Saturday, April 16, 2011

2011 Boston Marathon Press Conference Highlights

by: Tom Davis and Jess Barton,

The 2011 Boston Marathon Press Conference took place today and most of the top athletes were in attendance and we hope to share some of the athletes comments with you below.
Before we get to the comments from the three top American contenders in Ryan Hall, Kara Goucher and Desiree Davila and the two top Kenyan male contenders in Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot and Geoffrey Mutai, we should point out that one of the opening themes to the conference was the Japanese earthquake disaster. There are 77 Japanese runners participating in Monday’s race and many of the elite runners will be wearing Japan- United States friendship pins. Friendship bracelets are also available to the general public. 35-year old Japanese elite Hiromi Ominami, who holds a personal best of 2:23:43 dating from 2004 (2:28:35 last year), will be running on Monday with her twin sister Takami Ominami, who sports a 2:23:43 pb from 2002 (last broke 2:30 in 2007). Hiromi said that it has been really hard to train the last month and that is has been very hard for her to maintain focus on her training. Hiromi said through a translator that “since I have come to Boston the support has been overwhelming so I am going to do my best.”