- A 50-year-old Chinese man recently finished a 42-kilometer (approximately 26-mile) marathon in 3.5 hours while smoking cigarettes.
- The runner, who goes by the moniker “Uncle Chen,” ended the Nov. 6 Xin’anjiang Marathon in three hours, 28 minutes and 45 seconds, ranking 574th out of nearly 1,500 participants.
- Uncle Chen beat his own records in the 2018 Guangzhou Marathon (3:36) and 2019 Xiamen Marathon (3:32), during which he also smoked cigarettes.
- The ultramarathoner, who was reported to smoke only while running, has also run distances of at least 50 kilometers (approximately 31 miles).
- Social media users had mixed reactions to Uncle Chen’s strategy, with some praising his performance and others criticizing his smoking.
A 50-year-old man in Jian, China, is making international headlines after finishing a 42-kilometer (approximately 26-mile) marathon in 3.5 hours while smoking cigarettes.
The runner, who goes by the moniker “Uncle Chen,” ended the Nov. 6 Xin’anjiang Marathon in three hours, 28 minutes and 45 seconds. He ranked 574th out of nearly 1,500 runners.
NYC athlete who raised $65k for Chinatown businesses to hold next charity run for 60-year-old Chinese bakery
Leland Yu, a former chef behind “Run for Chinatown” — a running initiative that has donated around $65,000 to local businesses — in New York City is holding a new charity run in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The details: The Sept. 18 event, titled “Mid-Autumn Mile,” will begin at the Cooper Triangle at 6:15 p.m. and end at the intersection of Mott and Pell Streets. It will be led by Yu and Kai Ng, a certified running coach who has finished 60 races himself — including 15 marathons and a “handful of ultra-marathons.”
A pair of volunteers handing out the Chinese flag effectively ruined a runner’s shot at winning a marathon in eastern China on Sunday.
He Xianli had been leading the last 500 meters at the Suzhou Taihu Marathon when the volunteers threw her off rhythm, China News reported.
Like a bolt from the blue, Abdul Hakim Sani Brown has zoomed his way across the finish line and into history books, completing the London IAAF World Championships men’s 200m in a record-setting 20.43 seconds.
Brown, born to a Ghanian father and Japanese mother, set this record during his race on August 9. He is also the youngest-ever finalist in the men’s 200m, a mere 198 days younger than the athlete who previously set the record — none other than Usain Bolt.
In an unexpected turn of events, a Chinese Wuxi International Marathon runner in third place became a first-place finisher after the first two athletes ran to the wrong finish line.
Video from the annual marathon shows the two leading runners from Ethiopia, Gardisa Birhanu Shumie and Chala Lelisa Debele, missing a turn in the final 100 meters after more than 2 hours into the 26-mile race and jogging off-screen, putting their arms and head out thinking that they’ve won.