Eight years to claim a stunning high bar gold for the Netherlands at the Olympics in London, Gymnast Epke Zonderland is still breathing as he makes his way across a tightrope qualification in Tokyo.
Zonderland the only gymnast to win three world titles high bar, automatic missed a spot when he took a fall at the World Championships in Stuttgart last year.
fall have delivered the qualification through the circuit of the World Cup, take him to places like Baku and Doha to try to book tickets. A victory at the stop Melbourne in the series this weekend would ease the pressure.
From the physical point of view, it is recognizing that an operation in November released if theChronic nusite that had blighted his career.
In addition Causing headaches and respiratory problems, outbreaks were extremely debilitating, leaving him drained of energy and some fitness during major events.
“I could not train hard and it was difficult to be able in particular to recover after training”, Zonderland said Wednesday in Melbourne Arena, the venue for the World Cup.
“in December, it was better … it can take maybe six months to return to him.”
However, 33 years, never feels comfortable with the likely sinusitis flare if he catches an infection or a cold.
epidemic coronavirus added new level préoccupation Zonderland, who, like all athletes globetrotter, spends a lot of time in airplanes.
“I think it’s pretty scary because it is so easy to spread,” he said of the virus, which has killed more than 2,000 people in China and spread to Australia and other countries.
the entire Chinese team of athletes and officials that were recorded for the Melbourne world Cup had to withdraw due to travel restrictions set up by the Australian government. [123 ]
take no chance
Zonderland, a qualified doctor, did not take chances with his health in the leadup.
[123 ] he arrived in Australia a few weeks ago for a training block on the GoldCoast tanned where he rents a house with his teammates.
Inevitably dubbed the “Flying Dutchman” for his aerial prowess on the high bar, Zonderland will be 34 when the blows Tokyo gymnastics foot.
While eight years ontpassé from London, tousled hair and boyish face that shone as he claimed the first Olympic medal in gymnastics in the Netherlands since 1928 remain.
His gold saw the way upset defending champion Zou Kai of China with an exciting, high-risk routine three consecutive release maneuvers.
his title defense in Rio went wrong with his preparations hampered by his condition, but he rallied to win his thirdworld title in Doha in 2018.
is satisfied that the stuff was still
“Of course, everyone remembers my great routine in London where I makes three versions on – and I have not done since. ” he said [123. ]
“But if you count the difficulty and execution, probably my best routines last year.
“I can not practice as much now as I could 10 annéess ago, but with all the experience I have, I think I’m still as good – and perhaps a little better that London -. especially if I’m really on fire, “
He hopes to draw in the final in Melbourne on Sunday, which is likely to be a shootout with Hidetaka Miyachi of Japan, which leads the World Cup onhigh bar.
“I am able to train very well last month,” Zonderland said.
“If I can continue like this until the summer and qualify, of course, I will be able to get a medal in Tokyo. I’m sure “
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