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It's not Hawaii, but 200 conquer desert

Updated: December 12, 2004, 5:27 PM ET
Associated Press

TIRIN KOT, Afghanistan -- A U.S. soldier burst into tears after winning Afghanistan's first marathon Sunday -- his thoughts on four comrades killed in recent fighting.

Lt. Mike Baskin of Santiago, Calif., ran in the country's thin mountain air for more than three hours before crossing the finish line.

"I just thought about those four guys when I crossed, that they won't be going home with us, and it kind of hit me," he told an Associated Press reporter at the race.

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