European Championships 2018: Volha Mazuronak wins marathon despite nosebleed

VOLHA MAZURONAK won her first ever international marathon at the European Championships – despite being covered in blood.

The Belarusian, 29, suffered a nosebleed early on in the race but battled on to win the race in a time of 2hr 26min 22secs on the streets of Berlin.

 Volha Mazuronak suffered a nosebleed early on the women's marathon at the European Championships in Berlin

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Volha Mazuronak suffered a nosebleed early on the women's marathon at the European Championships in Berlin
 The Belarusian carried on to win the gold medal, her first major race win in her career

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The Belarusian carried on to win the gold medal, her first major race win in her career
 Mazuronak almost took a wrong turn with less than a mile to go but held on to win

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Mazuronak almost took a wrong turn with less than a mile to go but held on to win

She also nearly took a wrong turn with less than a mile to go in the race but held on for victory.

France's Clemence Calvin took silver while bronze was taken by Eva Vrabcova Nyvltova of the Czech Republic.

Paula Radcliffe explained that the "biggest factor" in overcoming the bloodbath was Mazuronak's breathing.

Radcliffe, who has held the world record for the women's marathon for over 15 years, said: "It's very unusual, I don't think I've ever seen it, especially in the early stages of a marathon."

 She also holds her national record for the women's marathon

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She also holds her national record for the women's marathon
 The 29-year-old appeared to have cleared up her face before she crossed the line

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The 29-year-old appeared to have cleared up her face before she crossed the line
 Mazuronak, centre, with Calvin Clemence, left, and Eva Vrabcova Nyvltova on the podium

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Mazuronak, centre, with Calvin Clemence, left, and Eva Vrabcova Nyvltova on the podium

Mazuronak had never before won gold at a major international race, finishing second in the 5000m at the European Team Championships and the Military World Games in 2015.

She holds the national record for the women's marathon, setting her time of 2hr 23min 54secs in the London Marathon two years ago.

Aleksandra Duliba has thrice gone quicker than Mazuronak's record but her timings were annulled when she received a two-year ban in 2016 for breaking anti-doping regulations.

The 2018 European Championships, held across Berlin and Glasgow, started on August 2 and conclude today.

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VOLHA MAZURONAK won her first ever international marathon at the European Championships – despite being covered in blood.