‘Depreciated’ Sintnicolaas think after years of adversity again on world CHAMPIONSHIP medal

‘Depreciated’ Sintnicolaas think after years of adversity again on world CHAMPIONSHIP medal

Eelco Sintnicolaas dare after years of physical adversity again to think of a world CHAMPIONSHIP medal in the decathlon, which launches on Friday in the Olympic Stadium in London.

“I would be crazy if I say that I have no medal to win. It should all fall into place, but I count myself definitely among the medaillekandidaten,” said Sintnicolaas, whose best performance at a world CHAMPIONSHIP fifth place in 2011 and 2013.

The Time is emphasized, however, that the meerkampveld in the width strong. “There are a lot or six men that a coin can get, with outsiders involved perhaps eight. And I’m so there.”

The confidence is great at the 30-year-old Sintnicolaas, not in the last place due to his actions at the end of may at the prestigious combined events is the Austrian Götzis. Between the entire world he was second by his own English record to tighten up 8.591.

“That second place was for myself the confirmation that I still can. And also a big middle finger to all the people who have me written off. And yes, if you are second in Götzis than you, a medaillekandidaat for London.”

Fun lost

In the same Götzis started two years before all the misery. At the-meter hurdles bounced one of the hurdles in the path of Sintnicolaas, who fell. The number two of the european CHAMPIONSHIP of 2010, the decathlon, but the fall had major physical consequences. “All the injuries that I received were to reduce to that trap,” says Sintnicolaas.

After he won last year at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are all due to injuries had to stop, it seemed the career of Sintnicolaas even beyond. Four long months, he saw no athletics track. He ran into the forest, did weight training and went on vacation.

“I had the pleasure in my sport lost”, he looks back. “Therefore was the main goal when I went to that fun. And I wanted to show that I still have a decathlon can finish. That is successful and even better than I had thought. If someone offers me the beginning of 2017 had told me, with a national record would be places for the world cup, I would have declared him mad.”

Deliberate decision

Sintnicolaas took to be a deliberate decision. After ten years he broke with his coach, Vince Long, and went to Rio alone. “Like a good coach and the results are so good. But it also feels double because I have a lot to Vince to thank you.”

The uhuru says that coach is not very different to train than he used to be under The Long did. “Sometimes I do some alternative exercises. I bike more, though that’s also to make the body less harm. I have to stay.”

“But because I, as a tienkamper am educated and brought up by Vince, step I of this method. After my national record in Götzis I have Vince therefore, it is said that he, too, credits are earned. What I’ve shown is for a large part the result of the collaboration with Vince. And that will also be as successful on the world cup.”


The decathlon with Sintnicolaas starts Friday at 12.00 am (Dutch time) with the 100 metres. Also, long jump, shot put, high jump and the 400 meters on Friday. Saturday are the last five components: 110 meter hurdles, discus, pole-vaulting, javelin and the 1500 metres.

In addition Sintnicolaas, with Peter Braun, a Dutchman.

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