and so we lose niklas sjoblom of sweden and angelika huemer-toff, the austrian champion.

angelika had a splendid outing, improving her best performance by 18 yards from 44 to 52.

still there were tears.

it gets harder with each runner

they have invested so much of themselves in pursuit of a dream.

the long process of qualifying

the difficulty of international travel

the training

the preparation

and so much sweat and pain on the course.


they have survived the early rounds

and made it to money time.

they have watched as the number on the field has shrunk and shrunk.


and then the dream is shattered.


but that is the truth of all sports

the joy of victory is paid for with the sorrow of defeat.

if success was guaranteed to all

it would bring no joy.