Long-distance specialist Miho Takagi will be looking to make more Japanese speedskating history on Saturday when she lines up for the women's 3,000 meters, the sport's first medal event at the Pyeongchang Games.

The 23-year-old, who in addition to the team pursuit is also entered in the 1,000, her signature 1,500 and the mass start, became the first skater from her country to win the 3,000 on the World Cup circuit in Calgary in December.

And now she is targeting a repeat of that success on the Olympic stage, a win that would go some way to banishing the crushing disappointment of missing out on a spot on the Sochi team four years ago.