I had started as an average athlete - a normal boy. It took me three years to win a race. I was glad that I endured those three years - that I did not give up.
The athlete of today is not an athlete alone. He's the center of a team - doctors, scientists, coaches, agents and so on.
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
You can't climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your aim too high and don't fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that's reasonable, and then gradually raise it.
There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race.