Dutch relay teams qualified for the 4×400 and 4x100m finals at the European Athletics Championships in Munich on Friday. In the 4x400m race, both men and women scored the best time of the season.
The Dutch guys were good for 3.01.57 at their warm-up on the 4×400 metres. Only Liemarvin Bonevacia, Isayah Boers, Jochem Dobber and Ramsey Angela had to endure Spain (3.01, 27). In the other heat no one was faster.
At the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year, the Dutch took the silver. From this team, Bonevacia and Angela got to work on Friday morning. In last month’s World Cup, the Dutch national team missed a place in the final.
The women followed the men’s lead and won the playoffs with a time of 3.25.84. In general it was the third fastest, after Great Britain and Belgium. The 4x400m finals are scheduled to take place on Saturday at 9.15pm (men) and 9.45pm (women).
The Dutch squad consisted of Leckie Claver, Lisan de Witt, Laura de Witt and Andrea Boma. Femke Ball, who is hoping to win her second European title in the 400m hurdles on Friday night, survived.
Leakey Claver, Lisan de Witt, Laura de Witt and Andrea Puma qualified for the 4x400m final with the best time of the season.
Persuading men at 4 x 100 meters and women through the eye of a needle
Dutch relay teams can also prepare for the final in the 4x100m race. Joris van Goul, Timir Burnett, Elvis Afrifa and Rafael Pogo clocked a time of 38.83 seconds, to finish second in their qualifying. The top three countries in each match and the two fastest times qualified for the final.
Apparently Great Britain was the fastest in the first recorded heat of 38.41. The Swiss qualified for the final with their best time of the season (39.03) in third place. In the second round, Germany (37.97), France (38.17), Poland (38.60) and Belgium (38.73) were faster than the Netherlands.
At the World Championships held last month in Eugene, the Netherlands, the men of the Dutch relay failed to pass the series. Then Great Britain won the bronze medal. Nor did the Dutch women reach the final in Eugene.
In Munich, the Dutch team made it exciting as well. Naomi Sidney, Minky Biscops, Zoe Sidney, and Nikita Seydoux finished fourth in their qualifiers with a time of 43.75, but she was one of the two fastest times over the course of two qualifiers. Great Britain was the fastest country overall (42.83).
The fight for medals in the 4 x 100m race begins on Sunday. Men start at 9.12 pm and women at 9.22 pm.
Naomi Sydney and Minky Biscope compete during the 4x100m final.
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