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Handball players enjoy themselves in Crete against Greece: 14-35
5:48 pm: The Dutch handball players have won the second group match in the European Championship qualification by force majeure. The Orange squad triumphed over Greece 35-14 on Crete. The team of interim national coach Monique Tijsterman already led 21-6 in Heraklion at halftime.
Angela Malestein and Bo van Wetering were the best shooters of Orange with six hits. Debbie Bont (four), Laura van der Heijden and Merel Freriks (both three) also had good shots.
The Orange squad started the qualifying series for the European Championship of 2022 in Almere last Wednesday with a big win over Belarus: 38-27. In that game, Malestein was also in excellent shape with eight hits.
Germany is also in the group of the Netherlands. The top two countries of the group qualify for the final round in Slovenia, North Macedonia and Montenegro. In December of this year, the Netherlands will first defend the world title in Spain.
Goalkeeper Tess Wester and the build-up players Kelly Dulfer and Inger Smits were missing from the Orange squad. Tijsterman chose to see the three youngsters Tamara Haggerty, Kelly Vollebregt (both good for two hits) and goalkeeper Yara ten Holte at work in Greece. Estavana Polman and Lois Abbingh (both still injured) were not present either.
Fifth national eventing title for Lips in Boekelo
5:47 pm: Tim Lips has won the Dutch eventing title for the fifth time. In the final show jumping course of the Military Boekelo-Enschede he managed to keep defending champion Merel Blom behind. Thierry van Reine ended up in third place. The international competition was won by the German rider Sophie Leube.
The Dutch team finished sixth in the Nations Cup final. The British formation won, followed by the United States and Germany.
Lips also won the Dutch eventing championship in 2007, 2010, 2017 and 2018. „I did not go to Boekelo with the championship in mind. Lady Chin has ridden in Tokyo and is a good horse, but not very experienced yet. When I arrived in Boekelo, she ran well and I rode a dressage test that could not have been better at that time. Then you are second and everyone starts winning in Boekelo. That was not the intention, but after the cross and jumping I now know for sure that Lady Chin is a really good horse.”
Lips finished eighteenth in the international field.
Ethiopian Tura wins Chicago marathon
5:26 p.m.: Ethiopian athlete Seifu Tura has won the Chicago Marathon. The 24-year-old Tura ran away from the American Galen Rupp and Eric Kiptanui from Kenya about 5 kilometers from the finish. He crossed the line first in Grant Park in 2:06.12. Rupp finished second in 23 seconds, Kiptanui finished third in 2.06.51.
The young Ethiopian already registered his third victory in a marathon. In 2018, Tura triumphed in Milan and Shanghai. A year later, he finished sixth in Chicago, which is one of the six so-called majors. Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin and New York are the other marathon majors.
In the women’s world champion Ruth Chepngetich from Kenya triumphed in 2.22.31. It also marked her first major victory for Chepngetich (27). She previously won the marathons of Istanbul (twice), Dubai and at the 2019 World Cup in Doha. In last summer’s Olympic marathon in Sapporo, the Kenyan did not make it to the finish.
Ice hockey players lose place in Olympic qualifying tournament
4:58 PM: The Dutch ice hockey players have quite dramatically lost a ticket for the Olympic qualifying tournament. The team of national coach Joep Franke gave up a 2-0 lead in the last minutes of the decisive game against Poland and lost 3-2.
The ice hockey players had won their first two games at the so-called pre-OKT in the Polish city of Bytom with big numbers. The Orange defeated Mexico 7-1 and Turkey 23-0. The final match with host country Poland had as stake a ticket for the OKT in November. Franke’s team took the lead in the second period via Isabelle Schollaardt. When Marée Dijkema made it 2-0 in the third period, the Orange seemed to have won.
However, to loud cheers from Polish supporters in the stands, the home side scored three goals in just 2 minutes, allowing Poland to compete next month for the Winter Games in Beijing early next year.
Motocross rider Herlings back in the lead in the World Cup with a win GP France
4:57 p.m.: Motocross rider Jeffrey Herlings has won the French Grand Prix in MXGP to retake the lead in the World Cup standings. The 27-year-old from Brabant finished second behind Frenchman Romain Febvre in the first moto. In the second moto, the roles were reversed.
As number 1 of the second moto, Herlings was declared the winner of the GP. Like Febvre, he took 47 points from France for the World Cup standings. De Brabander now leads with 460 points, Febvre has 455. The Slovenian defending champion Tim Gajser, who had come to the sand circuit of Lacapelle-Marival as World Cup leader, dropped to third place with 450 points. Gajser got no further than sixth in the first moto. He finished third in the second race.
The season has six more grands prix. Next week the Grand Prix of Spain is on the program.
German national coach Flick is counting on Neuer against North Macedonia
2.30 pm: German national coach Hansi Flick thinks he will have goalkeeper Manuel Neuer again on Monday in the away game in the World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia. The captain was missing against Romania on Friday due to muscle complaints, but withstood the group training on Sunday without any problems. “I assume he will play,” said Flick, who may already secure a ticket for next year’s World Cup in Qatar with Germany if they win.
With Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen in the goal, Germany won 2-1 on Friday. Defender Antonio Rüdiger left the final training session earlier on Sunday. “Just as a precaution,” said Flick, who leads Group J with his team, followed 6 points by North Macedonia and Armenia. With a victory by the Germans and a loss of points by Armenia in and against Romania, qualification for Flick’s team is a fact. At home, Germany surprisingly lost 2-1 to North Macedonia in March. “We still don’t like that,” said Serge Gnabry, the Bayern Munich attacker.
Kenyan Too wins Eindhoven marathon
12:44 pm: Silas Too has won the Eindhoven marathon. The Kenyan arrived alone after 42.195 kilometers in a time of 2.06.32. With that he took about 2 minutes off his personal best. His compatriot Martin Kosgey, previously the fastest on paper with a PR of 2.06.41, crossed the finish line about half a minute behind his compatriot.
It was the first major city marathon in the Netherlands in two years. In Eindhoven, a total of about 18,000 runners registered for all categories. The course record was out of reach. That has been in the name of Kenyan Dickson Chumba since 2012 with 2:05.46.
In the women’s race, the win went to Bregje Smits. The Eindhoven rider achieved a time of 2:48.08.
Medvedev to third round Indian Wells
9:06 a.m.: Daniil Medvedev has reached the third round at the Indian Wells tournament without any major problems. The Russian, winner of the US Open last month, defeated American Mackenzie McDonald in straight sets: 6-4 6-2. It was his first appearance in California where he is the number 1 on the seeding list and had a bye in the first round.
Medvedev did not concede a single breakpoint in his duel with the number 57 in the world and used three of his seven chances to break his opponent’s service. The match lasted 72 minutes.
“I am very satisfied, because I have not often played well here and the training sessions for this tournament did not give me much confidence,” said Medvedev, who will meet Serbian Filip Krajinovic in the next round.