No minimum for Tornados national series, Watrin in progress over 400m hurdles


The 400-meter series of the Belgian Athletics Championships on Saturday in Brussels did not allow Belgian headliners to set a time limit for the Doha Worlds. Kevin and Dylan Borlée, Jonathan Sacoor and Camille Laus qualified for the final on Sunday, but not close to the time limit.

In the men's event, Isaac Makwala, a top-ranked Botswana athlete, was fastest in the 400 meters in 45.80. The fastest Belgian was Dylan Borlée in 46.14. "The presence of Isaac Makwala (who at a record of 43.72) will boost us, that's for sure".

His brother Kevin follows loan in 46.28. "We'll see tomorrow (Sunday). I hope to go under 46 seconds (his record of the season is 46.07). I stayed almost three months without running and I only started again on the track since July 27he explained.I can not say if I will succeed 45.30 (the limit to go to the World Cups in Doha, ed), but if I continue like that I am sure that I will be ready for Doha", where he is already assured of disputing relays.

Jonathan Sacoor's time was the most disappointing: 46.56. Sunday, in series, the Belgian stars will run together, unlike the series, and this could have an impact. "My first 200 meters were good, but I lost the pace. For a young athlete like me, it's not easy to manage the race without opposition. I'm 100 percent sure that we will raise the level Sunday in the final."The minimum is set at 45.30.

Laus too alone?

In the ladies, Camille Laus is the big favorite over 400 meters. She qualified in the final, but was probably hoping for better than 52.98. For Doha, a time of 51.80 is necessary. The captain of the Belgian Cheetahs may miss a little opposition in the final to push it to a big time. The Dutch Laura De Witte was second in the series in 54.41.

Watrin under 50 seconds

The news is better for Julien Watrin over 400m hurdles. He achieved a personal best in 49.99, passing for the first time under 50 seconds. Watrin has made good progress in his new discipline and now has the world minimum of 49.30 in the viewfinder.

In the ladies, Hanne Claes, already qualified for the Worlds, had the fastest time in 56.52. The champion of Europe Paulien Couckuyt ran in 56.67, the time limit is 56.00.

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