Triathlete Rachel Klamer repeatedly questioned her sporting future in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. “I performed so poorly in the past year and a half that I had my doubts. As much as I like the sport, I don’t like to participate in the backfield and want to participate for the medals,” she said after her unexpectedly strong performance in the Olympic race.
Klamer finished fourth in the 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run at the Odaiba Marine Park in 1.57.48, over 2 minutes behind winner Flora Duffy from Bermuda (1.55.36). She loved it. “I have to ask myself whether I will continue for a fourth participation in the Olympic Games, but I really did not expect this fourth place. I am leaning towards continuing until Paris 2024. I don’t think she will get rid of me yet. are.”
Her age even seems to work in favor of the 30-year-old Overijsselse. Champion Duffy is 33, the bronze winner, the American Katie Zaferes, is 32. “For the Olympic race you have to have experience, because that race is different. Also because of the circumstances. The weather turned here because of the threat of a typhoon. There was even talk that the race would be postponed by two days. Some triathletes would be nervous about that, but I am now stress-resistant.”