Jonathan Sacoor has big plans for 2022: “I want to...


Jonathan Sacoor has returned to Belgium after three seasons in the United States and is looking to make his mark for the 2022 season, which promises to be very busy. “I want to become European champion in 2022 and I know I can do it,” said the 400 meters specialist during the internship with the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (BOIC) in Belek, Turkey.


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After his participation in the World Championship relays last May with the relay team in the 4×400 meters, Sacoor saw his adventure at the University of Tennessee come to an abrupt end. “It’s a bit of a shame that it ended like this, but I would definitely give it another try. I feel I am a better athlete, I am more mature. The only thing that disappointed me a bit was the lack of clarity in my program. I didn’t always know which race I was training for. With Jacques Borlée (his coach, ed.) everything is planned in advance and that changes a lot. I am already very motivated for the next races.”

Despite the end of his American adventure, the athlete from Beersel also experienced some beautiful moments in 2021 with a silver medal at the European U23 Championship, but especially his first Olympic Games. “Tokyo was a mixture of different emotions. I made my dream come true by taking part in the Olympics, but I was a bit hungry due to the health situation. The atmosphere was different without the crowd, but also in the olympic village which was a bit empty. Still, it was a great experience, I only got positive things from it and I have already noted the Paris Games in my calendar,” assured the 22-year-old athlete.

Sacoor has already set his eyes on the 2022 season and more specifically on the European Championship. “My goal is clear, I want to become European champion. I know it’s ambitious, but I think it’s achievable. I feel I am able to run 44.50. With such a time, I have a good chance of winning the title, even if I can’t predict the form of the other athletes. We also have a title to defend in the 4×400 meter relay.”

Before the European Championships, the Brabanter will also try to show himself at the World Cup in Eugene in America in July. “At the World Cup, everything will depend on the form of the moment. I think the main goal is to try and win a medal with the Tornados. Individually I want to take it step by step and start with the European Championship.”

Sacoor is currently in full preparation and has not yet drawn up a program. “I’m going to run some indoor races and see if I can qualify for the world championships in March. If I can’t go, it won’t be a disaster.”

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