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Relay runner Sarah King - from the United States to Switzerland - and back again - sport

Relay runner Sarah King – from the United States to Switzerland – and back again – sport


In order to have better sporting opportunities, the 400 million specialist Sarah King moved to Switzerland last year. She is now coming for a home match at the World Championships in Eugene.

It’s a special story. One that just sports writes like this. It starts in Yamhill, a small town in Oregon, about an hour and a half drive from the World Cup venue in Eugene. There was Sarah King, the daughter of an American father and a Swiss mother.

King studies computer engineering at George Fox University near Portland. And, as is usual in USA colleges, sports also play a major role. In King’s case, it’s athletics, the 400-meter sprint has become her favorite discipline.

The magic of Hayward Field

In nearby Eugene, King witnesses the supremacy of past and future Olympic champions at the legendary Hayward Field. “Eugene is known as ‘Tracktown’ in the USA and is the main hub of the local track and field scene,” King explains. The Olympic Trials, the US qualifying competitions for the Olympic Games, take place in Eugene as well.

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Catch the Swiss 4x400m relay performance at the World Championships in Eugene on Sunday night from 2:10am live on SRF.

While the active sports career of most graduates ends with the end of their studies, King’s is really picking up speed. Since the odds of participating in major events in the United States are rather slim, the 26-year-old moves to live with her aunt in Madeswell in Upper Aargau.

In June last year, King immediately became the champion of Switzerland, and then received the Olympic team for the Swiss 4x400m relay in Tokyo. Even though it’s not used there, sharing makes you want more. “I am very proud to wear the Swiss colours. So is my mom. You might never have dreamed of it,” laughs the computer engineer, who, thanks to today’s remote control options, can also continue her work in Switzerland.

The king ignored the high temperatures

Eugene has now completed the Dual Citizen course. However, King will not be part of the quartet that will begin qualifying on Saturday. Swiss athletics nominated Silk Lemmens, Julia Niederberger, Annina Fehr and Jasmine Geiger on Thursday night.