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Top Sports Coordinator Rutger Smith: “Berings, Vleminckx and Laus also deserve EC ticket” | Athletics


Rutger Smith, top sports coordinator of the Flemish Athletics League, enjoyed the Belgian Athletics Championships in Louvain-la-Neuve yesterday.

“This BC was unfortunately a glorified micro meeting. We could only organize this event within the rules imposed on us. Of course we would have preferred to see more athletes at the start”, says Smith.

“Nevertheless, there were quite a few highlights yesterday. I think of the fantastic performance of John Heymans on the 3,000 meters. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/top-sports-coordinator-rutger-smith-berings-vleminckx-and-laus-also-deserve-ec-ticket-athletics.html

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The Belgian record of Fanny Smets is also beautiful.”

Smith was also impressed by high-jumping talent Merel Maes. “It is quite special that she jumps over 1m91 as a 16-year-old. Whether Maes should go to the European Championship? Why not? She is now uninhibited and can gain a bit of experience.”

“What’s good comes quickly. You can see that with her. In 3 years there will be the Olympic Games again. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/top-sports-coordinator-rutger-smith-berings-vleminckx-and-laus-also-deserve-ec-ticket-athletics.html

The more experience you can gain in the years before, the better.”

Eline Berings stayed 2 hundredths of a second above the European Championship limit on the 60 meter hurdles. How does Smith estimate her chances of still going to the European Championship?

“That is something for the selection committee. But for certain athletes such as Eline Berings, Kobe Vleminckx and Camille Laus I will make sure that they can go to the European Championship.”

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The European Championship in Poland is scheduled for 2 weeks. What about the Belgian medal chances?

“We are sending a very nice and large group to Poland. I think there are quite a lot of opportunities,” says Smith. “In the redemption we have been a fixed value among the medal candidates in recent years.”

“In the long distance and middle distance it depends a bit on how you run and who has a strong final sprint. In the all-around, I don’t just watch Nafi Thiam, who I don’t know if she will participate. I also watch Noor Vidts. “




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