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My name is Sam Blom and I will keep you informed of all developments at the Olympic Games.

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  • LIVE: BMX Final men (Niek Kimmann) and women (Merel Smulders)

  • View the Dutch program HERE

  • View the full day program HERE

BMX · in 15 hours

Finish! 

Yes, it will be bronze for Merel Smulders!

An equally surprising and great achievement for the Dutch!

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BMX · in 15 hours

Start!

 Can Merel Smulders surprise with a medal?

BMX · in 15 hours

Can Merel Smulders follow Kimmann's example?

Smulders was a lot less convincing in the semi-finals than the brand new Olympic champion, but you never know, especially in BMX!

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Start! 

Can Merel Smulders surprise with a medal?

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Can Merel Smulders follow Kimmann's example?

Smulders was a lot less convincing in the semi-finals than the brand new Olympic champion, but you never know, especially in BMX!

BMX · in 15 hours

It was a common image today: Niek Kimmann leading the way.

He crowns his strong day with a gold medal.

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BMX · in 15 hours

Finish! 

Gold for Niek Kimmann!

A great performance from the Dutchman, who stays ahead of Whyte and crosses the line first.

BMX · in 14 hours

Start! 

Kimmann is on his way!

BMX · in 14 hours

We quickly get rid of the disappointment of Henk Grol's elimination, because it is time for Niek Kimmann.

After a trouble-free semi-final, the Dutchman is now going for a medal in the final of the BMX.

Judo · in 14 hours

Within 25 seconds it's all over for Henk Grol!

Oltiboev throws the Dutchman on his back and scores an ippon.

A sad retreat for Henk Grol, who thus ends his individual judo career in a minor way.

Judo · in 14 hours

Henk Grol steps onto the mat for perhaps his last match as a judoka, although of course we hope not.

Oltiboev is the opponent.

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BMX · in 14 hours

Laura Smulders still tries, but is too weak to play a significant role in the final heat.

Baauw finishes fifth and is also eliminated.

Judo · in 14 hours

Henk Grol will soon start his last day as a judoka.

His first match on the judo mat is against Bekmurod Oltiboev from Uzbekistan.

BMX · in 14 hours

Merel Smulders still qualifies for the final!

Due to a crash by favorite Alise Willoughby, Smulders finishes third and with that she comes to 14 points, which is enough for an unexpected place in the final.

It's raining falls on the BMX track in Tokyo.

Athletics · in 14 hours

Nick Smidt has narrowly qualified for the semi-finals on the 400 meter hurdles.

The Dutchman raced to fourth place in his heat in 49.55, which was just enough to qualify for the semi-finals.

BMX · in 14 hours

Niek Kimmann has to give the Briton Whyte just ahead in the closing third heat, but his second place is more than enough for a place in the final.

He is the only Dutchman we will soon see in the battle for the medals.

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BMX · in 14 hours

Connor Fields was taken to hospital by ambulance immediately after his fall.

The American is still on the starting list for the final, but it will not ride the 2016 Olympic champion.

BMX · in 14 hours

Van Gendt: 'This is a punishment for my performance'


World champion Twan van Gendt misses out on a final place in the BMX, partly due to two falls.

However, he puts the blame on himself.

This is a punishment for my own performance," Van Gendt told the 

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. "It was fine, but not good enough at this level.

I can't blame myself, but it just wasn't good enough."


BMX · in 14 hours

Olympic champion Connor Fields also has a sad retreat.

The American is carried off the track on a stretcher after a fall.

What a battlefield on the BMX track.

Swimming · in 14 hours

Sharon van Rouwendaal failed to reach the final in the 200-meter backstroke.

In the semi-finals she swam with 2.12.98 to the sixteenth and last time.

BMX · in 14 hours

What bad luck for Twan van Gendt.

Once again, the world champion is the victim of a crash and thus again plays no significant role in the third and final heat.

Harmsen finishes fourth and that is not enough to reach the final.

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BMX · in 14 hours

Laura Smulders is completely broken and hangs over her steering wheel crying.

