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A Marathon in the Most Isolated Country in the World | Running in North Korea

March 13, 2020

Mangyongdae Prize
International Marathon is a yearly event
that started in April 1981. We picked April to commemorate
our Great Leader’s birthday as one form of celebration. Many athletes from home
and abroad are participating. As you will see tomorrow, there
will be 30,000 people here welcoming the players. To become a flourishing
country through sports is the goal of my country
and the party. The Supreme Leader has a lot of
interest in sports. And from the way
we welcome foreign players, I think you will get
to know us better. Wishing you the best. Stay in your best shape
so you can place well. This room shows the samples of
products made in our factory. The mission of our factory
is to serve our athletes. The Supreme Leader visited
the factory two times. He monitors and controls all the automated
machines in the factory. If the blue light turns red
it means there is a problem. Have a seat. He comes here to recover
from the hard training. I saw him win and
stand on the podium. I was overcome with so many
emotions watching our flag. With love of country. That’s the first time
I shed a tear. I can’t even express
how I felt in that moment. He is training really hard
for the Tokyo Olympics. My secret of winning is
our Supreme Leader’s support. He provides the environment
in which I can focus solely on training. Also, after winning the Games. He honours us and awards gifts
like a nice house. That’s our motivation. When I was 10 years old, one of my teachers discovered
my talent and suggested weightlifting and I agreed to try it. Since then, my interest
gradually grew. During that time, I became pretty strong
and got good at it. Since then I’ve been
training as an athlete. Sports started to develop in
the DPRK after the liberation in order to promote
better health for people and also to create
professional athletes. We all train together and two people share a room. In my opinion, our country’s team
has a stronger sense of bonding than other countries’ team. We really care and
support each other. We work together in unison
in honour of our home country. When I won the gold medal
in the women’s marathon at the seventh World
Championship in Athletics, they flew me back
in a special private jet. They provided me with a luxury
house and a luxury car. I was given love and care that even biological parents
couldn’t give. Now, after educating me, they raised me to become
a full-fledged worker. With their care, I became a delegate to
the Supreme People’s Assembly. I was a mere marathon runner who was given
the highest honour: “Heroine of the Republic.” Which is a title given
to martyrs at death. I was given such a noble title. Please sit down
on your original seat. And your father and mother.
Then your wife and son. Kimchi. Kimchi. I started gymnastics
at seven years old. Our government funded me to enter Mangyongdae
Children’s Palace to take my first step
into gymnastics. When I was 10 years old, I was
able to join a few sports clubs allowing me to become
a professional gymnast under the care and support
of our government. When I won first place
and stood on the podium, our Supreme Leader
was very happy. He also let us take pictures
with him after our return from victory and provided us
with a lot of things, like this kind of luxury house
and car. As an athlete fighting
for the honour and dignity of our country, it’s our destiny,
and an honourable thing to do. This medal is not important
to me but this is a gift that I
present to my country. By nature,
I don’t have the speed, but I do have the endurance. To win this race,
I’m going to try my best. It’s not just me,
but our Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is most pleased when an athlete wins a gold
medal in an international game. He has been giving me the best
care and love I could ask for. When I won the first place, it was during
the Arduous March. A difficult time in DPRK. Reporters asked me
many questions and this is how I answered. I said, “I only pictured our Great Leader
Kim Jong II as I ran.” I said, “it inspired me and
it was my source of strength.” The fact that I brought joy
to my country, my people and our Great Leader brought me tears of joy. Our athletes are currently
training to be global players. Through sports and gold medals they can make our nation
proud and well-known. That’s our national policy. The athletes who win
medals are heroes and patriots. Our Great Leader
Kim II Sung said: “Sports is the key to the rise
and fall of the country.” After the flag-raising
ceremony, return to your positions. Also, stand up straight!
Don’t stare at the foreigners. Magyongdae International
Marathon takes place annually for athletes and amateurs
from all around the world who respect our Great Leader Kim II Sung’s dedication
to world peace. Also, it’s international
brotherhood event to bring peace and harmony
between us and the world. I hereby declare the opening of the 30th Mangyongdae
International Marathon. Go, go, win! Go, go, win! Only when you’re sweating
and your heart is burning for your country
and your people will you be able
to become a winner. This is one thing
I really want to say.


  • Reply Manny Unscripted March 7, 2020 at 12:03 pm


  • Reply Noe' Kris March 7, 2020 at 12:13 pm


  • Reply 공현우 March 7, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    That's PR for N.Korea. Don't trust about that.

  • Reply ragil el isra March 7, 2020 at 12:14 pm


  • Reply Rishi Shekhar March 7, 2020 at 12:21 pm


  • Reply Charles Wang March 7, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    I want to see Kim Jong un running a marathon

  • Reply Vincent Tan March 7, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    *My boss checking in*: Any problem with the work?
    *Me*: Not at all under your visionary leadership.

  • Reply adin rizki March 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Great documentary.

  • Reply 一日看盡長安花 March 7, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Greeting from West Korea

  • Reply kungpaochikn122 March 7, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    What babes

  • Reply speed.endurance training March 7, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Should be ashamed to go. Running infront of people who are forced to watch.

