Mixed start for Dutch Olympians
By The Holland Times Mon. 30 July 2012
The London 2012 Olympic Games are officially in full swing, and so far the Dutch athletes have shown decidedly mixed results.
Victory was of course most noticeably achieved by cycling superstar Marianne Vos, who won gold in the 140 km road race. The cyclist from 'S-Hertogenbosch, who received a royal congratulations on winning the race, shared the podium with British competitor Elizabeth Armistead, who took silver, and Russian Olga Zabelinskaya for the bronze.
Other victories for the Dutch so far include the field hockey team, who beat Belgium 3-0 in their first match. Team members Kim Lammers and Caia van Maasakker were responsible for the scores, with Lammers claiming two.
Chinese born Yao Jie claimed a win for the Netherlands in the table tennis competition, beating Akvile Stapusaityte of Lithuania.
It was not all medals and victory, however, as champion beach volleyball pair Sanne Keizer and Marleen van Iersel lost their first match to the Spanish team of Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo.
Also in swimming, the reigning Dutch champions were knocked from their pedestal as the Australian team took gold, leaving a silver medal to be claimed by the Dutch swimmers Inge Dekker, Femke Heemskerk, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Marleen Veldhuis.
(Photo: London 2012)