Mongolian runner S. Bat-Ochir wins 2nd Osaka Marathon

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Mongolia’s Ser-Od Bat-Ochir won the race of the 2012 Osaka Marathon held in central Osaka, Japan, on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Mongolian crossed the line in two hours, 11 minutes and 54 seconds, well ahead of Japan’s Yasuyuki Nakamura, who finished second in two hours, 15 minutes and 39 seconds.

S. Bat-Ochir left all the other runners far behind in the final 20 kilometers, showing stable and rhythmical run.

Lidia Simon of Romania, meanwhile, finished first among female athletes, with two hours, 33 minutes and 14 seconds.

S. Bat-Ochir expressed his happiness, saying that he could well control his own running pace, not taking into account of the time of any other runners around him in the last part of the marathon route. But he added that he could have aimed to finish with a time of two hours 10 minutes.

The seasonal marathon event, organized by the Osaka prefecture government and the city of Osaka, began last year. According to organizers, there were more than 28,000 contestants from 35 countries and regions worldwide, including China, taking part in the 2nd edition of the marathon.

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