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    Summer Olympic Games
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    Susan Krumins (10000M running), Abdi Nageeye (marathon running), Steven Kruiswijk (cycling)
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  1. After the WCh in cycling and athletics the past weeks, my sports schedule has a bit of a gap too. I'm not the biggest fan of artistic gymnastics personally, so I don't really follow those championships. I'll be watching the international break in football of course. And the field hockey qualifying games are coming up I think. After that probably European Champs in track cycling. But the season of summer sports is really coming to an end now.
  2. Sifan and Susan! What an amazing 10.000m for the Dutch. The promised gold for a calm, confident and dominant Hassan! And an amazing comeback for Krumins after months of illness and setback, 7th global and 2nd European is truly impressive!
  3. It's really a shame only one of Badloe and Van Rijsselberghe can go to Tokyo. Really happy for them. Training buddies winning gold and silver together.
  4. Yeah this dominance is really exceptional. And the crazy thing is, Vos and Van der Breggen both seem capable of these kind of days too.
  5. Couldn't watch much of the tournament so far. But this evening I cannot miss! Go Hassan! Go Krumins!
  6. Wait, there's a Dutch(wo)man participating in canoe slalom? This is news to me! I agree with @phelps's reading of the qualification document. Top 10 world champs and you're safe, if not you must get top 8 in a World Cup or Top 12 in 2 World Cups.
  7. Vraag me inderdaad af wat er misgaat bij de Volleybalvrouwen. Natuurlijk moet er even een overgang plaatsvinden van de ene generatie (Sloetjes, Balkestein, Dijkema, Buijs, De Kruijff) naar de volgende (Plak, Daalderop, Lohuis, Knip). Maar er lijkt toch een flinke barriere voor het team om zich echt bij de internationale top te vestigen. Zou de nieuwe stijl van Morrison gewoon tijd kosten? Of is de generatie spelers die echt wereldniveau was nu oud aan het worden? Hoop uiteraard dat ze nog kwalificeren, maar Turkije lijkt veruit de sterkere. Dank voor het overzicht van de teamsporten @CCB!
  8. I moved from the Dutch Kentucky to the Randstad recently and I have to admit... I do actually see people play those urban sports in the city centers in the Randstad. They even made a skate park right in front of the Utrecht central station!
  9. Based on the medal table Sydney 2000 are the best (Summer) Olympics for the Netherlands with 25 medals. The crazy thing is that 4 athletes were involved in 14 of those 25 medals, including 9 golds. The individual talent of Leontien van Moorsel (cycling W), Pieter van den Hoogenband (swimming M), Inge de Bruijn (swimming W) and Anky van Grinsven (dressage W) carried us in those games. I grew up in the same neigbourhood as Pieter van den Hoogenband, so his medals were always special to me. I even got to touch them as a little kid at the local ceremony where they honored him after the games!
  10. Good teamwork won that sprint! Congratz Jakobsen!
  11. Wow, looks like the Dutch have really recovered from the shaky start! What a match that was!
  12. Well that was a blowout. Glad there was nothing to worry about in the end. Excited for the semi finals!
  13. Some fun facts about Benin and Chad for you guys: Benin's largest city Cotonou is where the 'Cotonou Agreement' was signed in 2000. This agreement between the EU and developing countries has shaped European-African development relations for at least 15 years and the current era in development cooperation is occasionally named 'Post-Cotonou'. Chad is mostly known for its poverty and ranking among the lowest countries in the development indices. It was involved in the Darfur conflicts in Sudan in the early 2000s and houses many Sudanese and Central African refugees. Despite not being in any formal wars, the instability of its national government and the numerous refugee streams lead to a UN peacekeeping mission being deployed in the region. This doesn't give many hope to this wishing to cheer for Beninese or Chadian athletes, but I wanted to spread some trivia.
  14. Two draws for the Dutch team. Belgium and Spain are by no means weak, but everyone definitely expected more of the reigning world champs. I hope they grow in the tournament, but it looks like there's a genuine chance they go out in groups.
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