10 MAR 2012 General News

Istanbul 2012 - Flash Interviews - Women's 1500m Final


Winner - Genzebe DIBABA, ETH

This is the first major victory in my career and the first gold for Ethiopia here. I am extremely happy. I was concerned about the Moroccan as I ran alone in the final stages. This is my style of running. It was tough, but I am happy to start the Olympic year with this world title.


Second - Mariem ALAOUI SELSOULI, MAR

This is a very important medal for myself and for Morocco. The king of Morocco and the Moroccan federation are putting great efforts for the country to bring medals at the World Championships. Thanks to God, I've succeeded today, and hope to keep going like that for the Olympic Games this summer.


Third - Asli CAKIR ALPTEKIN, TUR

I am very delighted since this is a historical win for Turkey. My target was to be in the final and winning a medal is a big surprise. I felt the energy and the power from the audience. It made me believe that I could have medal. During the race, in some corners I felt the energy so strong and this made me move further and further. A big part of my achievement belongs to this crowd here. I would like to thank everybody who supported me. My big aim for this year, of course are the Olympic Games, who knows, maybe I can make it to the final there and maybe... And I would also like to get a medal at the European championships in Helsinki.


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