Pyongyang, April 9 (KCNA) — The 19th International Marathon Race for Mangyongdae Cup was held here on Sunday in the run-up to the Day of the Sun.
Its opening ceremony held at Kim Il Sung Stadium was attended by 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, and others.
Runners from South Africa, Norway, Romania, Botswana, China, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and the DPRK entered the stadium.
Mun Jae Dok, chairman of the Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission, in an opening address said that the marathon race offers a significant occasion in boosting exchange and cooperation in sports field among different countries and jointly developing marathon technique.
The marathoners left the stadium and ran through the Arch of Triumph, Hyoksin Street, Yongung Street, Chollima Street, Rakwon Street and Kwangbok Street to the turn in Youth Hero Motorway and returned to the destination.
A result of the race was published at the closing ceremony.
DPRK marathoners Ri Kyong Chol and Jo Pun Hui who placed the first at the race were awarded trophy cups and gold medals, DPRK marathoners Ri Kum Song and Jong Yong Ok who placed the second silver medals and a Zimbabwean marathoner and DPRK marathoner Kim Kum Ok who placed the third bronze medals.
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