NAERT K (BEL)
- Winner 2:09:51 CR
This is incredible! Coming out here and do this time, it hasn't really sunk in. I was really nervous before, and during the race, but I knew I had to be very patient. So, I waited until the right moment to move away from the group, and get the lead position. I was feeling particularly strong today, but equally aprehensive. I guess I simply turned all that stress into power and confidence throughout the race. It's really difficult to believe this has happened. I knew I could get a medal, but never expected it to be the gold one.
I'm glad I can inspire so many people, and I feel very grateful for all the work I do in the Health Centre. It started as a hobby, but now I can do it professionally, too. I really want to continue to help people, so I'm very lucky I can combine both running and being a nurse. In fact, I'm training to become a better nurse, and, now, I'm also European Champion in the same year. I really need to say a big thank you to my family for all the support. This puzzle is my life is finally complete.
ABRAHAM T (SUI)
- Second 2:11:24
At the beginning the race was calm and I felt like going faster, I wanted to run my own rhythm. There were so many runners behind me. I wanted to motivate the other runners to also pace sometimes, but they seemed to only look on me. They knew that I was kind of the favourite. So, I had to run my rhythm because I also did not want to lose the race in a final sprint. But at around 35 km the Belgium started to increase the speed. He was stronger than me. So, at one moment I had to let him go. A marathon is not a 10k race. You can to calculate well and manage your energy.
I wanted the gold medal, but I am still satisfied. Everybody has the same goal, to be the best. I have never raced on my birthday. So this silver medal is my present for my 36th birthday. Nobody has a more beautiful birthday than me today. My brothers supported me along the course a lot. Thanks to all Swiss who are here in Berlin and on TV, that gave us a lot of energy. And a big thank you to the team who gave me confidence and courage. Our marathon team came forth, it is a pity that we did not make the podium.
RACHIK Y (ITA)
- Third 2:12:09 PB
About one month ago, I started to dream about my first medal here in Berlin. But I did not tell it to anyone. So now, it is like the dream came true. My coach told me yesterday that I can run a good race and that today it was the right moment to fight for a medal.
But at the 32nd km, I started to have cramps and I just told myself- No, god, I do not want to stop now. I want to fight for the podium. So I just bit my teeth and continued. I am happy I managed to get this medal for Italy because I am very gratefull they gave me the citizenship in 2015. I do not come from the rich family but my parents supported me a lot. So this medal also belongs to them. This was just my fourth marathon in my life. I have to say thank you to FIDAL to give me this chance to represent my country.