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A policeman from Italy has run a race in one of the world's coldest permanently-inhabited places, braving temperatures of -52 Celsius.

The and media have followed the odyssey of Paolo Venturini avidly, from the initial in the extreme cold to his triumph in crossing the finishing line.

As one of the contenders for the title of , he covered 39km (24 miles) in just under four hours, from Tomtor in eastern Siberia to the neighbouring village of Oymyakon.

The local Met Office recorded a temperature of -67.7 there in 1933, and the thermometer regularly dips below -60.

Mr Venturini, an officer in Padua, is an extreme-sports enthusiast and member of his local Golden Flame police sports team.

Just before setting off from Tomtor, he said "we have to live our lives on a grand scale, because we will never get the same chance again," newspaper reports.

In 2017 he ran 75km through the , where temperatures hit the other end of the scale at 67 degrees.

He has spent nearly two years preparing for the Siberian challenge. He designed special clothing, trained inside an industrial freezer, and travelled with a support team including medics and film-makers who plan a documentary about his project, which has the backing of the Russian and Italian authorities

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Paolo Venturini's achievement may have captured the headlines around the world, but another runner from Moldova actually set a new local record by running further and in even more daunting conditions along the same route a few days earlier.

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