The Dutch water polo players have booked a historic victory in the group stage of the Olympic Games on Friday.

The team of national coach Arno Havenga did not miss out on South Africa (33-1) in Tokyo and thus set an Olympic record.

It was not the question beforehand whether the Netherlands would win, but with which figures.

South Africa has never participated in the Games before, but Africa as a continent was also entitled to a starting ticket.

As a result, top countries such as Greece and Italy are missing from Tokyo, which, like the Netherlands, participated in an Olympic qualifying tournament.

At the 2019 World Cup, the Orange was already too strong for the South African water polo players with 33-0 and it was also a matter of time in Tokyo before double figures were reached.

After the second quarter it was already 16-0 for the Netherlands.

Havenga's team did not slow down and slowly worked towards the record victory.

In the fourth and final quarter, Dagmar Genee scored the historic thirtieth goal.

The record was held by Spain, which was 29-4 too strong for South Africa earlier this tournament.

The Netherlands gained some confidence with the record victory.

The Orange squad started the Games poorly with a loss against Australia (15-12), but recovered on Wednesday with a narrow 18-17 win over Spain.

The Netherlands is now third in a group of five, of which the best four qualify for the quarter-finals.

The Dutch water polo players hope to become Olympic champions, just like in 2008.

After that success in Beijing under then national coach Robin van Galen, the Orange squad failed to qualify for the 2012 and 2016 Games.