Well, here I am, in al little sidewalk cafe in the beautiful South Africa. I went from a minus 4 degrees celcius to a plus 35 degrees in just a few hours! It always takes a few days to get used to your new surroundings, but one thing’s for sure: you won’t hear me complain! I absolutely love working out over here! I’ve just finished the first two weeks of training and I’m really happy with my progress so far. I feel very relaxed, strong and I can feel the sense of joy coming back more and more every day. Lots of people ask me why I go all the way to SA for a training camp. So I decided to write a blog about my trip, and all the ins and outs. At the end of the blog I’ve got some news about the upcoming indoor season.
‘No need for a retrospective this year, I’m only looking for a preview of the new year’. At first, I found this Rumag quote quite striking. You already know, I think, that I’m not much of a person who looks back a lot: of course I can celebrate a victory or get really annoyed after a loss, but after either winning or losing I tend to look towards the future rather quick. Not in the least because only then I can influence the one thing that matters: work hard for the next race! But still, Christmas tends to be the time of year where everybody looks back on the previous 12 months, and my family is no exception to that. And so, together, my family and I looked back on my year and soon enough we realized that 2016 was indeed very successful and therefore a year to remember. So, if you have a few minutes to spare…I would like to take all of you (and especially you Mum ;-)) on a little trip down memory lane with me and visit the 5 most memorable milestones of 2016!
Dafne will arrive home this afternoon (with her silver medal!) After the Olympic rollercoaster ride in many ways, she can look back with pride on her 5th place in the 100m and of course her silver 2nd spot on the 200m. Dafne cannot wait to set foot on Dutch soil again where she and all the other Dutch Olympians will be honoured at the RAI in Amsterdam.
The last two official races (both Diamond League) before the Olympics in Rio were successful for Dafne. In Monaco, she won the 100m in 10.94 seconds. Yesterday, in London, she crossed the 200m finish line first, clocking 22.13 seconds with a slight headwind and leaving five American athletes behind her. Tiffany Townsend came in second (22.63sec), followed by Joanna Atkins (22.64sec).
On august 12th I will run my first race during the 2016 Olympics. Specially for you I put together my personal schedule, with both the local time (BR) as well as Dutch time (in bold, DU). Most of the races will take place during the evening. There’s a five-hour time difference with The Netherlands, which unfortunately means setting your alarm in the middle of the night. I hope this won’t hold you guys back? I can really use all of your support, yes, even all the way from Europe.
Time schedule Dafne during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro:
Fri august 12th 100m, first round: 22.40u (BR) 03:40u (NL)
Sat august 13th 100m, semi finals: 21.00u (BR) 02.00u (NL)
100m, finals: 22.35u (BR) 03:35 (NL)
Mon august 15th 200 m, first round: 09.35u (BR) en 14.35u (NL)
Tue august 16th 200 m, semi finals: 22.00u (BR) 03.00u (NL)
Wed august 17th 200 m, finals: 22.30u (BR) 03.30u (NL)
Thu august 18th relay 4×100, first round: 11.20u (BR) 16.20u (NL)
Fri august 19th relay 4×100, finals: 22.15u (BR) 03.15u (NL)
In front of a loudly cheering home crowd in Amsterdam, Dafne won the 100meters during the European Athletic Championships! The Olympic Stadium was fully packed, giving her goosebumps and it helped Dafne finish in an excellent 10,90sec.
Another milestone in the run up to the Olympics in Rio the Janeiro!
With great dominance, Dafne claimed her victory on the 200m in Oslo this Thursday. Not only was her time of 21.93s good for the meeting record of the Bislett Games, it was also the fastest time this season from any female athlete on the 200m (World Leading). A perfect moment to leave her mark with only a few weeks left to the start of the Olympics in Rio.
On Saturday evening Dafne was part of a strong 200m Diamond League line-up in Eugene (USA). She came in second with 22,11s after American Torie Bowie (21,99s).
Dafne clocked a world-leading performance in the 200m to highlight the FBK Games in Hengelo, an IAAF World Challenge meeting, on Sunday.
Competing on home turf for the first time this outdoor season, she clocked 22.02 in rainy conditions to win by more than a second and improve on her previous seaons’s best of 22.25 which paced the world for the last four weeks.
Dafne cruised to a convincing 100m victory during the Manchester Great City Games on Friday, finishing in 10.94. American athlete Tianna Bartoletta came in second (+0.25), with Laura Müller from Germany finishing third in 11.43.
A unique race track was constructed in the city centre, specially for this race.