There is a good chance that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be the most successful ever for the Netherlands.

In the latest forecast, sports data agency Gracenote comes to 49 medals, shattering the record of the 2000 Games in Sydney (25 in total), but that seems unrealistic. keeps it on these 33. These are the 14 gold, 11 silver and 8 bronze plaques that the Netherlands (possibly) takes in Tokyo.

Gold (14)

Anna van der Breggen (cycling, road race):

The Dutch cyclists have been ruling for years, so it is not a bold prediction that the gold in the road race will go to one of them.

Defending champion Van der Breggen, who is in her farewell year, is ranked highest, especially after her overall victory in the Giro Rosa earlier this month.

Mathieu van der Poel (mountain biking):

He became cyclocross world champion and took yellow in the Tour de France, but Tokyo must be the highlight of his bizarrely versatile cycling year for Van der Poel.

The 26-year-old Brabant is number one for the Olympic mountain bike race among the bookmakers and can become the successor of Bart Brentjens, the Olympic champion of 1996. The British Tom Pidcock seems to be the only serious competitor.

Sifan Hassan (athletics, 10,000 meters):

In 2019 she became world champion in the 10,000 meters by force majeure and in June she set the world record in Hengelo.

Concern is that Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey was even faster two days later, and she is also her main competitor in Tokyo.

Sifan Hassan (athletics, 1,500 meters):

Hassan is also the reigning world champion in the 1,500 meters, and so she is also gold in this distance.

The only question is whether she will run the 1,500 meters in Tokyo, or choose the 5,000 meters.

Even at that distance, 28-year-old Hassan belongs to the absolute world top.

Sifan Hassan poses with her world record in the 10 kilometers.

Sifan Hassan poses with her world record in the 10 kilometers.

Photo: Getty Images

Roy van den Berg, Matthijs Büchli, Harrie Lavreysen and Jeffrey Hoogland (track cycling, team sprint):

It is perhaps the 'certain' Dutch gold in Tokyo, because under the leadership of Lavreysen, the Dutch foursome have dominated the team sprint for years.

Great Britain seems to be the only country that can come close.

Harrie Lavreysen (track cycling, sprint):

The 24-year-old from Brabant can also become an individual Olympic champion in the sprint.

He won gold at the last two World Cups.

Harrie Lavreysen (track cycling, keirin):

It doesn't have to stop at two golds for Lavreysen, because he dreams aloud of 'Harrie's hat trick' by also becoming Olympic champion at the keirin.

Last year he already did it at the World Cup in Berlin and when it also wins gold three times in Tokyo, Lavreysen will follow in the footsteps of the legendary Brit Chris Hoy.

Harrie Lavreysen could easily become the most successful Dutchman in Tokyo.

Harrie Lavreysen could easily become the most successful Dutchman in Tokyo.

Photo: Getty Images

Laura Smulders (BMX):

The 27-year-old Smulders has been among the world's best in BMX for years and in Tokyo she can deliver the Netherlands the first Olympic gold ever in this sport.

Nine years ago in London, the native of Nijmegen already took Olympic bronze as a teenager.

Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters (track cycling, madison):

Tokyo must be the crown on the career of 38-year-old Wild, who went on for a year longer due to the postponement of the Games.

De Overijsselse is a towering favorite at the madison with Pieters.

Marit Bouwmeester (sailing, Laser Radial):

After silver in London and gold in Rio de Janeiro, the 33-year-old Frisian is 'just' again the favorite for gold.

Her biggest competitors are the Danish Anne-Marie Rindom and the Belgian Emma Plasschaert.

Kiran Badloe (sailing, RS:X):

In the battle for an Olympic ticket, he had to deal with Dorian van Rijsselberghe, the windsurfing king of London and Rio de Janeiro.

Badloe did so, which also immediately made him the leading candidate for Olympic gold.

After three world titles, it seems time for 26-year-old Badloe to also strike at the Games.

Kiran Badloe can succeed Dorian van Rijsselberghe as Olympic champion.

Kiran Badloe can succeed Dorian van Rijsselberghe as Olympic champion.

