China Marathon: The deaths of top racers

According to officials from the nearby Baiyin city, a mountainous stretch of the race was struck by hail, heavy rain, and gales around three hours after the start, causing temperatures to plunge.

Online tributes have poured in for two of China’s finest runners who perished in a long-distance race in China marathon in Gansu province on Saturday due to harsh weather.

The 100km (60-mile) race claimed the lives of 21 participants, including ultramarathon champion Liang Jing and hearing-impaired marathoner Huang Guanjun. We’ve lost some of the sport’s greats. According to a Weibo user, this is an earthquake for the domestic running circle. After the marathon was hit by frigid weather, the racers got into problems.

The prognosis had predicted some wind and rain, but nothing as severe as what they experienced, according to survivors. When some of the 172 racers went missing, the race was called off and a large search and rescue operation was initiated.

The lack of contingency planning by the regional government has been widely criticized, and officials have apologized.

What were the identities of Liang Jing and Huang Guanjun?

Liang Jing was a Chinese ultramarathoner who earned the nicknames “Liang God” and “General Liang” for his achievements.

The 31-year-old has won a number of China marathon in China, including the Ultra Gobi, a 400-kilometre race over the Gobi desert, in 2018. He was photographed near the start of Saturday’s marathon wearing only shorts, a flimsy jacket, and a baseball cap, according to images widely distributed in Chinese media.

He had already displayed no vital signs when he was discovered by rescuers, according to local media.

Fans lamented his passing on Chinese social media, calling it a “great loss” for the country. Who will other ultramarathoners go to now that General Liang is no longer leading the way? One person made a comment.

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Huang Guanjun, 34, was a well-known figure in China, having won the men’s hearing-impaired marathon in the 2019 National Paralympic Games.

According to local media reports, the Sichuan native lost his hearing at the age of one due to an “injection mishap” and was also unable to talk. He struggled to keep down permanent work because he did not thrive in his academics. He struggled with money on a regular basis, eating just instant noodles for meals.

But he excelled at one thing: running, so he entered races over the years in the hopes of winning some cash, according to his buddies.

What happened during the China marathon?

More details regarding the event, which started at 9:00 a.m. local time (01:00 a.m. GMT) on Saturday, have emerged since then.

According to officials from the nearby Baiyin city, a mountainous stretch of the race was struck by hail, heavy rain, and gales around three hours after the start, causing temperatures to plunge.

Many of the stranded runners were said to be suffering from cold and had lost their way on the course due to poor visibility caused by the weather.

The freezing rain pelted down like “bullets hitting the face,” according to one unknown runner quoted by The Cover. He claimed that there was one stretch of the mountain that was very steep and that the exposed territory meant he had nowhere to hide.

He claimed that the rain was unbearable and that the gusts were so severe that he could only squint.

Even if one had carried a thermal blanket, he said, the gale-force winds would have ripped it apart. According to official media, a rescue mission for the Chinese marathon participants began with more than 1,200 rescuers with the help of drones and radar trackers. However, for some, the rescue operations were too late.

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