Earlier this morning, the Netherland’s Marianne Verdonk wins third gold at 7th Inas Open European Indoor Athletics Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia. The gold was in the women’s 200 meter event. One of her other golds came in the 60 m hurdles in a time of 8.38 seconds.
Born in 1986, Verdonk has been competing internationally for the Netherlands since 2001, after taking up the sport in 1997. She represented the Netherlands as part of Special Olympics World Games in the United States in 1999. In 2005, she won her first gold medal at the INAS World Championships in Canberra. Last year, when ID athletics’s 400 m event was added back to the Paralympic program, she won a gold medal at the IPC European Championships in a new Dutch record time.
Other medalists include this morning included Sweden’s Jeffrey Ige who won the men’s shot put, and the Portuguese women who won the 4 x 400 m event. Russia’s Antonnia Baranova won gold in the women’s shot put and the Netherland’s Salima Rozema who won the women’s high jump. France’s Christopher Pezard won the men’s high jump after clearing a height of 1.71 m. Teammate Rodrigue Massianga won gold in the men’s 200 m event in a time of 22.79 seconds. Russia’s Alexander Rabotnitskiy set a new European record of 1:55.71 on the way to winning gold in the men’s 800 m. Czech Republic’s Katerina Husakova won gold in the women’s 800 m. Spain’s Francisco Carrera won the men’s 60 m hurdles in a time of 9.18 seconds.