Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
07:34 pm
17 July 2019

Today is Churandy Martina Day in Clermont

Athletics – European championships – Men’s 100m final – Amsterdam – 7/7/16 Netherland’s Churandy Martina celebrates after winning REUTERS/Michael Kooren

The Clermont City Council honors Olympians with gold keys to the city.

Today, however, the city of Clermont will name the entire day after Olympic Champion Churandy Martina.

Martina is a Dutch sprinter who holds several Olympic track and field records and who trained in the city of Clermont prior to his success in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Mayor Gail Ash will read a proclamation honoring the native of Curacao, a Dutch Caribbean Island, who represents the Netherlands in international track-and-field competitions.

A national TV channel crew from Curacao will be taping the proceedings for re-broadcast.

Martina holds the Dutch National records for the 100 meter with a time of 9.91 seconds and the 200 meter with a time of 19.81. He is part of the men’s 4×100 meter relay that set a Dutch national record of 38.29 seconds.

Martina and Usain Bolt are the only athletes who reached the finals of the 200 meter at the Olympics three consecutive times.

Popular in Curacao and the Netherlands, he was named Most Positive Person for 2016.

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