Boston tragedy in Olympic gold medallist's thoughts

Tiki Gelana pictured crossing the finishing line to win the London 2012 women's marathon.
Tiki Gelana pictured crossing the finishing line to win the London 2012 women's marathon. Credit: DAVE HUNT/AAP/Press Association Images

Olympic women's marathon champion Tiki Gelana said it has been a struggle to force the shocking images of the Boston bombings from her mind ahead of this weekend's London Marathon.

The Ethiopian told Press Association Sport: "It is not so easy [to put Boston out of your mind].

"As a human being you feel sorry for the people affected because of what happened. You think about it now and then."

"But I am here to run, I am an athlete," she continued. "London is a big marathon to win. Even with what happened in Boston, you come here to win. To win in London would mean a lot."

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