Susan Krumins

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Susan Krumins
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Krumins at a Dutch race in 2013
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing the  Netherlands
European Athletics Championships
Silver medal – second place 2018 Berlin 10000 m
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Zürich 5000 m

Susan Krumins (née Kuijken; born 8 July 1986) is a Dutch middle- and long-distance runner. She was the 5000 metres bronze medalist at the 2014 European Athletics Championships and also won a 3000 metres bronze at the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup.

Kuijken has twice represented the Netherlands at the World Championships in Athletics, with her best finish being eighth in the 5000 m in 2013. Across all age categories, she has competed seven times at the European Cross Country Championships. She competed for Florida State University and was the NCAA champion in the indoor 3000 m (2008) and the outdoor 1500 m (2009).

She won European junior medals in 2005 in track and cross country and later took the under-23 title at the 2008 European Cross Country Championships. Among her personal bests are 4:05.38 minutes for the 1500 metres, 8:36.08 minutes for the 3000 m, and 15:00.69 minutes for the 5000 metres.


Early life and career[edit]

Born in Nijmegen,[1] she made her international debut in cross country running, competing in the junior section of the 2002 European Cross Country Championships and finishing in 34th. She returned at the 2003 edition but managed only 69th on that attempt. Her first international medals came at the 2003 European Youth Olympic Festival, where she was the gold medallist over 3000 metres and bronze medallist at 1500 metres.[2] Her first global events came the year after: she ranked 71st in the junior race at the 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, but did not finish in the 3000 m at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Athletics.[3] She performed better at continental level, coming 39th at the 2004 European Cross Country Championships.

Kuijken set a series of personal bests on the track in 2005: 2:06.25 minutes for the 800 metres, 4:19.72 minutes for the 1500 m (for seventh at the 2005 European Cup event), 9:28.45 minutes for the 3000 m (part of a silver medal win at the 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships) and 10:42.93 minutes for the 3000 metres steeplechase.[4] On grass, she was a junior bronze medallist at the 2005 European Cross Country Championships and placed 58th at the junior race at the 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.[5]

Collegiate athletics[edit]

At the end of 2005 she started attending Florida State University, doing a major in psychology, and began competing with the Florida State Seminoles athletic team. She was the 3000 m runner-up at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and placed 27th at the NCAA Women's Division I Cross Country Championship.[6] In her sole international outing that year, she came 16th in the under-23 race at the 2006 European Cross Country Championships.[7] In 2007 a focus on the 1500 m distance brought results as she greatly improved her best to 4:11.34 minutes – a time which brought her second place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She ranked third at that year's NCAA Cross Country meet.[6] In European competition she was fourth in the 1500 m at the 2007 European Athletics U23 Championships, but failed to finish in the age category race at the 2007 European Cross Country Championships.[7]

She reached to top of the American collegiate scene in the indoor 2008 season. After winning the mile run at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) indoor meet, she claimed the 3000 m title at the NCAA Indoor Championships in a conference record time of 8:58.14 minutes. She failed to match this outdoors after suffering a mid-season injury, ending up eighth in the 1500 m at the NCAA Outdoors, but was in good form at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and was the runner-up.[6] A gold medal came in the under-23 section at the 2008 European Cross Country Championships.[7]

Her most successful collegiate season was in 2009. She started with a win at the ACC indoor championships and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships, then a win over 5000 metres came at the ACC outdoor championships. She secured the collegiate title in the 1500 m at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships and placed third at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Her performances led to Florida State University winning the team titles in ACC competition indoors, outdoors and in cross country.[8]

Professional running[edit]

A personal best of 4:05.86 minutes for the 1500 m brought her selection for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, although she did not make it out of the heats stage.[3] Kuijken began competing professionally in 2010 and made her European senior debut at the 2010 European Athletics Championships (running in the heats only). She missed most of the 2011 season and on her return in 2012 her form was past her peak, with her season's best being 4:10.84 minutes.[4]

Kuijken (right) on the 5000 m podium for the 2014 European Athletics Championships

The 2013 season saw Kuijken hit new levels of performance. At the Golden Spike Ostrava she was the 1500 m runner-up in a best of 4:05.38 minutes. She set a Dutch record of 5:38.37 minutes for the 2000 metres distance.[9] She won the 3000 m gold medal in the First League of the 2013 European Team Championships and ran a best of 8:39.65 minutes for the distance when placing fourth at the Rieti Meeting (which ranked her first among Europeans for the distance that year).[10] A run of 15:04.36 minutes at the Bislett Games made her the top European that season and she went on to finish eighth in the final of that event at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics – Europe's best performer.[11]

At the start of 2014 she set an early world leading time of 4:07.21 minutes for the 1500 m while winning at the Perth Track Classic. She won her first national title later that year at that distance. She was selected to run the 5000 m at the 2014 European Athletics Championships and came third behind compatriot Sifan Hassan and Meraf Bahta (both African-born).[4] Her first global medal came at the end of the track season at the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup, where she represented Europe and was 3000 m bronze medallist behind Genzebe Dibaba and Meraf.[12]

In 2015, Kuijken ran 31:54.32 to place 10th at 2015 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 10,000 metres and 15:08.00 to place 8th at 2015 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 5000 metres.

