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Former player of Russian national football team Smertin finishes 527th in London Marathon

April 24, 2016, 17:06 UTC+3 LONDON

Smertin’s result was three hours, four minutes and three seconds

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LONDON, April 24. /TASS/. Alexey Smertin, a former member of the Russian national football team, finished 527th in the London Marathon on Sunday in the category of runners aged from 40 to 44.

Smertin’s result was three hours, four minutes and three seconds.

The winner in this category was Steve Way of Great Britain with two hours, 20 minutes and 50 seconds.

A total of 29 Russians (20 men and nine women) took part in the London Marathon on Sunday. The best among the Russian runners was Oleg Ivlev who finished 191st in the 45-49 age category with a result of two hours, 57 minutes and 28 seconds.

The London Marathon was the fourth such event in the career of Alexey Smertin, 40. In 2013, he ran his first marathon in Moscow and demonstrated a result of three hours and 47 minutes.

Smertin played 55 matches for the Russia team in 1998-2006. He also played for Chelsea in 2003-2006. In Russia, he played for Elista-based Uralan in 1997-1998, Moscow-based Lokomotiv in 1999-2000 and Dynamo in 2006. He finished his football career in 2009.

Now, Smertin is director of international relations and development of Moscow’s FC Dynamo and a member of the executive committee of the Russian Football Union.

The London Marathon (known through sponsorship as the Virgin Money London Marathon) is a long-distance running event held in London, United Kingdom, part of the World Marathon Majors. The event was first run on March 29, 1981 and has been held in the spring of every year since. Since 2010, the race has been sponsored by Virgin Money. The marathon is run over a largely flat course around the River Thames, and spans 42.195 kilometers. London is one of the top six world marathons that form the World Marathon Majors competition with a million prize purse.

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