21 AUG 2009 General News

First - Gelete BURKA, ETH

The race was tough. Shorter distance races are very difficult when it's rainy and it's cold. The last 100m especially was tough but I pushed because I simply had to do it. If God helps me, my dream is to win.

[On the absence from the semi-final of teammate Meskerem Assefa who had qualified]: She had to get stitches in her legs after being spiked here, and she hasn't recovered. I ran very cautiously to avoid being tripped like her and suffering the same fate.

The only aim was to qualify. It was not important whether I am first or fifth. This race was so slow because in this heat there were only the best athletes. So we were all waiting for the last lap to sprint.

Show me all pages related to this article

Loading ...