Romanian Constantina Tomescu-Dita ran for the Gold Sunday in the Women's Marathon at the Olympics in Beijing. The 38-year-old finished in 2:26:44, twenty-two seconds ahead of silver medalist Catherine Ndereba of Kenya and 23 seconds ahead of Chou Chunxiu, who earned the bronze at home in China.
Click here for the full story on Yahoo!Sports.
2004 Bronze-medalist Deena Kastor, the would-be top contender for Team USA, pulled out of the race shortly after the three-mile mark when, apparently, she "heard something pop" and realized she had just sustained a broken bone in her right foot.
“As athletes, we have ups and downs,” she is quoted in the above-linked Yahoo! article. “Unfortunately, you can’t pick the days they come on."
Now, that's the winning spirit I like to see. Can't say so much for some of the other Olympic contenders this time around, huh?
The Men's Marathon is scheduled for this Sunday, Aug. 23.