The Athletics Federation is reasonably satisfied with the performance of Dutch athletes at the World Cup in Eugene, even if the ambition is not fulfilled. The orange team won four medals, equaling the record set at the 2017 World Cup in London.
“The ambition was five medals and 12 places in the final. It became four medals and nine finals,” says Ad Roskam, IAAF technical director.
Four days later, the Netherlands already has three medals thanks to the 4x400m mixed relay (silver), shot putter Jessica Schilder (bronze) and all-around star Anouk Vetter (silver), after which they have won only one medal in the last six. days. Fimke Ball ran to silver in the 400-meter hurdles.
Roskam continues: “I rate the first half of the World Cup with 9.5 and the second half with 5.” “So you’re on average seven.”
Sivan has a logical explanation
Compared to previous World Cups, four medals isn’t bad for sure, but looking at last year’s Tokyo Games, it’s a setback. In Japan, the Netherlands finished in eight Olympic medals, including two golds for Sivan Hasan. However, Roskam is not worried.
“The level of Dutch athletics has not gone down, but everything went well in the games. One tournament is not the other. The difference is also that Sevan got three medals and zero here. She has a logical explanation for that.”
Hassan chose to take a long rest after the games and started training just a few weeks before the World Cup. It wasn’t a gap year yet. In the coming seasons you want to train again and hit the big leagues.
Anouk Vetter with her silver medal.
Schilder and Van Klinken were great
Roskam reports Schilder as positive outliers – she was the first Dutch woman ever to win a World Cup medal in shooting – and Yurende van Klinken, who finished fourth in the discus.
“With Jorinde and Jessica we have two new girls at the top of the world. It’s great what they’ve done. The weather has been nice in Dutch athletics for a while, only the second half of the World Cup was a little less.”
On the medals table, the Netherlands finished the World Cup in 30th place. This is mainly because no gold has been mined and this is more than three times as much silver. The United States was by far the most successful country with thirteen gold, nine silver, and eleven bronze.
Dutch medals in the last 6 World Cups
- 2022: 4 medals (3 silver, 1 bronze)
- 2019: two medals (two gold)
- 2017: 4 medals (1 gold, 3 bronze)
- 2015: 3 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
- 2013: 2 medals (1 silver, 1 bronze)
- 2011: No medals
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