Netherlands

Bronze for sailor Marit Bouwmeester, as Olympic week two kicks off

Marit Bouwmeester shows off her bronze medal. Photo: Robin van Lonkhuijsen ANP

Defending champion Marit Bouwmeester has taken the bronze medal in the Laser Radial sailing event, after finishing sixth in the final, medal race.

Gold went to Anne-Marie Rindo from Denmark, while Josefin Olsson of Sweden took silver.

Bouwmeester, 33, has won a medal in three successive Olympics – starting with silver in London, followed by gold in Rio in 2016.

The Netherlands now has 17 medals at the Tokyo Olympics with a week of competition to go. At Rio, the Dutch haul totalled 19 while the best Dutch performance was in Sydney in 2000, when the Netherlands won 25 medals, including 12 golds.

Coming up in the second week:

August 2: women’s 5,000 metres, women’s discus, women’s 100 metres hurdles
The Netherlands’ best hope for a track gold, Sifan Hassan is in top form this year and will be hoping to add to her medal haul.

Jorinde van Klinken has an outside chance of a medal in the women’s discus while Nadine Visser will be hoping for a place in the 100 metres hurdles final.

August 3: cycling team sprint
The Dutch team of Matthijs Buchli, Roy van den Berg, Harrie Lavreysen and Jeffrey Hoogland are strong contenders for a medal

August 4: Open water swimming and 400 metres
Sharon van Rouwendaal is looking to defend her Rio gold medal in the women’s open water swimming event while Femke Bol is in action on the 400 metres hurdles and also a medal hopeful.

August 5: open water swimming, men’s hockey
Ferry Weertman, like Rouwendaal, took gold in Brazil and is also hoping for a repeat performance. The men’s hockey final takes place today as well.

August 6: women’s hockey and football finals, women’s cycling
The Dutch women’s hockey have an impressive record with gold in Beijing, London and then silver in Rio. They are hot favourites for the Olympic title this year.

In women’s cycling, Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters are strong candidates for a medal in the women’s Madison.

August 7: women’s 10,000
Sifan Hassan is in action again, this time in the women’s 10,000 metres. Will it be a double?

August 8: women’s boxing, handball
Middleweight boxer Nouchka Fontijn is in the ring and hoping to at least better her silver medal won in Rio. And if the women’s handball team have done as well as hoped, that final takes place on the last day of the Olympics.

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