Saturday, August 23, 2008

Bad luck Lee and Jarrod

from w
I've been trying to watch some events of the Olympics but here in Fiji the bits and pieces of events come via New Zealand so there which is sometimes at sexes and sivins!

Alas for Lee Troop though. After his years of training he came 60th, not in the top 10 that he had hoped for. Well, that's life, that's what happens to athletes and other people who focus on oe thing in life and it fails. To be in it is to be a winner anyway. but at least in Geelong and elsewhere in Australia to fail is not the worst thing in life. We jump up again, learn about life through failure. Our heroes are sometmes failures - Once a jolly swagman... and so on.

from Fox news:
SAMUEL Kamau Wansiru has won the men's marathon, the final event of the Beijing Games track and field program, with an amazing display of distance running.
The Kenyan, aged just 21 years, won the toughest race on the Olympic program in a time of 2hr 06min 32sec, breaking the Olympic record set by Carlos Lopes of Portugal at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles by 2min 49sec.

Wansiru, who was running just his third marathon after contesting his first nine months ago, gave Kenya, the spiritual home of distance running, its first Olympic victory in the event.

Kenya had previously won silver medals in the marathon through Catherine Ndereba (Beijing and Athens), Erick Wainaina (Sydney) and Douglas Wakiihuri (Seoul), and bronze medals through Joyce Chepchumba (Sydney) and Wainaina (Atlanta).

Kenya's joy was in direct contract to the despair of Australia's Lee Troop, who suggested after finishing a disappointing 60th that he would hang up his spikes.

.....Race athletics greats Troop, who finished in a time of 2hr 27min 17sec, never looked likely to match his stated pre-race aim of securing a top-10 finish.

"I can't put into words exactly how I'm feeling," Troop said after struggling across the line.

"I felt fantastic at 19km ... but I started cramping in the guts - I don't know whether it was what I was drinking or not.

"At 22km I felt fine, but at 23km my legs were smashed.

"I just ran bad, simple as that."

And Jarrod Bannister,who came 6th in the javelin, got an elbow injury that knocked him out of maybe getting a medal. Very bad timing for an injury.

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