This month Dutch swimmers are preparing in the United States and southern Europe for the World Swimming Championships in Japan in July. Depending on “which incentive will yield the most return,” national coach Marc Faber selects each swimmer to train for altitude at Flagstaff in the US or the Mare Nostrum competitions closer to home.
Marrit Steenbergen is part of the group of eleven swimmers who will appear at the start of the competition series in Canet-en-Roussillon, Barcelona and Monaco in France between May 13th and 21st. Of them, only Thom de Boer actually exits in Monaco, and others only start in the first two places. Kira Toussaint participates in competitions with her own training group.
Arno Kamminga and Tes Schouten go to the United States with seven others for altitude training. “We put a weight on each individual athlete, which is the motivator that will yield the most payoff at the moment,” says Fabre. “Competitions in southern Europe and altitude training in Flagstaff are important building blocks for the World Championships in Fukuoka next summer.”
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