Published On: Tue, Aug 14th, 2012

Wherever Churandy is, he’s happy

LONDON — Secretly everyone hoped for a medal but the Dutch athletic team left London without a medal of honor despite Churandy Martina’s three courageous attempts. Technical director Peter Verlooy therefore looks back with mixed feelngs on the fact that the first world championship for relay teams in 2014 would be held on the Bahamas, the athlete said: “That’s great, man. The sun rises every day in the Caribbean, Churandy is there, everyone’s happy, and to the journalists, he said “You should come too!” mixed feelings on the performances of the orange camp in the Olympic Stadium. Martina evidently gave it his all the past weeks. The always cheerful Antillean made it to three finals but only scored a 5th place (200 meter) and two 6th places (100 x 4x100). Furthermore, he won over half of the Netherlands with his uncomplicated positive reactions after the races. “I really did my best, I couldn’t run faster”, he said after the 200 meter, with a big smile on his face.

However, besides these positive peaks there were many disappointments and athletes who couldn’t surpass themselves. Monique Jansen became 31st with discus-throwing; Rutger Smith hadn’t made it to the finals with discus-throwing or shot-putting; and teenage campers Eelco Sintnicolaas (11th) and Ingmar Vos (21st) hadn’t come close to their personal records. “Hence, my mixed feelings”, Verlooy admitted. “The sprinters had performed well. A few athletes hadn’t surpassed themselves and several performances were disappointing.”

Although Verlooy didn’t hazard an analysis so soon after the Olympic tournament, he emphasized 15 of the 22 Dutch athletes competing in London were debutants. “There’s still sufficient potential”, said the technical director. “Of course, we always hope for the medal because that should be our aim. Thanks to the sprint, we are getting. closer.”

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