Belgian Tornados certain of the Olympic Games thanks to a final place in the World Cup relay

Belgian Tornados certain of the Olympic Games thanks to a final place in the World Cup relay
Belgian Tornados certain of the Olympic Games thanks to a final place in the World Cup relay
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In the second of four heats, Dylan Borlée, Robin Vanderbemden, Jonathan Sacoor and Alexander Doom ran 3:00.09, good for first place in their heat. For comparison: the Belgian record has been 2:57.88 since the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Alexander Doom, Jonathan Sacoor, Dylan Borlée and Kévin Borlée then set the top time.

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The Belgian relay team in the mixed 4×400 meters also qualified for the final and the corresponding ticket for the Games. Belgium took part in the third of four series. Jonathan Sacoor, Imke Vervaet, Christian Iguacel and Camille Laus ran 3:13.18, good for second place in their series, behind Ireland.

The Belgian record has stood at 3:11.51 since the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Dylan Borlée, Imke Vervaet, Camille Laus and Kevin Borlée then set the top time.

Second chance for Cheetahs

Without spearhead Cynthia Bolingo, who is struggling with an Achilles tendon injury, the Belgian relay team in the women’s 4×400 meters could not qualify for the final and the Games. The Belgian Cheetahs took part in the fourth of four series. Naomi Van Den Broeck, Hanne Claes, Liefde Schoemaker and Helena Ponette ran 3:27.19, good for third place in their series.

The Cheetahs will still run the rematches, in which six tickets for Paris 2024 can also be earned.

4×100 meters

The Belgian relay teams in the 4×100 meters could not qualify for the final and the corresponding ticket for the Games.

The women, the Belgian Rockets, ran 43.96 with Rani Vincke, Rani Rosius, Elise Mehuys and Delphine Nkansa, good for sixth place in their series, but an incorrect baton change subsequently resulted in a disqualification.

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.

In the men the Belgian Falconswith Kobe Vleminckx, Ward Merckx, Antoine Snyders and Valentijn Hoornaert, finished seventh in their series with 39.82, but a little later they were disqualified due to an incorrect stick change.

Both the Falcons and the Rockets can clinch one of the six remaining spots for the Olympic Games in the rematch.

The article is in Dutch

Tags: Belgian Tornados Olympic Games final place World Cup relay

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