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Shanghai marathon defies COVID-19 with 9,000 runners

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SHANGHAI: Round 9,000 runners – some sporting face masks – took half within the Shanghai Worldwide Marathon on Sunday (Nov 29), Chinese language media stated, a uncommon mass occasion in a 12 months when COVID-19 laid waste to most such sport.

Previous to the race officers touted it as a possibility to indicate how China – the place the coronavirus emerged late final 12 months earlier than unleashing a pandemic – is shifting forward regardless of the persevering with world well being disaster.

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The distinguished New York, Berlin, Boston and Chicago marathons all fell sufferer to coronavirus this 12 months, whereas London and Tokyo have been open solely to elite runners.

Bucking that pattern, the Shanghai marathon went forward underneath sunny skies following a number of days of rain, and with virus prevention measures in place to thwart infections.

Shanghai is on edge following a scattering of current native instances, however China has largely acquired to grips with the epidemic due to strict lockdowns and aggressive mass testing.

Runners needed to move a coronavirus take a look at with a purpose to participate and have been ordered to put on a masks instantly earlier than and after the race. Some saved them on the entire time.

About 9,000 runners had been anticipated to participate, down from 38,000 in earlier Shanghai marathons. No abroad athletes flew in for the race and spectators have been instructed to remain away.

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Distance operating is booming in China, with state media saying there’s “marathon fever”.

In February, when the nation was shut down by the pandemic, one fanatical runner jogged the equal of an ultra-marathon inside his small condo.

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