Sunday 31 May 2020

Suzanna Schulting wins the Netherlands’ first short-track gold

Suzanne Schulting celebrates Oranje’s first short track gold. Photo: AP Photo/Morry Gash

Speed skater Suzanne Schulting delivered the Netherlands’ first ever short track Olympic gold medal on Thursday with a surprise victory in the 1,000 metres.

‘I just kept on going and I remained in the lead. I really can’t believe it,’ Schulting, who is just 20, said after the race.

The silver medal went to Canada’s Kim Boutin while Arianna Fontana of Italy took the bronze.

Schulting is only the third Dutch competitor to win a Winter Olympics gold away from long-track speed skating. Figure skater Sjoukje Dijkstra won gold in 1964 and snowboarder Nicolien Sauerbreij became Olympic champion in 2010.

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