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Chain-smoking runner finishes marathon in impressive time

Chinese marathon runner chain-smoked the entire race, and finished it in under three hours.

The serial smoker, Nicknamed “Uncle Chen”, smoked while completing the Xin’anjiang Marathon in the vicinity of Shanghai last Week.

Chen, 50, completed the race in 3 hours 28mins. He was 574th of over 1,500 competitors.

After Chen’s pictures went viral on Weibo, race organizers shared his race certificate to confirm the incredible finish time.


Chen was also pictured chain-smoking during his participation in other events such as the 2018 Guangzhou Marathon or 2019 Xiamen Marathon.

Canadian Running Magazine reported that he finished the 2018 race in 3hrs and 36mins. The 2019 contest was completed in 3hrs 32mins.

Local media reported that Uncle Chen smokes only when he is running.

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Chen was first famous when racegoers called him “Smoking Brother”, during 2017 marathons.

Image Chen takes a puff while he tries to pass a rival racer

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Most Weibo users shared similar love for Uncle Chen’s quirk.

Some pointed out, however, that second-hand smoking could have an adverse effect on his competitors.

By-Shen wrote, “Whoever runs beside him is unlucky.”

Oriental Mountain, a user, asked: “Is it a doping offense?”


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