Volha Mazuronak wins marathon, despite suffering with a nose bleed during the race

Belarusian runner Volha Mazuronak won the European women’s marathon at the weekend, despite suffering with a nosebleed in the opening stages of the race in Berlin. Mazuronak, 29, won the race in 2:26:22.

Just 30 minutes into the race, Mazuronak can be seen wiping nose in an attempt to stem the bleeding. Despite fears that the bleed might cause her to lose her place in the lead pack, Mazuronak managed to carry on with the front runners.

Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe told the BBC Mazuronak’s breathing was her “biggest factor” in light of the nosebleed, saying: “It’s very unusual, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it, especially in the early stages of a marathon.”

Later in the race Mazuronak managed to wipe her face clean with a wet sponge, before going on to win the marathon, despite taking a wrong turn near the finish. French runner Clemence Calvin finished six seconds after Mazuronak, winning silver and the Czech athlete Eva Vrabcova Nyvltova took bronze.

Tracey Barlow was the highest of the five British runners, finishing 15th in the race.

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