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Korean Man Wins Asian Games Marathon

There had been some close contact between the men's winner and his key rival during the race.

Ji Young-Jun celebrates his marathon victory at the Asian Games. Photo: IAAF.
Ji Young-Jun celebrates his marathon victory at the Asian Games. Photo: IAAF.

There had been some close contact between the men’s winner and his key rival during the race.

Ji Young-Jun of South Korea won the men’s marathon at the Asian games in Guangzhou, China on Sunday. His winning time was 2:11:11. In the women’s race, Zhou Chunxia proved victorious, clocking 2:25:00.

Ji Young-Jun’s victory was hard-fought. He had to break away from defending champion, Mubarak Hassan Shami of Qatar near the end of the race. Apparently there was some close contact between the contestants, with Young-Jin accidentally stepping on Shami’s ankle.

“My pace then was a bit different from his which was why I accidentally stepped on the back of his ankle,” said Young-Jun. “But he over-reacted and slapped me on the back of my shoulder which really hurt. But it was okay.”

This was Shami’s take on the exchange: “It really upset me. So I tried to break away from him and the others. I don’t think he meant to do it.”

Third place in the men’s race went to Yukihiro Kitaoka of Japan who finished in 2:12:53

For More: IAAF