She sees her chance at a medal go up in smoke.

BMX · in 14 hours

Laura Smulders has not recovered from the fall in heat 1 and gives up quickly in the second heat.

She finishes last.

Judy Baauw doesn't do much better and finishes seventh.

That is the end for the two Dutch women.

Judo · in 14 hours

Unfortunately, the tournament ends for Tessie Savelkouls in the first round.

South Korean Han Mi Jin wins with a Waza-ari.

Judo · in 14 hours

Savelkouls is on two penalties and is therefore on edge.

The next penalty ends.

Judo · in 14 hours

Last minute!

Time is now seriously running out for Savelkouls.

Judo · in 14 hours

Just under two minutes left for Savelkouls to undo the Waza-ari she got around her ears.

Judo · in 14 hours

Ai, a Waza-ari for the South Korean.

Savelkouls manages to avoid an ippon by breaking free from Mi Jin's grasp.

Judo · in 14 hours

Quick to the judo mat!

Tessie Savelkouls starts her tournament in the +78 kilogram class.

She fights against South Korean Han Mi Jin.

BMX · in 13 hours

Merel Smulders finishes fifth in the second heat and that seems insufficient for a place in the final, although that chance is not completely lost yet.

BMX · in 13 hours

The dramatic crash of Laura Smulders and Judy Baauw in the picture.

Can the Dutch women recover in the second heat?

First we see Merel Smulders, who also needs a good result after her sixth place in the second heat.

BMX · in 13 hours

Niek Kimmann keeps the Dutch honor high in the BMX for the time being.

He finishes third in this heat, again doing good business after first place in the first heat in the hunt for a place in the final.

BMX · in 13 hours

Oh, how painful!

Harmsen and Van Gendt again finish seventh and eighth, which means that the final is out of sight.

That is especially hard for world champion Van Gendt.

BMX · in 13 hours

It is now the turn of the men.

Harmsen and Van Gendt went down in the first heat and now have to put in a good result in the second heat to have a chance of a place in the final.

BMX · in 13 hours

Baauw still manages to finish fifth.

Smulders is back on his bike and slowly rolls towards the finish.

She has to finish to stay in the tournament.

BMX · in 13 hours

A drama in the first heat of the second semi-final!

Laura Smulders falls and takes Baauw with her in her trap.

Baauw is back on the bike, but Smulders remains lying down after her fall.

BMX · in 13 hours

We're going back to BMX again, with the first heat in the women's semifinals.

In the first semi-final, Merel Smulders is present and she finishes in a somewhat disappointing sixth place after a weak finish.

In this heat there is also a heavy crash from Alise Willoughby and Zoë Claessens, two heavyweights.

In the second heat Laura Smulders and Judy Baauw come into action.

Swimming · in 13 hours

Femke Heemskerk clocked a very decent time with 52.79, but because the competition also swam very fast, it is not enough for a medal.

It is nevertheless a great performance by the Dutch.

Swimming · in 13 hours

Finish! 

Heemskerk misses out on the medals and finishes sixth.

The gold medal goes to Australia's Emma McKeon, while her long note Cate Campbell takes the bronze.

Siobhan Haughey from Hong Kong grabs the silver.

Swimming · in 13 hours

After fifty meters Heemskerk swims around fourth place.

Swimming · in 13 hours

Start! 

The women are in the water, can Femke Heemskerk provide a surprise?

Swimming · in 13 hours

We leave the BMX track for a while and shift our focus to the Olympic swimming pool, where the final of the king's number for the women is on the program with the 100 meter freestyle.

Femke Heemskerk is present for the first time in her career.

In the semi-finals she swam to the sixth time of the field with 52.93

BMX · in 13 hours

An impressive signal from Niek Kimmann, who wins the first heat with great force majeure and takes only one point.

Just to be clear, the fewer points, the better.

BMX · in 13 hours

We worked hard to get the BMX track dry and we succeeded, so we can now enjoy the spectacular races.

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