June 26, 2022

Nienke Brinkman of the Netherlands can flat-out run — whether or not she’s working on flat metropolis streets or steep mountains.

The fleet Dutch athlete spent the final a number of years constructing out her path working and mountain working resume. Right this moment, she proved her skill on the blacktop at one among her dwelling nation’s premier races — and pulled down a report whereas she was at it.

Brinkman was the second girl throughout the road on the 2022 Rotterdam Marathon, ending in 2:22:51. She trailed solely Ethiopia’s Haven Hailu who received the race with a 51-second lead.

Nienke Brinkman Powers to Dutch File

Hailu’s profitable efficiency was acquainted — she’s no stranger to street working podiums. However Brinkman’s was historic. In simply her second marathon ever, she cleaved nearly a minute off the Dutch ladies’s marathon report, beforehand set by Lornah Kiplagat.

Kiplagat’s report — 2:23:43 — stood for 19 years earlier than the 28-year-old broke it. Brinkman’s debut on the marathon distance was a outstanding 2:26:34 on the 2021 Valencia Marathon in Spain.

Nienke Brinkman of the Netherlands takes second on the 2022 NN Rotterdam Marathon. Photograph: Professional Pictures/Sipa USA by way of AP Photographs

Brinkman’s Unreal Tempo: Two Years to World Class

The younger runner has ascended to that submit, and towards the highest of girls’s short-distance path working, meteorically. Consider it or not, she began working in 2020.

In 2021, she burst from path working and mountain working anonymity when she each received the Zermatt Marathon in July and took second at Sierre-Zinal (31 kilometers, 2,190 meters of elevation acquire) in August, amongst different high performances across the mountains of Europe.

Brinkman: Competitors Working “By no means Crossed My Thoughts”

Brinkman’s second-place end in Rotterdam positioned her alongside one of the best marathoners on the earth. After the race, she helped parade the Dutch flag previous hordes of followers with the lads’s winner, Abdi Nageeye, additionally of the Netherlands.

If the Dutchwoman’s success surprises her any lower than it does us, she’s not letting on. In line with her, she began her skilled profession from carte blanche.

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“In school, I used to be at all times superb at [sprint] exams however it by no means crossed my thoughts to do working as a sport,” she stated. “No one instructed me that I ought to go for working.”

Good factor she determined to do it herself.

Full 2022 Rotterdam Marathon outcomes right here.