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Determined Marathon Runner Crawls Over The Finish Line After Her Body Gives Up

Hyvon Ngetich dragged herself to the end of the Austin marathon after her body gave up.

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Kenyan runner Hyvon Ngetich was leading the Austin marathon and half-marathon after 23 miles on Sunday when her body gave up on her due to exhaustion.

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Determined to finish the race, however, the 29-year-old crawled over the finish line on her hands and knees, eventually finishing third.

After the race, the event's director, John Conley, told Ngetich: "You ran the bravest race and crawled the bravest crawl I have ever seen in my life."

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He told her he was adjusting the prize money for the race so she got the same money as she would have done if she had finished second.

Ngetich told CBS affiliate KEYE-TV: "For the last two kilometres, I don’t remember. Finish line, I don’t remember."

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She added: "Running, always you have to keep going. You need to die running."

Ngetich eventually finished the race in three hours and four minutes.

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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