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Sanne de Laat remains modest under successes

Friday, May 18, 2018

During her first full season at the highest level, Sanne de Laat (23) immediately captured two World Cup medals. In Salt Lake City she took silver with the Dutch women's compound team and individually she won a bronze medal in Berlin. This season, she started strong again by winning bronze with the Dutch team at the first World cup of the season in Shanghai. "Very cool of course, although you always want to win." 

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World Cup Antalya

This weekend there is a new change for Sanne to win a gold medal. The second World Cup of the season takes place from 20 to 26 May in the Turkish coastal city Antalya. Sanne has three chances of success in Turkey. Besides the individual tournament and the competition with the women's compound team, she also joins Mike Schloesser in the mixed tournament. "It's both great fun. Individually because you have to do it all by yourself and with the team because you can share the joy with each other. Because you shoot one arrow per turn, you can give each other tips in between. For example about how much time someone has for a shot. We train a lot together and also regularly specifically on this part of the game." 

High level

Sanne is forming the Dutch compound team together with Jody Vermeulen and Martine Couwenberg. Besides the three compound women, the Dutch selection for the World Cup in Turkey consists of Mike Schloesser, Sil Pater, Peter Elzinga (all compound), Steve Wijler, Jan van Tongeren, Sjef van den Berg and Gijs Broeksma (all recurve). Although Sanne believes in the chances for her team, she finds it difficult to pinpoint a favorite for the nations competition. "Everything is so close together in compound. The level is so high, one point can make the difference. A less day or less moment and you can be out of the tournament, but even if you get a good score yourself, the other person or team may be just a bit better"” 

Calm and modest

The two times Dutch champion remains calm under the circumstances, even in the big finals. "Of course you always want to win, but if I do my best and get a good score and then still lose, I can be quite satisfied." As an example, Sanne mentions the final against South Korea at the World Cup in Salt Lake City, where the Dutch team almost captured the gold. "After the shoot-off we still had the same score and it came down to who was closest to the inner ring. It turned oud they were a little bit closer. Of course we were disappointed, but we could not blame ourselves for anything. "

Also for the World Championships in her own country - next year at the Parade in 's-Hertogenbosch - she puts little pressure on herself. However she is of course really looking forward to it. "It's nice to be able to show friends and relatives what I do." Sanne remains sober and modest about her own performance and has not send the invitations yet. "My parents tell it to everyone, but I don’t. I just prefer to shoot." "
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