Triyaningsih, the Indonesian top long-distance female runner, targeted to win a marathon gold medal at the upcoming 2010 Asian Games, the Jakarta Post quoted a coach as saying on Friday.

Coach Alwi Mugiyanto told the daily that even though Triyaningsih is projected to compete in the Games' marathon and 10- kilometer race events, he said his runner was more likely to excel in the marathon race.

“Tri has a greater chance to get a gold medal in the marathon because she becomes faster the longer she runs. Just like a racing car that becomes faster when the engine has warmed up,” Mr. Alwi said.

That's why, he added, Triyaningsih managed to break a record in the 10-kilometer race in Laos, but did not gain the same result in the shorter race, the 5-kilometer, despite winning a gold medal.

At December's 2009 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Laos, Tri won a gold medal for the 10-kilometer race, where she timed a new record of 32:49.47, and another carat from the 5-kilometer race with a 15:56.79 time.

Last Sunday, Triyaningsih came out as winner at the annual Hong Kong Marathon race where she timed 2 hours 47 minutes and 35 seconds.

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