Posted by: Joe English | March 29, 2009

Racing — Kastor returns to competition with win at Shamrock 8K

Deena Kastor at the 2008 US Olympic Trials

Deena Kastor at the 2008 US Olympic Trials

CHICAGO — 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Deena Kastor returned to competition today with a win at the 30th anniversary edition of the Shamrock Shuffle 8K in Chicago. Kastor broke her foot in the Beijing Olympic Marathon and has been in recovery for the last seven months.

Kastor was among almost 14,000 runners who braved Mother Nature’s best display of Illinois Spring weather, in the form of snow and temperatures in the thirties. Almost 30,000 runners were registered for the race, but weather kept more than half at bay.

Emmanuel Korir won the overall title in a time of 24:18 with Kastor taking the women’s title in 27:15. Kastor holds the American Record at the 8K distance, which she set on the Shamrock Course in 2005, running 24:36. The slower times this year were likely caused by the cold weather and snow.

The Chicago Sun Times featured and excellent interview with Kastor today, in which she talks about her recovery from her injury in Chicago. She calls the last seven months, “the biggest downer I have ever had to face in my career as an athlete; well, the biggest downer I’ve had to face, period.” She went on to say that waiting for her foot to heal was one of the most difficult periods of her life.

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