Churandy Martina will be filling in his eighth World Championship in Qatar later this month for a medal at the 4x100 meter. It is the first time that he has not participated individually in the world championships.
The 35-year-old Martina suffered a hamstring injury this season, which meant that he could not focus on reaching the World Cup limit on both the 100 and 200 meters.
"I felt it on time and I didn't push anymore in that race. That's why it didn't get as bad as in 2017, when I had the same injury. Too bad about those limits, but I can now walk well. That is very nice", said Martina at the NOS .
"Maybe it is my age that it is physically more difficult, but there are also many young athletes who get injured and sometimes even have to stop. I can continue thanks to God and I am grateful. I keep doing my best until I can no longer "
Martina took part in the World Cup for the first time in 2003 and was in an individual final three times. Twelve years ago he became fifth in Osaka at 100 and 200 meters and in 2013 he finished seventh in Moscow at 200 meters.
Relay team has fourth season
According to Martina, the signs to the World Cup are good for the Dutch relay team. The formation already showed this season to be among the fastest countries.
"We have run the fourth time of the year, so we certainly have a chance. We have to run well in the first round and then we are in the final, where everything can always happen," he says.
"I walk with guys like Chris Garia, Hensley Paulina and Taymir Burnet, guys from Curaçao. That makes it special. And with Joris van Gool we now have a sprinter who is also running very well."
Martina was the final runner in the most recent competitions. "But I don't care what position I'm in. When I'm on the team, I'm in good shape. I just have to run fast. Finishing a medal would be perfect."
The World Athletics Championships start on Friday 27 September at the Khalifa International Stadium and last until Sunday 6 October. In total, thirty Dutch athletes are participating.
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