Maud van der Meer immediately ended her career. The 28-year-old swimmer, who achieved her greatest success with the 4x100m freestyle relay team, wants to combine motherhood with a social (athletic) diet career.
Van der Meer had a share of the gold medal in the 4×100 freestyle at the 2011 World Cup and at the same event won silver at the 2015 World Cup and bronze at the 2017 World Cup. She also won twice gold in the short section of the 2014 World Cup. : free 4×50 and free 4×100.
He was also a two-time European long distance champion in 2016: the 4×100 freestyle and the 4×100 freestyle mixed. At the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, Van der Meer only swam in the 4×100 series. The Dutch quartet finished fourth in the final.
After Van der Meer became the mother of son Mason in May 2018, she managed to return to the top and go to the Games once again. At the Rotterdam qualifier in December, he lost a ticket to Tokyo, so he decided to stop now.
Maud van der Meer (right) with the silver relay team at the 2015 World Cup.
“It also gives calm”
Van der Meer still had a small chance of qualifying. “But I notice that the ultimate motivation to do everything and not do everything has not been there since December,” he says. “Then as a top athlete you have to be honest with yourself and your environment and attitude is the best choice.”
“I look back on my top sporting career and everything I have achieved with a very positive feeling. I am very proud of myself that after the birth of Mason I returned to my old level because it is not easy to motherhood with a top sport. I do not need to do it anymore now it also gives calm.