Wust takes gold in 3,000

Sochi, Russia ( - Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust won her third Olympic gold medal on Sunday, taking the women's 3,000 meters at the Sochi Games.

Wust finished the race in 4 minutes, 0.34 seconds to claim her second gold in the 3,000. She won this event at the 2006 Turin Olympics, but finished seventh four years ago in Vancouver.

It was the fourth overall medal for Wust, who won the 1,500 meters in Vancouver and claimed bronze at that distance in 2006.

Wust finished 1.61 seconds ahead of Czech skater Martina Sablikova, who was trying to repeat as the Olympic champion in the 3,000.

Sablikova also picked up her fourth medal. She won gold in the 5,000 and bronze in the 1,500 at the Vancouver Olympics.

Russia's Olga Graf earned the first medal for the host nation at the Sochi Games, taking bronze with a time of 4:03.47.

Germany's Claudia Pechstein just missed winning her 10th Olympic medal. The 41-year-old placed fourth and was 1.79 seconds behind Graf.

Jilleanne Rookard of the United States was 10th and fellow American Anna Ringsred finished 26th.

Canadians Brittany Schussler and Ivanie Blondin finished 19th and 24th, respectively.