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North Korean twin sisters take top two spots at Great Eastern Women's Run 2013

North Korea's Kim Hye Song (left) and Kim Hye Gyong dominated Sunday morning's Great Eastern Women's Run as expected, with the 20-year-old twin sisters taking the top two spots in the half-marathon (21.1km) event. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
North Korea's Kim Hye Song (left) and Kim Hye Gyong dominated Sunday morning's Great Eastern Women's Run as expected, with the 20-year-old twin sisters taking the top two spots in the half-marathon (21.1km) event. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Minister Grace Fu (left) flagging off the Great Eastern Women's Run on Nov 10, 2013.  -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Minister Grace Fu (left) flagging off the Great Eastern Women's Run on Nov 10, 2013.  -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Participants at the Great Eastern Women's Run 2013. -- PHOTO: GREAT EASTERN WOMEN'S RUN
Participants at the Great Eastern Women's Run 2013. -- PHOTO: GREAT EASTERN WOMEN'S RUN
North Korean Kim Hye Song is the second runner to cross the finish line of the Great Eastern Women's half marathon event on Nov 10, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THA
North Korean Kim Hye Song is the second runner to cross the finish line of the Great Eastern Women's half marathon event on Nov 10, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THA
North Korean Kim Hye Gyong (left) being presented a medal by Great Eastern Singapore CEO Khoo Kay Siang after she crossed the finish line. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
North Korean Kim Hye Gyong (left) being presented a medal by Great Eastern Singapore CEO Khoo Kay Siang after she crossed the finish line. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Kim Hye Gyong from North Korea came in first for the Elite Category. North Korea's Kim Hye Song and Kim Hye Gyong dominated Sunday morning's Great Eastern Women's Run as expected, with the 20-year-old twin sisters taking the top two spots in the half
Kim Hye Gyong from North Korea came in first for the Elite Category. North Korea's Kim Hye Song and Kim Hye Gyong dominated Sunday morning's Great Eastern Women's Run as expected, with the 20-year-old twin sisters taking the top two spots in the half-marathon (21.1km) event.   -- PHOTO: GREAT EASTERN WOMEN'S RUN

North Korea's Kim Hye Song and Kim Hye Gyong dominated Sunday morning's Great Eastern Women's Run as expected, with the 20-year-old twin sisters taking the top two spots in the half-marathon (21.1km) event.

Hye Gyong, the younger of the two, finished in 1hr 15min 59sec to come almost two minutes ahead of Hye Song, who took second place (1:17.52). Japan's Yuko Watanabe came in third in 1:18.29.

Said Hye Gyong, who wins US$8,000 (S$9,975): "I was not affected by the rain but the route was a bit challenging for me."

Anne Qi Hui was Singapore's fastest, clocking 1:25.37, followed by Lim Baoying (1:36.25) and Choo Ling Er (1:39.49). More than 14,000 women took part across the 5km, 10km and half-marathon categories, which ended at the Floating Platform at Marina Bay.