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Marathon kicks off in Tripoli, Libya

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Abdul-Hamed Shbet

– The Libyan capital of Tripoli held the fifth annual marathon on Saturday under the motto “racing for peace” with more than 1,500 participants.

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Participants from Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Turkey, the Philippines and Japan took part in the marathon, along with 70 observers and judges, said Abdul-Hamed Shbet, head of the Organizing Committee.

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The first-place winner took home a prize of 5,500 Libyan dinars (US$1,119) and a return plane ticket to Türkiye, Shbet said.

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Plane tickets, smartphones, sportswear and cash prizes were also awarded to the participants, it added.

The marathon was 21 km, about half the distance of a standard run, and took about three hours to finish. ■

(Xinhua)

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