“I'll keep training and it depends on the situation. We are not like other countries that plan for four years but we will keep going on… that's life”
"I felt them coming but my body didn't give me more. They were 7 minutes 11 seconds. I was 7 minutes 12 seconds - less than one second… disappointed.
"It was crazy. I don't know, I just didn't feel any power in my body. I couldn't stand after the race."
In 1960, at the Rome Olympics, Iraq won its one and only medal - a bronze by weightlifter Abdul Wahid Aziz, the best athlete to emerge from the country for a generation.
Rashid, who has recently got married, recounts the post-race conversation with his wife: "She called me and she said 'ok, don't worry, the important thing is you are fine', and I said 'yes, I am fine'."
Despite the obviously crushing sense of disappointment, Rashid was magnanimous in defeat.
"I will stay with the sport," he said. "It's not the end of the world if I don't go to the Olympic Games because we have the Arab Games and the Asian Games and if we get medals it's OK for Iraq.
"That's the sport. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose."
As for the Rio Olympics of 2016, who knows.
"I'll keep training and it depends on the situation. We are not like other countries that plan for four years but we will keep going on… that's life."
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