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Kamiel qualifies for Beijing

June 22nd 2008 - In warm, humid and very windy conditions, Kamiel clocked a split time of 1:00:51 at the 20 K mark in the Marquetteloop in the town of Heemskerk. After his nomination during the Amsterdam Marathon last October, the Dutch Olympic Committee demanded a sub 1:01 to qualify, so Kamiel has now qualified for the Olympic Games in Beijing!

With only for weeks of semi-regular running sessions under his belt, Kamiel was very happy with this result. His comments: "Time was running out and I had almost no opportunities left. Because of the strong wind, the African colleagues seemed to decide for a tactical race. I needed to run a fast time, however, and thus decided to lead at a few crucial moment in the race. Because of the wind, it turned out to be quite difficult to run below the required standard. I am very happy I did, and I am very glad to be running after seven momths of injuries.

Considering the quick progression, I feel confident I can be ready for a a strong marathon in two months. I have been able to keep fit quite well, mainly by biking. Now I have tot turn this fitness into running efficiency. Having qualified gives me a lot of mental relaxation. Beijing, here I come!".

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Henk Voormolen
June 22nd 2008

Beste Kamiel, Super, ondanks alles. Gefeliciteerd! Groeten, Henk

Erwan
June 23rd 2008

Hoi Kamiel, fantastisch, perfect op tijd nog! Veel succes de komende maanden!

Erwan
June 23rd 2008

Hoi Kamiel, fantastisch, perfect op tijd nog! Veel succes de komende maanden!

Rob Kleine
June 23rd 2008

Hoi Kamiel. Ik heb van je genoten dit weekend in Heemskerk. Van alle atleten heb jij onder zeer moeilijke omstandigheden verreweg de beste prestatie geleverd. Als organisator van de Corus Marquetteloop hoop ik je nog een keer te kunnen verkomen tijdens dit evenement.

Martin en Hélène
June 26th 2008

Gefeliciteerd Kamiel! Heel veel succes gewenst deze zomer!

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