LUSAPHO April, speaking from his hotel room in New York the day after coming third in the New York City Marathon, echoed the words of his East London coach, Karen Zimmerman, saying: "Well, we came here to win the race, but it was not to be.”
April, 31, reiterated how well his training had gone and that for the first time he had no injury or illness in the build up to a major marathon.
At the moment when Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai and Stanley Biwot made their break, April cramped and rather than give chase decided on a course of self-preservation by holding back. Biwot paid the price for his move and was reeled in by April and fast-finishing Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede at virtually the same moment.
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