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Jessica Augusto will compete on Sunday for the first time in the flagship women`s marathon Olympic Games in London, a city where the Portuguese athlete was "always happy" and that gives "good feeling".
After the 3000m and 5000m hurdles in Pequim`2008, the Portuguese athlete decided to bet everything on the marathon and will run the 42.195 kilometers in search of the "best possible result." "It`s the peak of his career. I trained and worked for it. I have a good `feeling`. I`ve always been happy here and for me it`s marathons in London," said athlete, 30, told reporters.
Jessica reaches Londres`2012 with only two marathons in the curriculum: it was 8. First classified in the British capital in 2011 and eventually gave up in New York. "I prepared to run a certain pace and not worry too much about my opponents. On the day we`ll see. What has to be will be," he said.
The athlete, who was born in Paris, the state ensures that time is "indifferent" to the test results. "I like heat, like rain in our country we have everything, so I`m prepared for anything. Time will not interfere," he said.
In the women`s marathon, Jessica Augusto will have the company of Dulce Felix, which will debut at the Olympics, and Marisa Barros, who was 32. Th ranked Pequim`2008. "To be here to say that I am one of the best athletes in the world. He liked to stay in the `top 10` and I am here with that goal," pointed Dulce Felix.
The athlete Guimaraes, 29, appeared in London as the most recent European champions of 10,000, a testament to "completely different" marathon. "My feet are firmly on the ground. I won a medal that has nothing to do with the marathon and was a championship of Europe. Here are the best around the world. I want to honor Portugal and give my best, I can only promise that "he said.
Meanwhile, Marisa Barros is "motivated and focused" to try to finish the proof of the first 16 classified in a race "always unstable and that anything can happen." "I found a very good environment and be part of this scenario is extraordinary. We have all a very big responsibility because we are representing our country and we have the entire nation with his eyes fixed on us, but we must be quiet," the athlete Porto, 32 years.
The marathon is scheduled for Sunday, starting on the 11 hours, along a path created by the River Thames which includes stints in the British capital`s historic areas, such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Cathedral of St. Paul and Big Ben.