High jumper Douwe Amels has won the Dutch indoor title for the seventh time. The 29-year-old Frisian came to a height of 2.20 meters in the Omnisport in Apeldoorn. Three attempts to go over 2.26, the limit for the European Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland (5-7 March), failed.
“There was a very good one, with enough height, so that is positive”, said Amels, who is also a seven-time Dutch outdoor champion and has now won fourteen titles. “I only jumped two races this winter and that’s just too little to get everything in order. The focus now is on the outdoor season. I want to try to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.”
Amels has had hardly any competition in the high jump for years, but was pleased to see two ‘youngsters’ arrive and take the silver and bronze. The 15-year-old Ridzerd Punt came second with 2.07, the 16-year-old Jamie Sesay third with the same height.
Menno Vloon took the gold in the pole vault with a jump of 5.72. De Zaankanter is already certain of participating in the European Indoor Championships. Earlier this winter he jumped a Dutch record of 5.81 in Düsseldorf, which also qualified him for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.