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Kalmer sisters seal top 10 spots at Vienna Marathon
- Updated: April 13, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
The Kalmer sisters claimed sixth and ninth spots respectively at Sunday’s Vienna Marathon in Austria.
In conditions anything but calm, two-time Olympian Rene clocked 2hr 33min 21sec and younger sister Christine 2:39:16.
Importantly those times were both good enough to qualify them for the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Beijing, China later this year.
Speaking to Road to Rio 2016 just after her race, Rene said the race was tough in more ways than one.
‘It definitely wasn’t the time I was hoping for but circumstances weren’t great for fast time. It was extremely wind and what made it more difficult was that I was basically running on my own for 38 kilometres.’
The race was won by Switzerland’s Maj Neuenschwander in 2:30:09.
Results are testimony to Kalmer’s ‘time-trial’ of a race. Fifth placed Anna Hahner (last year’s winner) was timed at 2:30:50, almost three minutes ahead of Kalmer and it was another 1min 22sec gap between her and seventh placed Fate Tola.
‘The pacemakers went out faster than planned so I just stuck to my own goal, averaging 3:30-30:33 per kilometre as the wind allowed. I’m super proud with Christine’s marathon debut, especially with circumstances not being ideal. She was even on pace to qualify for the Olympics until the last 10km and then the marathon “got a bit long”.
‘Now we’re looking forward to our post marathon holiday, exploring Salzbug and Budapest for the week.’