Michael Sommers makes his marathon debut with World Cup limits, Hanne Verbruggen can go to the World Cup and play | Athletics

In his first marathon, Michael Sommers immediately made the fastest Belgian debut at that distance: in Seville, Sommers clocked 2h09m31. By this time he got a ticket to the World Cup. Han Verbruggen’s performance was better: with 2 hours and 26 minutes. 32 minutes was the maximum for the World Cup and Olympic Games.

Somers approached the first 42.195 kilometers with ambition, wanting to dive in under 2h10 and thus be the fastest Belgian debutant. The limit for this summer’s world championships in Budapest was 2:09:40, which the 27-year-old Somers achieved in 9 seconds. To obtain an Olympic ticket, 2:08:10 was required.

The Belgian cross-country champion started with great courage under the warm Spanish sun and reached the halfway mark in 1:04:17. It would have been logical for him to give something up in the second part, but the newcomer over-stood and finished fist-pumping in 22nd place. At 2h09’31”.

Only 3 Belgians have run the marathon faster: Bashir Abdi, Vincent Rousseau, and Koen Naert. Abdi holds the Belgian record with a time of 2:03:36 in Rotterdam 2021.

Hanne Verbruggen improved her PR by about 3 minutes

For women, the limit for the World Cup is 2 hours 28 minutes, and the limit for the 2024 Paris Olympics is 2 hours 26 minutes 50 minutes. Verbruggen went for both and also took a lot of risks. It got through the halfway point of my personal rabbit in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 46 minutes, more than enough.

The final kilometers were a little more difficult, but the 2022 European Championship No. 8 persevered and held on excellently and finished the race in an impressive time of 2:26:32 inches, in seventh place. I came all the way, and immediately lay down on the ground.

Her personal record was previously 2 hours, 29 minutes and 14 minutes. Verbruggen, 29, became the second Belgian ever after Marlene Reynders, who clocked 2 hours 23 minutes 05 inches in 2002.

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