Reebok Boston Indoor Games Athlete quotes

01-27-2007

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Tirunesh Dibaba, women's 5,000m (14:27.42WORLD RECORD). "I'm very happy with what I accomplished today. With God's help, I did it. I'm so happy. I was so prepared for this race. I didn't do any cross country. Indoors, I was concentrating on this race, so I had the confidence to break it [the record]. I didn't think I could break it by this much. ... I always want to better my performance, so that was my motivation."

Shalane Flanagan, women's 5,000m (8:33.31AMERICAN RECORD): "I haven't raced in a year and a half. I knew I was fit, but you never know what can happen in a race. I knew I had it in me. I'm very happy to see the American record fall. ... My mantra for the year is patience and controlled aggression. I think Defar was a little sick, so I took advantage of that. If not for her, I don't think the record would have fallen so aggressively."

Dan Taylor, men's shot put (21.57m/70-9.5): "It's the best meet I've ever had. Every single throw was over 21 meters, and to have two throws over 70 feet was unbelievable. I felt good, it was a good day and a good atmosphere. When they put us out in the middle of the track like that, it helps. The field out there was ridiculous. Christian and Reese are the top two ranked throwers in the world, and John Godina has more accolades than anybody."

Nick Symmonds, men's 800m (1:48.15): "I knew the pacesetter was going out in 52. I knew I could handle that. I wanted to hang off it a little. My original plan was to go off the second to last turn, but I had to wait. Burley was tough. Fortunately I got him in the last 50. My big thing was being on the leader's shoulder. ... I didn't have to push [jostle] too much. I could watch the race unfold on the jumbotron."

Steven Hooker, men's pole vault, 5.81m/19-0.75 NATIONAL RECORD: "I'm happy with what I jumped. This is my first indoor result. I was jumping on Hartwig's poles ... I had a really tough warmup and I had to work my way into the competition. Sometimes when you have a bad warm-up, it's a kick in the pants." On competing indoors for the first time: "I liked it. Indoors takes the wind out of the equation so you can made educated adjustments."

Marshevet Hooker, Visa women's 60 meters (7.24): On winning her first professional indoor race - "It feels really, really good. I'm blessed to be here. It was a great, great field, so I knew I'd have to perform. But I've still got work to do."

Shawn Crawford, Visa Men's 60 meters (6.55): "There were a lot of mistakes in that race. It was alright. It was the best start I've had. If you train hard and focus, you'll do well. ... I'm training with Stephen Hayes in Raleigh. He's the same strength coach I had in '04. I knew if I'm strong, I'll be able to run fast."

Alan Webb, men's mile run (3:55.18): "Everybody knew the pace was going to be fast, that the rabbit was supposed to go out in 1:54 and 2:23, so I don't know how anybody was surprised. By the time I got to 150 meters, I was alone already. I think my strength is already good. I think I'm more just getting used to running this fast and getting more confidence. I've been base training the last three years. Now I have the luxury to run fast indoors because of my strength. I'll be able to last all years on this base."