Her mother’s death, her husband’s heart surgery, and a persistent running injury had severely damaged her ambitions and form, but the thoughts of mother and husband gave her the strength in the final miles of the run to go deeper than she thought possible. .
“When I crossed the finish line I was so devastated that I couldn’t even say anything anymore. I couldn’t stand on my feet anymore,” said Klamer after her Olympic race in the Odaiba Marine park, which was finished in the pouring rain. rain. “I went with one of the fastest runners because I didn’t want to run alone. On the last part I actually wanted to give her fourth place, but I thought come on, this is top sport. With everything I still have in had me, and that wasn’t much more, I dragged out that fourth place. I’m very happy with it.”
It was her third Games. In London 2012, Klamer finished in the rear, in Rio 2016 rolled out tenth place. “After Rio, my goal was to go for a medal in Tokyo, but the past year and a half the doubts came. Because of the death of my mother, my husband’s heart problems and then my own physical problems, I started to perform worse. at times considered quitting. There are more important things in life, I thought. But at other times the love for the sport resurfaced; I think it’s so beautiful to do.”
Klamer gradually scrambled back on top of it. “You have to keep going and my husband is doing well again. He is also a triathlete and here,” she beamed at the words about South African triathlete Richard Murray. “I am so grateful that he could be here. It really felt like a luxury. He has helped me a lot lately.”
The Olympic race went beyond expectations, she said. “The swimming went relatively well and I was in the second group when cycling. I would have liked to have done more, but I just couldn’t take the lead to close the gap to the leaders. I also said that to Maya Kingma, who was part of the group and did a lot of head work I felt the fatigue when walking, but I was much stronger than I thought possible I am not one to say that I gain strength from the loss of my mother, but on I thought about her the last bit to the finish. She would have been proud.”