Charles van Comeny has gone through a lot in athletics, but even an experienced IAAF coach is surprising when Dutch athletes seize power in the 400m at the European Futsal Championship in Toru. He won three medals in that distance on Saturday.
Three Dutch men and two women were in the longest running final on Saturday. Harvest was Gold for Your Mouth Ball for the Ladies and Silver and Bronze for Tony Van Depen, Liamarvin and Bonifacia for the Men.
“When I look back at the championships in the past, it was out of the question for someone from Dutch athletics. It was hard to imagine that we would play such a dominant role at such a distance. It was reserved for major athletics countries like Great Britain. Or Germany,” As Van Comeny says.
“There are a number of elements that define this Dutch success. Of course the coaching. With Laurent Meuwly and Bram Peters we have two great coaches who complement each other wonderfully. Then there is the talent and dedication of the athletes. They have created a collective feeling in Papendal where they benefit from each other. They are not competing. Only against each other, but also they train with each other. There is great solidarity and competition at the same time. “
Van Commenée also adds that the 400m is a “can make” part of athletics. “For songs like 60 meters or javelin throwing, for example, you need more innate talent, at 400 meters you can go very far with training. Coaches meet and work in Papendal and the athletes choose to move to and stay in the sports center Permanently. “
Liemarvin Bonevacia and Tony van Diepen each claimed a medal in the 400 meters.
“Fimk Paul is an example”
Van Komeni says that Fimkball has a kind of leadership role, despite her 21 years. The former chef said, “She is not only exceptionally talented, but she is very disciplined and easy to train.”
Other athletes see it too. A somewhat older athlete who had some difficulty with regularity and discipline told me, “If only I had a little bit of urine in me. “To show how disciplined she is in her sport: eating on time, sleeping and creating regularity. She is an example.”
Van Comeny also revived the career of Bonevacia. The 31-year-old Dutch record holder has performed poorly in recent years and wanted to stop last summer. I saw he would still be a mid-level athlete who would probably fly into the first round of the tournament if he continued like this, ”said the IAAF president.
“A situation that does not do justice to his talent. So I convinced him to come to Papendale. He had doubts at first, as he was in contact with a trainer from Puerto Rico in Bahrain. But the structure is with us and he is: the boys to each other and the coaches who define the boundaries. You attend full time or not.”
Sunday is the last day of the European Indoor Championships, when the Netherlands once again had a chance to claim medals. For example, Pole Vault Mino Flon is in the final, and Nadine Veser is seeking to extend the title in the 60m hurdles.