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Question and answer with Viktor Rothlin

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发表于 2014-6-20 16:53 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
Switzerland’s Viktor Rothlin is one of the fastest European marathon runners in history with a 2:07:23 lifetime best from 2008 but the major championships arena is where he has really carved his niche.

Rothlin took a surprise silver medal at the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg which he followed up with a dramatic bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. The latter performance cemented Rothlin’s status as a dangerman at the major championships and while he couldn’t replicate this level of performance at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, a patent, even-paced display was rewarded with a top-six performance.

In sweltering conditions, Rothlin decisively won the 2010 European title in Barcelona and four years later, the 39-year-old will be aiming to cap a lucrative career with a defence of his title on home soil in Zurich.

Worldrunning.com caught up with the Swiss strongman in the week leading up to the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, where he will line up alongside the likes of Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto.


Worldrunning.com: The main goal this year is the European Championships in Zurich. How is your training going at the moment?

Viktor Rothlin: I'm training right now in St. Moritz in perfect conditions. It's still two months to go, but right now I'm on the right way.


WR.com: You often prepare for big races by training at altitude in Kenya. Have you been there this winter to get ready for the season?

VR: Yes, I was there for three weeks in January. That time in my home country Switzerland is very cold and I had great conditions in Kenya to prepare my last season.


WR.com: Where does the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon fit into your plans, and what are you hoping to achieve?

VR: The Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon is the endpoint of a very hard training period up in St. Moritz. I will fly direct from altitude to the race. That race will show me what I have to do in the last eight weeks of training before the European Championships in Zurich. I hope I can run fast and with a good body feeling.


WR.com: You have an excellent championships record and you seem to cope better than most with hot conditions. What makes you suited to adverse conditions?

VR: I don't know. Maybe I'm more Kenyan than Swiss in my mind…


WR.com: Which race was the most difficult you've competed in, and why?

VR: The 2007 World Championships in Osaka. That race was in such difficult conditions. It was very hot and humid, and it was an unbelievable finish. With two kilometres to go, I was fifth but I crossed the finish line in third.


WR.com: You've had a lot of great moments in your career, particularly in the marathon. Which ones stand out for you in particular, and why?

VR: My sixth-place finish as first non-African-born runner in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. On that day, I would have run 2:06 or faster in a regular race with pacemakers and good climate conditions.


WR.com: Back in 2008, you ran a lifetime best of 2:07:23 in the Tokyo Marathon. Could you describe a typical training week in the build-up to that race?

VR: In a typical training week I would have run around 220km, with one long run and two interval sessions.


WR.com: Do you have a favourite, and a least favourite training session?

VR: I like 3x 3km/2km/1km but I don't like long interval sessions such as 4x 5km. The hardest session I did is 35km in 3:25 per kilometre and on the top, a 3x1000m on the track in 2:55.


WR.com: How much time do you take off after running a marathon, and how do you build back up to your normal training?

VR: After a marathon, I take three weeks off. After that, I just run easy for three weeks and after that, I need another six or eight weeks until I'm back in normal marathon training.


WR.com: The motto on your website is 'if you can dream it, you can do it.’ Where did this motto come from?

VR: Normally before big races I start to dream about it and I saw my result in my dreams a few days before the race.


WR.com: What is your message to those who say non-African runners cannot compete at the highest level in distance running?

VR: You are right! But non-African runners can still win medals at big championship races.

PUBLISHED: 19 Jun 2014
 楼主| 发表于 2014-6-20 16:54 | 显示全部楼层
Question and answer with Viktor Rothlin
Viktor Rothlin has been one of the best European marathon runners over the past decade. Here he answers some of our quick-fire questions.
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