Sunday, August 17, 2008

Marks, Goucher Reflect on Disappointments

Minnesotans Shani Marks and Kara Goucher both took time recently to reflect upon their disappointing Friday performances at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Marks, who failed to advance to today's final of the triple jump, wrote briefly on her Olympic blog, HERE, about her sub-par result.

"I gave everything I had, but I just wasn't feeling great," she said. The Olympic Trials champion did describe the Olympic experience as one of the most "rewarding and exciting" experiences of her life.

Goucher, who finished 10th in the 10,000 meter final, sent another of her regular dispatches to the Duluth News Tribune, HERE. She offers a well-told description of her Olympic race-day. Her bottom-line on the day: " ... I had just gotten 10th in the world on an off-day. This shows that I am now on a whole new level."

Goucher competes again on Tuesday in the prelims of the 5,000 meters.

Also ... Former Twin Cities Marathon champion Blake Russell was the lone USA finisher in the Olympic women's marathon yesterday. She finished 27th in 2:33:13.

This year's Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon champ Liza Hunter-Galvan of New Zealand finished 35th in 2:34:51. Australian Kate Smyth, who did some of her pre-Olympic training in Minnesota, finished 44th in 2:36:10.

Full results are HERE.

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