GRESSIER J (FRA)
- Gold 24:34.61
It was very cold today but I am very very happy to become the European Champion. I was trying to be close to the Italian runner Crippa and I waited for a change to speed up and it became real at the last 400m. As a previous football player I was was very fast so I decided to change my carreer and become a runner and now I won a gold medal. I made a pose at the finish line as every football player does it when scoring the goal. I tried to imitate my favorite player Cristian Ronaldo. I always run with the cap, its my style and people in France call me: "Man with the cap".
HAY H (FRA)
- Second 24:36.82
It wasn´t easy race for me. In the beginning my legs were not as good as I woud expect, however, with every upcoming acceleration I felt better and better. I was running in a pack and I noticed that Mayo from Spain was getting tired so I told myself: Keep pushing. Then I noticed Crippa from Italy was also getting more and more tired, so I told myself again: Keep pushing, you can do something amazing today. It is a first medal for me and I didn´t expect I could reach itI was hoping for top 15, so second place is incredible.
CRIPPA Y (ITA)
- Bronze 24:41.55
Yesterday at the Press conference I said I want to win and I tried my best today. I felt good, even it was very windy I still wanted to win. During the race somebody kicked me 3 times and I fell, had to get up and run so it took all my power and energy for the last lap. I was not able to speed up at the end. Today was not my best day but I still reach for the medal, even it is not a gold, I am happy. The track is very beautiful, happy to be here.