Irene Schouten wins 3rd gold medal, triumphs in the mass begin

Irene Schouten crosses the ending line in initially position. Picture: Vincent Jannink

Irene Schouten has clinched her 3rd gold medal of the Olympics, generating her one particular of the most successful Dutch skaters ever at a one winter season online games.

Schouten included the mass commence to her Beijing tally, owning previously won gold in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 metres and bronze in the group pursuit.

World champion Ivanie Blondin from Canada, who experienced led for the considerably of the race, took the silver and Francesca Lollobrigida from Italy, the bronze.

The other Dutch hopeful, Marijke Groenewoud, fell with 5 rounds to go and was out of medal contention.

There was disappointment for the males, Jorrit Bergsma and Sven Kramer, who both equally concluded outdoors the medal placings.

Kramer, competing in his fifth and remaining Olympics, stated following the function that he experienced now skated his past aggressive race.

‘Never yet again a race, that’s for confident,’ claimed Kramer, who has struggled with back issues in modern yrs. ‘All I can say is that I did almost everything I could to be excellent although I was here.’

The Dutch Olympic group now has eight gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals and is in fourth position on the medals table. The video games conclusion on Sunday.

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