CALGARY, FEB. 23 -- No one followed the script in the women's 3,000-meter speed skating tonight as a dark horse from the Netherlands knocked East Germany out of an expected Olympic medal sweep with a world-record performance.

Long-idle American Mary Docter didn't come back from the missing to reclaim respectability, East German Karin Enke-Kania didn't win what would have been a record seventh Olympic medal and the East Germans didn't take the main prize.

Instead, Holland's Yvonne van Gennip put on a remarkable burst of speed in her last lap to nip East German Andrea Ehrig's torrid time of 4:12.09 for the gold. Van Gennip's 4:11.94 knocked more than 4 1/2 seconds off the old mark.

Ehrig's teammate, Gabi Zange, who held the record before tonight at 4:16.76, was third at 4:16.92.

Enke-Kania, bronze medalist in Monday's 500 meter and considered a likely five-medal winner in these Games, clutched her side in the last lap, racing against Ehrig, and finished fourth.

And Docter, who came out of retirement three months ago after four years off to win the U.S. 3,000- and 5,000-meter trials, had no stamina, finishing far back and disgusted with herself at 19th, eight spots behind top American Jan Goldman, who was 11th.

Van Gennip, a fresh-faced student from Haarlem, never expected to take the gold, particularly since she's been recovering from a December foot injury and doesn't yet feel in top shape.

But she said Ehrig and Enke-Kania pricked her pride when they announced they were going to retire after the Games and open a way for her to be best in the world.

"I tried to beat them before they stopped," said van Gennip tonight with a big smile.

It was a tall order. Van Gennip had an operation on her foot in December after an infection laid her low. She was out of training for more than two weeks, and said she still doesn't feel in top form.

But she decided to give her all tonight, saving little for her upcoming matches in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, on the idea that one gold medal is better than three top-10 finishes. And it worked.

Even Ehrig's rocket-fast time in the first pairing of the night didn't faze the 23-year-old student.

"I knew I could do a lot," she said. "My technical movements were very good, I think better than the East Germans. But they {the East Germans} are stronger."

So van Gennip came out smoking, bettering Ehrig's time through 1,000 meters, then a half-second or so off the pace through the next 1,500 meters, and finally put together a spectacular final lap of 34.86 seconds to capture the gold. Her closing lap was almost eight-tenths of a second faster than Ehrig's.

Van Gennip's success didn't exactly come out of the blue. She's the current 5,000-meter world record holder and held the 3,000-meter mark before Zange broke it two months ago.

The results were quite the opposite for Docter, the wild and unpredictable former waitress from Madison, Wis., who came out of retirement 10 pounds overweight to take up speed skating again in November and one month later managed to shoot into her third Olympics as the top U.S. trials performer at the longer distances.

But it wasn't her night as she faded after the first couple laps and wound up finishing 19th in 4:29.93.

"I haven't got drunk or smoked a cigarette since New Year's Day," said Docter. "I've been a serious, dedicated skater. That's why this surprised me."