One hundred marathon runners, including 41 women, line up for the start of the marathon even at the eighth Summer Spartakiad Games in Moscow on May 14.
1. GV & SV Lenin Central Stadium, Moscow, start of marathon, 8th Spartakiad, marathon race (2 shots) 0.20
2. Eugene Korokov, No. 81 leads in early stages 0.42
3. GV Clock & SV main group runners, No. 83, Yuri Pleshkov, eventual winner on right of group (2 shots) 0.52
4. SV PAN ALONG Korokov No. 81 takes drink 0.59
5. GV Clock on top of van, and Korokov overtaken by main group (3 shots) 1.19
6. Yuri Pleshkov, No. 83, takes lead 1.25
7. GV Yuri Pleshkov into stadium, waves arms in victory salute crossing winning tape 1.47
8. GV Zoya Ivanova, first woman competitor, runs to tape 2.00
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Background: MOSCOW, USSR
One hundred marathon runners, including 41 women, line up for the start of the marathon even at the eighth Summer Spartakiad Games in Moscow on May 14. The Summer Spartakiad Games are held every four years in the Soviet Union and attract competitors from across the country. The early leader in the event was a comparatively unknown Siberian athlete, Eugene Korokov, number 81, who managed to break away from the main group of runners by abut 45 seconds in he first five kilometres. Korokov set a fast pace, leaving behind him well known marathon performers, Satumkul Jumanavarov, number 42, a 1980 Olympian, and the national record holder of the Soviet Union, Vadim Sidorov, number 9. At the 20 kilometres mark, Korokov had opened up a considerable gap on the field leading them by three minutes. The energy-sapping pace set by Korokov began to tell as the runners from the main group began to overtake the rapidly tiring Siberian three kilometres from the end. A 29 year old teacher, Yuri Pleshkov, number 83, emerged from the leading bunch. Pleshkov, from the town of Ivanov, in the Moscow region, was running effortlessly and soon spreadeagled the field. He crossed the line in a time of two hours 14 minutes and 22 seconds, the first champion of the 8th Summer Spartakiad. The first woman athlete to cross the finish line at the Lenin Stadium was Zoya Ivanova, twice champion and record holder of the Soviet Union. Ivanova's winning time was two hours 36 minutes and 31 seconds.
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