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50 year old Chinese man completes 42 km marathon while smoking cigarette

Chinese Man Marathon: The purpose of running a marathon is to promote fitness and improve health. Running a marathon is not easy. It requires training and commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Undoubtedly, people who run marathons are considered to be among the most health-conscious. However, a Chinese runner, also known as ‘Uncle Chen’, ended up chain-smoking while participating in a marathon. This news also went viral.

We are all aware that smoking cigarettes hinders running performance. If you smoke, you get less oxygen to your heart, lungs and muscles, which makes it very difficult for you to run.

Completed the marathon in three hours 28 minutes

According to media reports, 50-year-old Chen completed a 42-km marathon smoking on November 6 in Xiande, China. She finished the race in three hours and 28 minutes, placing 574th out of about 1500 runners who participated in the competition. He did all this while smoking a cigarette. His pictures first went viral on Weibo, a Chinese social media app, to mixed reactions. Meanwhile, the organizers of the event also later celebrated his achievement by sharing his finishing certificate.

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Uncle Chen did this before

This is not the first time that Uncle Chen has done such a strange stunt. According to Running Magazine, he lit several cigarettes while running in the 2018 Guangzhou Marathon and 2019 Xiamen Marathon and did so while smoking. Chen completed the race in 3:36 hours in 2018 and 3:32 hours in 2019. The report also states that the 50-year-old had also participated in an ultra marathon, in which he covered a distance of 50 km in 12 hours.

Photos viral all over social media

The pictures of Uncle Chen have gone viral on social media, which has shocked the users. Some ridiculed it, while others said “such acts set a bad precedent.” Reacting to the news on Instagram, a user wrote, “Sadly, it doesn’t prove anything. Had he not smoked, he would have done better and I’m sure he knows.” Another wrote, “His lungs must be literally screaming for help.” Currently, there are no rules prohibiting marathon runners from smoking cigarettes while competing.

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