Pyongyang, April 10 (KCNA) — The 18th International Marathon Race for Mangyongdae Cup took place here Sunday on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.
The marathon race is an annual event organized on the occasion of the Day of the Sun, the birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung. It is aimed at conveying his immortal revolutionary exploits down through generations and strengthening the unity among the peoples of various countries in the idea of independence, peace and friendship.
The marathon race brought together runners from China, Guinea, South Africa, Norway, Botswana, Zimbabwe and the DPRK.
Attending the opening ceremony held in the Kim Il Sung Stadium were Kim Jung Rin, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Tong Jong Ho, minister of Construction and Building Materials Industries who is chairman of the DPRK Marathon Association, Ryang Man Gil, chairman of the Pyongyang City People’s Committee, officials concerned, working people and sports fans in the city and foreign guests.
Chairman Mun Jae Dok of the Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission made an opening address.
After leaving the stadium, the runners reached the turn on the Youth Hero Motorway after passing through various streets of Pyongyang and covered the distance of 42.195 km with persevering will and a high degree of patience.
Working people and students in the city cheered the participants with warm applause.
At the closing ceremony trophy cups and gold medals went to Korean runners Ri Kyong Chol and Ham Pong Sil, and silver and bronze medals to Korean runners Ri Kum Song and O Song Suk, Jong Myong Chol and Ryang Kum Hwa who came second and third respectively in the men’s and women’s races.
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