One athlete was competing in his ninth marathon of the year; another was contesting the first marathon of his career. Surprisingly, it was the latter who came away with the gold medal in the final athletics event of the Asian Games in Inchon on Friday (3).
Bahrain’s Ali Hasan Mahbood was aiming to win a third Asian Games title, having won gold in the 10,000m in 2006 and in the 5000m in 2010. But he was stepping into the unknown, never having run a marathon before.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi, one of the most prolific elite marathon runners in the world, was looking to win his first major title.