The Dutch speed skating icon Ireen Wüst has once again proven her exceptional talent and made Olympic history.
The 35-year-old won the 1500m race in Beijing on Monday, taking gold at five different Winter Games – a record.
Wüst relegated the Olympic record of 1:53.28 minutes to the Japanese Miho Takagi (1:53.72) and her compatriot Antoinette de Jong (1:54.82) to the places. Overall, it was Wüst’s sixth Olympic victory in speed skating and his twelfth medal. In the ranking of the most successful Winter Olympians, she advanced to fourth place.
As expected, the only German starter, Michelle Uhrig, had nothing to do with the decision. The 26-year-old from Berlin finished 25th in 2:00.20 minutes.
“I’m super happy. Everything went well,” said Uhrig, who had to fight her way back for a long time after a bicycle accident in 2020: “My last operation on both knees was only ten months ago. Many didn’t believe that I was here start. The fact that I still had a good run makes me doubly happy.”
At the end of the speed skating competitions on February 19, Uhrig is still running the mass start. On Tuesday the men’s 1500 m race is on the agenda. German speed skaters are not qualified.