Kas­tor on run to Bei­jing

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY BRIAN SACKS

DEENA Kas­tor, the world’s most suc­cess­ful Jewish run­ner, has earned her ticket to Bei­jing by win­ning the US Olympic Marathon trial.

Kas­tor, 35, en­tered the race as favourite but found her­self in a chas­ing pack, fall­ing steadily be­hind sur­prise leader Mag­dalena Lewy-Boulet. Af­ter 14 miles Kas­tor trailed by al­most two min­utes, but from that point she closed in on Lewy-Boulet and over­took her with two miles re­main­ing.

“It was a tough race,” Kas­tor said. “I thought I had mis­judged it based on how strong Mag­dalena looked at ev­ery turn­around.

“I tried to stay re­laxed and keep a strong pace but I was wor­ried that I might not get this ti­tle.”

Kas­tor fin­ished the race with a flour­ish, grab­bing an Amer­i­can flag and wav­ing it in the fi­nal run-in. Her fin­ish­ing time was 2:29, 10 min­utes slower than her Amer­i­can record set when win­ning the Lon­don Marathon in 2006.

The vic­tory earned her $50,000 and a third con­sec­u­tive Olympic berth.

At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Kas­tor took bronze with a su­perbly­judged per­for­mance.

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