BEIJING – Dutch speedskater Irene Schouten gained gold within the ladies’s 3,000 meters with an Olympic report on the Beijing Winter Video games on Saturday.
Italy’s Francesca Lollobrigida, who led within the early levels of the ultimate race, couldn’t maintain on to her benefit and completed with silver, whereas Isabelle Weidemann of Canada gained the bronze.
Schouten’s time of three minutes 56.93 seconds beat the Olympic report of three:57.70 set by German Claudia Pechstein on the 2002 Salt Lake Metropolis Video games.
Lollobrigida clocked 3:58.06 and Weidemann 3:58.64. World report holder Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic was fourth.
Pechstein turned the oldest lady to compete at a Winter Olympics, on the age of 49, when she completed final within the 20-athlete discipline, at her eighth Olympics.
The 30-year-old Lollobrigida, a great-niece of Fifties and Sixties movie star Gina Lollobrigida, saved a gradual lead forward of Schouten within the early levels because the pair glided across the Nationwide Pace Skating Oval.
Schouten, 29, by no means let the Italian stray too far and overtook her on the halfway level of the race earlier than crossing the road first to take the gold and the report.