On your marks, get set, cheat: dozens take shortcut at China marathon

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The most serious offenders face lifetime bans from the race.“We deeply regret the violations that occurred during the event,” Shenzhen organizers said in a statement, according to Xinhua.“Marathon running is not simply exercise, it is a metaphor for life, and every runner is responsible for him or herself.”Xinhua, hardly masking its disgust at the widespread cheating, branded it “deeply shameful” and added: “No matter the participants or the organizers, they should reflect: What is the significance of participating in and holding marathons?“Don’t run and forget why you run. Don’t let the marathon turn sour.”ADVERTISEMENT More than 250 runners cheated at last weekend’s half-marathon in Shenzhen including many who took shortcuts, Chinese state media said on Thursday, calling it “deeply shameful.”Marathon and leisure running is growing fast in China despite the pollution which often blankets major cities, with participants donning the latest fashionable gear and wearable technology.ADVERTISEMENT Separately, runner He Yinli unwittingly sparked a national debate about patriotism after an overly enthusiastic volunteer darted onto the course to hand her a Chinese flag as she vied for victory at the Suzhou Marathon earlier this month.She briefly held onto it before letting it fall to the floor, explaining later that it had slipped from her grasp.Some Chinese internet users questioned He’s patriotism for dropping the flag, but many others faulted the volunteer for interfering.He Yinli was beaten to the line after the fiasco.In 2011 there were just 22 marathons, half-marathons or other running events in China, according to the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA).However, that figure has skyrocketed to nearly 1,100 this year.  /mufSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bo Perasol shares credit for Maroons’ rise: Everyone contributed to UP’s success LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 penalized for cheating, Xinhua news agency said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMore 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 organizers.In the most blatant case, a traffic camera caught runners turning round at least one kilometer (0.6 miles) before they were supposed to make a U-turn, potentially shaving two or three kilometers off the 21-kilometer distance. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more