Norwegian marathon runner Sondry Nordstad Moen (31) tested positive for COVID-19 the day after he was given his third vaccine in February. Since then, he’s struggled to find shape. That is why he gave up the World Championships in Athletics in just two months.
– I accepted the condition in Seville in February, he says with the goal of qualifying for a marathon for the world championships in Oregon on the West Coast of the USA from July 15-24.
In Seville on February 20, he made a 2.10.48 time and finished 23rd, having gone heavy at the end of the 42km.
– It was a strange race. About 19 to 20 kilometers away, in three minutes, I got shallow breaths. Four days later, he tested positive for the coronavirus. He says it’s just going to be speculation – but he thinks he might actually be infected.
Before he was vaccinated for the third time and was already diagnosed with the coronavirus.
When asked if what happened was the main reason why he didn’t appear on the starting line at the World Cup, he answered in the affirmative: “It’s that simple.”
– I still had COVID-19 in February. I’ve been training for the past couple of months, but not as much training and intensity as usual. The look has varied, but I haven’t responded to any particularly good efforts, he says.
He had known what he describes as muscle weakness and a pulse that was higher than normal. At the moment he is not ready for marathon training.
The foundation of training is too weak to run in such a long race in July, says Sondre Nordstad Moen.
He thinks he went on to make a fuss during the marathon at last year’s Tokyo Olympics as well. It has nothing to do with the coronavirus. He “thought” that a relatively long period in the heat, to accustom the body to the expected high temperature and humidity in Tokyo, might have been the cause. Finished at 40 Far from the top ten.
He also says that a special course exceeding 40 km at a speed of 2.10 (his marathon time in Seville) led him to “burn the candle on both ends”, and at the same time noting that he still did not understand that he was not among the top ten in August in Tokyo – which then was not as hot and humid as expected.
in early december He had to break a marathon in Valencia After having food poisoning in the days before starting. It is believed that before “destroying” it was good for 2.06 to 2.07. His personal record is 2.05.48 – then the European record From Fukuoka, Japan, in December, four and a half years ago.
Two years ago, he was quick from Corona in Kenya:
Qualifying time for the marathon to European Athletics Championships In Munich on August 15 it is 2.14.30, four minutes weaker than his race in Seville on February 20. Sondre Nordstad Moen doesn’t feel ripe for 42,195 meters there either. He leans about 10,000 meters on August 21 and 25 laps on the track at the Old Olympic Stadium.
I focus on training what the body allows. I hope to get some answers when I come down from altitude now, says Sondre Nordstad Moen – from his altitude training residence in Italy’s Sestriere (2000m above sea level).
He adds that his real plan is to run the 10,000m during the European Cup in Rennes, France on May 28, and that his result there will give him a spot on the Norwegian mile team at the European Championship.
The 10,000m EC is a perfect fit when it comes to the championships this summer. The next marathon won’t tan until I build up a bit and my body isn’t affected by the effects of Covid, he says.
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