Not that she’s looking to stop, now she’s enjoying it.
Since Berlin 2009, the 36-year-old Portuguese race walker jointly has the most appearances at ten with German discus thrower Franka Dietzsch, having competed in every World Championships since 1991. Her career highlight during that time being the bronze medal she won at Helsinki in 2005.
Russian dominance of the podium places may well continue, but Feitor is looking forward with enthusiasm, intending to match her achievements and renew rivalries that helped inspire others to follow.
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“I’m enjoying my training and I think I can finally achieve a result”, said the 33 year old Portuguese race walker who has relatively thrived in IAAF World Championships in Athletics (bronze in Helsinki, fourth in Seville and fifth last year in Osaka) yet did not finish in the last World Cup and has had an Olympic run of luck showing 13th as her best placing, back in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Unfortunately, this week the 2005 World Championship 20km silver medallist has had to deal with the loss of some vital equipment for the modern-day globetrotting athlete.
“I had my car broken into and had my possessions stolen including my laptop computer, camera, iPod and Adidas kit..."