A Belgian shot-putter runs the hurdles after answering her team’s call for help

Belgian shot-putter Jolien Boumkwo ran the women’s 100-meter hurdles at the European Athletics Team Championships after key team members were unable to compete due to injury.

The big moment: Boumkwo gamely participated in the hurdles event, securing two points for her team, despite her main event being shot-put.
* She normally wouldn’t have competed in the event if not for her teammates’ injuries.
* Boumkwo set a personal season-best time of 32.81 seconds in the hurdles.

Team player: She told Agence France-Presse, “My team is the most important thing for me,” and said she agreed to run the hurdles as long as she could do it carefully.
* Her coach also approved of her participation in the event.
* She mentioned that hurdles were sometimes included in her training.

Outcome: Despite Boumkwo’s efforts, Belgium finished 14th out of 16 teams in the competition and faces relegation to Division 2 in the next European Athletics Team Championships.
* Boumkwo received praise for her commitment to helping her team, saying it would be worth it if her two points help Belgium stay in the top division.

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