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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - German twins Lisa and Anna Haner were sure of the television attention when they crossed the finish line of the Olympic marathon hand in hand but their finish far off the pace did not go down well the domestic athletics federation DLV.

"It looked as if they were competing in a fun run and not an Olympic medal event," DLV sports director Thomas Kurschilgen said on Monday.

The Hahners are making a big publicity drive out of their efforts which made it disappointing they finished 81st and 82nd respectively on Sunday.

There have been suggestions that they also cared more about publicity than their times in Sunday‘s race, which Kurschilgen named "disrespectful and a slap into the face of all other German Olympic athletes."

The Hahners actually only played second fiddle in Rio as the Estonian Luik triplets stole lots of attention.

And their self-proclaimed status as "the fastest marathon twins in the world" also went up in smoke because North Koream twins Kim Hye Song and Kim Hye Gyong placed 10th and 11th respectively.

Both were visibly stunned when told about the North Koreans, while Anna said about the race: "We had hoped to run a little faster but the time became secondary during the race."

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