Abdi tells non-believing reporter he wants to be on the podium on Monday: “Why not? l’ll give it my best shot. I’m gonna swing.”
April 18, 2014
Today at the pre-race press conference, John Hancock presented all of the elites running in Monday’s 2014 Boston Marathon – the 118th edition of the historic race.
Below you will find our Q&A with 4-time US Olympian Abdi Abdirahman. Abdi is in the same boat as many of the top Americans in Monday’s race. Like Brett Gotcher and Ryan Hall, he hasn’t finished a marathon since the 2012 US Olympic Trials.
Think that means the beginning of the end has arrived for the 37-year old? Don’t tell that to Abdi. Abdi very confidently laid out his expectations for Monday today. “”Things have been going great. It’s been a good buildup. I’m healthy,” said Abdi. That led to the following entertaining Q&A with Alex Lohr:
Reporter: (What are your) expectations?
There are seven guys going in who have run sub-2:05.
2:05 – Are they going to run that on Monday?
Do you think you can slug it out with them?
Why not:? It’s 26 miles. I’ll give it my best shot. I’m gonna swing.
Where does this confidence come from?
Has it been better than ever?
It’s been great, wonderful.
Much more from Abdi below.