Since not everyone has the same disability, athletes are divided into classes. This is to ensure that the restriction affects the outcome of the competition as little as possible. The system is controversial because it excludes athletes and is very beneficial to others who end up in an unsuitable category. In most cases, the lower the number, the greater the disability.
In total, there are 537 medals to be won at these 16th Paralympic Games in 22 sports. The last match is on September 5th. Last year, the Netherlands won a record number of medals at the Paralympic Games: 17 gold, 19 silver and 26 bronze. This year, 72 Dutch athletes will compete for a gold, silver or bronze medal.
During the opening ceremony, cyclist and triathlete Getzi Platt and athlete Fleur Young carried the flag of the Netherlands. Watch them during these games: they have a good chance of winning a medal.
In this video from “Hart van Nederland” you can see how the Paralympians prepare for the tournament.
But they are certainly not the only Dutch to watch out for. Earlier, rowers Annika van der Meer and athlete Lara Baars told LINDA.nl on their way to the Paralympics. Below you will find a list of more Dutch athletes, who also have a chance to win a medal and the day and time of the first competition they step into. NOS broadcasts all the matches in which the Dutch are participating online.
Lara Bars (shooting) | August 29, 3:25 a.m.
Flor Gong (100m and 200m) | August 29 at 3:06 a.m.
Annika van der Meer and Korn de Kooning | August 27 at 3:50 a.m.
Dead de Groot | August 27, 4:00 AM
Hand bike in triathlon
Getzy Platt | September 1, 07:20 (hand bike).
Tristan Bangma | August 25, 3:00 p.m.
Lizette Proinsma | August 26, 2:46 am.
Lisa Krueger | August 26, 2:46 am.
Kelly Sun | August 26, 9:40 a.m.
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