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North Korean Ri Kang-bom won the men's full marathon in two hours, 12 minutes and 53 seconds. Image caption North Koreans turned out to cheer on competitors in Pyongyang "I'm glad that I was able to fulfil the expectations of the people," Mr Ri said. Professional runners, including 13 competitors from African countries, ran in this elite category. The women's full marathon was won by North Korea's Kim Hye-gyong with a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 24 seconds. Her twin sister, Kim Hye-song, came a close second. Image caption Kim Hye-gyong, right, narrowly beat her twin Kim Hye-song in the women's professional marathon The race is officially named the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon. Both the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races and the International Association of Athletic Federations accredited this year's race, with the latter classifying it as a Bronze Label Road Race. Pyongyang began allowing foreign amateurs to run in 2014, and the event has since boosted tourism. Image caption There were 429 foreign amateurs competing in Pyongyang's annual marathon this year, less than half 2017's number Tensions between the US and North Korea seem to have weighed on prospective entrants minds, but recent moves by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to calm the situation on the Korean peninsula - especially since the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February - appears to have dispelled some competitors' fears. Travel agencies said they had seen an increase in marathon interest from tourists in recent months. Matt Kulesza of Young Pioneer Tours, the tourism group that brought Otto Warmbier to North Korea, said although the number of marathon customers was down compared to last year, overall tourist numbers for 2018 remained on target.
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