Japan team captain Miho Takagi breathed a sigh of relief as she concluded her Beijing Games speedskating campaign with a gold medal while managing to stay healthy through her packed schedule of seven races in 13 days.

Though her only gold medal of these Games came in an individual event, Takagi, now the most decorated Japanese female Olympian ever with seven medals in total, credited her coaches and teammates for her feat in the women’s 1,000 meters on Thursday.

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