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Kastor, Boulet Drop Out of Women’s Olympic Marathon, Russell 27th

Injuries steal dreams of women’s marathon crew; Russell places 27th

BEIJING
– On a Sunday morning that featured much better weather conditions than
had been expected, the women’s marathon brought more difficult results
than expected for Team USA. Blake Russell (Pacific Grove, Calif.) was
the only American finisher, placing 27th in 2:33:13.

Running
under overcast skies with humid yet somewhat cool temperatures,
Constantina Tomescu of Romania, a 38-year-old mother, stole the race at
the half-way point, practically sprinting away. She ran alone at the
front to win in 2:26:44, with Catherine Ndereba of Kenya out-sprinting
Zhou Chunxiu of China to win her second consecutive Olympic silver in
2:27:06 to Zhou’s 2:27:07.

After coming through 20 km in 35th place (1:11:37), Russell gradually moved up, coming through the half in 1:15:33 and moving steadily up to 27th.

Defending
bronze medalist and American record holder Deena Kastor was forced to
drop out suddenly when, precisely at the 5 km mark, she felt a pop in
the ball of her right foot and could no longer put weight on the
foot.Olympic Trials runner-up Magdalena Lewy Boulet, suffering from a
stiff knee after hitting it on the arm of an Olympic shuttle bus about
one week ago, dropped out at approximately 20 km. She had passed 10 km
in 37:24.

Track competition continues Sunday night
with finals in the women’s steeplechase, women’s 100m and men’s
10,000m. For more information on Team USA at the Olympic Games,
including complete results and photos, visit www.usatf.org








Athlete quotes, women’s marathon

Deena Kastor (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.): “My
foot has been sore for the past week. I thought it was just tendons;
they get hyper-sensitive leading up to a marathon. I was icing it this
week. It didn’t affect how I was training. It was a bit sore when I
woke up but had no effect on my running. It was tight most of the way.
I felt a pop in my foot. I couldn’t stand on it. I didn’t expect to be
finishing the marathon in a bus. We prepare forever for the marathon,
and we had a sound race plan. I was excited to get out, make my country
proud and try to win another medal. As athletes, we have ups and downs.
Unfortunately, you can’t pick the days they come on.”

Blake Russell (Pacific Grove, Calif.):
“I had no idea what was going on with Magda or Deena. It was tough out
there. I put myself in good position, but they kind of pulled away the
second half. I thought I would catch more people. … I’m so excited to
be here and I had to keep telling myself to go for it.”

Magdalena Lewy Boulet (Oakland, Calif.):
“A few days ago, I was sitting in a shuttle in the Village and banged
my knee, right in the middle. It’s been stiff, with not much range of
motion. I was hoping for the best, hoping it would warm up, but it just
got stiffer and stiffer. My fitness is fine. It’s just that I couldn’t
bend it (the knee).”

On if she knew the extent of her injury when it happed: “I knew right away. I just whacked it really hard, so it was an acute kind of hit.”

On the pain of dropping out: “Your dream goes away. But I’m going to try to do it again.”

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