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MOSCOW, April 16 (Itar-Tass) - Only one professional Russian athlete Vyacheslav Shabunin was running in the Boston Marathon, he was not injured in the blast, General Secretary of the All-Russia Athletic Federation Mikhail Butov said on Tuesday.
According to some reports, 24 Russians were running in the Boston Marathon.
“The amateur runners apply for this marathon on their own or though their managers. Vyacheslav Shubanin was the only Russian professional athlete,” Butov said live on the television channel Rossiya-24.
He noted that this was the first marathon of such a large scale for Shabunin.
The Russian athlete could not answer whether any Russian runner in the marathon was wounded.
He did not see the moment of the blast, Shabunin noted. “We heard two loud successive blasts with an interval of 15-20 seconds. The explosions sound like the shooting from the cannon. We thought that a prominent personality finished or the finish line was closed,” the athlete said.
The Boston police reported that three people died in the blast, including an eight-old child. The Boston Globe newspaper reported about over 140 people wounded in the blasts. After the incident another two undetonated bombs were found and defused.