Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships - DAP's Volha Mazuronak takes women’s marathon title in 2h26'22": silver for Italy's Abraham Tadesse

On the final day of the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships Demadonna's represented Volha Mazuronak of Belarus took the women’s marathon title in 2h26'22", after surviving a horrendous nose bleed and a wrong turn at the finish.

The 29-year-old Mazuronak looked comfortable in lead group from the start when suddenly her face was covered in blood only just after 30 minutes into the race, caused by a nose bleed. Mazuronak, fifth in the Rio Olympics, eventually was was able to clean up her face with a sponge at a water station and slowly pulled away from her rivals until only the French runner Clemence Calvin was left.

The two ran together throughout the last few hundred meters to the finish with Mazouronak working hard to establish a decisive advantage – only to then turn the wrong way, allowing Calvin to catch up. But the Belarus athlete had enough in the tank to power away and win in2h26'22".

Clemence Calvin took the runner up position six seconds back in 2h26'28", with Czech Republic’s Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova claiming bronze in a national record of 2h26'31".

In the men's marathon our Abraham Tadesse of Italy claimed the second position and silver medal with a time of 2h11'24", trailling Belgium’s Koen Naert who won the race in a championship record of 2h09'51"

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