Nadine Visser is splitting from sprint coach Bart Penema after ten years, she reported on social media on Monday. Al Mana missed the European Championship medal in Munich by 0.01 of a second last month.
“This is a difficult decision for me, after working with him for a long time,” writes the 27-year-old athlete. The reason for the separation from success coach Penema, who previously coached Daphne Schippers, is unknown. It is also unclear who her new coach will be.
Visser is used to competing everywhere, but it soon becomes clear that the athlete has a talent for hurdles. The 60m hurdles is the part where she has become the Netherlands indoor champion every year since 2015. Finally, the 45-year-old coach urged her to choose between the hurdles or the all-around.
In 2018, the athlete from Horn finally chose the hurdles. That year she immediately won a bronze medal in that segment at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, UK. In 2019 and 2021 she was crowned European Indoor Champion.
“I am grateful for all the years he helped me develop from an inexperienced young athlete in all respects to the hurdler I am today,” Visser said. “I wish Bart the best and I’m curious what new season he will bring for me.”
In recent years, Visser has had a hamstring injury, which forced her to miss the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade last March. She finished fifth in the 100m hurdles final at the Tokyo Games. At the World Athletics Championships in Oregon in July, she was stranded in the semifinals.
Nadine Wisser wins the 60m hurdles during the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Torun, Poland.
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