Syrian Runner Registers for Jerusalem Marathon, Doesn't Show Up

Syrian flag raised above Knesset along other national flags representing participants in the race ■ Both the male and the female marathons turned out to be a Kenya triumph

The Syrian flag at the Knesset, on March 15, 2019.
Emil Salman

A Syrian runner, Hassan Shishkli, registered for Friday’s Jerusalem Marathon, although he eventually didn't turn up for the race.

Because he was registered as a runner in the tournament, the Syrian flag was raised above the Knesset along all the national flags representing participants in the race. 

The winner of the Jerusalem marathon crosses the finish line, on Friday, March 15, 2019.
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Over 38,000 runners from 80 countries are participated in the Jerusalem Marathon events, which started early Friday with the half-marathon followed by the actual marathon. Both started at Rupin Junction, next to the Knesset, with the latter ending in Sacher Park. 

Both the male and the female marathons turned out to be a Kenya triumph, as all six people making the podium were from Kenya. The fastest runner was Corgette Ronald Kimley, the winner of the male marathon, who crossed the finish line after two hours, 18 minutes and 47 seconds.