AT: KRAUSE (GER) - gold in women's 3000m steeplechase
BERLIN - Comments from Gesa-Felicitas KRAUSE (GER) after winning the gold medal in the women's 3000m steeplechase in nine minutes, 19.80 seconds at Berlin Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
Gesa-Felicitas KRAUSE (GER) - gold
On her performance:
"I am happy that my tactics worked, I still had some power left on the last lap. The time is secondary. I am happy that it is sub-9.30.
"This season was not ideal, the training was great but I could not show it in the competitions so far. Today, last year's world championships (in which she finished ninth) were very far (from my thoughts), they were not on my mind.
"Falling in a steeplechase can happen easily. These are no hurdles that will fall when you touch them. Today I kept asking myself, 'What will happen if I do not win?' But my coach, my boyfriend and my physiotherapist told me, 'Gesa, just believe in yourself'.
"I did a clever race. I always have a plan A, but also a plan B or even C.
"I always watch my opponents, what they are doing, and I want to be able to react accordingly. In the training we saw that my last 400m are fast.
"Today's medal is very special to me. So many people are here in this stadium who know me, I received so many messages and the media hype was immense. I will run at Istaf (Berlin athletics meeting, in September), once more on this blue track. And I am also looking forward to the road to Doha (2019 world championships) and Tokyo (2020 Olympic Games)."
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