Dutch Olympic campaign kicks off in Tokyo: here’s who to look at out for

Churandy Martina and Keet Oldenbeuving during the ceremony. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen

Some 40 of the 288-potent Dutch group at the Tokyo Olympics took aspect in Friday’s opening ceremony, with the delegation led by the Netherlands’ oldest and youngest athletes.

Sprinter Churandy Martina, 37, is having portion in his fifth and last video games and shared flag duty with the youngest member of the workforce, skateboarder Keet Oldenbeuving, who is just 16.

The games, held above from 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, will operate right up until August 8, mainly absent from spectators and amid strict Covid controls.

The Netherlands has substantial hopes this calendar year and TeamNL has established a goal of ending in the prime 10 of the medals table. The Dutch have certified to consider element in 34 of the 50 Olympic disciplines and, in accordance to statisticians, could end up with a record haul of medals.

Here is checklist of just some of the most essential dates for situations that includes Dutch medal hopefuls.

July 25: Women’s highway race, swimming,

The Dutch women dominate the activity and Marianne Vos, Annemiek van Vleuten, Anna van der Breggen and Demi Vollering are expected to decide on up at the very least the silver concerning them.

In swimming, the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay team is also viewed as a medal contender.

July 26, cross state mountain biking, swimming, men’s windsurfing (rs:x)
Mathieu van der Poel, who wore the Tour de France yellow jersey for 6 times this summertime, is a vital contender for the cross region mountain bicycle title, which, weather conditions forecasters say, might get location amid a tropical storm.

Now is the closing of the men’s 100 metres breaststroke swimming party, with Arno Kamminga a potent contender for the gold medal.

July 27, women’s triathlon, rowing and judo
Maya Kingma has an outside the house possibility of the bronze. In Judo Sanne van Dijke and Noel van ‘t End, the 2019 environment winner, are in motion.

July 28: adult men and women’s quad sculls, cycling time trials
The Dutch group of Dirk Uttenbogaard, Abe Wiersma, Tone Wieten and Koen Metsemakers are favourites for the gold in this rowing function

The Netherlands feminine rowing staff and reining European champions – Ellen Hogerwerf, Karolien Florijn, Ymkje Clevering and Veronique Meester – are also in action.

Tom Dumoulin, Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen are getting element in the adult males and women’s biking time trials.

July 29, rowing, judo and hockey
Isle Paulis won gold in the women’s lightweight double sculls in Brazil and is hoping to repeat the trick with new associate Mareike Keijser

No medals at stake but, but the Dutch and British women’s hockey team meet up with at 12am in what is a repeat of the Brazil ultimate, which Britain gained right after a penalty shoot out. The two men’s teams also satisfy on Thursday.

Guusje Steenhuis is a Dutch medal hopeful in the less than 78 kilo judo occasion.

July 30: BMX, swimming
A amazing sport and just one in which Niek Kimmann, Twan van Gendt and Laura Smulders are viewed as significant contenders.

Heats for the women’s 50 metres freestyle swimming party, in which Ramoni Kromowidjojo is a medal doable.

July 31: women’s 100 metres, windsurfing finals
The Netherlands is unlikely to decide on up a medal but golden lady Dafne Schippers will be hoping for a put in the closing.

World title holder Kiran Badloe is viewed as sizzling favourite for the men’s windsurfing gold, whilst Lilian de Geus, a few times entire world champion, is up for the women’s title.

August 1: sailing
Marit Bouwmeester, defending Olympic champion, is in motion in the Laser Radial class.

August 2: women’s 5,000 metres, women’s discus, women’s 100 metres hurdles
The Netherlands’ finest hope for a observe gold, Sifan Hassan is in top variety this calendar year and will be hoping to insert to her medal haul.

Jorinde van Klinken has an outside likelihood of a medal in the women’s discus even though Nadine Visser will be hoping for a place in the 100 metres hurdles final.

August 3: cycling staff dash
The Dutch crew of Matthijs Buchli, Roy van den Berg, Harrie Lavreysen and Jeffrey Hoogland are sturdy contenders for a medal

August 4: Open drinking water swimming and 400 metres
Sharon van Rouwendaal is looking to protect her Rio gold medal in the women’s open up drinking water swimming celebration whilst Femke Bol is in motion on the 400 metres hurdles and also a medal hopeful.

August 5: open up water swimming, men’s hockey
Ferry Weertman, like Rouwendaal, took gold in Brazil and is also hoping for a repeat overall performance. The men’s hockey last usually takes location currently as very well.

August 6: women’s hockey and soccer finals, women’s biking
The Dutch women’s hockey have an extraordinary file with gold in Beijing, London and then silver in Rio. They are incredibly hot favourites for the Olympic title this 12 months.

The Dutch women’s soccer crew, runners up in the 2019 Planet Cup, will also be hoping for a ultimate location.

In women’s cycling, Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters are robust candidates for a medal in the women’s Madison.

August 7: women’s 10,000
Sifan Hassan is in action once again, this time in the women’s 800 metres. Will it be a double?

August 8: women’s boxing, handball
Middleweight boxer Nouchka Fontijn is in the ring and hoping to at the very least superior her silver medal gained in Rio. And if the women’s handball crew have performed as well as hoped, that remaining usually takes position on the previous day of the Olympics.

For more global highlights, see the BBC’s Olympic website  and for the entire timetable, Olympics.com.

King Willem-Alexander opens the Scheveningen Olympic competition. Photo: Remko de Waal ANP

In the meantime, king Willem-Alexander has flown back from holiday to formally open the Dutch Olympic Competition on the seashore at Scheveningen.

The Beach front Stadium incorporates huge screens wherever Olympic situations can be adopted and site visitors can also try out a wide range of Olympic sporting activities.

‘We just can’t be with you in Tokyo but we will follow your events and have self confidence that video games will be a great accomplishment,’ the king explained in a statement for the Dutch Olympic workforce. ‘The Netherlands is looking forward to your performances. Love using section.’

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