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Mongolia’s marathon stalwart Bat-Ochir remains in it for the long run | FEATURE | WCH 22

Maybe you never noticed him before, but chances are you’ve seen him – pitched in among the world’s best marathoners, fighting against outrageous odds. 

Ser-Od Bat-Ochir of Mongolia has never won a world or Olympic medal. He’s never broken 2:08 for the marathon. He’s never made the top 15 at a global championships. 

But enough about what he hasn’t done. Because what the 40-year-old has done is far more significant. 

Since the 2003 World Athletics Championships, he’s been ever-present at major championship marathons, 14 of them in total: Paris (63rd); Athens (74th); Helsinki (61st); Osaka (55th); Beijing (52nd); Berlin (29th); Daegu (19th); London (51st); Moscow (35th); Beijing (38th); Rio (91st); London (48th); Doha (54th) and Tokyo (DNF). 

That last one – and those three dreaded letters – hurt like a stab wound, which is appropriate given what Bat-Ochir resorted to during the race (more on that later).

But what…

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