Record Olympionic Pechstein is last: “Like a victory for me”

Claudia Pechstein has celebrated the race over 3000 meters at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing despite the last place like a success. “That was a victory for me. With the start on the 3000 meters, I have officially made this record,” said the 49-year-old on Saturday.

The Berliner is the first woman who participates in winter games for the eighth time. This puts the bottom of the Japanese ski jumpers Noriaki Kasai. “You can only run over the line with a cheering,” said the five-time Olympic champion.


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In 4: 17.16 minutes Pechstein occupied the 20th place under 20 starters. Olympic champion became the Dutchman Irene Schouten in 3: 56.93 minutes. Thus, the European champion also subdivided the Olympic record of Claudia Pechstein, which had won 20 years ago with winter games in Salt Lake City in 3: 57.70 minutes of gold. Second in the National Speed ​​Skating Oval of Beijing became the Italian Francesca Lollobrigida in 3: 58.06 minutes before the Isabelle Weidemann from Canada (3: 58.64).