J'lem Marathon ends in confusion as leaders run off course

March 25, 2011 10:58


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The first-ever Jerusalem Marathon ended in some confusion on Friday as the three leading runners apparently took a wrong turn and arrived at the wrong finish line.

The first runner to arrive at the actual finish line and the tentative winner of the race was Kenyan Robert Cheriot with a time of 2:27:48.However three runners apparently went off the course and arrived at the finish line of the half-marathon in a different location. They finished with times of  2:14:41, 2:15:03 and 2:15:07, significantly better than Cheriot.

The organizers of the race were still attempting to figure out what the official results of the race would be.

Over 10,000 runners from 40 countries worldwide participated in the race which took off from the Knesset  and ended at Sacher Park.

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