van DoornSanne van KerkhofMaaike Vos
23HungaryHUN4:17.937
Rózsa DarázsBernadett HeidumErika HuszárAndrea Keszler
34ItalyITA4:18.559
Cecilia MaffeiLucia PerettiMartina ValcepinaKatia Zini
41JapanJPN4:28.745
Ayuko ItoHiroko SadakaneYui SakaiBiba Sakurai

A Final (18:35)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
11People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:06.610WR
Sun LinlinWang MengZhang HuiZhou Yang
23CanadaCAN4:09.137
Jessica GreggKalyna RobergeMarianne St-GelaisTania Vicent
34United StatesUSA4:14.081
Allison BaverAly DudekLana GehringKatherine Reutter
AC2Republic of KoreaKORDQ
Jo Hae-RiKim Min-JeongLee Eun-ByeolPark Seung-Hui