HASSAN S (NED)
- Gold 14:46.12 CR
That was an amazing race. My plan was to go in front on the last 800m for the final sprint. I did what my coach told me. On the last lap I saw Salpeter, I thought she wanted to do a larger sprint, I thought that she wanted to pick up the race. And when she stopped, I went "I am right! What is she doing? What should I do?" I heard the people shout. It was crazy. And then I realized that I was right and continued my race for the final lap. Winning this gold medal is very pleasant. I have to get more experience in the 5000m, it is very special for me to improve on the 5000m. I love this audience, they are amazing.
MCCOLGAN E (GBR)
- Silver 14:53.05
I'm so happy to ne here at the European Championships in Berlin. Before the race, my mum told me to believe in myself, because I'm such a strong runner, and I can go fast. My plan was to give it it my alll, and I'm really pleased I'm coming home with a medal. I knew I could run fast, but I don't have the same speed of those girls in the 1500 metres. I'm so tall, that it takes me some time to get my legs going. I kept my eye on the girl at the front, and as soon as they started charging, I knew I had to go with them. When I saw Sifan Hassan and the Israeli athlete going for it in the home straiught when there was still one lap to go, I was really confused. In fact, I was really annoyed at myself because I thought I had timed it wrong. I was really tempted to stop, but I'm really glad I didn't. I love what I do, because it gives me the chance to compete in all the stadiums my mum competed in.
CAN Y (TUR)
- Third 14:57.63 SB
To me, this medal is like a miracle. Before some time, I would be thinking about gold. But then I got serious health problems which blocked me and in fact, I have been training for this race just last three weeks. So I am very happy and with tears in my eyes. My problems were with heart, it is some kind of diagnosis that you train and you are not improving. The oxygen was very low. So I stopped training and had some rest. I hope I am coming back and it will improve at the next championships. Maybe the cross country will go even better.
When I saw the girl stopped one lap before the finish, I was surprised because I knew we still have one lap to go and was ready to push. So I used the chance. She must have been confused.