Netherlands wins 43 medals at joint European Championships

2018 European Athletics Championships Day 2 – Carolle Zahi, Dafne Schippers, Lisa Marie Kwayie
2018 European Athletics Championships Day 2 – Carolle Zahi, Dafne Schippers, Lisa Marie KwayiePhoto: Erik van Leeuwen / Wikimedia Commons

The Netherlands ended the joint European Championships for athletics, swimming, cycling, gymnastics, golf, rowing and triathlon in Berlin and Glasgow with 43 medals - 15 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze. With that the Dutch athletes won the fourth most medals, after Russia, Great Britain and Italy, reports.

The Dutch athletes performed especially well in swimming and cycling. Sharon van Rouwendaal won three gold and a silver medal in the open water. Feme Heesker took four silvers in long distance swimming. The Dutch cyclists won no less than 13 medals. Five gold medals and three bronze ones were won in track cycling. Ellen van Dijk and Laura Smulders each won gold in road cycling and BMX respectively. One gold, three silver and three bronze medals were won in rowing.

In the European Championship for athletics, the Dutch team won eight medals. Dafne Schippers won silver on the 200 meters, bronze on the 100 meters, as well as a silver with the relay team on 4X100 meters. Sifan Hassan won the only gold medal for the Netherlands in Berlin in the 5 kilometers. 

At the European Championship for gymnastics, it was mainly the Dutch women who impressed. Sanne Wevers won gold on the bar, and won bronze with her team in the country finals. Epke Zonderland was the only male Dutch gymnast to take a medal, winning bronze on the horizontal bar. 

The Netherlands won no medals in the European Championship for triathlon, and no Dutch took part in the golf championship. Despite this, the Netherlands still ended fourth in the number of medals won. In total the Netherlands won 8 medals for athletics, 13 for cycling, 11 for swimming, 7 for rowing, 1 for diving and 3 for gymnastics.