Mangyongdae Prize int'l Marathon Held in Pyongyang
Date: 14/05/2019 | Source: Sports DPRK English | Read original version at source
The 30th Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon took place in Pyongyang on April 7, Juche 108 (2019) to mark the birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung, or the Day of the Sun.
Marathoners the DPRK, China, Morocco, Kenya and Ethiopia and amateur runners from different countries competed in marathon, half marathon and 10 km and 5 km races.
The opening ceremony was held at Kim Il Sung Stadium, attended by relevant officials, working people, youth and students in Pyongyang and foreigners.
Kim Il Guk, minister of Physical Culture and Sports, made an opening address.
He said that this annual event held in celebration of the Day of the Sun is an international one to strengthen friendship and solidarity under the ideals of independence, peace and friendship, an event that arouses boundless respect and yearning for President Kim Il Sung, founding father of socialist Korea and great saint of the revolution.
Expressing his expectation that all the marathoners and amateurs would display high techniques to prove themselves in the races, he declared the event open.
The flag of the event was hoisted amid the playing of the music The Leader Will Always Be with Us.
The ceremony was followed by races.
As competitors ran along streets, Pyongyang citizens and schoolchildren greeted them with cheers and applause.
In the marathon event, DPRK marathoners Ri Kang Bom (man) and Ri Kwang Ok (woman) came first, Ethiopia’s Dabi Tadesse Yae (man) and the DPRK’s Jo Un Ok (woman) second and the DPRK’s Han Il Ryong (man) and Kim Ji Hyang (woman) third.
In the half marathon the DPRK swept the men’s and women’s gold, silver and bronze medals.
In the amateur event a Russian man and a Swedish woman took the first place, a Portuguese man and an Austrian woman the second and an Irish male and an Austrian woman the third.
At the closing ceremony trophies, medals, diplomas and certificates were awarded to successful runners.
The races served as a significant occasion to celebrate the Day of the Sun as a holiday common to mankind and strengthen friendship between the Korean and other peoples of the world.