Claver dives under the World Cup limit at a distance of 200 metres, which is Smidt’s fourth national title currently

Lake Claver dives under the World Cup roof in the 200m at NK Athletics in Apeldoorn on Saturday. The 23-year-old from North Holland was the fastest in the semi-finals with a time of 22.71 seconds, while Fimke Ball ran 23.00. In the men’s race, Nick Smedt crowned himself the Dutch champion in the 400-meter hurdles for the fourth time.

Klaver was already certain to participate in the World Cup in Eugene, which begins on July 15. At the end of May, she dived under the roof of the World Cup in 400 meters which is also her best distance. It is very doubtful whether she will also run the 200m in Eugene, because her program with relay numbers is also very busy.

On Sunday, the 200m final will be held in the Dutch National Championships. Then Claver Bowl hopes to excel again and win the National title. Paul won’t be competing in the 400m hurdles in Apeldoorn, the distance she belongs to at the top of the world. Kathleen Peters won the gold with a time of 56.51 in the absence of Paul.

In the 5000 meters, Diane van Ess was by far the best. She dumped her last opponent Marcella Herzog a few laps before the finish and won the gold medal at 15.48.38. Van Ess’ time was far from the confines of the World Cup.

Diane Van Ess won the title in the 5000 metres.


Diane Van Ess won the title in the 5000 metres.

Diane Van Ess won the title in the 5000 metres.

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Smedt can still qualify for the World Cup

In the men’s hurdles, Smedt took his fourth Dutch National Championship title with a time of 49.43. De Drent was more than two seconds ahead of second-placed Binne Brok.

In the series, Smidt actually showed his form on Friday with a personal best of 49.12. This brought him close to the World Cup limit of 48.90. It is still possible to get a ticket to the world title fight, because with the title, Smidt once again collected the points needed for the world ranking. Your place in the top 32 players list qualifies you to participate in the World Cup.

Richard Dumas won the title for the first time in the 5000 metres. He already had four in 1,500 meters. De Zaandammer played with the competition during the race. At first he ran away from the rest with Stan Neystein, but was caught again at the end of the match. Duma had the strongest final race in the last round and won on 14.03.04.

Nick Smedt became the Dutch champion in the 400m hurdles for the fourth time in a row.


Nick Smedt became the Dutch champion in the 400m hurdles for the fourth time in a row.

Nick Smedt became the Dutch champion in the 400m hurdles for the fourth time in a row.

picture: professional shots

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