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Pyongyang marathon: Fewer foreigners compete in North Korea's annual race These are external links and will open in a new window Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe annual race marks North Korean founder Kim Il-sung's birth Several hundred foreign amateurs have competed in the Pyongyang marathon, but turnout was half that of last year. The annual race is part of celebrations marking North Korean founder Kim Il-sung's birth in 1912. A US travel ban and fears of nuclear war seem to have cut numbers - the marathon is usually the peak time for Western tourists to visit. There were 429 foreigners competing on Sunday, compared to more than 1,000 who raced in 2017. At its peak, over 5,000 Western tourists reportedly used to travel to North Korea annually, a fifth of whom were American. But the US imposed a travel ban last year after the death of Otto Warmbier, an American who was detained and held in North Korea for 17 months after travelling there on holiday. He returned to America in June 2017 in a coma and died shortly afterwards. The marathon started in the Kim Il-sung stadium before wending its way past major landmarks in North Korea's capital, such as Kim Il-sung Square and the new development project, Mirae Street. 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.
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