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Marathon cheats lose extra credits as results nixed

MORE than 30 participants among the 100 fastest runners at an international marathon held in south China have had their results canceled after being caught cheating to get extra credits for college entrance examinations.

Judges found some of the 50,000 competitors took a ride on vehicles during the January 2 run in Xiamen City, Fujian Province. Some carried more than one time-keeping microchip so that they could register their results for others after passing the finish line.

Organizers said they found it strange when two results popped up in the time-keeping machine when one runner passed the finish line.

They have found video clips as evidence that they were hired imposters, Jiefang Daily reported yesterday.

Notably, most of the cheats had times less than 2 hours 34 minutes, the minimum standard required for high school students to get extra credits for the highly competitive college entrance examinations.

Two of the cheats were from a high school in Shandong Province, where the competition for the exam is considered the toughest.

The organizers have demanded that the cheats apologize or be banned from future marathons.

The news created a buzz online and most bloggers aimed their anger at extra credit rules in the college entrance exam system.

The result of the college entrance exam can make such a difference in students' life and that's why students squeeze every last chance to get these extra marks, said one.

Education guided by such a powerful exam can distort the students' personalities and make them think the ends justify any evil means, said another net user.


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