Claver did it very convincingly. The player from Enkhuizen finished third in her career with a score of 51.37 and immediately secured her entry into the semi-finals on Wednesday night.
De Witt ran to fourth in her series and was dependent on her time. 51.68 proved fast enough after the six qualifiers to continue in the Olympic Championship.
Claver and de Witt also competed in the 4×400 mixed relay team in Tokyo, which finished fourth in the final. De Witte was allowed to run in the series, and Klaver was used in both the series and the finale.
Leakey Claver also reaches the next round.
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The budding talent in the 400 metres, 22-year-old Claver is also fast in the 200 metres. She has already won a prestigious Diamond League competition and was this spring in the final of the European Indoor Championships in Poland. I took fifth place.
The 28-year-old de Witt won the bronze medal at the European Championships in 2018 and also the bronze at the European Indoor Championships in 2019. Until this summer, the sprinter from Castrekom held the Dutch record in the 400 meters with 50.77 metres, but this record He now lost to rising star Fimk Ball, who previously ran 50.37.
Klaver and De Witte were part of the relay team that won gold in the 4x400m at the European Indoor Championships in Poland.
Claver ran, in his words, “doomed” to the 400m semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics. “It was good at the moment, but in the next race we will have to step it up a bit. After racing at NOS, after the semi-finals, I really want to be able to say I ran at my best,” said the 22-year-old. Third in her heat at 50.37 and she went straight.
She said Tokyo’s high heat and humidity also poses a discount. “It was raining, so I expected it to cool down a bit. But it was like a steam room here, like I was heating up in the microwave.”
Lisan de Witt in action.
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De Witte was relieved that, depending on her time, she could once again participate in the Olympic stadium. The 28-year-old finished fourth in her qualifiers with a score of 51.68, but was one of the six fastest times to qualify for the semi-finals. „I’m not very happy with the race, I was a little crowded in the last metres, maybe it was because of the heat. The first 200m went too fast in my opinion, but I expected a better time.”
Timir Burnett qualified for the men’s semi-finals. The 28-year-old athlete from Curaçao blasted off to third in his series in the season’s best time of 20.60 and secured a live spot in the semi-finals on Wednesday night (JST).
Burnt continued his run well after the turn and only had to make way for Trinidad and Tobago’s Jeremy Richards (20.52) and South Africa’s Sean Masuangani (20.58).
Usain Bolt’s successor was announced in Tokyo. The Jamaican sprint legend won the gold in the 200m three games in a row.
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