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Length in doubt

Length in doubt

There was a slight problem with the 10k Angkor race on December 2. One of the runners

who happened to come in second this year decided to measure the route and discovered

it was not ten kilometres. "If I was running the full 10 km in 34 minutes I’d be

running in the Olympics,” said Andy Kervell, explaining why he measured the route

with a GPS measuring device. He said the device, which is accurate to within 200-300

meters, measured the course at 9.36 km. Several runners in addition to Kervell, made

inquiries about the length of the track because they were surprised they’d beat their

previous records. Muy Lath of Hearts of Gold Asia who supervised the race says the

race must be 10 k because it was measured by experts this year from Japan. And, he

says the Association of International Marathon and Road Racers checks the course

every five years. Meas Sarin, secretary general of the Cambodian Olympic Committee,

says the Cambodian officials responsible for the track are currently in Thailand

at the Seagames.

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