The Borlée brothers are preparing for Montpellier with their big sister Olivia to supervise them: “They know exactly what they have to do”

The Borlée brothers are preparing for Montpellier with their big sister Olivia to supervise them: “They know exactly what they have to do”
The Borlée brothers are preparing for Montpellier with their big sister Olivia to supervise them: “They know exactly what they have to do”

While the qualification period for the Paris Olympic Games officially ends this Sunday, June 30, and neither has yet run competitively this year, many questions arise regarding the start of the school year. expected this weekend from Kevin and Jonathan Borlée.

What physical state are they in? Can they prove they belong on the 4x400m relay team at the Olympics? Will they be traveling to Paris?

Jonathan and Kevin Borlée are doing everything they can to go to the Olympics. ©Ennio Cameriere

The Brussels twins have registered, like their brother Dylan, for the 400m of the Belgian championships, the heats being scheduled for Saturday and the final on Sunday. There is no longer any choice: you have to run! And if possible within 45 seconds, or even a little 46…

Impatience is growing in the community: everyone is waiting to see the times that the twins are capable of achieving in view of the selection which must be established by their coach and father at the beginning of July.

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Jacques Borlée, precisely, does not hide a certain concern “as to their physical state”.

”At 36, their body makes them suffer. Kevin still encounters problems with his tendons and his foot. The situation remains quite complicated”he whispers.

Jacques Borlée did not accompany his sons during their internship in Montpellier.

Over the past few days, Kevin and Jonathan, joined by Dylan, have headed to the south of France to continue their training in good conditions.

Olivia Borlée follows her brothers to the south of France. ©Stephanie LEcocq

It is at Creps de Montpellier that they have established their quarters with a view to the Belgian championships. And, surprisingly, it is not Jacques, but… Olivia Borlée who follows them there. With one watchword: serenity.

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Olivia calms them down.

”She gives them peaceexplains Jacques Borlée. We are in contact all the time, there is no particular relationship problem, but I think it is a good thing that it is she who is in Montpellier. I’m very busy myself at the moment. Furthermore, with their experience, Kevin and Jo know exactly what they have to do in training.”

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Symbolically, there is also something powerful in seeing Olivia Borlée, 2008 Olympic champion with the 4x100m relay, mentoring the twins on the road to the Paris Games where Kevin and Jonathan hope to end their careers together.

It was she, in fact, who gave them a taste for athletics, who inspired them. In this last season for them, the circle seems… almost complete.

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