Netherlands win fifth gold in Beijing

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Dutch long-distance swimmer Maarten van der Weijden has won an Olympic gold in the 10-kilometre open water marathon.

21 August 2008

BEIJING -- In Beijing, Dutch long-distance swimmer Maarten van der Weijden has won an Olympic gold in the 10-kilometre open water marathon. The former leukaemia patient came in first at just over 1 hour 51 minutes, after a blistering final sprint.

David Davies of Great Britain came second to claim silver and Germany's Thomas Lurz won bronze. Van der Weijden's gold is the fifth for the Netherlands and the first for a Dutch man.

There was disappointment in the Dutch camp, however, when both table tennis hopefuls were knocked out of the women's singles competition in the fourth round. Singapore's Feng Tianwei beat Li Jie of the Netherlands, while current European champion Li Jiao was defeated by China's Guo Yue.

On Wednesday, the Dutch women's hockey team beat Argentina 5-2 to secure a place in the final against China on Friday.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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