More GamesSoufian Bauchihi will make his second and final attempt to qualify for the Olympic Marathon in Dresden, Germany. He needs a time of 2h11: 30 for this. Koen Naert, who is already certain of Tokyo, tests his form level at the Half Marathon in Dresden.
In December, Bochicki already tried to qualify for the Olympic Marathon in Valencia. The 30-year-old athlete ran very fast and was on a 2h06 schedule for a long time, but broke into a lock and did not finish it. On Sunday it will be a matter of better division. He will get help from his brother Lahseen, who acts as a rabbit.
Bochicki was actually planning to start in Bern last week, but that race had to be canceled due to a predicted snowfall in Switzerland. If Bauchicki does not know where to qualify for the marathon, he can still concentrate on shorter distances. He is ranked 36 in the 5,000-meter Olympic rankings, while the first 42 can go to Tokyo. He is ranked 29th in the 10,000 meters, but only the first 27 are allowed to go to Tokyo.
European champion Koen Norte completed his first race in five months at the Half Marathon in Dresden, an important test for the 31-year-old long-distance runner with an eye for Tokyo. Han Verbrugan (27), who, like Nurt, has already qualified for the Olympic marathon, will also debut at the Half Marathon in Dresden.
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