Van Rhijn hungry for more pace

 24 Oct 2015 - 0:00

Van Rhijn hungry for more pace
Marlou Van Rhijn

Doha: The IPC Athletics World Championships are currently being staged in Doha and will continue till October 31.. 
The world’s largest para-sport World Championships are hosting  1,300 athletes from 100 countries battling to be best in the world and qualify for next year’s Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. 
One such athlete is ‘Blade Babe’ Marlou Van Rhijn. The Paralympic, World and European Champion and world-record holder will be looking to add to her accolades in Doha when she competes in the 100m and 200m T43. 
Van Rhijn has quickly become the world’s fastest female leg amputee and one of the biggest names in para-sport. Below are the excerpts of an interview with her before she travelled to Doha.
Q: How are your preparations going for this year’s World Championships? 
A: I had a very good season prior to the World Championships so I’m very excited. I’ve been working on getting more explosive and focussing more on just sprinting. 
Q: What are you looking forward to most about competing in this year’s Worlds? 
A: It’s the last major IPC Championship prior to the Paralympic Games next year. So I’m really looking forward to it. 
Q:  Do you think Doha 2015 will be your toughest championships?
A: You see that the competition is growing and everyone is becoming faster. But I don’t focus on the competition to be honest, I just really like to run fast.
Q: How did you get into para-athletics and how did it change your life?
A: I played sports my whole life. From basketball to swimming, to eventually athletics. I just love competing and the feeling of getting better at something day after day.