Photo: Getty Images

Lilian de Geus (sailing, RS:X):

As with the men, there is a Dutch favorite for surfing gold among the women, although 29-year-old De Geus does not stand out as high as Badloe.

It could be an exciting battle for the North Holland player with the Chinese Yunxiu Lu and the French Chraline Picon.

Dirk Uittenbogaard, Tone Wieten, Abe Wiersma and Koen Metsemakers (rowing, double



It must be gold for the Dutch foursome, which has been supreme for years.

Uittenbogaard and Wieten also know how to take an Olympic medal, because in 2016 they were still part of the bronze Holland Eight.

Hockey players:

In recent years they have won all European titles and world titles, the only problem that remains is the lost Olympic final against Great Britain five years ago.

It would be a huge surprise if the Netherlands now again grabs gold.

Number of medals in the Netherlands since 2000

  • Rio de Janeiro 2016: 19 (8 gold, 7 silver, 4 bronze)

  • London 2012: 20 (6 gold, 6 silver, 8 bronze)

  • Beijing 2008: 16 (7 gold, 5 silver, 4 bronze)

  • Athens 2004: 22 (4 gold, 9 silver, 9 bronze)

  • Sydney 2000: 25 (12 gold, 9 silver, 4 bronze)

Silver (11)

Football players:

After the European title and World Cup silver, there is again a medal for the Orange women at the Games.

During the World Cup and also in an exhibition game at the end of 2020, it turned out that the United States is still a size too big for the team of national coach Sarina Wiegman.

The only question is whether the US is not over after the 3-0 defeat in the opening game against Sweden.

Ellen Hogerwerf, Karolien Florijn, Veronique Meester and Ymkje Clevering (rowing, four-without):

With silver at the World Cup in 2019, three-time European champion the Netherlands impressed in this new Olympic event.

Australia was too strong then and it is expected that this will be the case again in Tokyo.

Inge Janssen, Nicole Beukers, Laila Youssifou and Olivia van Rooijen (rowing, double four):

The Netherlands dominates in this class among men and China is the towering favorite among women. Behind that, silver is certainly possible for the Orange foursome, which extended the European title earlier this year. Five years ago in Rio there was a second place and half of that boat (Janssen and Beukers) is back in Tokyo.

Ilse Paulis and Marieke Keijser (rowing, light double sculls):

In Rio de Janeiro Paulis won Olympic gold with Maaike Head and now she is going for a second gold medal with Keijser.

It would be a first: never before has a Dutch rowing boat extended an Olympic title.

The chance of silver seems to be higher as the British boat with Imogen Grant and Emily Craig performed just that little bit better in the recent past.

Ilse Paulis and Marieke Keijser with European Championship gold in 2020.

Ilse Paulis and Marieke Keijser with European Championship gold in 2020.

Photo: Getty Images

Anna van der Breggen (cycling, time trial):

Just like in the road race, Van der Breggen is one of the favorites in the time trial, but the British Chloé Dygert is rated slightly higher by the bookmakers.

It is unclear whether Dygert is back to normal after her hard fall last year.

Nouchka Fontijn (boxing, middleweight):

Five years ago, she became the first female Dutch boxer ever to win an Olympic medal with a silver medal.

Now a second place is again the most realistic scenario for the 33-year-old from Rotterdam.

Britain's Lauren Price is favorite for gold.

Arno Kamminga (swimming, 100m breaststroke):

Briton Adam Peaty is in charge in the 100m breaststroke, but 25-year-old Kamminga has the best papers behind it.

The Netherlands is also ready for a medal for a man in long track swimming, because the last one was for Pieter van den Hoogenband in 2004.

Arno Kamminga can become the first Dutch man in seventeen years with a medal in long track swimming.

Arno Kamminga can become the first Dutch man in seventeen years with a medal in long track swimming.

Photo: Getty Images

Sharon van Rouwendaal (open water swimming, 10 kilometers):

With her European title in May in Hungary, the 27-year-old Baarnse proved that she is the best in Europe, but whether she can extend her Olympic title in the 10 kilometers is the question.

The Chinese Xin Xin is slightly better at the bookmakers.

