26 AUG 1999 General News

Women 5000m Final

Gold MedallistSZABO, Gabriela (ROM)
"In my mind I just told myself that I would run fast tonight. There was no other race plan, there never is with me. As I said in Maebashi ('99 World Indoor champs) I am a runner of instinct and I respond to whatever develops in the race. However, it was so fast tonight that I did become a little concerned but I remained sure of my ability. I'm managed by the same group that looks after Gebrselassie and he is a great inspiration to me. I see how Haile runs, so free and confident and this encourages me to do the same when I race. He gives me confidence."
Silver Medallist - OUAZIZ, Zahra (MAR)
"I am very satisfied to win the silver medal because it is a recompense for all the training I have done this year. Gabriela (Szabo) is the strongest in the finish. At that point of the race I always expect her to go ahead as she did today. I couldn't respond to her move as I didn't have enough strength in my legs. So I decided to put my head down and drive for the silver medal."
Bronze Medallist - WORKU, Ayelech (ETH)
"It was a very good race for me, a medal and a PB. The competition was not really hard for me, I did not have any problems, but Szabo and Ouaziz are still too fast for me. I could not reply to their sprint. However, I am still improving. Maybe already next year we can see the positions change."
Medalla de oro - SZABO, Gabriela (ROM)
"Me dije que esta noche correria muy rapido. No habia otro plan de carrera, nunca lo hay conmigo. Como ya dije en Maebashi (Campeonatos del mundo en pista cubierta del 99) soy una corredora de instinto y respondo a lo que ocurra en la carrera. Sin embargo, era tan rapido esta noche que me preocupe un poco, pero seguia segura de mi capacidad. Trabajo con el mismo grupo que Gebrselassie y el es una gran inspiracion para mi. Veo como corre Haile, tan libre y tan confiado y esto me anima a hacer lo mismo cuando corro. El me da confianza".
Medalla de plata - OUAZIZ, Zahra (MAR)
"Estoy muy satisfecha de haber ganado la medalla de plata porque es una recompensa por todo lo que me he entrenado este ano. Gabriela (Szabo) es la mas fuerte en el final. En ese punto de la carrera siempre espero que se vaya por delante como ha hecho hoy. No pude responder a su ataque porque no tenia suficiente fuerza en las piernas. Asi que decidi agachar la cabeza y luchar por la medalla de plata".
Medalla de bronce - WORKU, Ayelech (ETH)
"Ha sido una carrera muy buena para mi, una medalla y una marca personal. La competicion no ha sido realmente dura para mi, no tuve problemas, pero Szabo y Ouaziz son realmente rapidas. No pude responder a su sprint. Sin embargo, todavia estoy mejorando. Quiza ya la temporada que viene podamos ver como cambian las posiciones".

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