Dutch handball women win first game against Japan
The Dutch handball women have won their first match at the Olympic Games. Against Japan it was 32-21. Lois Abbingh scored seven goals against the host country. Next Tuesday, the team will play against South Korea.
The 2019 world champion was already leading 18-10 at halftime and did not give that lead away anymore. Norway, the biggest competitor in the group, will face South Korea tomorrow. The other countries in the group of the Netherlands are Angola and Montenegro, they will compete against each other on Monday night.
The team of national coach Emmanuel Mayonnade is considered one of the contenders for Olympic gold. At the last Olympics in Rio, the women’s handball was fifth. Some important players, such as Estavana Polman, are not present due to injuries.
Coach Verdonkschot tests positive for coronavirus
Once again, a member of the Olympic rowing team in Tokyo has tested positive for the corona virus. It concerns Josy Verdonkschot, trainer in the Dutch women’s rowing team. Verdonkschot now has to quarantine for ten days. Earlier, another staff member of the rowing team and skiffer Finn Florijn also tested positive, in addition to skateboard star Candy Jacobs and taekwondoka Reshmie Oogink.
Unlike the other infected cases, Verdonkschot was not on the KLM flight from Amsterdam to Tokyo, where other participants may have become infected. Verdonkschot received the positive result on Saturday evening. It is currently being investigated which team members he has had close contact with.
In an initial response to the positive test, Verdonkschot said, according to ANP news agency, that it is “not about my personal feelings”. “It’s about our rowers being able to do what they’re here for. We have been working towards that in recent years. Our program is well put together. We know from each other what we can and should do. The disappearance of the coach has no influence anymore. My trust in my staff and my athletes is endless. They will finish this job.”
Chef de mission Pieter van den Hoogenband said the same. “This is a top coach who immediately had his plans ready. He parks his own emotion, had a plan and knows that his athletes are in good hands. Of course we are disappointed, but in recent days I have only seen athletes and staff who are determined to continue with their big goal. That makes me feel good and I admire that very much. It shows the mentality of TeamNL.”
Welcome to a new blog – Sunday 25th July
The editors of NRC keeps track of key results and other developments in the Tokyo Summer Games every day. Many qualifying and series matches were played on Saturday. Turner Epke Zonderland and tennis player Kiki Bertens did not make it through those preliminary rounds in their tournaments; two Dutch greats for whom these Games were the last in any case. For Bertens, her loss on Saturday also marked the definitive end of her singles career; she may play in the doubles or mixed tournaments later in Tokyo. In gymnastics Bart Deurloo did reach the horizontal bar final.
Read here the whole blog back from Saturday 24 July
Eleven events have been completed after Saturday – including the handsome silver medal for the archers Gabriela Schloesser and Steve Wijler. They gave the Dutch Olympic team the first medal of the tournament. View the medal table so far, and the best performances of the Dutch team on Saturday.
This Sunday in cycling the women will take action on the road. The relay swimmers are in the final of the 4 x 100 meter freestyle. After the men, the women will now compete in the qualifications. In equestrian sport dressage, the second and final day of the Grand Prix is the qualification for the freestyle. And in men’s hockey, the Netherlands will meet South Africa in the group stage.
Below the entire tournament program of the Dutch team: