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St. Paul man runs wrong route, marathon 'win' disqualified

Olok Nykew, 37, of St. Paul, crossed the finish line first among runners who registered for the full 26.2-mile Sioux Falls Marathon in South Dakota on Sunday, the Argus Leader reports. But he only ran the half-marathon event, and he was disqualified. Nykew, who is from Sudan, said he got confused on the route and it was an honest mistake.
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Olok Nykew, 37, of St. Paul, said he was surprised to see the end of the Sioux Falls Marathon on Sunday come up so quickly. And he was even more surprised when he was initially thought to be the winner of the race.

In fact, he had only run a half marathon and he was disqualified from the event, the Argus Leader reported.

"I was just confused. It was an honest mistake,” Nykew told the newspaper.

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