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Bianca Baak’s dream journey to the Olympics

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Hello Fit Girls, my name is Bianca Baak and I am an 400m hurdles athlete. I started doing athletics when I was twelve years old. My gym teacher told me to go to the athletics club nearby as a homework assignment. She was a tough and strict lady so I ran home and told my parents I needed to go. My parents took me to the track for my first try-out practice and I never left, figuratively speaking that is 😉 I loved running since forever and was always racing boys, so naturally I started with sprint training. After a few months I joined a friend to do a hurdles practice and I really loved it! Despite of my terrible technique I ran my first 60m hurdles race faster than the best girl of our club. So my love for hurdles and winning was born.

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Dutch champion hurdles athlete
A few years later I decided to specialize in hurdles only. Until then I still did a lot of events, but after winning gold for the first time in the 300m hurdles event at the National Championships in 2007 it was clear this was the way to go. Since then I won a lot of national titles at the Youth and also at the Seniors. I’m Dutch champion 400m hurdles at the seniors for three years in a row now. Starting athletics has been a pretty good choice, don’t you think?

It gets even better. Not only was I good enough for the medals at the national championships, I could also participate in a lot of international and European youth championships. At my first European championship for youth in 2009 I even won a bronze medal. I didn’t even know about the existence of European championships for that long. It was a new world enfolding in front of my eyes, with a lot of new goals to reach.

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  1. Ingrid

    Wow what an amazing story. Too bad on Dutch tv there is not that much attention for athletes. I really hope you will qualify for the Olympics, and to read more about your progress toward it on this website. Good luck!

  2. Femke

    Love the story, good luck!!