Japan wins gold in women’s speed skating team competition

Team Japan celebrates their gold medal win in the Ladies Speed Skating Team Pursuit final during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung, South Korea, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI | License Photo

By KyodoUPI

Japan’s women captured the team gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, beating the defending champion Netherlands on Wednesday.

The world record-holding Japanese trio of sisters Miho and Nana Takagi and Ayano Sato defeated the Dutch in the gold medal race, winning in an Olympic-record 2 minutes, 53.89 seconds at Gangneung Oval. The same Dutch trio of Marrit Leenstra, Ireen Wust and Antoinette de Jong had raced to the previous Olympic-record 2:55.61 in qualifying on Monday.

The Dutch finished in 2:55.48 to earn silver.

The gold medal was Japan’s third at the Pyeongchang Games after triumphs in men’s figure skating by Yuzuru Hanyu and women’s 500-meter speed skating by Nao Kodaira.

The United States defeated Canada in the “B” final to secure the bronze medal.