Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
This is the moment open water marathon Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal trains in a small inflatable pool at home for the Tokyo Olympics during coronavirus quarantine.
Dutch swimmer van Rouwendaal, 26, posted the video to her army of 28,400 followers showing her fans how she is staying in shape for the Tokyo Olympics during the current lockdown in France, where she lives, due to the coronavirus.
The video shows van Rouwendaal wearing her full swimming gear including a swimming cap with “NED” on it, similar to one she would wear during the Olympics.
A resistance band is attached to her torso, apparently holding her in place and offering some resistance during her exercise.
The Dutch swimmer is seen performing a front crawl as she alternates her stroke and her breathing from side to side.
Van Rouwendaal continues to perform the exercise for about one minute before she stops and stands up as the video comes to an end.
She captioned the video: “There’s always a solution, you just have to be creative! I could only do 45 minutes in total because the water is very cold.”(sic)
The video gained the support of her fans as several netizens took to social media with ‘linnie_nl’ writing: “This is the solution.”
‘domwhit6’ commented: “This is what I need.”
maritjolijn’ said: “Hero!”
Van Rouwendaal is expected to represent the Netherlands at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics which have been postponed to the summer of 2021 to stop the spread of COVID-19.
She participated in the 2012 London Olympic Games but finished without any medals. She later won a gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the open water marathon 10-kilometre (6.2-mile) swim.
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