The Netherlands will host Friday’s Olympic Games, which should prove to be one of the most successful ever. Gracenote, the Dutch sports data agency, reports that there will be 48 medals for the team in their final forecast.
Gracenote considers that the Netherlands finishes sixth in the medal table. The United States is the top of the medal table with 96 medals. Russia (68), China (66) and Japan (60) are close behind. Great Britain (52) follows. In April, the Netherlands had 46 slices.
Gracenote has divided the 48 Netherlands medals into sixteen gold, fourteen sterling and eighteen bronze. According to the data agency, it is now more difficult than ever for anyone to predict the future due to the coronavirus and the adjusted sports calendars.
Gracenote is counting Gold for Sifan Hassan (10,000mi) and Femkebol (400m hurdles), BMX riders Niek Kimmann and Laura Smulders as well track cyclist Harrie Levreysen, (keirin- and sprint), and Anna van der Breggen (roadrace and individual time trial) in women’s hockey.
The Netherlands must make an impact in sailing
The Netherlands must make a difference in sailing. Gracenote expects at least four golds for Orange in that sport. The Netherlands is home to some of the world’s top house players, such as Kiran Badloe, Lilian De Geus (both windsurfing), Marit Bowmeester in the Laser Radial class, Annemiek Bekkering, and Annette Duetz in the 49erFX class.
The Netherlands holds a record of 25 medals at the Summer Games. This was Sydney 2000, when Pieter van den Hoogenband, the current chef de mission, still participated as a swimmer. In 2016, the Netherlands held nineteen medals from the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games.
Tokyo Games opens Friday, with the opening ceremony. They will continue until August 8. Last year, Japan was to host the largest sporting event in the globe. However, it was delayed by just one year because of the corona crisis.