Cheat­ing run­ners are caught out in Shen­zhen

The National - News - - SPORT RUGBY UNION -

More than 250 run­ners cheated at last week­end’s half-marathon in Shen­zhen in­clud­ing many who took short­cuts, Chi­nese state me­dia said yes­ter­day, call­ing it “deeply shame­ful”. Marathon and leisure run­ning is grow­ing fast in China de­spite the pol­lu­tion which of­ten blan­kets ma­jor cities. How­ever, the sport has made un­wel­come head­lines in re­cent weeks. Dur­ing Sun­day’s run in Shen­zhen, across the bor­der from Hong Kong, 258 run­ners were pe­nalised for cheat­ing, Xin­hua news agency said. More than a dozen had fake bib num­bers and three ran in some­one else’s place, but most were guilty of cut­ting cor­ners, the re­port said, cit­ing or­gan­is­ers. In the most bla­tant case, a traf­fic cam­era caught run­ners turn­ing round at least one kilo­me­tre be­fore they were sup­posed to make a U-turn, po­ten­tially shav­ing two or three kilo­me­tres off the 21-kilo­me­tre dis­tance. The most se­ri­ous of­fend­ers face life­time bans from the race.

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