The fast-growing Chinese marathon still has a lot to learn.

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The Chinese marathon player lost the opportunity to win the championship, only because of the serious mistakes of the organizers.

On November 18, the 2018 Suzhou (Taihu) marathon started in the drizzle, with a total of 30,000 players from 37 countries and regions.

In the final stage of the game, Chinese player He Yinli was trying her best to compete for the championship with an African players. At this time, some volunteers handed her a flag next to the track, but did not hand over successfully.

A volunteer trying to hand over a flag

Sooner another volunteer wearing a black down jacket, directly put the national flag into her hands.
The picture shows that she looked a little overwhelmed after getting the national flag, and her rhythm was disrupted. After she ran a few steps with the flag, the flag was “thrown to the ground.”

Another volunteer put a flag to He

The live broadcast also showed that the second volunteer objectively blocked the route of  the other African player. But it seems that the impact on He Yinli is even bigger. She had a slight advantage once and then she was defeated. She passed the gold medal.

The second volunteer also interrupted the other player

It is worth noting that there are two sounds of concern in Chinese Weibo’s discussion of this incident.
One is to fiercely criticize He Xianli for “unpatriotic” and accuse her of “unfaithfulness to the country.”
The second is to fiercely criticize the people who criticizing He Xianli for being unpatriotic. Patriotism is always one of the best reasons to fire a war. Both on-line and off-line.

jet-like increasing of marathon games in China

According to the official data of the Chinese Association of Athletics, from 2011 to 2017, the number of domestic marathons has climbed from only 22 to over 1000. Behind the development of the marathon, there are massive hidden problems of growing up that fast.

welcome to Chinese marathon

We feel sorry for what happened to He Yinli and all the other marathon players affected. And we hope that the Chinese Athletics Association and the fast-growing marathon will grow together under harmony, and from now on every event will be held more successfully to allow more people to participate in the Chinese marathon. We are calling for more in the games, not just the numbers.

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