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Conrad captures third spot in European race

Nolene Conrad ran her way on to the podium in Belgium at the weekend, her first of the European season, writes Mark Etheridge.

Racing the 3000-metre steeplechase event, Conrad took third in 10min 08.2sec in a race won by Ethiopian Tigest Getent Mekonnen in 10:04 from Italian Samiri Touria (in a personal best 10:06.6).

“It was a very good line-up with the European champion there [Touria] and five of the girls had run sub-10min this season,” Conrad told Road to Rio 2016.

“Three of them ran with me in my previous two races and I beat them today, excepting for the Ethiopian girl.”

Conrad said the wind was a real factor in the race. “But I felt great. My next race is on 12 June in Nijmegen, Netherlands and it’s a flat 3000m so I’m hoping to run a fast time thereÔǪ if the weather plays along.”


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