MØLLER AE (DEN)
- Gold 20:29.39
It feels amazing to win again, I love winning. It's all you want to do as athlete so I'm pleased the race went the way I hope for - you never know how it will develop, and anything can happen. Before coming here, I had two weeks of easy running on a holiday training camp, so I started training for the Winter season as soon as I could. It is hard though, and I need to have a break. I could have run in the Senior race but this is my lasy year in U23, and I have lots of years to go as a senior runner, so I just wanted to have another go in U23 whilst I could.
LAU J (NED)
- Silver 21:08.64
I still can't belive. I was injured for months and all I did was swimming so I'm really surprised. I was like should I go because I'm not in shape but well that is ok, lets try.
I was just hopping to finish. Also I loved the course, it has a lot of hills which is perfect for me.
COTTER S (IRL)
- Bronze 21:14.24
I went out with the leading pack, the Danish girl (Anna Emilie Moller), and Jasmine (Lau) from the Netherlands, they're quite strong. I tried to stay behind them, and to be as relaxed as possible, and I could stick with them for about a lap. After that, I found myself stuck in no man's land in the third , but I knew Jasmine was behind me, and we kept swapping places throughout the race. At some point I could see the girl coming in 4th place, and I tried to focus on hanging in that bronze medal position. My team mate, Eilish Flanagan, who placed second for our team, she also won a medal this Summer, at the U23 European Championships, and we both go to the same college in the US, together with a third team mate - it's so unique to have one university put three athletes in a medalling position, and medal here for our country at European level. All of our credit has to go to our coach, he's just unreal and is here with us today. He put the belief in our heads that we can go out and try to win it. You know, if we didn't win it, we wouldn't fall too short of something else. Huge credit goes to coaching, yeah!