Belgian Cheetahs have to shiver for a while, but still go to the World Cup final indoor

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The Belgian Cheetahs have qualified for the final of the 4x400m at the indoor World Athletics Championships. In Belgrade, Serbia, 3.30.58 was a new Belgian record for the Cheetahs, but due to the third place in the series after the Netherlands and the United States, there was no immediate certainty about a place in the final. In the end, they qualified for the final at 7:55 PM with the best losing time.

Laurens Van Heuverswijn

Hanne Claes started quickly and made sure that the Cheetahs were able to switch to Naomi Van Den Broeck in third. She immediately had to make a slalom through a Dutch sprinter who stood in the way, causing the Netherlands and the United States to run away from the rest. Van Den Broeck switched to Imke Vervaet in fourth place.

Vervaet followed in the footsteps of British John for fourth place and swapped side by side for third place to Camille Laus. The final runner ran a personal best in the heats and had to save the furniture as the fastest Cheetah. She crept closer and closer to the British rider and thanks to a fine and ultimately decision final attack, she sprinted to third place in the series with a time of 3.30.58. Good for a Belgian record. With that, they were not yet sure about their place in the final: only the first two in each series are certain of the final. The Belgian sprinters had to hope for one of the fastest losing times.

The second series brought solace: the ladies can prepare for the final of the 4x400m tonight at 7:40 PM. Fifteen minutes later, the Belgian Tornados will start in their final in the same discipline.

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