Ethiopian runners took the first three places in this year's annual International Marathon race in Greece, held on Monday (17 October).
CU PAN Mass start of race from Marathon village in Greece
SV PAN Race in progress
CU Road sign pointing to Marathon tomb
SV Three Ethiopian runners leading race (Numbers 1252, 1251, 1253)
SV PAN Three Ethiopian runners
CU Road sign
SV Three Ethiopians
SV Crowd waiting in stadium
SV Winner Balcha Kedebe (No. 1252)
SV Ethiopian Nedi Derece (No. 1251) coming in second
SV Ethiopian Teserg ??? (No. 1253) coming in third
SV Peder Sylte of Norway coming in fourth
CU Willy Cornelius of Sweden finishing fifth
CU Winner posing with fellow countryman
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Background: Ethiopian runners took the first three places in this year's annual International Marathon race in Greece, held on Monday (17 October). It was won by Balcha Kedebe in two hours and 14 minutes.
SYNOPSIS: Following in the tradition of the first marathon run 2,500 years ago by an Athenian warrior, the event started, as always, at Marathon Village square. More than 1,200 competitors from Europe, Scandinavia, the United States, Canada and of course Greece, started on the 26 mile (41.8 kms) run to Athens Stadium.
The Ethiopians led the race early in the event and were never seriously challenged.
The modern marathon race was first staged in ??? ??? a revival of the Olympic games at Athens. The official Olympic marathon distance was standardised in 1924 and since then such races have become popular throughout the world.
This year's winner, Balcha Kedebe, arrived at the Athens Stadium after taking just two hours, 14 minutes and 40.8 seconds. Nedi Derece was second, only 8.2 seconds behind his compatriot. And Teserg Tadesse arrived four minutes and five seconds later to take third place.
Norway's Peder Sylte came fourth, with two runners from Sweden close behind him. The Greek crowds were generous in their reception for the winners, even though none of the 182 Greek competitors were among the top placings this year.