A 50-year-old man runs a marathon in 3.5 hours – and smokes non-stop

A 50-year-old Chinese grandfather entertains the Internet with his marathon performance. Images of the chain-smoking long-distance runner originally circulated on the Chinese social network Weibo. Despite smoking throughout the marathon in Jiande, China, the man known in China as “Uncle Chen” fared surprisingly well: After three hours, 28 minutes and 45 seconds, he finished 574th out of about 1,500 runners, such asMirror» reported.

A remarkable time for a 50-year-old who, without intensive training, very few amateurs succeed. “Uncle Chen” has already participated in the marathon in 2018 and 2019, and needed 3:36 hours and 3:32 hours for the 42-kilometer route. The chain-smoking 50-year-old even managed to constantly improve. He holds the official marathon world record Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge with a time of 2:01:09 hours.

The organizers of the marathon in Jiande confirmed to the “Zrcadlo” that smoking during the race is not against the rules, as it does not bring any benefit to the participants. However, there was also criticism of the smoking runner, because the smoke could irritate his competitors.

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