Aleksey Sokolov
Aleksey Vladimirovich Sokolov (born November 14, 1979 in Leningrad
Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea...

) is a marathon
The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres , that is usually run as a road race...

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. He represented his country at the 2008 Summer Olympics
2008 Summer Olympics
The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, was a major international multi-sport event that took place in Beijing, China, from August 8 to August 24, 2008. A total of 11,028 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees competed in 28 sports and 302 events...

. He won the Dublin Marathon
Dublin Marathon
The Dublin Marathon is an annual marathon in Dublin, Ireland, normally held on the last Monday in October, which is a public holiday in Ireland. Held each year since 1980, in 2007 there were about 11,000 race participants, half of whom were from overseas....

 twice and was Russia's national marathon champion in 2007. His time of 2:09:07 hours in Dublin that year is the Russian record
Russian records in athletics
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 for the event.

In his early running career at national level, he was second at the 2002 Moscow Marathon, then won the Ufa Marathon the following year. He was the winner of the Moscow race in 2005. In 2008, he came ninth at the London Marathon
London Marathon
The London Marathon is one of the biggest running events in the world, and one of the five top world marathons that make up the World Marathon Majors competition, which has a $1 million prize purse. It has been held each spring in London since 1981. The race is currently sponsored by Virgin Money,...

 and placed 21st in the Men's Olympic marathon. His best run of 2009 was a runner-up finish at the Dublin Marathon in a time of 2:10:38 hours. He was selected to run for Russia at the 2010 European Athletics Championships
2010 European Athletics Championships – Men's Marathon
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 and came ninth, helping the Russian men to the team bronze medal in the European Marathon Cup
European Marathon Cup
The European Marathon Cup is an athletics competition, between different countries of Europe , held from 1985 in Rome and from 1994 during European Athletics Championships....


Sokolov had his second fastest ever run at the Zurich Marathon in 2011, coming in as runner-up in a time of 2:10:23 hours. He ran at the first edition of the Osaka Marathon
Osaka Marathon
The is an annual marathon road race for women over the classic distance of 42.195 kilometres which is held in late January in the city of Osaka, Japan.The event is hosted by , , , , and ....

 that October and came second behind Elijah Sang.

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