Belgian Cheetahs qualify for Games rematch, Belgian Rockets miss out on ticket | Olympics

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updateThe Belgian relay team in the women’s 4×400 meters qualified on Sunday (local time) at the World Relays in the Bahamas for next summer’s Olympic Games in Paris. The Belgian Cheetahs won in the repechages for an Olympic ticket. The Belgian Rockets, the relay team in the women’s 4×100 meters, achieved fourth place in the repechages for an Olympic ticket, which was not enough to participate in the Games.

The Belgian Cheetahs Naomi Van Den Broeck, Imke Vervaet, Camille Laus and Helena Ponette clocked 3:26.79 in the third series of the repechages and secured the coveted Olympic ticket with that performance.

On Saturday, the Cheetahs finished in third place in their series (3:27.19), narrowly missing out on a place in the final and the corresponding ticket for the Games in Paris. Naomi Van Den Broeck, Hanne Claes, Liefde Schoemaker and Helena Ponette ran in the heats for the Belgians.

The Belgian Cheetahs had to do without Cynthia Bolingo in the Bahamas. She is suffering from an Achilles tendon injury.

Since the 2022 European Championships in Munich, the Belgian record has stood at 3:22.12. Cynthia Bolingo, Hanne Claes, Helena Ponette and Camille Laus then set the top time.

Rani Rosius and Rani Vincke in action at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. © BELGA

Belgian Rockets

Unlike the Cheetahs, the Belgian relay team in the women’s 4×100 meters has not been able to qualify for next summer’s Olympic Games in Paris. The Belgian Rockets finished in fourth place in the repechages for an Olympic ticket, which was not enough to participate in the Games.

Rani Vincke, Rani Rosius, Janie De Nayer and Delphine Nkansa clocked 43.17 in the first series of the repechages.

The Belgian Rockets were disqualified from the series on Saturday after an incorrect baton change. In this way, they missed out on a place in the finals and the corresponding ticket for the Games in Paris. Rani Vincke, Rani Rosius, Elise Mehuys and Delphine Nkansa ran for Belgium in the heats.

Only the top two of each series qualified for the final and the Games. The rest of the countries had to go to the repechages, in which six Olympic tickets could also be distributed (for the top two of each of the three series in the repechages).

The Belgian record has stood at 42.54 since the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Olivia Borleé, Hanna Mariën, Elodie Ouedraogo and Kim Gevaert then set that top time, which earned them the gold medal after the disqualification of winner Russia many years later.

Delphine Nkansa, Elise Mehuys, Rani Rosius and Rani Vincke in the Bahamas. © BELGA

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