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Marathon Winner Disqualified For Cheating

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 11, 2012
  • Updated Sep. 11, 2012 at 8:54 AM UTC
The winner of last weekend's Sioux Falls Marathon was disqualified for cutting the course. Photo: Sioux Falls Marathon

He says he got lost and that it was an honest mistake.

Marathon cheaters aren’t a new phenomenon. Some runners grossly exaggerate their times; while others, like Rosie Ruiz at the 1980 Boston Marathon, blatantly cut the course.

The latest cheater appears to be a man named Olok Nykew.

At last weekend’s Sioux Falls Marathon, the 37-year-old Nykew was the first person to cross the finish line. He apparently took a stunning 25 minutes off the course record.

Officials were skeptical and later found out that the man had only run a half marathon.

“Maybe I’m lost, I don’t know,” Nykew told the Argus Leader. “I thought what is this? When I got there I thought it was not long enough. I’m thinking I’m not cheating. I was just confused. It was an honest mistake.”

There was some overlap between the half marathon and marathon courses, which was how Nykew was able to cross the finish line of the 26.2-mile race.

For More: CBS News

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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