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Athlete Quotes - Men's 20 km Race Walk

Kevin Eastler, Olympic Qualifier, Winner

"The weather was perfect. I felt pretty strong and my training had been going well. My only plan was to go out on a solid pace. I didn't know how everyone else would do and it all worked out well for me."

"During the last few weeks, I have been training through a lot of pain. I had sports hernia surgery (recently) and have been dealing with persistent pain. I had to find a good therapist and just train through the pain. I also have nagging tendonitis in my knee. My body is telling me this is the last season for me."

Matthew Boyles, Second Place

"I don't have the standard, so this is the end for me. But how can you not be happy with second place and a personal record in the Olympic Trials? I have been race walking for seven years and I've been very blessed. I'm very thankful."

Patrick Stroupe, Third Place

"I wish I had gone faster but I didn't expect to get the standard. I wanted to PR and be happy with what I had done. I broke my personal record by about a minute and a half."

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