The comparison with Dafne Schippers is made quickly. And not only because they both come from Utrecht. It seems that the Netherlands has a new sprint sensation in house after Schippers. N’ketia Seedo ran the established sprint order home on Saturday 60 meters at the NK indoor athletics in Apeldoorn. Seedo is only 16 years old.
Her winning time of 7.24 seconds is a Dutch junior record. Seedo has climbed to second place in the all-time world ranking of athletes under 18. Only the American Tamari Davis, notably from the same birth year 2003, has run a little faster (7.19).
Like Schippers, Seedo was discovered at a young age by Juul Acton. The renowned athletics trainer released his lightning-fast pupil last fall. Seedo is now included in the national sprint team at Papendal.
Rogier Ummels is in charge of the teenager. “N’ketia is enormously explosive and she can also convert that explosiveness into speed,” says Ummels in Apeldoorn, where Schippers was missing.