31 AUG 2003 General News

Interviews Women 1500m Final

Gold MedallistTatyana TOMASHOVA RUS

"I always thought I had a good chance to win a medal here.
 
"It is entirely a result of my hard work that I stand on top of the podium today.
 
"I knew it will be a tactical race and I wanted to kick at the end.
 
"With about a lap to go I felt that the pace was too slow and it surprised me. I could see that the others around me were tired, so I just hung in there and came away at the end."

Silver Medallist - Sureyya AYHAN TUR

"I keep my head straight because I did everything I could. It was hard for me. I had a big psychological pressure on my shoulders. The second place is still a very good result. 15 days ago I ran my best time ever. I feel very good because I ran as fast as I could.

"I am going to prepare myself for the Olympic Games next year in Athens."

Bronze Medallist - Hayley TULLETT GBR

"I didn't realize I had a medal before the finish line and the result on the screen.
 
"I'm obviously very happy with that result. It is so unexpected, I couldn't believe it!

"I don't know how I'm going to celebrate this third place, but trust me, I'll do my best once again, for sure!"