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Six cheats found in Shanghai Marathon

SIX runners in last year's Shanghai International Marathon have been disqualified for cheating two days after the event organizer assured there were no cheats in the event.

The six were found to have taken short cuts, according to an online notice by the organizer's arbitration commission, Xinhua news agency reported today.

Suspicion has clouded the marathon since Internet users found that 64 among the top 100 runners were from east China's Shandong Province.

The commission did not say whether the six were among the 64 Shandong runners.

High school students can run marathons to win extra credits for the fiercely competitive colleague entrance examination.

Yang Peigang, deputy director of the organizing committee, explained that Shandong dispatched a strong team with about 150 well-performing athletes for the competition on November 29, so the result was reasonable.

International marathons hosted in most Chinese cities are not organized by the athletics federation and cheating is rampant because the match results don't need to be reported or double checked by sports authorities.


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