A vegan runner is eyeing the 2021 Olympic games after smashing a national record.
Austria’s Andreas Vojta has had a fantastic 2020 despite the COVID19 restrictions – starting 2021 with a national record.
Vojta ran in Monaco, taking a place in the road 5 km. He is better known for racing on the track, where there is a separate 5,000m record for the different surface. Adapting to the conditions seemed to work well.
Vojta took the win and didn’t just break the previous record – he took six seconds off it.
He ran 13.49 and surprised many by saying he felt he didn’t run to his full potential. However, he knows he’s running well.
“I can’t point out one thing that’s pushing me right now, I just have a great overall feeling,” he told Great Vegan Athletes. “Last year was a very good one for me and I have the feeling I was able to continue work from the level I had in 2020 and improve even more.
“I’m feeling better in training every week and also getting better with my time management (which is important for recovery) and a solid nutrition at the moment.”
2021 Olympic Games
Vojta, who turned vegan in 2018, is also aiming at the year’s biggest stage.
“I’m positive I can transform this into some more personal records this year and pave the way to my second Olympic experience this summer in Tokyo!”
This piece has been republished with permission from Great Vegan Athletes. You can read the original article here