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(Asiad) S. Korean marathon legends to serve as referees

2014/09/17 19:15

INCHEON, Sept. 17 (Yonhap) -- Hwang Young-jo and Lee Bong-ju, two of South Korea's finest marathon runners, will serve as referees for road events during the upcoming Asian Games at home, officials said on Wednesday.

The Korea Association of Athletics Federations (KAAF) said Hwang, the 1992 Olympic champ, and Lee, the 1996 Olympic silver medalist, will officiate road races during the Asiad to be held in Incheon, a western port city. The KAAF said Lee will be making his debut as a referee.

According to the KAAF, Lee will oversee the men's and women's 20㎞ race walk event on Sept. 28. Then on Oct. 1, he will referee the men's 50㎞ race walk. He will also cover the women's marathon on Oct. 2 and the men's marathon the next day.

"I have a deep connection with the Asian Games and have worked as a goodwill ambassador for the Incheon Asian Games, too," said Lee, who has two Asian Games gold medals to his credit. "It's a great honor to participate as a referee."

   The KAAF said Hwang hasn't been assigned to any race yet, but he too will cover road events.

In addition to his Olympic gold, Hwang also won the gold at the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima.

Where Lee has distanced himself from marathons in retirement, Hwang has coached the national marathon team and served as a marathon technical director for the KAAF.