The 32-year-old ran the race of his life in the semi-finals in Tokyo and finished third in his qualifying. With his time (44.62), a Dutch record, it was one of the fastest times ever recorded alongside numbers 1 and 2 in the three qualifying rounds. Then he told the audience, “That’s a dream, man.” we. “I have no words for it. I really did everything I could. That is why we are the best athletes, we have to play when it is necessary.”
Bonevacia addressed all young children in the Netherlands. “Keep on dreaming man, you see that it is possible. I did everything I could. Now I will talk calmly with my coach towards the final. This is another day, with different opportunities.” Bonevacia also gave credit to Jochem Dobber. “He is my best training partner.”
Dobber hit the 17th time with 45.48. The fastest time was Kirani James of Grenada. The 2012 London Olympic champion came with a time of 43.88. The second fastest time for Colombian Anthony Jose Zambrano also came from the Bonifacchia heat.
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Bonevacia nearly gave up his altitudes for good after another false 400m a year ago. He had struggled after bronze at the European Outdoor Championships in 2016 and bronze at the European Championships in 2017 and couldn’t find his way around. Head coach Charles Van Komeny convinced him to settle permanently at Pappendale. In Coaches Laurent Meuwly and Bram Peters’ successful coaching suite, he’s rediscovered fun and form.
At NK Inside the Hall in February, his resurrection already featured a Dutch record high of 45.99. More success followed in the European Indoor Championships. Bonifacchia won the bronze in the 400-meter final and took the gold with the men’s team in the 4 x 400-meter race.
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