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Former Senior Games champ runner found after 40 days

SHANGHAI'S former champion runner in the Asian Senior Games has been found by the city's shelter authority after being classified as missing for 40 days.

Tian Zhenlun, 79, who has Alzheimer's disease, was back home by Monday, Xinmin Evening News reported.

The former champion in the 800 meters, as well as 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Asian Senior Games, was reported missing on August 30. She had been sent by police to the Xuhui District Shelter the next day, officials said. But with serious symptoms of Alzheimer's, Tian could not identify herself and was registered as "unknown," which kept her from being found by her family.

After more than a month, the shelter found Tian's family and contacted her son, surnamed Zhao, on Monday. Zhao was told an elderly woman matched the characters of his mother and was asked to go to the shelter to identify her.

"After my mom was missing, I went to the shelter twice to report and left my contacts, and I'm so grateful," Zhao told the newspaper. "She was still wearing the clothes when she left and nothing was lost." Tian was in good spirits and condition, Zhao added. Tian was picked as a torch bearer for the Beijing Olympic Games four years ago.


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