Soviet runner Yuri Laptev won the 12th International Marathon race over the classic route from Marathon village to Athens on Wednesday (9 April).
STV Dancers in traditional costumes.
SV Tablet marking traditional start of marathon race.
LV PAN FROM Starter firing gun on rostrum TO mass of runners starting.
SCU Sign "Marathon Tomb".
SV ALONG Route No. 1 (Ziegler U.S.A.) leads from No. 16 (Laptev- U.S.S.R.) and 14 (Szekeres-Hungary) with German No. 5 and Israeli No. 18 in pursuit.
SV PAN Main bunch of runners following.
SV Roadsign "Athens"
SV No. 1 leads from 16 and 14 down main street of town.
SV PAN No. 16 leads from 14 in country.
SV PAN No. 1 running on his own.
SV PAN Audience in stadium applaud as number 16 crosses line.
SV PAN No. 14 comes in second.
CU Laptev receives trophy and holds it aloft.
Initials VS 17.35 VS 18.00
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Background: Soviet runner Yuri Laptev won the 12th International Marathon race over the classic route from Marathon village to Athens on Wednesday (9 April).
Ferenz Szekeres of Hungary finished second in the 26-mile-385-yard (42.19-kilometre) race, followed by Terry Ziegler of the United States.
Laptev's winning time was two hours 25 minutes 27 seconds. Szekeres time was 2:26:43.2 with Ziegler further back at 2:32:12.4. The rest of the field of about 100 runners from 10 countries followed Ziegler home.
The route follows that used by Pheidippides in 490 B.C., when he brought news of a Greek victory over the invading Persians and then died of exhaustion.