Day of letdown for Netherlands in Olympics

15th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

Dennis van der Geest and Carola Uilenhoed were knocked out in the first round of judo while Dutch swimmer Marleen Veldhuis finished sixth in the 100m freestyle finals.

15 August 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The final of the 100-metre freestyle was a disappointment for the Dutch swimmer Marleen Veldhuis. At the halfway stage, she was in second place but eventually finished sixth. Germany's Britta Steffen won gold.

The final day of the judo competition also proved a disappointment for the Netherlands; both Dennis van der Geest and Carola Uilenhoed were knocked out in the first round.

The athletics competitions has now started and shot putter Rutger Smith is through to the final. The hockey team is still on course for a place in the semi-finals after beating Canada 4-2.

The Dutch water polo team is through to the quarter-finals despite losing their last group match by just one goal, the final score against Australia was 10-9.

In the women's lightweight double rowing, Marit van Eupen and Kirsten van der Kolk are through to Sunday's final after finishing first in their semi-final heat.

Canoeist Ariane Herde is through to her final, thanks to a penalty incurred by another competitor. The women's coxless four also qualified for the final after finishing in second place in the semi-finals.

The Netherlands won just two Olympic medals on Thursday: a silver for the Dutch equestrian team in the dressage competition and a bronze for Henk Grol in the under-100 kg judo competition.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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