Despite losing her Olympic title in the Laser Radial class, sailor Marit Bouwmeester was happy with her bronze medal.

The Frisian could still hope for the gold medal in the medal race on Saturday, but finished sixth after a dramatic start and had to settle for bronze.

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"This race was characteristic for the whole week", 33-year-old Bouwmeester told

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"It was a tough battle. Normally I wouldn't be very happy with bronze, I only do it for gold. But considering this whole week, this is bronze with a golden edge."

The Olympic champion of Rio de Janeiro started the Laser Radial class with a 21st and fourteenth place in the first two races, but the Dutch fought back in the standings and had a breakdown by the Danish leader Anne-Marie Rindom. in the final phase there is even a chance of title prolongation.

However, the decisive medal race went poorly for the Frisian.

At the start, she hit a buoy, forcing her to turn around and start the race well behind.

Bouwmeester finished sixth and remained one place ahead of the Danish, but that was not enough for the Olympic title.

She even had to settle for bronze, because the Swede Josefin Olsson won the medal race.

Marit Bouwmeester celebrates the bronze medal with her coach and brother Roelof Bouwmeester.

Marit Bouwmeester celebrates the bronze medal with her coach and brother Roelof Bouwmeester.

Photo: ANP

'Take it safe to be on the safe side'

"The current came from below and that made it quite difficult. The Norwegian attacked me and I hit the buoy, then you have to turn around," Bouwmeester explained the lousy start of the medal race.

"I heard so many people who started too early, so I was on the safe side."

"I gave everything I had. Today was difficult because the wind was so light. I'm super proud to win a medal with my brother, that's super cool. I would have liked a different color, but given this race I don't complain."

Because of Bouwmeester's bronze medal, the Netherlands now has seventeen medals at the Tokyo Games.

The record number of medals for the Netherlands is 25 (Sydney 2000).

Then there were twelve gold, nine silver and four bronze.

Five years ago in Rio de Janeiro there were nineteen Dutch slices.

See also: Title defender Bouwmeester takes bronze in Laser Radial after an exciting final

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