Sanne van Dijke (judo, up to 70 kilograms):

With Kim Polling as a competitor in this class, it was already a very difficult task for the Brabant woman to make it to Tokyo at all, but now that we have succeeded, a medal is certainly possible.

Gold only seems too ambitious with the Japanese Arai Chizuru as the big favorite in its own country.

Jeffrey Hoogland (track cycling, sprint):

The gold seems to be a prey for Lavreysen, but it could well be that he will compete against fellow countryman Hoogland in the final.

That was already the case at the World Cup in Berlin last year.

Kirsten Wild (track cycling, omnium):

At her last Olympics she not only has a chance to win a place together with Pieters (at the madison), but also individually.

The experienced Wild belongs to the world top in the omnium and it can just be silver.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Medal Mirror

  • 1. USA: 121 (46 Gold, 37 Silver, 38 Bronze)

  • 2. Great Britain: 67 (27 Gold, 23 Silver, 17 Bronze)

  • 3. China: 70 (26 gold, 18 silver, 26 bronze)

  • 4. Russia: 56 (19 gold, 18 silver, 19 bronze)

  • 5. Germany: 42 (17 gold, 10 silver, 15 bronze)

  • 11. Netherlands: 19 (8 gold, 7 silver, 4 bronze)

Bronze (8)

Femke Bol (athletics, 400 meters hurdles):

The 21-year-old Amersfoortse did not progress beyond the semi-finals at the 2019 World Cup, but since then she has made a sensational advance.

The highlight was her time of 52.37 seconds in early July in Stockholm, making herself the fourth fastest woman ever in the 400 meter hurdles.

Of the now active runners, only Americans Sydney McLaughlin (with 51.90 world record holder) and Dalilah Muhammad (52.16) ever clocked a better time.

Annemiek van Vleuten (cycling, time trial):

Close behind Dygert and Van der Breggen, there is a good chance that Van Vleuten will win a medal.

The 38-year-old Vleutense already won a gold time trial at a World Cup in 2017 and 2018 and there was bronze in 2019.

An Olympic medal is still missing.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo (swimming, 50-meter freestyle):

After almost everything went wrong for the native Groningen in Rio, it seems that she can again get involved in the battle for the medals in Tokyo.

In the 50 meters free, 'Kromo' is considered the most likely, although she may already be happy with bronze with competition from the Australian women Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo wants a medal at her last Olympics.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo wants a medal at her last Olympics.

Photo: Getty Images

Niek Kimmann (BMX):

He has been among the world's best for years, but at the 2016 Games he disappointed with seventh place.

Time for revenge, although many bookmakers now rank the American Connor Fields and the Frenchman Sylvain André just slightly higher than the 25-year-old Kimmann.

Edward Gal, Hans Peter Minderhoud and Marlies van Baalen (equestrian sport, dressage Nations Cup):

The gold seems to be a certainty for the supreme German team.

Behind it, the Netherlands competes with Great Britain and the United States for the other medals.

The British currently seem to be in slightly better shape than the Dutch trio.

Noël van 't End (judo, up to 90 kilograms):

He already has a world title to his name and now the thirty-year-old Van 't End is looking for a medal in Tokyo, the city where legend Anton Geesink wrote judo history in 1964.

Gold would be a stunt, as Spaniard Nikoloz Sherazadishvili is the towering favourite.

Bronze is more realistic.

Noël van 't End after his world title in 2019.

Noël van 't End after his world title in 2019.

Photo: EPA

Nicholas Heiner (sailing, Finn class):

He already has a bronze and a silver World Cup medal in the trophy cabinet and in Tokyo an Olympic medal should be added.

If the 32-year-old Heiner succeeds in this, he will be the successor to his father: Roy Heiner won bronze in the Finn class in Atlanta in 1996.

Handball players:

We have almost become accustomed to the handball players winning a medal at a European Championship or World Cup, but an Olympic medal is still missing.

Without the injured Estavana Polman and Yvette Broch, who did not want to be vaccinated, gold seems too ambitious, but a third place is possible.

See also: From Bol en Zonderland to Van der Poel: these are the Games in a nutshell