Double Dutch as NL wins two gold, two silver and two bronze

Annemiek van Vleuten holds up her bike in celebration. Photo: Shutterstock HH
Annemiek van Vleuten holds up her bike in celebration. Photo: Belga Photo Jasper Jacobs via ANP

Dutch sports men and women added two gold, two silver and two bronze medals to their Tokyo Olympic haul in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten, who thought she had won gold in the road race, did win the time trial, with a 56 second margin over silver medalist Marlen Reusser of Switzerland. Anna van der Breggen crossed the finishing line 1.01 minutes after Van Vleuten to take the bronze.

The other four medals came from the Dutch rowers, who have lost two of their coaches and one team member to coronavirus infections.

Favourites Tone Wieten, Abe Wiersma, Dirk Uittenbogaard and Koen Metsemakers won gold in the men’s quadruple sculls

Ellen Hogerwerf, Karolien Florijn, Ymkje Clevering and Veronique Meester were unable to overtake world champions Australia, and took silver in the women’s four.

Melvin Twellaar and Stef Broenink also won silver in the men’s double sculls, while Lisa Scheenaard and Roos de Jong picked up bronze in the women’s event.

Update: Later on Wednesday, cyclist Tom Dumoulin won the silver medal in the men’s time trials.

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