In unusually warm weather, Domantsevich competed finally against Ethiopians Halima Hassen and Seada Kadir Adilo, who finished second and third respectively. The Belarusian set the pace for most of the race, breaking away after 35km to set a personal record of 2 hours, 33 minutes and 53 seconds. This is Marina’s third win over a long distance, having claimed victory in Riga in 2010 and in Lodz in 2011.
“I wanted to show an even better result but, due to the weather, it was impossible. I simply concentrated only winning. My target this season was to qualify for the Olympics, which I’ve achieved,” smiles Marina.
Record coupled with ticket to London
Belarus’ Marina Domantsevich wins traditional international marathon in Slovakian Kosice