Olympic marathoners ready to go the distance in New York

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Women's Marathon - Medal Ceremony - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 8, 2021. Bronze medallist Molly Seidel of the United States celebrates connected the podium REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Molly Seidel's 2021 plans erstwhile seemed tenable - the American would vie astatine the Tokyo Olympics and past hole to enactment up successful Sunday's New York City Marathon.

However, having won bronze successful the marathon astatine the Games successful August, the 27-year-old connected Thursday conceded that the docket had been "a batch harder than I thought it was going to be."

Seidel is 1 of 13 Tokyo Olympians and 15 Paralympians competing successful the 50th New York City Marathon aft mounting speech the emblematic model for rest, recuperation and grooming that an elite region runner would usually schedule.

"Originally erstwhile we signed connected to this, successful my caput 3 months is like, 'Oh, that's truthful overmuch time'," Seidel told reporters.

"Then with – evidently everything that happened astatine the Games, conscionable the affectional and carnal toll coming disconnected of that – it took a small spot longer to benignant of get backmost into the plaything of things."

With galore marathon runners - from the elites to the novices - usually allowing astatine slightest 12 weeks to physique up their mileage, the 13-week turnaround is an eye-popping achievement.

Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya said she was motivated by the accidental to vie successful her "dream race" - aft watching compatriot and mentor Mary Keitany triumph successful New York 4 times - and that opting retired was simply not successful the cards.

"I was preparing mentally due to the fact that I knew aft the Olympics I was going to beryllium coming to tally successful the New York City Marathon," Jepchirchir, 28, told reporters.

Rio 2016 Olympian Jared Ward, who did not vie successful the 2020 Games but is aiming for a podium spot connected Sunday, said it was unwise to number retired immoderate Olympic runners attempting the gruelling schedule, with their fine-tuned endurance an advantage.

"That would beryllium a pugnacious turnaround for me," said the 33-year-old American. "There’s a batch of radical that tin bash it, truthful I don’t deliberation I number immoderate of those runners out. They were successful (the Olympics marathon in) Sapporo, truthful they’re good."

Abdi Nageeye, who won metallic for the Netherlands astatine the Tokyo Games, told reporters helium did not instrumentality overmuch downtime, with his medal a people connected his backmost for squad mates and rivals alike.

"For us, it’s conscionable that infinitesimal with the media and things, and past you person to spell back," the 32-year-old said. "You can’t conscionable beryllium there."

Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Ken Ferris

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