Defending Boston Champion Teyba Erkesso Worried About Ankle Injury

by Chris Lotsbom
April 15, 2011
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BOSTON (15-Apr) -- Teyba Erkesso's smile is a city block wide whenever someone mentions the Boston Marathon.  The 28-year-old Ethiopian won the 2010 edition of the Hopkinton-to-Boston race in 2:26:11, holding off a fast charging Tatyana Pushkareva by three seconds.  Under a white Nike cap, her smile made her face gleam at the marathon's media session here today.

But that smile faded a bit when she was asked how she was feeling today.  Through a well-qualified interpreter, Sabrina Yohannes, Erkesso disclosed that she was concerned about a twist she suffered to her left ankle five days before traveling to Boston.

"I am very happy to be back in Boston, but shortly before I came here, I had a slight problem with my ankle, and for that reason I am not feeling so great," she said.  "I twisted it during training, and it gave me a lot of pain.  I actually have a lot of pain with it when I walk."

At this point she still plans to start the race and give her best to defend her title.  Boston is a very important race to her.

"Not just in your life, but in general, winning a major marathon like this, is very important, you leave a legacy," she said.  "Even if something should happen to you after that, you have marked your name down in history."

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