CALVIN C (FRA)
- Second 2:26:28
This marathon was won on the final sprint. This has always been part of my dreams. It is true: I always focuss on championships. We I go to the start line, I am always very well prepared. This was my very first marathon and I did it at a big championship. I believe this was a big advantage for me because I could focus on the race itself and did not try to go for a great time. A marathon - this is really something! It is a wonderful event, a great adventure! My little son Zaccaria was my silent strength during the race. When it got really hard for me around 30 km, I visualized the best moments with him, during three kilometers. And this helped me to stay with the leading duo.
It is true that when I prepared this marathon I really wanted to win it, but now I am very pleased with the silver medal. I gave everything I had. I would like to thank my family, my partner, my friends, the French federation and Mehdi Baala. I am so proud to be part of the French team.
MAZURONAK V (BLR)
- Winner 2:26:22
I am so glad and also relieved I managed to win. I knew that I was able to run a solid time but I did not expect the girls would be so strong. Until the very end, I was not sure about my victory and had to push it a lot. The race was very difficult especially because the complication at the beginning. Suddenly, the blood started to flow out of my nose and I thought it was going to stop quickly but it was strong. Fortunatelly, I managed it and it did not affect me in the end. But I know it must look horrible. But it is a sport and those things happen. I think that it could also be because of the change of the weather as the conditions were changing comparing to what we had during the trainings. And it also happened to me during the training before. I do not know why.
We did not cooperate with the other girls from my country because we have different coaches and we did our individual race.
My first big individual medal. I am so happy for it, the level of the race was so high. The fans really supported us and it helped a lot. The atmosphere was amazing.
VRABCOVÁ-N. E (CZE)
- Third 2:26:31 NR
I was very desperate yesterday. Everything was going wrong. The training was not going well and I even did not get to the marathon pace yesterday. I did not want to even talk to my coach, my husband Martin Vrabec, and I also turned off my mobile phone. It was a very difficult race and I was not aiming the national record at all. I was focued on every step I take and in each lap, I had a part where I really had pain and suffered a bit. But the last three kilometres were the most crucial and I was really pushing hard to not to lose the contact with the girls in front. It can happen so easy that you lose a minute in the last kilometres. The French was excellent.
This medal was my dream. Now, I hope the celebration will be huge. My next plan is to have ten days without running and then, we will see. Maybe the half marathon in Usti nad Labem.