The speedskater’s trainer said he could have went at least 10 minutes faster.
Apolo Anton Ohno ran his first half marathon this past Sunday at the Chicago Half Marathon where he clocked in a 1:40:59 finish.
The world champion short-track speedskater was among 20,000 runners who gathered at the 16th annual race that started along Lake Shore Drive and finished in Jackson Park to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Ohno participated in the race as part of his training for the ING New York City Marathon, which he’ll be running November.
His trainer and pacer, Todd Rushworth, says their strategy going into the Chicago Half was to run it as if it were just a training run.
“We could have hit 1:30 or less, but the idea is to keep the expectations of everyone realistic for New York,” said Rushworth. “Apolo wanted to hit hard but I kept reeling him in. I even had to fake a weak hamstring so he wouldn’t take off around the 11-mile mark!”
Prior to the race, Ohno and Rushworth met with a group of bloggers as part of an “Eat and Greet” event with Subway to discuss his training and answer any of their health and fitness questions. Ohno will run his first 20-miler this weekend.