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Britons took the first three places in the Berlin...

BERLIN -- Britons took the first three places in the Berlin Marathon Sunday, in which 3,500 people took part.

Ian Ray finished first in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 41 seconds, ahead of Mike Hurdin, 2:17:44, and Dave Clark, in 2:20:10.

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Two other countrymen, John Robert Shaw and John Bicourt, finished in the first 10.

The runners were helped on their way by Turkish folk groups and American dancers who lined the route.

The youngest competitor also was a Briton, 10-year-old Cherry Page, and American handicapped runner Peter Strudwick, a well-known name in marathons around the world, took part with the stumps of his legs in special shows.

The spirit of the day was to take part rather than to win. Those who gave up on the way could take a free bus ride to the finish -- the start number was recognized as a ticket.

The most famous guest was Kitei Son, who won the marathon in Berlin in 1936 for Japan and lives today in Seoul as a Korean. He drove the route that was the scene of his success 45 years ago with tears in his eyes.

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