Netherlands win sixth Olympic gold
The Dutch women’s water polo team beat United States 9-8 to score the winning goal just 30 seconds before the final whistle.22 August 2008
THE NETHERLANDS -- The Dutch women's water polo team has won Olympic gold in Beijing, bringing the Dutch tally of gold medals to six.
In an exciting final against the United States, they won 9-8, scoring the winning goal just 30 seconds before the closing whistle.
Earlier on Thursday, long-distance swimmer Maarten van der Weijden 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 is the first Dutch man to win a gold medal.
The Netherlands rank 10th in the Olympic medals tables.
The men's hockey team was less successful, losing to Germany in the semi-finals. After drawing 1-1, they lost on penalties in extra time.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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