| Event type

500 metres, Women

Date16 February 2010
LocationRichmond Olympic Oval, Richmond
Participants36 from 14 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Olympic Record 37.30 / Catriona Le May Doan CAN / 13 February 2002
Olympic Record (2 races)74.75 / Catriona Le May Doan CAN / 13 – 14 February 2002
StarterHans TerstappenCAN
RefereeJan AugustinusNED

The women’s 500 m competition was widely expected to be a duel between Germany’s Jenny Wolf and China’s Wang Beixing. Wolf had been the strongest 500 m skater since the 2006 Games, claiming the World Championship and the World Cup in the next three seasons. Wolf was also the fastest skater, with a world record of 37.00 seconds and seven of the ten fastest times recorded. Two of the other top-10 times had been set by Wang, three times runner-up to Wolf at the World Championships, but Wang had beaten Wolf at the 2009 World Sprint Championships, and twice during the ongoing World Cup season. Shortly before the Games, a third contender appeared. Already considered the “best of the rest” for some time, South Korean Lee Sang-Hwa finally managed to beat Wolf in one of the 500 ms at the World Sprint Championships, where she also took the overall title.

One of the other medal contenders, Annette Gerritsen of the Netherland was already out of contention in the first run, as she crashed out of the race in the first curve. At that point, Wang had taken the lead with a somewhat disappointing 34.487. Wolf was expected to beat this, which she did with 38.307. But in that race, Lee passed Wolf in the final straight to create a gap of about 0.05 seconds.

This left the competition wide open for the second run. It soon turned out that ice conditions had much improved. Wang considerably bettered her own first run time, and even bettered Lee’s mark with her 38.144, ensuring a bronze medal. The final pair between Lee and Wolf was an exciting one. Wolf recorded one of her stunning opening times (10.14), making up for the difference from the first race. But as in the first run, Lee drew closer. While she was unable to overtake her German rival, Lee was only 0.012 behind at the line, enough to claim South Korea’s second ever Olympic speed skating title - just one day after the first one (won by Mo Tae-Beom).

PosCompetitorNOCTimeRace #1Race #2
1Lee Sang-HwaKOR76.09938.249 (1)37.850 (2)Gold
2Jenny WolfGER76.14538.307 (2)37.838 (1)Silver
3Wang BeixingCHN76.63138.487 (3)38.144 (3)Bronze
4Margot BoerNED76.87638.511 (4)38.365 (4)
5Sayuri YoshiiJPN76.99838.566 (6)38.432 (5)
6Heather RichardsonUSA77.17538.698 (9)38.477 (6)
7Zhang ShuangCHN77.33738.530 (5)38.807 (13)
8Jin PeiyuCHN77.45738.686 (8)38.771 (11)
9Ko Hyon-SukPRK77.47038.893 (15)38.577 (7)
10Christine NesbittCAN77.57538.881 (13)38.694 (8)
11Monique AngermüllerGER77.59138.761 (10)38.830 (14)
12Nao KodairaJPN77.63238.835 (12)38.797 (12)
13Xing AihuaCHN77.64138.792 (11)38.849 (16)
14Shihomi ShinyaJPN77.72938.964 (16)38.765 (10)
15Thijsje OenemaNED77.76138.892 (14)38.869 (17)
16Tomomi OkazakiJPN78.03138.971 (17)39.060 (20)
17Elli OchowiczUSA78.05039.002 (18)39.048 (19)
18Yekaterina AydovaKAZ78.14039.024 (19)39.116 (22)
19Laurine van RiessenNED78.14739.302 (21)38.845 (15)
20Olga FatkulinaRUS78.43639.359 (24)39.077 (21)
21Jennifer RodriguezUSA78.46339.182 (20)39.281 (24)
22Svetlana KaykanRUS78.63239.422 (27)39.210 (23)
23Karolína ErbanováCZE78.68639.365 (25)39.321 (26)
24Yekaterina MalyshevaRUS78.72939.782 (32)38.947 (18)
25Chiara SimionatoITA78.76539.480 (28)39.285 (25)
26Lee Bo-RaKOR78.80239.396 (26)39.406 (28)
27Shannon RempelCAN78.82439.351 (22)39.473 (29)
28Judith HesseGER78.84339.357 (23)39.486 (30)
29Sophie MuirAUS79.04939.649 (31)39.400 (27)
30Lauren CholewinskiUSA79.10139.514 (29)39.587 (32)
31An Ji-MinKOR79.14439.595 (30)39.549 (31)
32Oh Min-JiKOR79.58439.816 (33)39.768 (33)
33Sviatlana RadkevichBLR79.75339.899 (35)39.854 (34)
34Anastasia BucsisCAN79.75539.879 (34)39.876 (35)
35Annette GerritsenNED136.66197.952 (36)38.709 (9)
DQYuliya NemayaRUS38.594 (7)[1:48.44] (DQ)