The Athletics Federation confirmed the death of former player Els Feder on Monday, at the age of 61 The Telegraph. The sprint star, who has competed in the Olympics three times, has been suffering from a very serious and rare form of cancer since 2019.
In the 1980s, the father belonged to the pinnacle of the absolute enemy in the Netherlands with Nelli Cooman. The highlight was her bronze medal at the 1985 European Indoor Championships in Athens.
De Zeeland participated in the Olympic Games in Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984) and Seoul (1988). In the 100 meters she was eliminated three times in the series and at the 200 meters she reached the semifinals in 1980 and 1984.
For thirty years, Vader was the Dutch record holder in the 200 meters, until Daphne Shippers fell short of her time of 22.81 in 2011 at the World Championships in Daegu.
Els Vader finished third in the 100-meter series at the Los Angeles Games.
Record Vader was only broken in 2021
Father was also the national record holder in the 100 meters for five years (1981-1986) and from 1986 to 1991 she had the fastest time in the 400 meters.
Until this year, Vader held the Dutch 200m record at home. Licky Claver set off to 23.17 in Vienna on January 30, sprinting seventeen hundredths from Feder in 1988.
Feder was elected Athlete of the Year in 1981 and after her athletic career she was awarded the Cross of Honor Gold Medal by the Athletics Federation in 1989.