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Rio Focus: Sprint Star Dafne Schippers’ Coach Bart Bennema (Re-broadcast)

Sprinting, “The Female Usain Bolt” (Re-broadcast)
dafne_schipper_beijin_2015Bart Bennema is coaching one of the biggest breakthrough athletes of the year – in any sport! She’s 23 year-old Dutch woman Dafne Schippers, recently crowned 200 meter sprint champion in the 2015 Beijing Track & Field World Championships, as well as the silver medallist in the 100 meters.

Given her unusual height and power over both 100m and 200m, some experts are starting to call her the female Usain Bolt although her Netherlands training environment is the opposite of a Caribbean island.
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A mere six months ago, Dafne was focused on the seven events of heptathlon, and not doing too badly. In fact she placed 3rd at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

Bart, a former national-class decathlete, has been coaching Dafne since she was a teenager. Bart, who is 38, also coaches Nadine Fisser, a Dutch heptathlete who strong in sprint hurdles.

As they pause before getting ready for Rio, this is a candid and wide-ranging interview covering one of the most exciting career phases that any athlete and coach pairing can experience. We talk about handling increasingly intense commercial demands of an athlete with global star appeal, accusations of doping, mood management and curbing the frenetic enthusiasm of athletes who have a tendency to over-train
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Sports Coach Radio is a series of weekly in-depth interview with world-class sports coaches, scientists and writers, hosted by Glenn Whitney, a coaching and leadership advisor. Follow us on Twitter, where we post coaching tips and links to interesting articles just about every day of the week. The handle is @sportscoachtalk. And we’d be grateful if you’d leave a short review of the show on the Apple iTunes page.

Topics: Sprinting, Athletics, Track & Field, 100m, 200m, Dafne Schippers, Usain Bolt, Shelly Ann Fraser Price, Bart Bennema, Netherlands, Beijing 2015, Michael Johnson, Allyson Felix, Dafne Schippers