Medals rain down during golden weekend

Dutch sportsmen and women won medals in hockey, rowing, sailing and dressage in a golden weekend of sport.

The Dutch women’s hockey team clinched the gold medal at the European championships in Amstelveen with a 3-2 victory over defending champions Germany.
The men’s team took bronze with a 6-1 victory over Spain, with England taking the gold medal.
In Britain, Dutch riders swept the board at the European grand prix freestyle dressage event. Edward Gal riding Moorlands Totilas scored 90.75% to break the world freestyle record of 89.40% he set last month.
Adelinde Cornelissen was second, with Olympic champion Anky van Grunsven completing the triple. The Dutch also won the team gold.
At the world judo championships in Rotterdam, Marhide Verkerk was surprise winner in the women’s under 78 kg event, while Henk Grol took silver in the men’s under 100 kg contest.
At the world rowing championships in Poznan, the Dutch women’s coxless fours took gold and there were three bronze medals for the Dutch team as well.
And in sailing, Lobke Berkhout and Lisa Westerhof took the world title at the 470 world championships at the Danish resort of Rungsted.
‘This is awesome. We wanted it so so much,’ Westerhof told a sailing website. ‘This was not our goal. Our goal was to get close to the top sailors in the world. We started really really well and sailed a very consistent series and then a medal race like this which we won by really really far – it is great.’
In other international sporting events, the Dutch women’s football team qualified for the quarter finals of the European Cup with a 2-1 victory over Denmark. For the Uefa report, click here

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