Euro Champs Flash Interviews, Tuesday 27 July, courtesy of EAA, note by Larry Eder



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Mo Farah en route to 3,000m victory, Euro Indoor, 2009, photo by PhotoRun.net.

It is hard not to be ecstatic after winning a medal! But, to me, what is fascinating, is that, in the so called, Mixed Zone, after races, some very thoughtful comments come from athletes who have been involved in a championship situation, where their mental, spiritual and physical selves have been pushed to the limit.

I enjoyed Chris Thompson's comments, but my favorites are Mo Farahs. I hope you enjoy!







Flash Interviews - Tue 27 July








Daniele MEUCCI (ITA) - Bronze Medal
10000m Men Final
"It's my first international medal. I'm very happy. I was here three years ago and it's always a pleasure to come back to Barcelona. I always have a good feeling here. I dedicate this medal to my coach and fiance."
Chris THOMPSON (GBR) - Silver Medal
10000m Men Final
"This is unbelievable. It's a great success for British athletics. It's the first season in a long time that I have competed without injuries and, for me, being second behind Mo Farah is like a gold medal. He's an incredible athlete and no one could beat him tonight so I'm very happy.",
Mo FARAH (GBR) - Winner
10000m Men Final
"The first European gold feels great. It was many years of hard work to achieve this goal. Chris took the lead, it was a fierce competition. I knew I needed to get rid of some of the runners. It's awesome that Chris and me obtained the double. Now I look forward to the 5000m. I need to recover fast, but I've got it going on"
Nadzeya OSTAPCHUK (BLR) - Winner
Shot Put Women Final
"This year I'm in top shape. Today was a very tough qualification due to the incredible heat. But I was sure that I was going to fight for the medal. I'm very happy about my first European outdoor gold. I will celebrate tonight talking to my friends on the phone"
Anna AVDEYEVA (RUS) - Bronze Medal
Shot Put Women Final
"Before the last attempt I was praying. I decided to put all my heart and soul into this sixth attempt. I achieved the performance and yelled like crazy. Now I lost my voice but I won the bronze medal"
Natallia MIKHNEVICH (BLR) - Silver Medal
Shot Put Women Final
"The competition was great. It has been very special to compete in the Olympic Stadium. I'm very satisfied with my result. Before competing I was not sure if I could make it on the podium"
João VIEIRA (POR) - Bronze
20 km Walk Men Final
"I'm satisfied that I was able to repeat my bronze medal from Göteborg 2006. It's a great feeling. The circuit is very fast. I'm very happy"
Alex SCHWAZER (ITA) - Silver
20 km Walk Men Final
"It was a good race. I'm happy with the silver medal. I tried to catch up with Emelyanov but he was in top shape today. Now I hope to recover in time for the 50km Walk"
Stanislav EMELYANOV (RUS) - Winner
20 km Walk Men Final
"I am very happy. It's been a great race for me. The circuit is fast, I liked it"

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