It usually takes young Ethiopian runners time to ward away the shyness and agree to interviews, especially when their most recent performance have catapulted them to the short list of favourites ahead of an upcoming major championships.
And it took some time and patience to convince Jemal Yimer, one of the key athletes to watch in the fight for the men’s title at the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 following his scorching 59:00 debut for the distance at the RAK Half in the UAE last month. The 21-year-old finished second there in the fastest debut half marathon performance ever.
Stina Funke never intended to become an athlete representative. But what started out as a summer job assisting agent Daniel Wessfeldt is now her career.
“I started doing some work there by checking the fax machine,” explains the Swede, a former national-level long and triple jumper. “This was before the computer era.
An American woman hasn’t won the Boston Marathon since 1985. But there’s a confidence within this year’s elite runners that the 32-year drought will come to an end on April 16.
“I can’t wait to match up against this American crew. I think it’s going to be so fun. It’s the best group of Americans ever,” 2011 Boston Marathon runner-up Des Linden told WBZ-TV.