Tentative Christy Yiu preparing for a scorching run in Olympic marathon
Yiu ran two hours, 38 minutes and 24 seconds at the Prague marathon to seal qualification for Rio and hopes to go better
Christy Yiu Kit-ching admits she’s feeling tentative about the Olympics marathon on Sunday, struggling with jet lag and wary of the weather.
The course goes from the Sambadrome – where the city’s famous samba schools compete during carnival – through a route designed to show off Rio’s highlights to the world before looping back.
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Although the route is pretty much completely flat, the forecast is for another scorcher despite the fact it’s allegedly winter in the southern hemisphere, with zero cloud cover and the sunshine in the high 20s when the runners compete.
“Actually I am still feeling unsure,” said Yiu of her hopes.
“After arriving in Rio for a few days, I’ve gradually adapted to the time difference and have slept better the last two nights.
“Insomnia is a problem for me in every training camp with our new Japanese coach [Shinetsu Murao],” she joked, “but this time jet lag’s one of the reasons [rather than the coach’s tough training regime].”
Yiu ran two hours, 38 minutes and 24 seconds at the Prague marathon to seal qualification for Rio, and hopes to go better – weather permitting.
“My goal is 2:34,” she added. “I’ll just try to do it but the weather around noontime is quite sunny.”
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