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Last running of half marathon on Sunday

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The seventh running of the Phnom Penh International Half-Marathon will start in front of the Royal Palace early on Sunday morning with organisers reporting yesterday an expected 5,000 runners likely to take tackle the 21-kilometre course.
“By chance this year the half marathon falls on the Queen Mother’s birthday. I hope the various ministries and organisations cooperate to promote this important sports tourism event,” said Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of National Olympic Committee of Cambodia.
 “After completing this year’s run we are looking into turning this annual race into a full marathon,” he added.
The Cambodian capital does not currently hold a full  42-kilometre marathon although Siem Reap has been hosting the Angkor Empire Full & Half Marathon since 2013. 
A 10 kilometre run and a 3 kilometre fun run for will also be run for those not yet ready to tackle the longer distances. 
Japanese-born Cambodian long distance runner Kuniaki Takizaki, part of the kingdom’s six-strong Rio 2016 Olympic Games squad, grabbed first place in the 2016 event with a time of 1:15:25 in the main men’s event.
In the women’s main event, French national Veronique Messina was thwarted in her attempt for a third successive win in the competition after Great Britain’s Jill Hamill grabbed the top spot. 
The run will, as every year, be raising funds for the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital.

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