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Kalmer takes sixth place in Yokohama Marathon

By Mark Etheridge

Olympian Rene Kalmer erased the bad memories of her last marathon when she raced to sixth spot at the Yokohama Marathon in Japan on Sunday.

It was Kalmer’s second crack at this event. Two years ago she qualified for the London Olympics with a 2hr 29min 59sec personal best as she ended fifth.

On this occasion her time was a bit off the pace at 2:32:39.

But she was philosophical about her race, seven months after the Boston marathon.

“I’m still pretty satisfied with my run today,” she told Road to Rio 2016. “Up to the 30km mark I was on 2:28 pace and then just really battled the last 7km.

“I was running in the chasing pack up to about 21km before we scattered. I went through halfway in 73:48 and feeling very strong and in control but then I found myself in no man’s land for the┬á last 10km and kind of hit the wall.”

Looking backwards and then forwards she said: “After the tough year I’m satisfied with my time and already looking forward to my next marathon. I’m glad I got to put my bad run at Boston marathon now behind me.”

During Boston she suffered a torn calf muscle and then had the post-race trauma after the fatal bombings near the finish line.

“I’m looking forward to a nice holiday on Phuket now and then I’ll start planning for 2014.”

The race victory went to Russia’s Albina Mayorova. The veteran athlete was running an incredible 34th marathon and crossed the line in 2:25:55.