NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Betsy Saina is not walking away from
marathon despite failing to finish in her first two attempts, in
Tokyo and now in New York.
Kenya had high hopes of a podium finish in New York marathon on
Sunday, but was forced out and had to watch as American Shalane
Flanagan and Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya claimed the titles.
“After New York
Marathon, I want to always represent my country in other events
like the World Championship. The 2019 World Championships in
Qatar is a realistic target,” she said.
Saina, who was
eighth at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing (31:51.35),
lined up for Tokyo Marathon early this year but didn’t finish
because of injury. The same happened in New York, however, she
is not throwing in the towel yet.
“Dreams are not
achieved overnight, I have failed before but I know it’s not the
end of everything but I know someday I will achieve,” she said
With all the
training going on well, Saina was expected of finishing her
first marathon and takes it as a springboard to launch her
career in marathon.
“I spent a lot of
time getting ready for (New York), but it didn’t go well but
well. Even the biblical (Noah’s) ark was not build in one day.
Thank you to everyone who was supporting me, I will be back,
tough times don’t last but people do. Thank you New York for
such an amazing opportunity,” she said.
Saina does not need
to look far for inspiration, but watch the winner of the women’s
race in New York for her answers. Flanagan, 36, ended a 40-year
drought for U.S. women at the race, playing her cards late to
reach the finish a highly emotional, euphoric champion.
In the days before
the race, defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya had indicated
the course record of 2:22:31 may be on her radar, but in cool,
blustery conditions, such plans were jettisoned after the start.
2:26:53, more than a minute in front of Keitany (2:27:54) and
Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska (2:28:08).