Marlou van Rhijn

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Marlou van Rhijn
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Van Rhijn running at the Arena Games in Hilversum
Personal information
Nickname(s) Blade Babe[1][2][3]
Born (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 23)
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in) in prosthetics
Weight 57 kg (126 lb) (2007)
Website www.marlouvanrhijn.nl/
Sport
Country  Netherlands
Sport Running
Swimming
Event(s)

Sprints (100, 200 m)

Freestyle
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

100 m (T44): 13.27 s (2012, WR)

200 m (T44): 26.18 s (2012, WR)
Updated on 20 August 2014.

Marlou van Rhijn (born 22 October 1991, Monnickendam) is a Dutch sprint runner.[4] Van Rhijn, who was born without lower legs,[5] is the world record holder for T43 in the 100 and 200 metres events and runs with the aid of carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs. She competes in T44 (single below knee incapacity) events though she is actually classified in T43 (double below knee). She studies commercial economy at the Johan Cruyff University in Amsterdam.[5]

Athletics[edit]

Van Rhijn is a member of the Dutch Parathletics Team of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Atletiek Unie.[6] Despite qualifying as T43, she competes in the class T44 at the 100 and 200 meters. She qualified for the 2012 Summer Paralympics in May 2012, while competing at the Roma Stadio Olimpico.[7]

Van Rhijn switched sports in 2010, after being approached by Guido Bonsen, coach of the Dutch Parathletics Team. She did a trial, and was hooked.[5]

Swimming[edit]

Until 2009, Van Rhijn was a member of the national team for swimmers with a disability. Amongst others, she was swimming at a World and a European championship. She swam several Dutch national records. She competed the S9 class and focused on the 50 and 100 meter freestyle.[citation needed] She stopped swimming competitively in 2010 due to lack of motivation.[5]

Achievements[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Time (s) Results Date Event Location
100 m (sport class T44)
13.22
(world record; personal best)
heats 1 September 2012 2012 Summer Paralympics London, United Kingdom
13.27[8]
Silver 2 September 2012 2012 Summer Paralympics London, United Kingdom
13.62[3] Gold 27 June 2012 IPC Athletics European Championships Stadskanaal, Netherlands
200 m (sport class T44)
26.18[9]
(world record; personal best)
Gold 2 September 2012 2012 Summer Paralympics London, United Kingdom
26.97[10] series 5 September 2012 2012 Summer Paralympics London, United Kingdom

Swimming[edit]

Time (s) Results Date Event Location
50 m Breaststroke (sport class SB8)
51.80[11]
(personal best)
n/a 8 March 2009 n/a Esbjerg, Denmark
50 m Freestyle (sport class S9)
34.34[11]
(personal best)
n/a 10 May 2009 n/a Antwerp, Belgium
100 m Freestyle (sport class S9)
1:13.02[11]
(personal best)
n/a 24 October 2009 n/a Reykjavík, Iceland
200 m Freestyle (sport class S9)
2:42.44[11]
(personal best)
n/a 29 May 2009 n/a Berlin, Germany
400 m Freestyle (sport class S9)
5:32.36[11]
(personal best)
n/a 21 October 2009 n/a Reykjavík, Iceland


Awards
Preceded by
Thierry Schmitter
Dutch Disabled Sportsman / woman of the Year
2012, 2013
Succeeded by
incumbent

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Zilver Van Rhijn,brons Hertog" NOS, 2 september 2012
  2. ^ "Blade Babe Marlou van Rhijn op weg naar de perfecte race" Metronieuws, 28 augustus 2012
  3. ^ a b Marlou van Rhijn aka Blade Babe wins gold in 100m T44 and teammates take silver and bronze
  4. ^ "van Rhijn, Marlou". ipc.infostradasports.com. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Eva Rooijers. "Marlou van Rhijn: ‘Ik houd heel erg van winnen’". Folia (in Dutch). Cruyff Institute. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  6. ^ (Dutch) atletiekunie.nl
  7. ^ "Golden Gala 2012: Marlou Van Rhijn record mondiale paralimpico 100m" (in Italian). SportLive. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Wereldrecord voor Van Rhijn". nu.nl (in Dutch). 2 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Van Rhijn pakt paralympisch goud in wereldrecord". nl.nl (in Dutch). 6 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Van Rhijn noteert wereldrecord". nu.nl (in Dutch). 5 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Marlou van Rhijn - Personal records" (in Dutch). Xzweml.nl. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 

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