Sat Apr 8, 2017 08:39AM
Iranian long distance runner Mohammad Jafar Moradi
Iranian long distance runner Mohammad Jafar Moradi

Iranian long distance runner Mohammad Jafar Moradi has made use of his athletic skills and steely determination to overcome opponents in the first edition of Tehran International “Persian Run” 2017, and claimed the title at the end of the sporting event.

On Friday, 26-year-old Moradi participated in the full marathon road running competition, and ran an official distance of 42.195 kilometers (26.219 miles) from Azadi Sport Complex in western Tehran, along Karaj Special Road, past Azadi and Enghelab squares and backward.

He sprinted across the finish line to be awarded $3,000.

Moradi was followed by his compatriot Mohammad Faraji, who pocketed pocketed $2,500.

Ehsan Zainivand, also an Iranian participant, was the third finisher and earned $2,000.

Vahid Afrasi, Ahmad Mansouri and Ali Rahmati Monfared were given $1,500, $1,000 and $500 respectively.

Ali Akbar Barzi, the title winner of the half marathon event, got $1,500, while Saber Charkhi received $1,000 as the vice champion of the 21.0975-kilometer-long (13.1094-mile-long) contest. Hassan Shirghavi collected $500 as the third person on podium.

The champion of the 10K run, Hassan Kayhani, was awarded the $1,000 cash prize. The runner-up, Morteza Biranvand, was paid $700, while the third-finisher, Rahim Dibaei, earned $500.

Iranian female runner Parisa Arab

In the women’s 10K run, where participants ran over a distance of ten kilometers (6.2 miles), Parisa Arab finished in first place and got $1,000.

A French contestant and Zahra Raeisi from Iran pocketed $700 and $500 as the second and third finishers.