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  • LIVE: Semifinals BMX men and women

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BMX · in 13 hours

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

BMX · in 13 hours

We now go to the first heat of the second semi-final, featuring Niek Kimmann, who qualified for the semi-finals with a kneecap tear.

That tear was created during a hard collision with an official during a training session.

BMX · in 13 hours

Harmsen finishes seventh, world champion Van Gendt saves energy and comes in eighth.

A major setback: two top performances in the next two heats are needed to keep the final within reach.

BMX · in 13 hours

Van Gendt and Harmsen get in each other's way and both suffer from this: the Dutch drive seven and eight in the last two places.

BMX · in 13 hours

Incidentally, the semi-finals this year will be over three heats.

In each heat the number one gets 1 point and the number eight gets 8 points.

In each semi-final, the four with the fewest points after three heats advance to the final.

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BMX · in 13 hours

There now seems to be cycling on the BMX track.

Twan van Gendt and Joris Harmsen will compete in the first BMX semifinal, while Niek Kimmann will compete in the second semifinal.

Swimming · in 13 hours

Korstanje swims to the twelfth time in 51.80 and that is not enough for a place in the final.

That required a place in the top eight.

Swimming · in 13 hours

Korstanje swims to the twelfth time in 51.80 and that is not enough for a place in the final.

That required a place in the top eight.

Swimming · in 13 hours

In the semi-finals on the 100 meter butterfly, Nyls Korstanje takes action in the second heat.

Korstanje swam in the series with 51.54 a Dutch record.

It was the eleventh time in the series.

Rowing · in 12 hours

Finish! 

No, the Netherlands finishes fifth.

A medal was never in it for the Holland Eight.

New Zealand surprisingly takes the gold, while top favorites Germany (silver) and Great Britain (bronze) take the other two medals.

Rowing · in 12 hours

In the last 500 meters, the Netherlands is still fifth.

Can another heroic comeback be made?

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Rowing · in 12 hours

Can the Netherlands make up for the deficit in the top three?

After 1000 meters, the Holland Eight cautiously approach the US and Germany.

New Zealand leads the way.

Rowing · in 12 hours

The Netherlands has a moderate start in this final.

Britain and Germany are already well ahead, while the US and New Zealand are ahead.

Rowing · in 12 hours

Start! 

The six rowboats have left!

Rowing · in 12 hours

The Holland Eight with helmswoman Eline Berger are in the water!

Are we going to see rowing success again in Tokyo, after the medal rain in the water two days ago?

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The Holland Eight with helmswoman Eline Berger are in the water!

Are we going to see rowing success again in Tokyo, after the medal rain in the water two days ago?

Rowing · in 12 hours

This means that we can now first focus on the rowing boats.

Can the Holland Eight provide the sixth medal in rowing for the Netherlands?

The team finished third in the semi-finals, behind Germany and the United States.

BMX in 12 hours

News from the BMX track: the semi-finals are postponed due to the heavy rain in Tokyo.

There will be no cycling before 3.45 am (Dutch time).

We are now working hard to get the track dry.

Judo · in 12 hours

It is the last day of the long judo career of Henk Grol, who was already there in 2008 in Beijing and then took Olympic bronze.

The Veendammer also won bronze in London in 2012.

The chance that he will say goodbye with a medal today is small, but certainly not impossible.

The tournament starts at 4 a.m. in the category over 100 kilograms, but it will take a while before 36-year-old Grol is on the mat for the first time.

BMX in 12 hours

The timing is perfect as the beach volleyball is ready just in time to switch to the BMX track.

In the first semi-final, Twan van Gendt and Joris Harmsen come into action, in the second semi-final it is Niek Kimmann's turn.

Beach volleyball · in 12 hours

The tournament is over for Sanne Keizer and Madeleine Meppelink.

The third group match against the American duo April/Alix is ​​also lost 2-1.

The final set ends in 15-5.

Beach volleyball · in 12 hours

A smart short ball from Keizer is successful, but the Dutch women are still behind: 10-5.

Beach volleyball · in 12 hours

Keizer and Meppelink are heading hard for the abyss: it is 9-4 for the American women in the decisive third set.

Beach volleyball · in 12 hours

The decisive third set must therefore be won by Sanne Keizer and Madeleine Meppelink, otherwise the tournament is over for them anyway.

For the time being, things are not going in the right direction, the Dutch duo is facing a 6-3 deficit.

Beach volleyball · in 12 hours

Ai, Keizer's block ends up just outside the lines and so April and Alix take the second set with 21-17.

A decisive third set is needed.

Beach volleyball · in 12 hours

Sanne Keizer smashes the ball hard towards the sand and works away the first set point!

Beach volleyball · in 12 hours

The American women now lead 20-16 in the second set and thus get four chances to tie the score.

Olympics · in 12 hours

Beach volleyball is still in full swing, but we also look ahead to the next hour, when medals are already at stake.

So what's on the agenda?



  • 3.00 am: BMX semifinals men (Twan van Gendt, Niek Kimmann, Joris Harmsen)

  • 3.15 pm: Women's BMX semifinals (Laura Smulders, Merel Smulders, Judy Baauw)

  • 3.25 am: Rowing, men, Holland Eight final

  • 3.35 am: Swimming, men, semi-finals 100 meters butterfly (Nyls Korstanje)

  • 3:59: Swimming, women, 100 meters freestyle, final (Femke Heemskerk)

Beach volleyball · in 12 hours

Keizer/Meppelink's lead in the second set has disappeared like snow in the sun.

The American women now lead 15-13 and are therefore still six points away from winning the set.

Beach volleyball · in 11 hours

Simone Keizer and Madeleine Meppelink have kept things in order so far.

The duo leads 11-9 in the second set.

In the event of a win, it depends on the last group match, which will be played later this morning, whether they take that coveted third place in the group.

Beach volleyball · in 11 hours

The sixteenth seeded Keizer and Meppelink have a small lead in the second set (7-6).

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