Belarus’ Volha Mazuronak won gold at the European Athletics Championships women’s marathon in Berlin on Sunday, 12 August.
Despite suffering from a horrendous nosebleed.
Volha Mazuronak was crowned European marathon champion after surviving a severe nosebleed and a wrong turn at the finish.
The Belarusian, who was fifth in the Rio Olympics, took part in the thrilling race along with fifty-six women from 20 countries.
For most of the time she controlled the race, but was hindered by nosebleeds which left her face and hands covered in blood.
After dousing herself in water, the 29-year-old continued the race slowly shaking off her rivals except the French marathon debutant Clemence Calvin.
And when it seemed victory is in her pocket, Volha took the wrong direction and had to belatedly readjust her tactics.
Despite all the hardships, the Belarusian athlete demonstrated superb form and speed crossing the finish line.
She clocked the third fastest winning time in the history of these championships – 2hr 26min 22sec.
Volha Mazuronak became the first ever Belarusian woman to win a continental title.
Later she received the congratulations from Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko.
“Your victory in the individual and team standings is not just a significant achievement but also an example of dedication and courage.
The country is proud of you!” the message of greetings reads.
Photo courtesy: Reuters