Olympics: rowing gold, sailing silver

The Netherlands has taken its first gold at the Olympics regatta with rowers Kirsten van der Kolk and Marit van Eupen winning the women’s lightweight double sculls. Silver went to Finland and the bronze to Canada.

In sailing, the three-woman team of Mandy Mulder, Annemieke Bes and Merel Witteveen were not able to convert their guaranteed silver in the Yngling event to gold, losing out to Britain.
Elsewhere there was disappointment for the Dutch team. The football team lost 2-1 to Argentina for a place in the semifinals.
And swimmer Marleen Veldhuis came in the fifth in the 50m freestyle. The swimming team, which arrived in Beijing with high hopes, only managed one medal – gold in the women’s 100m relay. It is the worst Dutch result for swimming since 1996, says news agency ANP.
In cycling, three-times sprint world champion Theo Bos struggled to qualifty for the next round. ‘I give myself a minimal chance of surviving Sunday’s competition,’ Bos was reported as saying by ANP.
By late Sunday morning, the Netherlands was in 14th place on the medals table, with two gold, three silver and four bronze.

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