Chi­nese cheats in half-marathon farce

Athletics Weekly - - Contents -

WHOLESCALE cheat­ing took place at the Shen­zhen half-marathon in China last week when 258 run­ners were caught break­ing the rules, in­clud­ing at least 18 wear­ing fake bibs.

Oth­ers took short cuts but were un­done by footage from traf­fic cam­eras and lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers.

Some of the cheat­ing par­tic­i­pants ran through gaps in hedges to cut as much as 2-3km off the course.

China’s Xin­hua news agency de­scribed the in­ci­dent as “deeply shame­ful” and quoted or­gan­is­ers as say­ing: “We deeply re­gret the vi­o­la­tions that oc­curred dur­ing the event. Marathon run­ning is not sim­ply ex­er­cise, it is a metaphor for life – and ev­ery run­ner is re­spon­si­ble for him or her­self.”

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