Maud van der Meer has put a point behind her swimming career. The 28-year-old freestyle specialist will focus on her social career in (sports) diets.
Van der Meer was particularly successful with the relay team at the 4×100 meter freestyle, with which she won gold at the 2011 World Championships, although she only appeared in the series. After that, World Championships were followed in 2015 and World Championships in 2017, and the Brabantse won two world titles in 2014: on the 4×50 free and 4×100 free.
There are also two gold EC medals on the long track in her prize cabinet. In 2016 she swam with the Oranjekquartet to victory on the 4×100 free and the 4×100 freely mixed. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where the Netherlands was fourth, Van der Meer only took action in the series.
After the birth of her son Mason in May 2018, she had set her sights for a next Olympic performance, but after a successful return to the national summit at the Rotterdam Qualification Meet in December, she was unable to place herself for Tokyo. In addition to the established names Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Femke Heemskerk, Marrit Steenbergen and Kim Busch remained ahead of her.
Not much later she cut the knot and decided that it had been “beautiful”. “Theoretically, I still have a very small chance to qualify myself as a relay swimmer or if necessary as a reserve for the Games in April or May. But I notice that the ultimate motivation to do anything for that has not been there since December,” explains Van der Meer.
“ I look back at my top sports career and everything Ive achieved with a very positive feeling. I am especially proud of myself that after Mason was born, I returned to my old level, because it is not easy to combine motherhood with top sport.”