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Diamond League Shanghai

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Ohh the aching in my legs and butt are the worst. Unfortunately the physiotherapist was already fully booked. The excitement, the aching and my jetlag caused for the worst night of sleep ever and I had to wake up early to catch my flight to Beijing. That’s right Beijing, on Wednesday I was also running a World Challenge (one level beneath a Diamond League competition). Meeting in the “Birdsnest” the Olympic Stadium from the Olympics in 2008. Not one, but two amazing competitions in one week, I felt like such a lucky girl! In Beijing,  a girl from the South African group I trained with,Wenda Nel, was also running, so I was no longer alone.

First stop: the masseuse. My legs where still so sore from the race. Wenda knew another hurdle girl Georganne Moline and she invited us to go to the Silk market with her and her friend, a high jumper Jesse Williams. I am really bad at knowing who is who in athletics so when we were back at the hotel I figured I would Yahoo my new friends. ( Not Google because in China they block almost everything, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, basically my whole life. They do not block the red “you have new messages” bubble on your phone however. Not so funny when you just ran your first Diamond League and the red “you have new messages” bubble is constantly coming up!) It turned out that my new friends weren’t just your regular athletes.  Georganne became fifth at the London Olympics in 2012 when she was only 22 years old and Jesse became World Champ High jump in 2011.

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  1. Joan

    Nice to read how you as an athlete experience the track adventure! Very inspiring Bianca!