|Full name||Rens Blom|
1 March 1977 |
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb)|
|Updated on 2 April 2009.|
Blom was born in Munstergeleen. He achieved a vault of 5.75 as early as in 2000, but five years passed without much further progress. However, on June 8, 2004, in Zaragoza, he set the current Dutch record with 5.81. In 2005, he consolidated his poisition by clearing 5.80 early in May.
At the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, he once again achieved 5.80 and won the gold medal. It was the first Dutch gold medal at a World Championship. In addition, Blom has won five national championships and four national indoor championships.
The year 2006 turned out to be a frustrating year for Blom, full of bad luck and injuries. Problems with his shoulder, knees and Achilles tendons resulting in an operation caused 2006 to become a "lost" year for the passionate Dutchman. Finally, in mid-October, he cautiously resumed his training programme, and achieved better results in several indoor events at the start of 2007.
At a press conference in Sittard on September 26, 2008, Blom announced his retirement from the sport, feeling that, after various injuries and operations, his body no longer allowed him to strain it to the utmost. During his career Rens Blom collected six Dutch indoor and seven Dutch outdoor titles altogether.
|1995||European Junior Championships||Nyíregyháza, Hungary||–||NM|
|1999||European U23 Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||5th||5.50 m|
|2000||European Indoor Championships||Ghent, Belgium||3rd||5.60 m|
|Olympic Games||Sydney, Australia||15th (q)||5.65 m|
|2001||World Championships||Edmonton, Canada||13th||NM|
|2002||European Championships||Munich, Germany||22nd (q)||5.25 m|
|2003||World Indoor Championships||Birmingham, United Kingdom||3rd||5.75 m (iNR)|
|World Championships||Paris, France||14th (q)||5.60 m|
|2004||World Indoor Championships||Budapest, Hungary||8th||NM|
|Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||9th||5.65 m|
|2005||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||1st||5.80 m|
|2007||European Indoor Championships||Birmingham, United Kingdom||9th (q)||5.65 m|