Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst has become the first athlete in history to win individual gold in five straight Olympic Games, either summer and winter.
Wüst, 35, took gold in the women’s 1500m speed skating event to become the greatest Olympian of all time. She won her first gold medal at the 2006 Turin Olympics when she was 19, and has won gold at every winter games since.
“This is just amazing. There’s a lot of different emotions going through my mind right now. I mean, it’s just bizarre that I was able to pull it off once again.”
– Irene Wüst
Ireen Wüst!!! What a legend. Never been done before: Six times gold at five Olympic Games in a row. And a new Olympic record. Greatest Winter Olympic participant ever. Incredible!! Wow!! #OlympicGames pic.twitter.com/9mLLcnblAj
— Melvin Vermeer (@MelvinVermeerVO) February 7, 2022
Wüst, who came into the games ranked seventh in the world, beat Miho Takagi of Japan in 1min 53.28sec. Her Dutch teammate Antoinette de Jong took the bronze.
She now has a total of six golds and 12 medals in all.
Before the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, Wüst was in an exclusive group with Michael Phelps, Carl Lewis, and Al Oerter, who have all won gold at four consecutive games. But she is now out there on her own.
British rower Steve Redgrave has also won gold medals at five consecutive games, but each of those came as part of two or four-man teams.