The 21-year-old athlete from Assen had to throw at least 63.50 meters. Meanwhile, she set a new Dutch record for her performance, which was canceled a few years ago due to Rhea Stallman’s doping performance and has been vacant since then. Even today, Corrie De Bruyne set the record at 63.88 meters, which he did in 1988.
Van Kleinken moved to the United States at the end of December to study global management for a year and a half at Arizona State University in Tempe, near Phoenix, and to train under the supervision of the wool-dyed Brian Plotter, who himself participated in the 1992 Olympic Games from Barcelona.
The Athletics Federation announced that the new record would be recognized anyway. Van Klinken has long been known as an outstanding talent for throwing. In 2019 she won a gold medal in the European Junior Championships in the shot put. In the same year, when she was nineteen years old, she participated with the discus throw at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.
Thanks to her performance, Van Klinken is ranked 5th in the 2021 rankings, and she proudly reports on her Instagram account. She is also proud of two more throws in the other 65 and 63.5 meters match. Her previous record dates back to four days when she threw 62.58 meters in Los Angeles.
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