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Amaidan came in third in north Norway run
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With the Saharawi flag over his head, Salah Amaidan came in third at the 10 kilometer run in Tromsø yesterday.
Published: 22.06 - 2014 20:49Printer version    
First 2 images: Pål Jacobsen. Second 2 images: Tiller Photo. Click on photo for high resolution.

Salah Amaidan from Western Sahara came in third on the 10 kilometer run during Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromsø, Norway, 21 June. He was for a long time on second position, but was passed not long before the end.

"I just had to realise that the conditions were far from the best for me. I wish to thank those who organise the event, and gave me the opportunity. But when the temperatures were as they were, it was hard for me," the 31-year-old told one of the newspapers who interviewed him.

North of the Arctic circle, the temperature was around 6 degrees celcius in Tromsø as Amaidan was running.

On his t-shirt, Amaidan carried a photo of Saharawi political prisoners convicted to life time jails by a Moroccan military court. See further media coverage of Amaidan's visit here (in Norwegian).

Last year, Amaidan came in second on the same distance during Oslo Marathon.

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