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Beijing Half Marathon organizers investigating whether competitors let Chinese runners win

Authorities have launched an investigation after footage from the finish line of the Beijing Half Marathon raised questions about whether another runner helped a Chinese runner win.

In the video that is currently going viral, Kenyan runners Robert Ketel and Willy Mnangat, and Ethiopian runner Dejen Haile are seen running in a group with Chinese runner Jie He (25). It shows that there are. At one point, the runners closest to him wave at him and it appears that he crosses in front of them. . They remained in the pack until the end, when God defeated the rest by a fraction of a second.

He won a first place medal, with three other runners tied for second place. BBC Sport reported. Chinese social media users criticized the race results, prompting authorities to launch an investigation.

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Chinese runner He Jie, Ethiopian Dejen Hail Bikila, and Kenyans Robert Ketel and Willy Mnangat participate in the half marathon in Beijing, China, April 14, 2024.

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The Beijing Municipal Sports Bureau said it was investigating and would announce the results as soon as they were known, according to AFP news agency. CBS News has requested a statement from the network and is awaiting a response.

World Athletics, which organized the half marathon on Sunday, April 14, said in a statement to CBS News that it was aware of the video and the investigation. “The health of the sport is World Athletics' top priority, but as the investigation is ongoing, we are unable to comment further,” the organization said.

He won gold in the marathon at the 2023 Asian Games and holds China's record for the event, according to BBC Sport.

One social media user on Chinese platform Weibo called the half-marathon race “undoubtedly the most embarrassing title” of Mr. He's career. Another official said the incident “puts sportsmanship into shame.”

He told a Chinese state news site that he and the event were sponsored by Chinese sports brand Xtep. paper It said the situation was “still being reviewed and verified by multiple parties.”

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Authorities have launched an investigation after footage from the finish line of the Beijing Half Marathon raised questions about whether another runner helped a Chinese runner win.In the video that is currently going viral, Kenyan runners Robert Ketel and Willy Mnangat, and Ethiopian runner Dejen Haile are seen running in a group with Chinese runner Jie He (25). It shows that there are. At one point, the runners closest to him wave at him and it appears that he crosses in front of them. . They remained in the pack until the end, when God defeated the rest by a fraction of a second. He won a first place medal, with three other runners tied for second place. BBC Sport reported. Chinese social media users criticized the race results, prompting authorities to launch an investigation.

Chinese runner He Jie, Ethiopian Dejen Hail Bikila, and Kenyans Robert Ketel and Willy Mnangat participate in the half marathon in Beijing, China, April 14, 2024.

China Stringer Network (via Reuters)

The Beijing Municipal Sports Bureau said it was investigating and would announce the results as soon as they were known, according to AFP news agency. CBS News has requested a statement from the network and is awaiting a response.

World Athletics, which organized the half marathon on Sunday, April 14, said in a statement to CBS News that it was aware of the video and the investigation. “The health of the sport is World Athletics' top priority, but as the investigation is ongoing, we are unable to comment further,” the organization said.He won gold in the marathon at the 2023 Asian Games and holds China's record for the event, according to BBC Sport.

One social media user on Chinese platform Weibo called the half-marathon race “undoubtedly the most embarrassing title” of Mr. He's career. Another official said the incident “puts sportsmanship into shame.”He told a Chinese state news site that he and the event were sponsored by Chinese sports brand Xtep. paper It said the situation was “still being reviewed and verified by multiple parties.”

Caitlin O'Kane

Caitlin O'Kane is a journalist in New York City who works as a senior manager of content and production on the social media team at CBS News. She writes about a variety of topics and produces her CBS News streaming show, “The Uplift,” which focuses on good news.

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