Athlete Nijmegen Ter Haar takes revenge on the European Championship |  Nijmegen Sports District

Athlete Nijmegen Ter Haar takes revenge on the European Championship | Nijmegen Sports District

The Nijmegen athlete, Teun ter Haar, had to withdraw a year ago just hours before making his debut at the European Cross Country Championships due to a coronavirus infection. This year, the 19-year-old will start for Orange in Turin, Italy. With a backpack that has extra luggage.

“It feels like revenge,” says Ter Haar, who will take action on the 6,000-meter course on Sunday morning. “Now I’m one step further. During Warandeloop last month I ran 40 seconds faster than last year.”

It was a surprise for the talented runner, since he hadn’t run in many competitions. After moving to the United States last summer, where he studies and plays sports at Syracuse University, Ter Haar has not yet had the opportunity to participate there. “Honestly, I miss Holland.”

extra pressure

He is now in Nijmegen. His return trip to America is scheduled for January, until then he is enjoying training sessions with Joshua Moles, matches and being at home. “The school has made an effort for me and is partially paying for my tuition. This adds some extra pressure.”

Its performance is not affected. He took silver in the U-20 NK cross. In the European Championships cross, Grosske’s Stefan Nielsen will also compete in the U-20 category on Sunday. In Turin, the team’s medal is the Orange goal. The cancellation of Niels Laros makes this task more difficult. “Bronze is the highest that can be achieved, but that will also be difficult.”

Nijmegen resident Mike Faubin will take part in the main (10,000m) championship.

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