Singaporean William Tan first to finish Pyongyang Marathon in a wheelchair

Besides racing, paralympian William Tan travelled on the metro, visited demilitarised zone and other attractions

Anticlockwise from top right: Cheers greeted Dr William Tan in the Kim Il Sung Stadium. His visit included sightseeing and taking the metro.
Cheers greeted Dr William Tan in the Kim Il Sung Stadium (above). His visit included sightseeing and taking the metro.PHOTO: COURTESY OF WILLIAM TAN
Anticlockwise from top right: Cheers greeted Dr William Tan in the Kim Il Sung Stadium. His visit included sightseeing and taking the metro.
Cheers greeted Dr William Tan in the Kim Il Sung Stadium. His visit included sightseeing (above) and taking the metro.PHOTO: COURTESY OF WILLIAM TAN
Anticlockwise from top right: Cheers greeted Dr William Tan in the Kim Il Sung Stadium. His visit included sightseeing and taking the metro.
Cheers greeted Dr William Tan in the Kim Il Sung Stadium. His visit included sightseeing and taking the metro (above).PHOTO: COURTESY OF WILLIAM TAN

A hero's welcome greeted paraplegic athlete William Tan as he made a dash for the finish line, cheered on by thousands of North Koreans in the Kim Il Sung Stadium.

The 61-year-old Singaporean became the first person to finish the Pyongyang Marathon in a wheelchair earlier this month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2018, with the headline 'S'porean first to finish Pyongyang Marathon in a wheelchair'. Print Edition | Subscribe