interesting story about my fellow competitor
My biggest sin is stayng late at night and surfing the web. This time I found some interesting article on the Mongolian lady in the EAG HM -- LUVSANLKHUNDEG Otgonbayar:
Beaten, But Not Defeated
The Olympics celebrate the triumph of motion, the powerful upward thrust of a weight lifter, the gravity-defying spring of a pole vaulter, even the twirling toes of a flock of synchronized swimmers. So when Mongolia's sole female marathoner, Luvsanlkhundeg Otgonbayar, appeared at the entrance of a massive marble stadium unveiled in 1896 for Athens' first modern Olympics, it was impossible not to be taken aback by her almost imperceptible pace. More than an hour had passed since Japan's Mizuki Noguchi, a 40-kg wisp, had fluttered into the stadium, vomited and smoothed back her hair to accept the gold with a time of 2:26:20. Even earlier, 16 competitors, including British world-record holder Paula Radcliffe, had left the historic town of Marathon, only to abandon the race because of the brutal hills and 35°C heat. (A few days later, Radcliffe would also fail to finish the 10,000 m, a meltdown the British press thought worthy of a Greek tragedy.)
By 10 p.m. the race wasn't a race at all, just a solitary Mongolian inching along the track. Otgonbayar, the 22-year-old daughter of camel and sheep herders, didn't so much run into the historic stadium as microshuffle in, with a gait so unhurried that the thousands of cheering spectators could be forgiven for thinking the world had paused or, at the very least, shifted into super slo-mo. "The sound of all the clapping from the fans pushed me forward, and I felt like I was running very fast," says Otgonbayar, who ended her race with a time of 3:48:42, half an hour behind the second-slowest competitor. "Even if I finished last, it was all right, because I still finished and many people, even famous people, didn't do that."
She did very well in the half marathon at a time of 1:19:40.
Hopefully someone from HKAAA would read it and send me to the Asian Games ;-)