Olympics-Athletics-Marathon newcomer Seidel battles elite to win bronze

7/8/2021 6:35:00 AM

Olympics-Athletics-Marathon newcomer Seidel battles elite to win bronze

Olympics-Athletics-Marathon newcomer Seidel battles elite to win bronze

SAPPORO, Japan : Molly Seidel may have been competing in just her third marathon but the American relished the role of disruptor as she ran alongside the sport's elite and took bronze in the Olympic women's event on Saturday.Seidel, who switched from shorter distances and debuted at the U.S. trials in Atl

SAPPORO, Japan : Molly Seidel may have been competing in just her third marathon but the American relished the role of disruptor as she ran alongside the sport's elite and took bronze in the Olympic women's event on Saturday.Seidel, who switched from shorter distances and debuted at the U.S. trials in Atlanta last year, had not made any prediction lists in a field led by heavyweights like Kenya's Brigid Kosgei and Ruth Chepngetich, the world champion.

"I was really trying to keep an open mind. I had the same goal that I had going into the U.S. trials of just, stick my nose in it, don't be afraid if you're up in the front," Seidel said."I think my goal today was just go in and have all of these experienced marathoners be like, 'who the hell is this girl?'"

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Seidel, who switched from shorter distances and debuted at the U.S. Kenyans Kosgei, the world record holder, and world champion Ruth Chepngetich had been favourites to win on Saturday. trials in Atlanta last year, had not made any prediction lists in a field led by heavyweights like Kenya's Brigid Kosgei and Ruth Chepngetich, the world champion. But it was two-time world half marathon champion Jepchirchir who came out on top after breaking out of a virtual tie with Kosgei at the 40km mark. "I was really trying to keep an open mind. Jepchirchir finished with a time of 2:27:20, 16 seconds ahead of Kosgei. I had the same goal that I had going into the U. The heat and humidity forced runners to repeatedly pick up water from the sidelines to keep cool and hydrated.

S. Battling hot and humid conditions, Chepngetich dropped out around the 30km mark, while Israel's Lonah Chemtai Salpeter dropped out at the 38km stage after looking like a strong contender for bronze. Battling hot and humid conditions, Chepngetich dropped out around the 30km mark, while Israel's Lonah Chemtai Salpeter dropped out at the 38km stage after looking like a strong contender for bronze. trials of just, stick my nose in it, don't be afraid if you're up in the front," Seidel said. "I think my goal today was just go in and have all of these experienced marathoners be like, 'who the hell is this girl?'" They know who Seidel is now, after she became the third U.) Source: Reuters.S. woman to get a medal in the event after gold medallist Joan Benoit in 1984 and bronze winner Deena Kastor in 2004." Toughness is in Jepchirchir's DNA.

Seidel, 27, did confess to a moment of awe as she was running alongside world record holder Kosgei. "I was a little bit star struck, I look up to these guys a lot," she said with a laugh. "A lot of it is just trying to stay calm and not try to think like, oh my gosh, you're running with the fastest women in the world. It's just trying to be like, focus on your race." Seidel said she was feeling good after the halfway mark and started to believe."But Natalia was a blessing from God.

"Rather than just following along I wanted to be making moves, be aggressive and pushing it a little bit," she said. "I think there is a little bit of tactics in these races, pushing it around the curves, being a little bit of a bulldog out there and not letting people roll all over you," she added. Seidel finished in 2:27:46, 26 seconds behind winner Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya. Seidel said she now loves the marathon although she is still keen to take part in shorter distances as well and is not ready to think about her goals just yet. "I'm just taking it one day at a time. The 27-year old Jepchirchir needed all that tough spirit on Saturday as she endured the scorching heat and humidity in Sapporo that forced some athletes, including world champion Ruth Chepngetich, to drop out of the race.

I'm having a beer tonight," she said with a smile. "We'll see what the opportunities are, just keep an open mind, stay humble. This doesn't change anything. I'm still just an idiot kid who goes out and loves running." (Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Himani Sarkar) Source: Reuters . (Reporting by Omar Mohammed; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa) Source: Reuters.