07 JUL 2011 General News

Girls’ 5000m Race Walk Final – Flash Interviews

Gold medalKate VEALE (IRL) 21:45.59

"It feels nice to be the World Champion, I can't really realize it. I felt strong during the whole race, but until the last lap I wasn't sure if I could be the first. I know that the Chinese has a good finish and I didn't know how far they were behind me. My family was here to support me, they were louder than the Chinese and Russian fans.


“I do athletics since my childhood and I can't imagine without it. My career can keep going on like this, my success today is also the success of my coach Jamie Coster, who was an Olympic Champion."


Silver medal - Yanxue MAO (CHN) 22:00.15

"It seems that I am always the second for the race, because I was also the top 2 in the Youth Olympic Games which took place in Singapore last August. My goal is to be the champion and I will try my best to realize this next time. I broke my personal best today but I am sure that I can do better!"


Bronze medal - Nadezhda LEONTYEVA (RUS) 22:00.84

"It was very difficult for me to get a medal today because they were many good athletes and it’s Alina Galchenko that forced me to give the best".


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