  • Reply Mr. Derhoro March 7, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    dont bring politics here

  • Reply Dan Jeffersan March 7, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    I'm pretty sure for most weightlifters, training is their life, and everything they do is dictated by their sport. But for these guys, the stakes are different, and unless they're a phenom like Om Yun Chol, their lives, and their family's lives probably depend on this

  • Reply Peio Iñigo Mario March 7, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    They look completely forced to say that everything they have achieved is thanks to Kim Jong Un

  • Reply Rachel Grn March 7, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Très beau documentaire, ça booste ! 🙂

  • Reply L Darlo March 7, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    35:00 they look about 7 years old

  • Reply Qasim Ali March 7, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Is this the May Day Stadium?

  • Reply june : March 7, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    If they visit Seoul Korea, it would be absolutely different feeling.

  • Reply YaChan Yi March 7, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    너무 재밌게 잘 봤습니다

  • Reply ANNIKAKIM March 7, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    this is now my second favourite documentary love ittt

  • Reply brandon medina March 7, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Can anybody tell that all of that is fake and planned out , em I the only one to see it?

  • Reply David Jones March 7, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    How come none of the runners were wearing the Alphaflys?

  • Reply Brunno L. Sonny March 7, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Love <3

  • Reply Yosua Bagus Wirawan March 7, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Maybe the next olympic games host

  • Reply Stoney Josephine March 7, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    No subtitles?

  • Reply Billy Yang Films March 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Can’t believe they were allowed to use drones there… 🤯🤯

  • Reply RedFire1302 March 7, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Si tu fait pas la holà tu va au goulag…

  • Reply Lynn Ji March 7, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    7:53. That's Chinese haha

  • Reply Francis Nguyen March 7, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    North Koreans athletes are proud of us.

  • Reply Vaibhav # March 8, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Long live socialism

  • Reply Michael Reyes March 8, 2020 at 5:31 am

    The olympics should add average people and let them compete against the athletes to show how hard these athletes have trained.

  • Reply lena v March 8, 2020 at 8:13 am

    That was a really well done documentary!!! I love the message behind it!!!

  • Reply Sungu Khosa March 8, 2020 at 9:28 am

    It's so beautiful tho🥺

  • Reply Hooman Fard March 8, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Sports! where everyone is equal and bring people together, there is no politics for some times, everyone has a smile and enjoying the moment, peace is all over the place and everyone is healthy (Body and Soul). WE NEED SPORTS 365/24/7 ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 😀

  • Reply dek16 2miden5 March 8, 2020 at 11:58 am

    one question this account is handled by Greeks if not from which country??

  • Reply Junggoo LIM March 8, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    보는 내내 답답했네요. 내 동포의 반이 저런 환경에서 살고 있다니.

  • Reply Joe Mullin March 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Any country with the word "democratic" in their name is anything but… they are almost always a dictatorship or communist. They're not fooling anyone.

  • Reply Shery Lu March 8, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    In North korea peoples they have own land to make foods and own house as in Asia. They don’t need to worry about foods, if you talk about USA they only have rooms and for them own private house is only hypothetical maybe 25% have private houses otherwise they all are as servants. When USA systems is little bit ups and down maybe they all are outside the roads.

  • Reply Joe Mullin March 8, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Real life Truman Show.

  • Reply rajdeep bhowmik March 8, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Too much politics, It was more about unlocking North Korean secrets like Vice channel does rather than highlighting the athletes.

  • Reply hongsaikruw March 8, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    VIVA Nord Korea

  • Reply Deborah Navit March 8, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Where is the alphafly?

  • Reply dat nigga March 8, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    She not coming back

  • Reply H H March 8, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Lol interesting that the treadmill info was in Chinese

  • Reply The Amazing Riley Andersen March 8, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    🇰🇷 South Korea is the true Korea

  • Reply Caldow Bargie March 8, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    The weightlifter was definitely forced to say that 😭😂

  • Reply Weber Longo March 8, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Is it just me or are their shoes a little older than the western runner's shoes?

  • Reply Vincent Bosco March 8, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    She said she got 13th overall? Ok 42:40

  • Reply Ozymandias March 9, 2020 at 12:12 am

    Did that woman say she finished a marathon in an hour lmao the world record for men is 2 hours 1.39 by Kipchoge she’s bull shitting

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  • Reply ebunny5 March 9, 2020 at 7:09 am

    I taught that I would prodominantly see a race here…meh

  • Reply Sangeeta nawani March 9, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Everybody there is using only asics or it's just any other brand

  • Reply its_n March 9, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    What time did the girl who came in 13th get? Just curious

  • Reply oofficer March 10, 2020 at 2:06 am

    0:45 "I don't think many people can say they've done that"
    Good, because supporting a murderous regime is nothing to be proud of actually.

  • Reply Bandit March 10, 2020 at 11:21 am

    If you say I've won gold medal in london , the duh response would be idfc

  • Reply lameratos con flema March 11, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    A caray esto si me interesa jajaja

  • Reply Noah Butler March 11, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    I think it’s interesting that that girl had never ran a marathon. Why didn’t they pick the top marathon runners from each country?

  • Reply klu android March 12, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    So much cleaner than Indian cities….Am ashamed here

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