Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust has made Olympic history by becoming the only Olympian to win a gold medal in five straight Games.
Wust elevated herself into unmatched territory by winning the gold in the women’s 1500m speed skating event and set a new Olympic record of 1:23:58 to boot.
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The 35-year-old was forced into an anxious wait as she watched Japan’s Miho Takagi — the woman who holds the world record for the 1500m speed skating — in the final race of the event.
At one stage in the race, Takagi entered green territory, meaning that she was going faster than Wust.
However, the Japanese star fell away on the final lap and finished 0.44 seconds slower than Wust, claiming the silver medal in a repeat of the final placings from the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Wust’s incredible gold rush began at the 2006 Torino Games and has continued with gold medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games as well as the 2018 Sochi Games.
She now has 12 Olympic medals in the trophy cabinet, with six of those being gold.
The Dutch star will also get another chance to win a medal in Beijing, as she will race again in the team pursuit before rounding out her 2022 Games with the 1000m speed skating event.