A female Para athlete competing in the long jump

Marlene van Gansewinkel



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Amsterdam, NED
Dutch, English
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - The Hague University of Applied Sciences: Netherlands

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 17 in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
She tried a number of sports growing up but was not convinced by any of them. She then went to a Paralympic talent day in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where she was spotted by Para athletics coach Guido Bonsen. "I chose cycling and athletics, but I quickly dropped the bikes. [Athletics] felt like it suited me really well."
Club / Team
AV Phanos: Amsterdam, NED
Name of coach
Guido Bonsen [personal], NED
Training Regime
She trains nine times a week at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, including six days on the track.

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Oie Boutique [which is her surname in French. "I got it at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon [France], where they translated my last name into French."]. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Reading, solving puzzles, watching television. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a world record in the T64 100m at the 2019 Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Guido Bonsen. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US decathlete Ashton Eaton. (NPC Media Guide, 20 Oct 2015)
In 2019 she sustained an injury to her heel that caused her to miss two months of training. She was told the injury would not fully heal for two years. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

She tore the meniscus in her left knee during a training session in April 2016. She underwent surgery and returned to training five weeks later. (, 02 Jul 2016)

She has had a recurring injury to her Achilles tendon [inflammation] since 2013. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Get a little bit better every day. But have fun doing it." (Athlete, 13 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2018 Para Athlete of the Year by the Dutch Athletics Federation. (Instagram profile, 13 Dec 2018;, 12 Dec 2018)

In 2016 and 2017 she was named Para Athlete of the Year at the Tilburg Sports Gala in the Netherlands. (Instagram profile, 16 Dec 2017;, 15 Dec 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 12 Mar 2020)
She was born without her left forearm and the lower part of her left leg. She also has an impairment to her right hand. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 03 May 2019;, 20 Apr 2015)
Other information
She suffered from burnout in the late part of 2019 after a tiring but successful 2019 season. "I was completely exhausted. It was no longer possible, both physically and mentally. I couldn't concentrate at all. I forgot about training, and I no longer knew how certain training exercises went. It gives me courage for the future, I was able to run fast while I felt bad. I was so tired, I didn't even want to start the [2019] world championships final of the 100m anymore. I was at the start and just thought, 'I don't want to be here, I want to sleep'. Yes, of course I am happy with those medals afterwards, but people did not see the story behind them." (, 29 Feb 2020)

She competed against able-bodied children in a number of sports growing up and did not want to receive special treatment due to her impairment. "I wanted to do the sports that my classmates did, and I wanted to do it in the normal way because my prosthesis makes almost anything possible. I cycled on a regular bicycle, not on a modified one. I once rode it for a total of three days. That's how I wanted to play football too, not at a club for the disabled. The only sport where I had to join a special association was horse riding. They were too careful with me there, which wasn't necessary at all. That may have been ignorance, but my riding lessons didn't last long." (, 03 May 2019)

She followed her coach Guido Bonsen when he relocated his training base from Papendal to Amsterdam, Netherlands. In October 2017 the pair, alongside Dutch Para sprinter Fleur Jong, founded the Team Para Atletiek club in Amsterdam, Netherlands. "By following Guido I did not opt for certainty. I swam a bit against the current, I stood up for myself. This has made me stronger, more independent. That choice was immediately reflected in my performance. I am better in every way, as a person, as a student. I have found my place and I am happier. This has been a very special journey and I am so proud of the team we put together and how we also give back to society." (, 29 Feb 2020;, 03 May 2019;, 17 Jan 2019; Facebook profile, 02 Jun 2018; Twitter profile, 20 Oct 2017)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T44 Semifinal 2 2013-07-24 8
Women's 100 m T44 Final 1 2013-07-25 7
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2015-10-22 2
Women's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2015-10-23 10
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2015-10-29 4
Women's 100 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-29 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T44 Final Round 2016-09-09 3
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2016-09-17 2
Women's 100 m T44 Final Round 2016-09-17 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2017-07-15 2
Women's 100 m T44 Final 1 2017-07-17 7
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2017-07-17 8