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  • 15 April 2014, 0:43

Search For Missing Marathon Runner Continues

An athlete from Sierra Leone is still missing after finishing 20th in the London Marathon.

The Metropolitan Police previously said Mami Konneh Lahun had returned to her accommodation on Monday - but a spokesman told Sky News this was an error and that the search had never been called off.

The 24-year-old had been staying at an address in Greenwich since arriving in the UK on a sportsperson visit visa a week ago, but failed to return back following Sunday's race.

She had been due to fly home to Sierra Leone today and police have said she had no known links to the UK and does not have a mobile phone.

A Home Office spokesman said: "All individuals who came to the UK specifically to take part in the London Marathon were issued with sportsperson visit visas, which are valid for six months."

Ms Konneh Lahun is reportedly Sierra Leone's fastest-ever female 5,000m and 10,000m runner.

Last year, she won the Sierra Leone and Liberia marathons.

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