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Kameisha Bennett says there is "more to life besides track"

07/07/2008 at 06:00 PM ET

Kameisha_bennettTrack and field star Kameisha Bennett‘s dreams of participating in the 2008 Olympic games were dashed last week when she was unable to qualify in the womens 800m final.  The 27-year-old wife of Miami Dolphins tight end David Martin was quick to characterize her performance as "a disappointment…not a failure," however — and credited the couple’s children for her healthy outlook on the competition. 

In 2006 Kameisha and David learned that their now 5-year-old son Darius Elijah has autism, and together they have been focused on securing him "the best therapy possible." In addition, Kameisha gained "a ton of weight" while pregnant with the couple’s second son — 16-month-old Devon — and said she found the process of reclaiming her pre-baby body "really hard." Noting that she’s "been through a lot" over the last several years, Keisha said that her disappointing finish "is minor" and "is not everything." She added, "I see there are more things to life besides track."

Source: USA Track and Field; Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty.

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sy on

I’m sorry that she didn’t make the Olympic team, but very impressed with her attitude. She must be a great mom and her kids are lucky to have someone in their life like that.

chris on

What an inspiration!

Amillia on

Kameisha you have two babies and can still compete with the best runners in the US. You go girl!

You didn’t win BUT they don’t have TWO babies either!!! Keep your head held high because there are millions of mommies jealous of you (smile).

“A” for effort girlfriend!!!!

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