The results of the women’s marathon were as follows: Kenyan Catharine Ndereba got the gold medal, Chinese Zhou Chunxiu the silver, and Japanese Reiko Tosa the bronze. And Tosa’s fighting spirit was marvelous!
By kilometer 38, there were 8 people; Kenyans Catherine Ndereba, Rita Jeptoo, and Edith Masai, Romanian Linda Simon, Chinese Zhou Chunxiu and Zhu Xialolin, and Japanese Reiko Tosa and Kiyoko Shimahara, in the leading group.
Around kilometer 40 Tosa came from behind Jeptoo and then got ahead of Zhu Xiaolin. I couldn’t believe my eyes when Tosa drew away. Probably the outstripped runners couldn’t believe their eyes either!
Tosa didn’t give up and tried to get a higher prize, but finally she won the bronze medal. It was the only one medal for Japan in the competition. Anyway, her miraculous indomitable sprit struck me. And I thought Ndereba was amazing!