Dutch swimmer, athlete both grab gold at Rio Olympics

Sanne Wevers (Photo: @SWevers/Twitter). (Sanne Wevers (Photo: @SWevers/Twitter))

Two Dutch women made the Netherlands proud at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Sharon van Rouwendaal came in first in the 10 km open water swimming. And gymnast Sanne Wevers became the first Dutch gymnast to win an individual gold medal at the Games by taking first place in the individual beam final, NU.nl reports.

Van Rouwendaal finished the 10 swim in a time of 1 hour, 56 minutes and 31.1 seconds. Aurelie Muller, world champion from France, finished second but was disqualified because the jury decided she impeded Rachele Bruni from Italy just before the finish. Silver therefore went to Bruni and bronze to Poliana Okimoto from Brazil.

Wevers achieved a personal record with 15,466 points in the individual beam final. Silver and bronze went to Americans Lauran Hernandez and Simone Biles.

This brings the Netherlands' gold medals won in Rio up to six. The others wet to cyclist Anna van der Breggen, rowers Maaike Head and Ilse Paulis, track runner Elis Ligtlee and windsurfer Dorian van Rysselberghe.