Anezka Drahotova couldn’t hide her joy following her world junior record* in the 10,000m race walk, the first of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, but is already setting bigger goals at the senior level.
“It is a very special feeling. I expected the world record. Before going to bed, I thought it would a dream to break it here, but first I wanted to win and then go for the world record. I was really motivated for this race,” a smiling Drahotova told reporters following her 42:47.25 performance at Hayfield Field on the second day in Eugene.
She credited her twin sister, Eliska, for a hand in the world record. “I appreciate having her by my side.” Eliska, third at the 2013 European Junior Championships, didn’t make it to the finish line on this occasion as she was disqualified.
In addition to 36 rivals on the start line, the versatile athlete had to battle steady rain during the time she was on the track, but neither her opponents nor the elements proved to be much of an obstacle.