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Shanghai college student dies in running test

A Donghua University student died in hospital yesterday after he collapsed at the finishing line of a 1,000-meter running test at the school's Songjiang campus, today's Shanghai Morning Post reported.

The student surnamed Miao was from Anhui Province and was a student of the university's School of Foreign Languages.

Miao fainted after crossing the finishing line and was rushed to Shanghai No.1 People's Hospital Songjiang Branch. A school doctor performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him before calling for an ambulance.

He was pronounced dead 45 minutes after hospital doctors gave him emergency treatment.

The university requires male students to pass the 1,000-meter running test and female students to pass the 800-meter test. Yesterday was a day for the running test and some students avoided the test with an excuse of feeling sick or blood donation.

Due to the tragedy, the university has postponed the plan to hold a 3,000-meter on-campus race next week.

Medical experts told the newspaper that sudden death during a race is mainly caused by a heart problem.

Recent studies show that Chinese students are becoming weaker in strength and stamina compared with those 20 years ago. The problem lies in their heavy study burden, lack of sleep and physical exercise, and unhealthy diet.

Afraid of tragedies in running events, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei Province, canceled the women's 3,000-meter race and men's 5,000-meter race and caused a heated online debate.

Early yesterday morning, another Guangzhou marathon runner, 25-year-old Ding Xiqiao, died in a hospital in Guangzhou after days of rescue efforts. Ding collapsed nearly one kilometer from the finishing line of a mini marathon held on November 18. Another runner, Chen Jie, 21, died 20 hours after the race.


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