Two nosebleeds, his face covered in blood and then a wrong turn … but Mazuronak still wins a marathon

The Belarusian Volha Mazuronak produced the most successful screens to take the title on Sunday

Two nosebleeds, his face covered in blood and then a wrong turn … but Volha Mazuronak still manages to win a marathon in the European Championship

  • Mazuronak suffered a nosebleed in the early stages of the Berlin race
  • Then he took the wrong direction in a sharp turn and had to readjust late
  • The Belarusian finished ahead of Clemence Calvin and Eva Vrabcova Nyvltova

Reuters

Belarusian Volha Mazuronak overcame severe nosebleeds and a late navigation error before racing to victory in a dramatic women's marathon at the European Championships on Sunday.

The little-known Belgian Koen Naert gave a very different triumph, enjoying the race of his life to flee the men's field after the 19-mile mark and win by more than a minute and a half in a new championship record 2 hours and 9 minutes 51 seconds.

Mazuronak produced the most steely screen to take the title after suffering twice from nosebleeds that left his face covered in blood in the early stages of the race through the streets and tourist attractions of the city center of Berlin.

The Belarusian Volha Mazuronak produced the most successful screens to take the title on Sunday

The Belarusian Volha Mazuronak produced the most successful screens to take the title on Sunday

After submerging in water to be able to see her well on a warm morning, the 29-year-old favorite, fifth in the Olympics, kept her balance, kept the pace and broke everyone, except French rookie marathoner Clemence Calvin.

However, just as it seemed to have opened a potentially decisive gap over the former 10,000 meter Calvin silver medalist with a kilometer to the left, Mazuronak took the wrong direction in a sharp turn and was slow to readjust, allowing the Frenchwoman to return to the terms.

However, even that could not derail Mazuronak, as he regrouped and raced to the finish line next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on 2:26:22, and eventually overtook Calvin for six seconds to become the first Belarussian to win the event.

The 29-year-old woman suffered nosebleeds in the early stages that left her face covered in blood

The 29-year-old woman suffered nosebleeds in the early stages that left her face covered in blood

The 29-year-old woman suffered nosebleeds in the early stages that left her face covered in blood

Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova, who had stayed with the first two until the last round, set a Czech record of 2:26:31 for the bronze.

Naert, whose previous best performance in a largely professional race had also arrived in this city when he finished fifth as the best European in the 2015 Berlin Marathon, was a revelation as he broke the field with an acceleration in time between 25 and the 30 kilometers marks

The 28-year-old showed an excellent way to get away from his pursuers and had enough time to grab a Belgian flag from the crowd that covers the end and lift it when he became the first man from his country since Karel Lismont in Helsinki 1971 to win title

Tadesse Abraham, of Eritrean origin, from Switzerland, was able to celebrate a silver medal on his 36th birthday when he came home as a distant second finalist in 2:11:24, while the Italian Yassin Rachik took the bronze in his best life 2:12:09

Mazuronak managed to maintain his focus despite going in the wrong direction in a sharp turn

Mazuronak managed to maintain his focus despite going in the wrong direction in a sharp turn

Mazuronak managed to maintain his focus despite going in the wrong direction in a sharp turn

Mazuronak sprayed himself with water to see it correctly and win the race

Mazuronak sprayed himself with water to see it correctly and win the race

Mazuronak sprayed himself with water to see it correctly and win the race

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