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Everything worked nicely for me: Kirui

By Kirti Patil

NEW DELHI, OCT. 3. World half-marathon champion Paul Kirui looked a bit sombre while sharing the podium with a Tanzanian and a Qatari.

Though Kenya reclaimed the team championship, on the podium Kirui was the lone athlete representing the nation which has produced some of the greatest long-distance runners.

``We have a fabulous history of long distance running. We as a team are all united, but it hurts when some people leave Kenya for money,'' is how Kirui described, obviously referring to Qatar's Abdullah Ahmad Hassan, formerly Albert Chepkurui.

``I wouldn't shift to any other country in my life, and I just hope that other Kenyan athletes also wouldn't move out,'' said Kirui, the double winner at the Berlin half-marathon championships.

Having won his first road-running World championship, Kirui said that he would always have nice memories of New Delhi.

"I feel pretty good and I wish I could come back to New Delhi in future,'' he said.

Kirui, who arrived only on Saturday morning and had very brief workout going into Sunday's race, said he was happy with the timing he achieved.

"I hadn't prepared for any particular weather but everything worked nicely for me''.

China's long-distance sensation Sun Yingjie said that she never thought she could win the race in New Delhi.

``I just wanted to treat this race as a chance for me to learn from other African runners,'' said Sun. "There were a lot of athletes with high standards and so I am happy to win.''

``For the race I had no special training but the two championships back home after the Olympics were enough to prepare me for this day,'' said the 2003 World championship 10,000m bronze medallist.

Sun next participates in the Beijing international marathon on October 17 and this win has spurred her to aim for at least a podium finish.

Asked about the competition, Sun said the African runners were a tough lot, but was surprised by the way the 34-year-old Sonia O'Sullivan finished the race in fourth position.

``Sonia was a big name anyway,'' is how Sun described the former World champion from Ireland. O'Sullivan herself was pleased with her performance. "It was very difficult but good competition. A tough one at that, but I think it's okay to finish fourth,'' O'Sullivan said after the race.

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