From kidney failure to goat blood, here are 10 memorable quotes from the World Track and Field Championships:
- “My parents wanted me to be a great university student, but I wanted to become a good athlete.” — Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, after becoming the first athlete from his country to win an Olympic or World Track and Field Championships gold medal and the first teenager to win an Olympic or World Championships marathon. (IAAF)
- “I gave the race away the last five meters.” — Justin Gatlin on losing to Usain Bolt by .01 in the 100m final. (USATF)
- “She had this once-in-a-lifetime moment. I feel like it kind of slipped through my fingers.” — Molly Huddle on celebrating before the finish and losing a bronze medal to countrywoman Emily Infeld. (Universal Sports)
“I hate to take a medal away from a teammate and fellow American. … I don’t mean to snipe someone or do that. I feel like that’s kind of like a [expletive] way to get it, so I feel kind of bad now.” — Infeld (LetsRun)
- “A new queen Dibaba is arriving.” — Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba after winning the 1500m, joining her two sisters as World medalists. (New York Times)
- “I’ve put in my time.” — Allyson Felix, before winning her first World Championship in the 400m following three 200m World titles, on if the Rio Olympic track and field schedule should be changed to accommodate her running the 200m and 400m at the Games, as it was for Michael Johnson in 1996. (New York Times)
- “The rumor I’m trying to start right now is that Justin Gatlin paid him off.” — Usain Bolt on being run over by a cameraman on a Segway.
“I want my money back. He didn’t complete the job.” — Justin Gatlin in response (press conference).
- “This bronze medal is going to shine brighter than my gold.” — Olympic champion Aries Merritt on finishing third in the 110m hurdles with kidney function less than 20 percent and four days before he would receive a kidney transplant from his sister. (LetsRun)
- “It was unfortunate that she had to struggle, and I had to benefit from that. But her day will come.” — Ashton Eaton, after breaking his decathlon world record, on his wife, Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who earlier took silver in the heptathlon. (IAAF)
- “I’m going to cut the goat … and drink the blood.” — Kenyan Maasai warrior Elijah Manangoi on his celebration after taking silver in the 1500m. (LetsRun)
- “We came here to kick ass. We kicked ass.” — Canadian coach Peter Eriksson after the nation won eight medals, its best-ever World Championships total. (CBC)
U.S. finishes World Championships with fewest medals since 2003