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Elderly running champion goes missing

SHANGHAI police are looking for a former running champion, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer, after she is reported missing for over a week.

Former athlete Tian Zhenlun, 79, who left home on August 30, has not been seen since, according to her family.

Tian, 1.56 meters tall, was wearing a black and white shirt, black pants and white shoes without socks when she left home, police said.

A police officer of Tian's community near Sichuan Road N. in Hongkou District posted a micro blog on his verified account at on Wednesday seeking help from netizens.

The post, with Tian's picture, was carried by Hongkou District police's official account on yesterday but yielded little information.

Tian was a former champion in the 800 meters, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 at the Asian Veteran Athletics championships and was selected as a torch bearer for the Beijing Olympic Games four years ago.

However, the former champion has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in recent years and is suffering from poor memory, according to her family.

Tian was physically healthy and liked to go out but always forgot the way back home, her daughter said yesterday.


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