Vanessa Sterckendries does not enjoy the provincial title after bullying: “I was angry and threw on with tears” (Halle)

Vanessa Sterckendries does not enjoy the provincial title after bullying: “I was angry and threw on with tears” (Halle)
Vanessa Sterckendries does not enjoy the provincial title after bullying: “I was angry and threw on with tears” (Halle)

Athletics Hammer throw PK in Machelen

Vanessa Sterckendries experienced the other side of the coin in Machelen. — © If

Herent

Vanessa Sterckendries from Herent won the PK hammer in Machelen with a very solid 66.42m. However, she did not enjoy her match. “A judge barked at me and threatened me with a yellow card.”

Erik Gyselinck

Today at 19:42

“After my first throw, a member of the jury said to my astonishment that my bullet had not been weighed,” the Belgian record holder tells her story. “I had to go to the weigh-in again. He barked at me and threatened me with a yellow card. Such a humiliation! I immediately lost my concentration. I was angry and threw on with tears in my eyes.”

Nevertheless, the participant in the World Championships in Oregon and the European Championships in Munich completed her PK completely. “I had advised her against that,” says mother Miriam Geerts, a witness to the incident and also a member of the jury in her spare time. “How can you perform well when you are treated like this? It is often the case in Flemish Brabant. Some of the judges are apparently jealous and teasing her. AC Machelen is my daughter’s first athletic club. We once left there in disarray. Apparently that still plays a role.”

Chairman’s apologies

“The man who got the ball rolling was on site. He was enrolled in the masters, but did not participate in the competition. He was on crutches as a result of an accident. He was also not active as a judge, but ruined my daughter’s competition,” Miriam continues. “I had proof of the weight of the hammer (which was approved at the World Cup and European Championship, ed.) in my hands. The chief jury has then declared her first throw (66.05m) valid. The club president immediately apologized.”

“A fellow jury member offered to help me with the measurements, but I can’t do that from a deontological point of view. Suppose I measure a BR of my own daughter… I advised Vanessa not to throw with her own hammer in Flemish Brabant and just take a hammer that is made available.”

Not in shape

Anyway, Vanessa Sterckendries admits not being in top form anymore. “I couldn’t qualify for the final at the European Championships in Munich. That was already a sign. On Wednesday I will help my club, Lille Métropole, with points in the French cup, but the barrel is finished.”

The article is in Dutch

Belgium

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