Dutch sports photographer Ronald Hoogendoorn: “The talented Dafne Schippers (NED) produced a breathtaking performance last year by winning gold in the 200 metres at the Beijing World Championship Athletics. As a result the attention and pressure before the Olympics was extremely high for the Dutch athlete. In the Netherlands, everyone thought she would bring home gold in the 200 metres easily, and maybe the 100 metres too!
Schippers only managed a silver medal at the 200 metres though, and immediately after the race it was clear she did not enjoy this achievement. The Utrecht-born athlete was angry that she was unable to beat Elaine Thompson from Jamaica. Still full of adrenaline, barely a minute after the race, Schippers slammed her shoes fiercely on the ground.
Preparing for such a final you need to find a strategic place with a clear view in all necessary directions, with a minimum number of camera people, officials and pool photographers standing in your way. This time I chose the “head on” position at the finish.
That worked out pretty well. Schippers crossed the finish line falling down, lay down for a while, and threw her shoes in anger. All of this I continuously monitored through the viewfinder of my D5 with a 600mm lens, without missing a shot.”