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Beijing half marathon winner stripped of medal after video shows competitors allowing Chinese runner to win

Mr. He Jie, top of china The long-distance runner was stripped of his first-place medal at Friday’s Mengniu Beijing Half Marathon after an investigation found three other runners from Africa deliberately slowed down to pass him. Ta.

Organizers announced the decision after receiving footage from. race It became a hot topic over the weekend. Video evidence late in the race showed him trailing Kenya’s Robert Ketel, Willy Mnangat and Ethiopia’s Dejen Haile.

Mr Munangat said. bbc sports africa It wasn’t that the group wasn’t running competitively, but rather as his pacer.

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China’s He Jie (1st place L) will participate in the Beijing Half Marathon 2024, which will be held in Beijing, China on April 14, 2024. (Ju Huanzong/Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images)

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An investigation into the incident revealed that the four runners had actually been invited by the race sponsors only as pacemakers, but the organizers were unaware of this. The fourth person dropped out before finishing the race.

“We deeply and sincerely apologize to the world and all parts of society for not being able to discover and correct our mistakes in this race in time,” it said in a statement.

He Jie shouts

On October 5, 2023, the Chinese team celebrates winning the men’s marathon final in track and field on the 12th day of the 19th Asian Games held at the Smart New World Qiantang River Green Zone in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. He Jie player. (China Sports/VCG via Getty Images)

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All four runners, including Ha, were disqualified and were forced to return their medals and prize money.

The main organizer, Zhong’ao Lubao Sports Management Company, also lost the right to host the event as a result.

He Jie celebrates

On October 5, 2023, the Chinese team celebrates winning the men’s marathon final in track and field on the 12th day of the 19th Asian Games held at the Smart New World Qiantang River Green Zone in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. He Jie player. (China Sports/VCG via Getty Images)

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He won the men’s marathon at last year’s Asian Games and holds the Chinese national record for the event, completing the Wuxi Marathon in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 47 seconds. He finished last weekend’s race in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 44 seconds.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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