Desiree Davila was seconds away from making history on Monday.
Former Boston Marathon champion Alberto Salazar was in the media area of Monday’s Boston Marathon yelling at the television screen as he watched American Desiree Davila racing Caroline Kilel to the finish.
“I was so excited I was yelling and screaming with 300 [meters] to go,” Salazar recalled. Even though Kilel prevailed, Salazar contends that things are looking up for U.S. distance running in general. Ryan Hall finished fourth on the men’s side with a new American best, while Kara Goucher, Salazar’s athlete, finished with a personal best just seven months after giving birth. Still, Goucher was not happy with the fact that she couldn’t stay with the pack when it broke apart around mile 14, but she was excited about Davila’s performance.
“Desiree showed that an American is going to win this race, and I just want to be up there with her,” Goucher said.
With all the top-American placings, Salazar remains optimistic. “We’re knocking on the door,” he said. “Sooner or later we’re going to win.”
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