Churandy Martina hopes that on Saturday evening at the 4x100 meter relay he will be able to win his first World Cup medal. The 35-year-old routine made an impression on Friday evening by running a national record with the Dutch team in Doha, and according to Martina things can go even faster.
"I am proud of the boys. It was a good race, but we can take even more time at the points," said Martina, who is working on his eighth and final World Championship. "And now we already have a Dutch record."
Martina clocked 37.91 with Joris van Gool, Taymir Burnet and Chris Garia, which was eight hundredths faster than the Dutch record dating from last June. In total it was the seventh time, but it was close together.
Great Britain was the fastest in 37.56, followed by South Africa (37.65) and Japan (37.78). China (37.79), France (37.88), Brazil (37.91) and the United States (38.03) complete the field with the Netherlands in the final battle.
"We belong to the strong countries and everything can happen in a final," emphasized Martina. "We are going for a medal."
It was very close together in the series. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"We walk in with every change"
The final place of the Orange team is special, because the sprinters are not among the world leaders individually. Of the foursome, only Taymir Burnet participated individually in Doha, where he stranded in both the 100 and 200 meters in the semi-finals.
The 'secret' of the Dutch team are the points, which this year under the leadership of the Swiss coach Laurent Meuwly, a lot has been trained at Papendal.
"The exchange training sessions have been very important," said starter Van Gool, who made his World Cup debut in Doha. "With every substitution, we now catch up with the competition that is individually faster. We don't have top ten printers, but we beat teams that have them."
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'We will take more risk in the final'
Following in the footsteps of Martina, Van Gool thinks that the team can go faster in the final on Saturday and he does not exclude the possibility of a medal.
"We gave the baton reasonable safe now. That's good, because we made it to the final. But tomorrow we will take more risk in the final. That way we can take the time and do very good business."
The final of the 4x100 meter is Saturday at 9.15 pm at the Khalifa International Stadium. The Dutch women failed to qualify for the final battle on Friday evening.
See also: Relay men in Dutch record to World Cup final at 4x100 meters