We are now halfway through the IAAF World Championships. Today we bring you all the news and results from the first five days in Doha, including our first 4 medals.
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•Patience• Not in a top list of my strongest assets. But I’ve been working on it. Patience in training, trust in the process. It’s become a necessity after a couple years of Major Championship flops, chasing podiums and coming up woefully short. • This race was about conquering a distance that has, admittedly, kicked my ass the last few tries. I believed a top 8 was possible but I just wanted revenge on those pesky 50,000m. • So I did what I’ve been practicing. I was patient. I waited. Those in front began to falter and one by one I picked them off. Then at 45km I struck. I was in 4th, 2min from the athlete I’d eventually catch. I charged on, recording 5 of the 7 fastest 1km splits of anyone in the race. Just after 49km I moved into 3rd (this time staying on my feet) securing my first ever Worlds podium. So maybe this patience thing pays off. • I can’t thank the team around me enough. The progress we’ve made in the last year to get me healthy and fit couldn’t have happened without every single member being on the same page. Gerry, Devon, Marilou, Brent, Trent, Louise, Kirsten, the list goes on and on but each of you deserve your names on this medal! To everyone else who has supported me over the years, thank you so much! I can’t wait to celebrate this achievement with you. Finally, Nana, this one was for you! For 4 hours I imagined you yelling at your computer screen because they weren’t showing me and then losing your mind (well, what was left of it) when you saw me moving up close to the medal. You were with me every step of the way ❤️ ••• #Worldathleticschamps #doha2019 #athletics #olympics #canada #trackandfield #teamnb 📸 Andy Lyons/ IAAF
We also discuss the stunning results from the Berlin Marathon where Kenenisa Bekele missed the world record by 2 seconds and Canadian Krista DuChene ran her fastest time in 4 years! Finally, we talk about the wet, muddy conditions at the gritty Bear 100-miler.