Field, air, and wa­ter sport­ing events

Changjiang Weekly - - GOLDEN ERA -

The sec­ond Wuhan Marathon, 15th In­ter­na­tional Horse Rac­ing event, the first Wuhan Marathon Swim­ming, and the 2017 FAI World Fly-In Expo were four ma­jor sport­ing events held last year that at­tracted do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion to Wuhan.

Dur­ing the four-day World Fly-In Expo, over

1,000 sports­men, per­form­ers, ref­er­ees, and of­fi­cials from over 40 coun­tries took part in com­pe­ti­tions and per­for­mances in aer­o­bat­ics, parachut­ing, pow­ered paraglid­ing, and hot air bal­loon­ing. There were also in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, ex­hi­bi­tions, and other ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote the world of avi­a­tion.

Dur­ing the 2017 Wuhan Marathon Swim­ming,

73 pro­fes­sional ath­letes com­peted in a 10kilo­moter open wa­ter race on East Lake. The swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion also in­cluded a 1.2kilo­me­ter group swim, in which 1,015 Chi­nese swim­ming en­thu­si­asts, to­gether with 15 for­eign

swim­mers, par­tic­i­pated.

Nearly 30,000 spec­ta­tors watched the ex­cit­ing races of the 15th China Wuhan In­ter­na­tional Horse Rac­ing Fes­ti­val last Oc­to­ber. Over 70 in­ter­na­tional jock­eys rode 150 top-ranked horses in 12 races. Mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional horse rac­ing as­so­ci­a­tions from France, the U.K., Ire­land, Aus­tralia, and New Zealand were in at­ten­dance.

The 2nd Wuhan Marathon took place last April. A to­tal of 22,000 runners from home and abroad ex­pe­ri­enced a unique and ex­cit­ing marathon as they ran along the streets of Wuhan. The route in­cluded some of Wuhan's most iconic places which show­cased the nat­u­ral land­scape or rich his­tory and cul­ture. Some par­tic­i­pants en­joyed run­ning along the cen­tury-old Zhong­shan Av­enue. Some liked the view when run­ning on the 60-yearold Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge. Oth­ers were im­pressed by large cheer­ing crowds along the way.

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