Runner Susan Krumins will join the technical staff of the Athletics Union on February 1. The two-time medalist at European Championships will support national coach Tomasz Lewandowski in the middle distance, with an extra focus on the longer distance. Krumins ran the 10-kilometer final at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, in which she had to give up due to an injury.
Krumins has run at the top level as an athlete for twelve years. She took part in the Games in Rio and Tokyo and was active at a World Cup five times. At the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, she took bronze in the 5000 meters. Silver followed four years later in the 10 kilometers at the European Championships in Berlin. The 36-year-old from Nijmegen now says she has reached a point where she wants to broaden her “skill set”. “I do not believe in retirement and will continue to run. I will use the experiences I have gained in my professional career to help the next generation of athletes to the top. This role is a perfect opportunity for me to progress develop as a coach.” Krumins will no longer play in tournaments for the Netherlands.
Technical director Vincent Kortbeek is pleased with the arrival of Krumins. “Susan has always shown in her career that she can perform when it really counts. That is an important aspect for every athlete. We in the Netherlands have the ambition to structurally connect with the top in the middle and long distance Europe and the world. For that we will have to lay down a structure within which the athletes have to develop further. With the arrival of Susan, we are working one step further on that structure, “says Kortbeek.
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