Nozomi Musembi Takamatsu is a Japanese runner with a Kenyan father. In 2014, she won Youth Olympic gold at 3000.
"I was DFL every time," she said, using the Osaka slang word betta for "last place." In October last year she lined up in an indoor track race in the States. "I told myself, 'If you're DFL this time then it's time to take some time off,'" she said
"It didn't go well over there," she said. "I'm not the type of person who gets depressed, but sometimes I cried and cried. There were times that I thought about quitting athletics, like I just didn't want to run anymore, but I think that just keeping small goals in sight reaped benefits."
Does this prove once and for all that the coach doesn't make the athlete? How many teenagers haven't developed under Al Sal? Chock, Sanchez, Cain, and now this woman.