Sept. 5, 2011
For Immediate Release Contact: Michael Bruscas August 29, 2011
DAEGU, Korea - Former Husky Mike Sayenko competed in his first IAAF World Track & Field Championships on Sunday, running the marathon on the final day of competition and finishing 37th for Team USA. He was the second-highest finishing American in a time of two hours and 22-minutes.
Sayenko said afterwards that he had been coping with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and the pain was persistent throughout his run through Daegu. "Through the first kilometer, I could already feel it," said Sayenko. "It got pretty rough around 6k, and I wasn't sure I'd actually finish the race."
He persisted, however, and endured the pain as best he could.
"I was running with some Spaniards up until 15k, when I got dropped. At that point, the pain got pretty rough, and all the negative thoughts started popping up. Then I started getting into a zone; running by myself helped, then I got into a groove, running 3:25 (kilometers). I ran like that the rest of the way, and started picking people off. The pain in the foot calmed down, but I felt it the rest of the way."
The splits back up Sayenko, as he was back in 52nd-place at the 15 kilometer mark. At the halfway point he was still just 54th, but over the last 15 kilometers he passed more than a dozen competitors to get into the top-40.
"My goal was to finish in the top 20-25, so it wasn't exactly the race I was looking for," he said. Still, a great experience and quite an achievement to finish for Team USA and represent the UW admirably.