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        6/4/2013, Sivan 26, 5773

      89-Year-Old from Maale Adumim Wins Marathon


      89-year-old Semyon Simkin from Maale Adumim won the gold medal for the senior citizens competition at the Prague International Marathon this past week. He was celebrated in his hometown with a front page article in the Maale Adumim News and an article in the Yedioth Achronoth sports section, as well as accolades in his local synagogue and at city hall. Simkin told Yedioth news that he was proud to run with the Israeli flag even though some asked him to run as a Russian, the country of his birth. Simkin is a World War II veteran. He won the race for the 100,000 meter challenge finishing the distance in 1 hour and 14 minutes. The second place runner was five years younger than him. Simkin, wearing his blue and white runners uniform, a black kippah and his gold medal was photographed next to the deputy mayor of Maale Adumim and other officials. Simkin began his interest in running at the age of 73. He stated that he is currently training for his next marathon.