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Speed skating: Netherlands' Irene Wust powers to 1,500m gold for record 10th medal

Wust powers to speed skating 1,500m gold for record 10th medal
By Reuters

12/02/2018 at 15:16Updated 12/02/2018 at 15:23

Ireen Wust of the Netherlands claimed a record 10th Olympic speed skating medal when she surged to gold in the women's 1,500 metres at the Gangneung Oval on Monday.

Wust, who is also the first Dutch athlete to win five Olympic gold medals, crossed the line in one minute 54.35 seconds, with Japan's Miho Takagi taking the silver and another Dutch skater Marrit Leenstra winning bronze.

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

The 31-year-old 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. (Reporting by Simon Jennings, editing by Ed Osmond)

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