CALGARY, FEB. 27 -- This Olympics was supposed to be the playground of East German and American speedskaters, but it was Dutchmen singing victory songs outside the Calgary Olympic Oval again tonight.

They sang last week when Hollanders scored four medals in the men's speedskating and on Tuesday when 23-year-old Yvonne van Gennip upset East German Andrea Ehrig in world record time to take the gold at 3,000 meters.

Tonight they sang again for the bright-eyed van Gennip as she defeated Karin Enke-Kania at 1,500 meters to win her second gold by another upset and end the Olympic career of the great East German skater.

Enke-Kania took the silver, giving her eight career Olympic medals, the most ever for a woman speedskater. Ehrig won the bronze, with American double-medalist Bonnie Blair (2:04.02) out of the prizes at fourth.

It was the last Olympic race for Enke-Kania, 27, who came into these Games favored to win as many as five medals and two golds. But she's been fighting a serious throat infection, she conceded tonight, and has not been up to par. As a result, Enke-Kania said she will not race in the 5,000 meters Sunday.

Van Gennip's victory meant that for the third time in four women's events this week, the heavily favored East Germans were shut out of the top prize. Van Gennip was lightly regarded coming into the Games because she was still recuperating from a foot operation in December. But her form was flawless and she skated steadily to victory Tuesday and again tonight, edging Enke-Kania, who struggled near the end, by .14 seconds, 2:00.68 to 2:00.82.

Neither skater came close to eclipsing the world record of 1:59.30, which Enke-Kania set in Russia in 1986.

Enke-Kania's health troubles showed as she flagged noticeably on the final lap. Still, her time was the best of the night, with van Gennip yet to skate. But it left a window of opportunity for the Dutchwoman, who now has won both events she entered and will try to make it three in a row in the 5,000 meters on Sunday.

Enke-Kania said van Gennip's injury may actually have helped her training by keeping her out of draining competition leading up to the Games.

"She had great form, the best of her life," said Enke-Kania. "She had very good preparation, not so much competition, and now she's the best here."

Van Gennip agreed. "I think it's true," she said. "Normally I rest in January and skate best in March. I had to rest earlier this time, in December, and now I am skating my best in February."

Van Gennip said it is always a great pleasure for the Dutch to beat the East Germans, but said she felt sympathy for Enke-Kania tonight.

"Of course it is hard for her to lose, because it is her distance. She's the world recordholder," said van Gennip. "And when I saw her crying {in the medals ceremony}, it was not so good a feeling for me."

Enke-Kania said she will finish out the season, then go home to her husband and 2-year-old son in Dresden and take up "a normal life." She wants another child.

Blair, who gave Americans a thrill with her gold-medal performance in the 500-meters Monday and a bronze in the 1,000 Friday, didn't have the strength to hold up in the longer distance tonight.

"I was pretty tired right from the beginning," she said, and it showed when she stumbled in her opening few steps, then quickly regained her balance.

Blair recovered and skated well through about 800 meters, but began to lose her form in the second half of the race and was hanging on bravely by the last lap.

She said the competition has grown so stiff in her strength, the shorter distances, that she hadn't had time to train properly for the longer 1,500, and tonight it cost her. Blair will have a last chance to celebrate: she was chosen today to carry the U.S. flag in Sunday's closing ceremonies.

Blair said she was surprised at the showing of the veteran East German women's team, which long has dominated the sport and was expected to dominate the gold medals here.

"In a way, it's good," said Blair. "Other countries and other girls will see that they're not unbeatable. And it's good for the East Germans, too, because they'll see where they might not be doing something right in their training."

Are the East Germans disappointed? "A little, yes," said Enke-Kania, "but in four races we have six medals. Many thought we could win all the golds, but other skaters were well prepared and they trained hard, too."