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    A 49-year-old athlete has completed a marathon run across the dead tracts of Australia.

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    A 49-year-old athlete has completed a marathon run across the dead tracts of Australia.

    Mr. George Perdon, from Melbourne, took 47 days to run from Perth, on Australia's west coast, to Sydney, on the east coast -- some 3,000 miles over some of Australia's most rugged terrain.

    He arrived in Sydney on Saturday (29 September) one day ahead of a much younger runner, 34-year-old Irishman, Tony Rafferty, who ???ot out from Perth one week earlier than Mr. Perdon.

    Mr. Perdon expects to receive 5,000 Australian dollars (GBP 3,125 sterling) offered by a television station for the first man to run across Australia from West to East.

    Perdon was greeted by hundreds of cheering spectators as he made the final run into Sydney.

    He said he'd claim a world record for the run, which, he said, cost commercial backers 44,000 Australian dollars (GBP 27,500 sterling) to stage.

    The two runners disclaimed that they were competing, although rivalry was intense. At one stage in South Australia, one runner threatened the other with a writ -- but both finished the marathon on friendly terms.

    SYNOPSIS: Heavy traffic greeted a forty-nine-year-old athlete as he arrived in Sydney after running across the dead tracts of Australia. Mr. George Perdon took forty-seven days to run from Perth to Sydney, three thousand miles across rugged terrain. He said the run cost commercial backers forty-four thousand dollars. He expected to receive five thousand dollars from a television station for the marathon feat.

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