Dutch fans celebrate a clean sweep on the podium of the women's 3,000 meters race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Anybody who thought the Dutch could never be as dominant again had to think again after Day 1 of the speed-skating competition.The event was set to give Ireen Wust a third 3,000 Olympic gold but with a struggling final lap, she finished .08 seconds behind Achtereekte.I can't get my head around it," she told NOS Dutch broadcaster.Immediately after the race, instead of packing up with yet another good but not outstanding race, she got a cuddle and was joking on the infield with her king, Willem-Alexander.Achtereekte's only other global medal was a 3,000 silver at the 2015 world championships.In Sochi four years ago, the Netherlands won 23 of 36 medals.
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