Annemiek Bekkering is immediately putting an end to her sailing career.

At the Olympic Games in Tokyo she won a bronze medal together with Annette Duetz.

"Sailing is fantastic. I thought about it for a long time, but my feeling says that I got everything out of it," says thirty-year-old Bekkering (on the right in the photo).

In addition to the bronze medal in the 49erFX class, she also captured two world titles.

"It can always be better and more, but to achieve that you need 100 percent motivation. That is no longer there. It just feels off, it is good," she explains her decision.

"I am happy with my choice, not relieved and certainly not sad. In top sport there are many more setbacks than victories. Winning something is already very difficult, but to repeat that you have to work so much harder to do it again." reach," says the Brabant.

Bekkering narrowly missed Olympic gold

In 2016, Bekkering and Duetz made their debut in Rio de Janeiro with a disappointing seventh place at the Olympic Games.

"I am especially proud and happy with the personal development that Annette and I have gone through. After Rio we learned to win. Before that we often finished fourth or fifth."

"In the period between the two Games, we received help from the various top coaches within the Water Sports Association to grow in this. To become mentally stronger. We have learned to keep it simple and always think one step ahead," she recalls. her career.

That mindset almost led to an Olympic gold medal, but in the closing race in Tokyo Bekkering and Duetz lost the lead and fell back to third place.

Bekkering graduated as a sports scientist and is considering staying active in sports.

Bekkering and Duetz celebrate their bronze medal in Tokyo.

Bekkering and Duetz celebrate their bronze medal in Tokyo.

Photo: ANP