World Record Holder Wang Junxia Wins in 10,000-Meter Trials Final
BEIJING (AP) _ World record-holder Wang Junxia won the women’s 10,000-meter Olympics qualifying final Wednesday in 31 minutes, 11.59 seconds.
It was a slower time than on Tuesday, when Wang won the 10,000 in 31.01.75, a time 3.23 seconds faster than last season’s world best, set by Fernanda Ribeiro of Portugual.
``I was tired after yesterday’s heat, so today I just wanted to win,″ said Wang, who set the world 3,000- and 10,000-meter records in 1993.
Wang broke with controversial coach Ma Junren in 1994 in a bitter dispute. She has been coached since July by Mao Dezhen.
Wang told the China Sports Daily the two coaches had different styles, but said she could not give any concrete examples. The state-run Xinhua News Agency quoted her as saying her new coach was ``a helping coach.″
When Wang and other runners split with Ma, they said he was tyrannical and kept their prize money. Now, as Wang looks ahead to her first Olympics, she has halted her criticism.
Instead, she said she was honored to have been coached by both Ma and Mao.
Asked if she was confident about winning a gold in the 10,000 meters at the Atlanta Olympics, Wang said she had not run in international competition for two years, but knew there were some strong opponents.
``I don’t know how fast I can run at the Olympics, but I will try my best to win,″ Xinhua quoted her as saying.
In the final day of trials in Nanjing on Wednesday, Ren Xiujuan was second in the women’s 10,000 in 31:13.21, followed by Wang Mingxia in 31:31.14.
In the women’s shot put, 37-year-old Li Meisu, a bronze medalist at the Seoul Olympics and holder of the Asian record of 71 feet, 4 3/4 inches, made her first appearance since retiring in 1988 and took first with a throw of 63-7 1/2.
Huang Zhihong, the world champion in 1991 and 1993, was second in 63-6 3/4 and Sui Xinmei third in 61-7 1/2.
Li said she hoped to compete in Atlanta, but that a knee injury had hampered her training.