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Estonian takes honors in marathon

Nov 07,2004
Thousands filled the streets of southern Seoul yesterday to compete in the sixth annual JoongAng Ilbo Seoul International Marathon.
Despite the chilly weather, over 9,300 amateurs ran alongside 100 professional competitors from 45 countries for the full marathon. Another 12,700 runners competed in a 10-kilometer run that was separate from the meandering 42.2-kilometer (26-mile) marathon course, which started and ended at the Jamsil Main Stadium.
In the men’s division, Pavel Loskutov of Estonia won for the second year in a row. The 35-year-old runner crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 34 seconds.
“Others might have thought that the weather was quite cold to run in, but it was perfect for me,” he said. “I loved the course here. It was uphill in the beginning but ended downhill. That helped me to give my best because my style of running is to give one last spurt at the final moment.”
That apparently helped him win yesterday, as he held the No. 3 position until the 39.4-kilometer point. Just before reaching the finish line, the Estonian took the lead from Luke Metto of Kenya. He will get 55 million won ($50,000) in prize money.
In the women’s division, Zhang Shu Jing, 25, of China won with a time of 2 hours, 36 minutes and 22 seconds. “The record did not meet my personal best but the crowd was cheerful. I enjoyed running today.”


by Lee Min-a


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