The 29th International Marathon Was Held In Pyongyang,- Runners from all over the world put their best feet forward in Pyongyang’s 29th international annual marathon. It’s usually a peak time for Western tourists to visit North Korea but the 429 foreign athletes taking part is half last year’s number. The US travel ban and nuclear tensions may be partly to blame.

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North Korean Ri Kang-bom won the men’s full marathon. The women’s race was won by Kim Hye-gyong – her sister came second. It’s part of celebrations marking the birth of North Korean founder Kim II-sung in 1912.