Winter Olympics: Dutch speed skater Wust eclipses Blankers-Koen with fifth gold and 10 overall

Netherlands' Ireen Wust celebrating her win on the podium with silver winner Japan's Miho Takagi and bronze winner Netherlands' Marrit Leenstra during the women's 1,500m speed skating ceremony in Gangneung on Feb 12, 2018.
Netherlands' Ireen Wust celebrating her win on the podium with silver winner Japan's Miho Takagi and bronze winner Netherlands' Marrit Leenstra during the women's 1,500m speed skating ceremony in Gangneung on Feb 12, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AFP, REUTERS) - Speed skater Ireen Wust eclipsed track and field legend Fanny Blankers-Koen when she became the first Dutch athlete to win a total of five gold medals at the Pyeongchang Games on Monday (Feb 12).

The 31-year-old claimed her place in history with a winning time of 1min 54.35sec in the 1,500m, with Japan's Miho Takagi second, 0.2sec back, and Dutch standout Marrit Leenstra third in 1:55.26.

Wust became the first Dutch Olympian to win five gold medals, breaking the career mark she had shared with sprinter Blankers-Koen, swimmer Inge de Bruijn, cyclist Leontien van Moorsel and equestrian rider Charles Pahud de Mortanges.

With 10 Olympic medals, she also moves past equestrian great Anky van Grunsven for the most by any Dutch athlete in the Winter or Summer Games.

Wust's second medal of the Games after her heartbreak in the 3,000m on Saturday, where she finished 0.08sec behind compatriot Carlijn Achtereekte, lifted her past Germany's Claudia Pechstein to stand alone as the most successful speed skater in history.

Wust ran out of steam on the last lap of the 3,000m but made no mistake in the shorter distance, powering around the course to claim a second career 1,500m Olympic gold after her victory in Vancouver eight years ago.

Standing on the podium, Wust, who will call time on her glittering career after the Olympics, raised her arms and jumped into the air after cementing her place in history.

 

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