In 2016, Kuijken ran 31:32.43 to place 14th at Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 10,000 metres.

Feb 11th 2017 - Schoorl 10k road 31:43 (1st)
Mar 27th- Venloop HM (debut) 70:51 (4th)
May 21- Vienna 5k road 15:40 (2nd)
Jun 2nd- Nijmegen 5k 15:21 (4th)
Jun 24th- Euro Cup 3k 9:03 (4th)
Jul 22nd- Heusden 5k 14:53 (1st)
Aug 8th- London WC Final 10k 31:20 (5th)
Aug 10th- London WC Heat 5k 14:57 (4th)
Aug 13th- London WC Final 5k 14:58 (8th)
Aug 20th- Birmingham DL 3k 8:34 (7th)
Aug 27th- Berlin CL 1500m 4:02 (3rd)
Sep 1st- Brussels 2017 Diamond League Final 5k 14:51 (9th)

In 2017, Krumins rac 31:20.24 to place 5th at 2017 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 10,000 metres and 14:58.33 to place 8th at 2017 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 5000 metres.

Personal bests[edit]

Krumins running in Amsterdam in 2013

National titles[edit]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  Netherlands
2002 European Cross Country Championships Medulin, Croatia 34th Junior race (3.73 km) 13:10
2003 European Youth Olympic Festival Valkenswaard, Netherlands 3rd 1500 metres 4:30.70
1st 3000 metres 9:47.07
European Cross Country Championships Edinburgh, United Kingdom 69th Junior race (4.52 km) 18:33
2004 World Cross Country Championships Brussels, Belgium 71st Junior race (6 km) 23:16
World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 3000 metres DNF
European Cross Country Championships Heringsdorf, Germany 39th Junior race (3.64 km) 12.24
2005 World Cross Country Championships Saint-Galmier, France 58th Junior race (6.153 km) 23:21
European Junior Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 2nd 3000 metres 9:28.45
European Cross Country Championships Tilburg, Netherlands 3rd Junior race (4.83 km) 15.33
2006 European Cross Country Championships San Giorgio su Legnano, Italy 16th Under-23 race (5.975 km) 19:45
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 4th 1500 metres 4:17.90
European Cross Country Championships Toro, Spain Under-23 race (6.7 km) DNF
2008 European Cross Country Championships Brussels, Belgium 1st Under-23 race (6 km) 21:02
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 36th (heats) 1500 metres 4:18.10
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 19th (h) 1500 metres 4:11.03
2013 European Team Championships 1st League Dublin, Ireland 1st 3000 metres 9:07.04
World Championships Moscow, Russia 8th 5000 metres 15:14.70
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 3rd 5000 metres 15:32.82
IAAF Continental Cup Marrakech, Morocco 3rd 3000 metres 9:01.41
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 8th 5000 metres 15:08.00
10th 10,000 metres 31:54.32
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 4th 5000 metres 15:23.87
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th 5000 metres 15:00.69
14th 10,000 metres 31:32.43
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 8th 5000 metres 14:58.33
5th 10,000 metres 31:20.24
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany 6th 5000 m 15:09.65
2nd 10,000 m 31:52.55
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 7th 10,000 m 31:05.40

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Susan Kuijken: ‚Ik ga alleen naar het EK als ik een medaille kan winnen’. Losseveter. Retrieved on 2014-11-08.
  2. ^ European Youth Olympic Festival. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2014-11-08.
  3. ^ a b Susan Kuijken. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-11-08.
  4. ^ a b c Susan Kuijken. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2014-11-08.
  5. ^ European Cross Country Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2014-11-08.
  6. ^ a b c Susan Kuijken. Florida State Seminoles. Retrieved on 2014-11-08.
  7. ^ a b c Susan Kuijken stats Archived 2014-11-08 at the Wayback Machine. Susan Kuijken. Retrieved on 2014-11-08.
  8. ^ Susan Kuijken. FLorida State Seminoles. Retrieved on 2014-11-08.
  9. ^ Flame Games 2013. TimeTronics. Retrieved on 2014-11-08.
  10. ^ 2013 European Women 3000 metres. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2014-11-08.
  11. ^ 5000 Metres - women . IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-11-08.
  12. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2014-09-13). Report: women's 3000m – IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-11-08.

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