Women's speedskating

Irene Wust of the Netherlands wins speedskating gold medal in 1,500 meters in Vancouver Games

Ireen Wust, left, of the Netherlands, and her coach, Gerard Kemkers, react to her win.
Ireen Wust, left, of the Netherlands, and her coach, Gerard Kemkers, react to her win. (Matt Dunham/associated Press)
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Ireen Wust of the Netherlands dashed Canadian hopes for a second speedskating gold by powering around the final lap Sunday to win the women's 1,500 meters.

Wust, who won the 3,000 and was third in the 1,500 four years ago in Turin, won with a time of 1 minute 56.89 seconds.

"Pulling all the pieces together, I'm so proud and happy. I can't describe how happy I am. I don't have words for it," said Wust, who broke down crying on the medal podium while the Dutch national anthem was played. "I think I'm the happiest person on Earth right now."

Kristina Groves of Canada was second in 1:57.14 and Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic took the bronze in 1:57.96 to add to her gold from the 3,000 at these games.

Canada's Christine Nesbitt, who took gold in the 1,000, had hoped to add another win in the 1,500 but ended a disappointing sixth.

Canada had two strong medal contenders in Nesbitt and Groves. But Nesbitt burned herself out and faded in the final lap.

The Dutch won their third gold medal at the oval, and they will have a good shot at another with world-record holder Sven Kramer going next in the men's 10,000 on Tuesday.

-- From news services


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