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Published on Jun 7, 2017
Crying and angry, I walked to the final obstacle. Luckily, there were people lining the course who helped lift me up by sharing some encouraging words. Arriving at the end obstacle I literally fell into the arms of Chief Marshall John Budu. I was angry about everything, my wristband being taken away, being physically and mentally broken, and no medal on the horizon. With my heart in my throat, I started the last 25 meters; climbed over the wall where thousands of strings dangled which you needed to gather together as a bunch to cross the obstacle. Along the way, Jacco was encouraging me with the tears of his victory still in his eyes. But with everything going on in my head, the only thing I could think about was Sebastiaan. Did he make get it or did he stop?
I had to suck it up. I had 15 meters to go and started my attempt. I had to skip the first part because all the strength in the hands was gone. I climbed over the net, over the tall beams to the ropes that I had to hang from. If you’re thinking I must have looked a bit silly, you would be correct, I felt like a monkey dangling there! The audience really started to encourage me and I did what I had to do. Hang six more times and I was done! It’s amazing what the human body can accomplish with a little push from strangers. I could already see the finish, so this last piece had to be done. I did it!! in 7 hours and 45 minutes.
Footage via OCRtube. (MICHAELROBBERT BRANS DUTCH ADAPTIVE)