08 AUG 1997
Flash Interviews Women 800 m Final
Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB) Gold
"After the medals of Javier and Yoelvis, I wasn't sure if I would be able to fulfil the expectations of El Comandante (Fidel Castro) and the people of Cuba.
I was thinking the whole night about this and could hardly sleep.
My tactic was to push in the last 80 metres.
About Seville, I can't yet say."
-Yelena Afanasyeva (RUS) Silver
"You will not believe it, but twice I dreamed that I would end this race in second.
So I put the following sentence on a piece of paper: 'I was second', and put it in a book called the Soviet Encyclopaedia, 2 days before departure.
As you see, dreams do come true!"
-Maria Mutola (MOZ) Bronze
"I just don't know, I just lost the race!
I went out today panning to run faster than that but it just didn't happen.
You win or you lose. I lost and I accept that!"