Belgian shot putter Jolien Boumkwo had to become a specialist in the 100m hurdles and completed the distance in more than 30 seconds during the European Athletics Team Championship on Saturday in Chorzow. The video of the event has since been circulating on social networks, where the athlete has drawn much praise for his team spirit and his perseverance.
Boumkwo, visibly unaccustomed to taking part in this event and in difficulty when crossing hurdles, unsurprisingly finished in last place in her series with her time of 32 seconds 81 / 100th. The fastest was the Spaniard Teresa Errandonea, in 13 seconds 22 / 100th.
The Belgian had to replace at short notice her compatriot Anne Zagré, a specialist in the discipline. No other specialist among the Belgian team was available and in the event of a withdrawal from this event, Belgium would have been disqualified.
The day before, Boumkwo, who collects the titles of Belgian champion in the hammer and shot put, had finished 7e of the competition of the weight of this Euro by teams, disputed within the framework of the European Games.
After 25 of the 37 events on the Euro-2023 team program and before the last day on Sunday, Belgium is 16e and last and therefore threatened with relegation to 2e European division. She totals 159 points, including two brought by Jolien Boumkwo despite her last place.