Miss Ukraine from war-hit nation finished London Marathon proudly draped in her country’s flag 


Miss Ukraine’s marathon glory: Former beauty queen from war-hit nation finished London run proudly draped in her country’s flag

  • Viktoriya Kiose, 29, ran the gruelling 26.2 miles and finished in under four hours
  • She fled homeland with fiance Kostiantyn Bidnenko, who also ran, in February
  • The couple ran marathon to raise money for United24, a Ukrainian foundation
  • The 42,000 runners also Sophie Raworth, Chris Evans and McFly’s Harry Judd

A former Miss Ukraine crossed the finish line of the London Marathon yesterday draped in her nation’s flag. 

Viktoriya Kiose, 29, ran the gruelling 26.2 miles alongside her fiance Kostiantyn Bidnenko and finished in under four hours.

The couple, who fled their homeland last February and have lived here since May, ran to raise money for United24, a Ukrainian foundation.

‘When you hear people support you and scream the name of your country, you feel a responsibility not only for yourself, but for your country and your people too,’ said Mr Bidnenko, whose partner was Miss Ukraine 2017. 

Viktoriya Kiose, 29, ran the gruelling 26.2 miles alongside her fiance Kostiantyn Bidnenko and finished in under four hours

A former Miss Ukraine (pictured in 2016) crossed the finish line of the London Marathon yesterday draped in her nation's flag

A former Miss Ukraine (pictured in 2016) crossed the finish line of the London Marathon yesterday draped in her nation’s flag

Footballers Jill Scott, Ellen White and Leah Williamson sounded the klaxon to start the event.

Among the 42,000 runners were Olympian James Cracknell, 50, BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth, 54, DJ Chris Evans, 56, and McFly’s Harry Judd, 36.

The marathon will reclaim its usual slot in April next year, having moved to October due to Covid. 

The men’s race was won by Amos Kipruto in two hours, four minutes and 39 seconds. 

In the women’s race, Yalemzerf Yehualaw won in two hours, 17 minutes and 26 seconds.  

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