Speed skater Miho Takagi finally strikes gold after 3 silver finishes at Beijing Winter Olympics

Miho Takagi
  • Japanese Olympic speed skater Miho Takagi won her first gold medal in the 1,000-meter speed skating competition on Thursday.
  • Takagi finished her performance with a final time of 1:13.19, beating the previous Olympic record of 1:13.56 set by Jorien ter Mors at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
  • The 27-year-old had won three silver medals prior to her gold medal win in the 1,500-meter, 500-meter and team pursuit speed skating competitions.

After winning three silver medals at the Beijing Winter Games, Japanese speed skater Miho Takagi set an Olympic record during the 1,000-meter women’s speed skating final on Thursday en route to her first gold medal.

Takagi set an Olympic record during her performance at the 1,000-meter event on Thursday, finishing with a final time of 1:13.19. The previous Olympic record, set by Jorien ter Mors at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, was 1:13.56.

According to Japan Times, the 27-year-old has won four more career Olympic medals than any other Japanese athlete, as Takagi’s recent gold medal marks her seventh medal total.

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The bronze medal winner of the 1,000-meter event, Brittany Bowe, commented on Takagi’s speed, saying, “Takagi is skating out of her mind, and I was gunning for that time, but it didn’t happen,” reported ESPN.

Bowe’s bronze medal is the 33-year-old’s first individual medal in her Olympic career. Bowe finished the race with a time of 1:14.61.

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The silver medal went to Jutta Leerdam of the Netherlands, who finished with a time of 1:13.83.

Takagi’s win came two days after losing gold in the team pursuit race as a result of her sister Nana falling during the last turn in the race. She was also beaten in the 1,500-meter speed skating competition by Ireen Wust of the Netherlands, reported Japan Times.

Her three previous silver medals won this year were earned during the 1,500-meter, 500-meter and team pursuit speed skating events.

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