The Athletics Union has three medals for the World Cup, which will start at the end of this month in the Qatari capital Doha. The Dutch team consists of thirty athletes, with Sifan Hassan and Dafne Schippers as the biggest names.
"We are going to Doha with high expectations. And it is realistic to set three medals as the target," said Ad Roskam, technical director of the Athletics Union, at Papendal on Tuesday at the presentation of the World Cup team. He did not want to make any statements about the color of the medals.
Two years ago at the World Cup in London, the Dutch team captured four slices. Then there was gold (200 meters) and bronze (100 meters) for Dafne Schippers, Sifan Hassan took bronze in the 5,000 meters and multi-star Anouk Vetter also finished third.
In Doha, Hassan seems almost a certainty for one or more medals, while Schippers did not come to absolute top times this season. Moreover, the 27-year-old sprinter has problems with her back. Lisanne de Witte (400 meters) and Nadine Visser are outsiders for a slab).
Dafne Schippers became the 200-meter world champion in 2015 and 2017. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"We register Hassan at three distances"
Hassan is one of the top favorites at no less than three distances, but the schedule does not allow combining the 1,500 meters with the 5,000 meters.
The finals of those distances are on Saturday evening, October 5, one after the other. The 10,000 meters, the final of which is a week earlier, will have the 26-year-old Hassan running anyway.
"We register Sifan at three distances, but in Doha we decide which two to run. After 10,000 meters, she chooses between 1,500 meters and 5,0000 meters," Roskam said.
Sifan Hassan will run two distances at the World Cup. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"We don't want to be in Doha ten days in advance"
Incidentally, the team does not travel from the Netherlands to Doha in one go, where it is now around forty degrees. This week the athletes are leaving for the Turkish town of Belek to get used to the heat.
"We don't want to be in Doha ten days in advance. That is not a good plan because of the heat. In Belek the athletes will be working out the finishing touches in the coming weeks."
The World Cup start on Friday, September 27 at the Khalifa International Stadium and last until Sunday, October 6.
Dutch women at the World Championships: Dafne Schippers (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay), Marije van Hunenstijn (100m, 4x100m relay), Jamile Samuel (200m, 4x100m relay), Lisanne de Witte (400m, 4x400m relay), Sifan Hassan (1500m, 5000m, 10,000m), Maureen Koster (5000m), Susan Krumins (10,000m) Nadine Visser (100m hurdles, 4x100m relay), Femke Bol (400m hurdles, 4x400m relay), Killiana Heijmans (pole vault), Jorinde van Klinken (discus throw) , Anouk Vetter (all-around), Nadine Broersen (all-around), Emma Oosterwegel (all-around), Naomi Sedney (4x100m relay), Nargélis Statia Pieter (4x100m relay), Lieke Klaver (4x400m relay), Bianca Baak (4x400m relay), Maureen Ellsworth (4x400m relay).
Dutch men at the World Championship: Taymir Burnet (200m, 4x100m relay), Nick Smidt (400m hurdles), Rutger Koppelaar (pole vault), Menno Vloon (pole vault), Douwe Amels, (high jump), Denzel Comenentia (shot put and bullet hurling), Pieter Braun (all-around), Churandy Martina (4x100m relay), Hensley Paulina (4x100m relay), Christopher Garia (4x100m relay), Joris van Gool (4x100m relay).