Pyongyang Marathon

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Pyongyang Marathon
Participants in the 2012 Pyongyang Marathon running past the Arch of Triumph.jpg
Participants in the 2012 Pyongyang Marathon running past the Arch of Triumph.
Chosŏn'gŭl 만경대상국제마라손경기대회
Hancha 萬景臺賞國際마라손競技大會
Revised Romanization Man-gyeongdaesang-gukje-marason-gyeonggidaehoe
McCune–Reischauer Man'gyŏngdaesang-gukche-marason-gyŏnggidaehoe

Pyongyang Marathon, also known as Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, is an annual marathon race contested each April in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. It is currently categorised as an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race.

The marathon was held for the first time in 1981 for men, and the women's event was initiated in 1984.[1] The 2009 race was the 22nd event.[2] The competition was opened for international runners again in 2000. The race starts and finishes at the Rungnado May Day Stadium or Kim Il Sung Stadium and runs along the Taedong River.[3] At the 2010 edition of the race, Ukrainian Ivan Babaryka became the first European runner to win in Pyongyang in 24 years.[4] The race in 2012 was held as part of celebrations for the 100 years since Kim Il-sung's birth and featured one of the race's closest ever finishes: Oleksandr Matviychuk and Pak Song-chol were given identical times (2:12:54 hours), with the Ukrainian guest taking the title.[5]

The 2015 marathon was initially closed to foreigners because of concerns about Ebola,[6] but this decision has since been reversed after the reopening of the North Korean border in March 2015. [7]

Course records[edit]

List of winners[edit]

Key:       Course record

Edition Year Men Nationality Time (h:m:s) Women Nationality Time (h:m:s)
27th 2014 Pak Chol  North Korea 2:12:26 Kim Hye-gyong  North Korea 2:27:05
26th 2013 Ketema Bekele Nigusse  Ethiopia 2:11:04 Kim Mi-gyong  North Korea 2:26:32
25th 2012 Oleksandr Matviychuk  Ukraine 2:12:54 Kim Mi-gyong  North Korea 2:30:41
24th 2011 Oleg Marusin  Russia 2:13:58 Ro Un-ok  North Korea 2:32:06
23rd 2010 Ivan Babaryka  Ukraine 2:13:56 Kim Kum-ok  North Korea 2:27:34
22nd 2009 Wang Zemin  China 2:14:21 Phyo Un-suk  North Korea 2:28:34
21st 2008 Pak Song-chol  North Korea 2:14:22 Phyo Un-suk  North Korea 2:28:39
20th 2007 Pak Song-chol  North Korea 2:12:41 Jong Yong-ok  North Korea 2:26:02
19th 2006 Ri Kyong-chol  North Korea 2:13:15 Jo Pun-hui  North Korea 2:27:22
18th 2005 Ri Kyong-chol  North Korea 2:11:36 Ham Pong-sil  North Korea 2:31:46
17th 2004 Morris Mureithi Mwangi  Kenya 2:16:41 O Song-suk  North Korea 2:36:10
16th 2003 Jong Myong-chol  North Korea 2:15:05 Ham Pong-sil  North Korea 2:27:48
15th 2002 Zacharia Mpolokeng  South Africa 2:15:05 Ham Pong-sil  North Korea 2:26:23
14th 2001 Kim Jung-won  North Korea 2:11:48 Jong Yong-ok  North Korea 2:28:32
13th 2000 Nelson Ndereva Njeru  Kenya 2:11:05 Hong Myong-hui  North Korea 2:31:28
12th 1999 Unknown
11th 1998 Unknown
10th 1997 Unknown
9th 1996 Kim Jung-won  North Korea 2:10:50 Kim Chang-ok  North Korea 2:27:02
8th 1995 Unknown Mun Gyong-ae  North Korea 2:30:37
1990–1994 Not held
7th 1989 Choe Chol-ho  North Korea 2:15:27 Mun Gyong-ae  North Korea 2:33:48
1987–1988 Not held
6th 1986 Sergey Krestyaninov  Soviet Union 2:14:19 Elena Murgoci  Romania 2:37:11
5th 1985 Choe Il-sop  North Korea 2:13:25 Tatyana Bultot  Soviet Union 2:35:36
4th 1984 Dmitriy Feostikov  Soviet Union 2:14:36 Nadezhda Tishkova  Soviet Union 2:40:34
3rd 1983 Unknown Not held
2nd 1982 Lee Jong-hyong  North Korea 2:15:17
1st 1981 Unknown 2:17:18

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Korea Today: Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon Race
  2. ^ Korean Central News Agency: April 12, 2009: Mangyongdae Prize Marathon Race Held
  3. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2011-04-11). Marusin and Ro take the wins in Pyongyang. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-12.
  4. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2010-04-12). Surprise victory by Babaryka in Pyongyang – Mangyongdae Prize Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-12.
  5. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2012-04-09). Tight finish in Pyongyang. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  6. ^ Talmadge, Eric (22 February 2015). "N. Korea bars tourists from popular race over Ebola concerns". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Pearson, James (5 March 2015). "North Korea to reopen Pyongyang marathon to foreign runners". Reuters. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 

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