"We are as serious as the Swiss, Germans and Canadians. We are not a bunch of jokers. Being out of bobsleigh I felt I was starving for something, and now we are back."
Zhang Hong takes the gold medal! The Chinese skater came fourth in the 500m final, but she's the champion over the longer distance. No speed skating podium is complete without Dutch representation. The Netherlands take silver and bronze through Ireen Wust and Margot Boer respectively.
Park Seung-Hi of Korea and Arianna Fontana both qualify with the next semifinal consisting of three Chinese racers and Britain's Elise Christie.
No European has ever won this title.