Naomi Sedney

This weeks interview is with Dutch Olympian, Naomi Sedney. Naomi competes in the 100m and the 4x100m relay and has competed in major athletics championships including the Olympics, World Championships and European Championships.

She is also a European Champion, winning a gold medal as part of the 4x100m Dutch team in her home country.

Here’s a look at her personal bests (at the time of writing – May 2020).

60m37.22i17 Feb 2018ApeldoornOutdoor
100m311.2413 Apr 2018Gainesville FLOutdoor
150m straight317.4009 Sep 2017GatesheadOutdoor
200m223.4220 May 2017TübingenOutdoor
60m37.22i17 Feb 2018ApeldoornIndoor
200m223.46i28 Feb 2016ApeldoornIndoor

Interview With Dutch Olympic And European Champion Sprinter Naomi Sedney

Q: What is your event in athletics?

A: The 100m sprint and the 4x100m relay.

Q: How did you get involved in sprinting?

A: I started when I was really young, 8 years old, and haven’t looked back since.

Q: What’s the best thing about being an athlete?

A: Getting to travel, getting to meet people from all around the world, getting to learn perspectives from all cultures and enriching your own world view.

Q: Describe your weekly training routine.

A: I have 8 training sessions a week… 3 weight sessions, 2 acceleration sessions, 2 speed endurance sessions and 1 speed/technique session… more or less.

Q: What has been your career high so far?

A: Becoming European Champion with our relay team in front of a home crowd last summer in a new national record of 42.04!

Q: How do you prepare for a competition?

A: Taking enough rest beforehand, eating right and just getting the mind right.

Q: What’s the most difficult challenge you’ve had to overcome in your career so far?

A: My career has been relatively smooth sailing, so having to deal with injury for the first time in the preparation on the Olympics year was very hard for me.

Q: What’s your favourite food to eat that may be best not to tell your coach?

A: Haha all my favourite foods are best not to tell my coach.. chocolate, sweets, really good pasta…

Q: What one piece of advice would you offer to young athletes starting out in the 100m?

A: Never give up.

You can follow Naomi on Twitter or Instagram @naomisedney.