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Koen Naert wins gold in marathon: “I was so nervous’

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An impressive Koen Naert has our country in a new gold medal delivered at the european CHAMPIONSHIP of athletics in the German capital of Berlin. The 28-year-old West-Vlaming walked into the last ten kilometres to solo to victory. It is the sixth medal for Belgium at this successful CHAMPIONSHIP.

The number 22 of the Games of Rio knew in Berlin, a brilliant day. He conquered with an impressive 2:09.52 the European title. Naert took both a personal and a kampioenschapsrecord on the tables. Naert went after a fat thirty miles solo, and had the pursuers not come close. The Swiss Tadesse Abraham (2:11.24) had to be content with the silver. The Italian Yassine Rachik (2:12.09) completed the podium.

“I had a very good preparation and a very good day’, is the response Naert after the race on Sporza. “I was so nervous this morning. But apparently that is a good sign. Here, I’ve worked hard for it. I am glad that I was able to finish.’

Naert stressed that he was busy with a medal, but that hope has uigesproken. “I’ve trained with the thinking here solo across the finish line to come. In the past I did that also, but then I said immediately: “You have to be realistic.” Now I first had the feeling that it could happen.”

After gold for Nafi Thiam on the internet, silver for Bashir Abdi in the 10,000 m and Kevin Borlée in the 400m, and bronze for Jonathan Borlée in the 400m, made the Belgian Tornados on the 4×400-meter Saturday night for the fifth Belgian medal in Berlin, the second golden. Naert brings that number is now at six, with three gold paste.


Naert is for many an unknown, but was certainly a medailleoutsider on this EK. The marathon runner is obsessively concerned with his profession. And with success. Who was, for example, that Europeans who are eighth in the New York marathon last year between the African violence? Koen Naert. Who is the second best Belgian marathon runner ever? Also Naert.

To 2016 led Naert a double life: he was not only a marathoner, but also a nurse in the military hospital of Neder-over-Heembeek, the well-known burn unit. It is a calling, ” he said in The Newspaper, even though he is faced with human suffering. “Some patients have no skin more about ninety percent of their body. They should be in a bath at forty degrees. For them, that is necessary, I stand for hours in that bath to sweat, my mouth mask dripping with sweat.’

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