The Netherlands' 36 medals at the Tokyo Olympics are a huge improvement on Sydney's 2000 record (25), but in Amsterdam in 1928 the share of Dutch plaques was much higher.

In Tokyo, 3.3 percent of all Olympic medals were for the Netherlands, compared to 5.8 percent 93 years ago.

The Netherlands won nineteen medals in 1928, but the share is so high because at the time 'only' 327 slices were distributed at the Games.

Sports such as BMX, beach volleyball and judo were far from Olympic and cycling was only for men.

Due to the increase in the number of sports, the total number of medals in Tokyo had risen to 1,081 and the 35 medals in the Netherlands are 3.3 percent of that.

By way of comparison: if the Netherlands had performed as well in Japan as in 1928, 'TeamNL' would have won 63 medals.

The total number of medals has increased slightly per Games.

For example, there were 927 in Sydney 21 years ago and 973 in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The 25 slices in Sydney account for a percentage of 2.7 percent.

In Tokyo, the Netherlands had taken 28 slices with that percentage.

Number of medals in the Netherlands since 2000

  • Tokyo 2021: 35 (10 gold, 12 silver, 14 bronze)

  • 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)

Photo series: All 36 medals of the Netherlands in Tokyo

Silver: Gabriela Schloesser and Steve Wijler (archery, mixed doubles) © Getty Images

Bronze: Kirsten Wild (track cycling, omnium) © ANP

Bronze: women's double sculls (rowing) © ANP

Bronze: Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (sailing, 49erFX).


Silver: Marit Bouwmeester (sailing, Laser Radial) © ANP

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

Silver: relay men (athletics, 4x400 meters) © ANP

Bronze: Femke Bol (athletics, 400 meters hurdles) © ANP

Silver: four-without women (rowing) © ANP

Silver: men's double sculls (rowing) © ANP

Gold: Niek Kimmann (BMX) © ANP

Bronze: Merel Smulders (BMX) © ANP

Silver: Sharon van Rouwendaal (open water swimming) © Getty Images

Gold: Men's Doubles (Rowing) © Getty Images

Gold: Women's Hockey © Pro Shots

Gold: Harrie Lavreysen (track cycling, sprint) © Getty Images

Bronze: Harrie Lavreysen (track cycling, keirin) © Getty Images

Silver: Jeffrey Hoogland (track cycling, sprint) © Getty Images

Gold: Team sprinters (track cycling) © Getty Images

Silver: Abdi Nageeye (athletics, marathon) © Getty Images

Bronze: Nouchka Fontijn (boxing, middleweight) © ANP

Silver: Tom Dumoulin (cycling, time trial) © Getty Images

Bronze: Maikel van der Vleuten (equestrian sport, individual jumping) © ANP

Silver: Anouk Vetter (athletics, heptathlon) © ANP

Bronze: Emma Oosterwegel (athletics, heptathlon) © ANP

Bronze: Women's light double sculls (rowing) © Pro Shots

Bronze: Sifan Hassan (Athletics, 1,500 meters) © Pro Shots

Gold: Kiran Badloe (windsurfing)

Bronze: Anna van der Breggen (cycling, time trial) © Getty Images

Gold: Sifan Hassan (athletics, 5,000 meters) © Getty Images

Gold: Shanne Braspennincx (track cycling, keirin) © Getty Images

Gold: Annemiek van Vleuten (cycling, time trial) © Getty Images

Silver: Annemiek van Vleuten (cycling, road race) © Getty Images

Silver: Arno Kamminga (swimming, 100m breaststroke) © Getty Images

Silver: Arno Kamminga (swimming, 200m breaststroke) © Pro Shots

Gold: Sifan Hassan (athletics, 10,000 meters) © ANP

The Netherlands had more gold in Sydney

There is another reason why it is arbitrary to call Tokyo the most successful Summer Games in the Netherlands ever.

The Dutch team won less gold than in Sydney (ten to twelve).

On the medal table, the Netherlands finishes higher in Tokyo than in Sydney.

Then twelve gold, nine silver and four bronze was good for eighth place and now the Netherlands is seventh (highest ranking ever) with ten gold, twelve silver and fourteen bronze.

The United States finished just at the top of the medal table with 112 medals.

America took the most places of each color (39 gold, 41 silver and 32 bronze).

China finished second with a total of 88 medals (38 gold, 32 silver and 18 bronze).

See also: These are all 36 medals of the Netherlands at the Olympic Games in Tokyo