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Runners leave Kim Il Sung Stadium. © AFP

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DPRK runners win Pyongyang international marathon

Date : 10 Apr 2019

Pyongyang, DPR Korea, April 10, 2019: The 30th Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon was held in the capital on Sunday, April 7 to mark the birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung, Day of the Sun.

Marathon runners from the DPRK, China, Morocco, Kenya and Ethiopia and foreign amateurs competed in marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km races, reports the Korean Central News Agency. The opening ceremony took place at the Kim Il Sung Stadium.

In attendance were Choe Hwi, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, Vice Premier Jon Kwang Ho, officials, Pyongyang citizens, youth and students and foreign guests.

The Minister of Physical Culture and Sport and President of the DPRK National Olympic Committee, Kim Il Guk, made an opening address in front of all the runners.

When the starting pistol was fired, the runners left the stadium amidst cheers from working people, youth and schoolchildren.

Ri Kang Bom (DPRK) won the men’s marathon for the second consecutive year with a time of 2:11.19 and Ri Kwang Ok (DPRK) won the women’s event in 2:26.58.

Cups, medals, diplomas and certificates were awarded to the successful runners at the closing ceremony.

*According to the BBC, twice the number of foreign runners took part in the marathon compared to last year, tour firms say. About 950 westerners entered the annual race, up from 450 in 2018.

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