PyeongChang 2018Netherlands' Ireen Wust became the most successful speed skater in Olympic history with ten medals after she surged to gold in the women's 1,500m at the Gangneung Oval on Monday 12 February at PyeongChang 2018.
A Dutch clean sweep appeared to be on the cards again when Marrit Leenstra went into second place and Lotte van Beek third.
After Wust's failure to win the 3,000m, there were murmurs among the Dutch supporters that her shot at glory had slipped through her fingers forever, but the 31-year-old has a habit of performing at her best on the world's biggest stage.
Wust, who will retire after the Pyeongchang Games, stormed out of the gates and was ahead of Achtereekte and seemingly headed for victory until the final corner, when she slowed fractionally to just miss out on gold.
World Cup victor Takagi was in the last pairing and looked on course to pinch the gold from Wust, but the Japanese skater faded in the closing metres. "The tears running down my face were more out of frustration than happiness", the 23-year-old from Hokkaido said.
Ever the competitor, Takagi said she would continue to be confident with more races on the horizon.
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"They help me a great deal", she explained. "It worked out this way and it's incredible".
"I stay really flat and that's also my plan".
For Leenstra, winning a medal gave her a sense of relief. "I think the bigger the race, the more important, the more I can get something out of my body", she said.
Achtereekte was third at the Dutch Olympic trials and second in last month's European championships in 4:06.81, but became a shock victor when it mattered most. "I did everything I could to be good for this Olympics, and finally it pays off", she said.
Japan's Ayaka Kikuchi, skating in the penultimate pairing, finished 16th in 1:58.92.